There is more to Cannes than the famous film festival. You have probably heard of Rue d’Antibes, the city’s shopping hub, or the famous Croisette, home to France’s most chic bars and glamorous palaces. But Cannes also epitomises the unique character of the region of Provence with its picturesque old city, its narrow, cobbled streets and local markets where you can buy local produce. And then there are two other hidden gems of Southern France that you can visit on a boat: the Lérins islands and Mandelieu-la-Napoule.
1. La Croisette
The famous promenade of La Croisette stretches three kilometres along the bay of Cannes. You will find there the legendary Palais des Festivals, which hosts the festival’s famous red carpet. And if you want to feel like a Holywoord star for a day, take a stroll and, why not, a selfie with splendid hotels and luxury shops in the background.
2. The old harbour
At the heart of the city is located the city’s old harbour, one of the oldest ones in Côte d’Azur. Among other things it hosts the Royal Regatta and the renowned Cannes Yachting Festival.
3. The beaches
With 33 private and 13 public beaches, the coast of Cannes, stretching more than 3km, is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations in the summer.
The best mooring spots for a yacht charter in Cannes
Just 10 miles from Cannes is located one of the best anchorage spots of the Esterel coastline: the harbour of Agay. Sheltered from the local mistral winds, this bay is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Med. Just follow the coast and you can’t miss this beautiful port. From your boat you will be able to admire the peaks of the Esterel mountain range, washing graciously into the sea. They can also serve as your guides, taking you to the castles of La Vaquette and La Chrettiene, in front of Agay-Plages. Alternatively, you can hire a boat in Mandelieu, less than 10 kilometers from Cannes!
The Lérins islands
Saint-Honorat, largely covered by pine trees typical of the region, is the smallest of the Lérins Islands. Despite becoming popular amongs tourists over the last few years, it remains a tranquil place to relax and contemplate that you should visit if you opt for a yacht charter in Cannes. Don’t miss the opportunity to pay a visit to the monastery and taste the fame wine the monks produce!
With its coves and its pine and eucalyptus forest, the island Sainte-Marguerite is the perfection destination for a weekend trip if you rent a boat in Cannes. It is separated from Saint-Honorat by a thin sea corridor, just 600 meters wide. This tiny island is home to a bird sanctuary, a large pond, plenty of archaeological sites to visit and a maritime museum, oddly located in a building that used to be a prison…
Where to eat in Cannes
Le Salon des Indépendants
An award-winning restaurant that offers a delicious combination of local cuisine and music.
11 rue Louis Pérrissol, 06400 Cannes
Aux P’tits Anges
Another award-winning restaurant that offers you a creative gastronomic experience in a cosy, baroque setting, typical of the French Riviera. It’s just 5 minutes from Croisette and a stone’s throw from Rue d’Antibes.
4 rue Marceau, 06400 Cannes
Cannes is a city of glam and splendour that attracts tourists from all over the world. Take some time to discover its hidden side too, as well as some of the lovely sailing destinations nearby!