Sunny, bright and glamorous, it’s no wonder that Cannes is the ultimate festival location, hosting many different events every year, all surrounded by a luxurious, postcard-perfect setting. Following the fantastic 70th anniversary celebrations at the film festival in May, next month welcomes another milestone as the 40th Cannes Yachting Festival moors at the famous La Croisette this September.
The Cannes Yachting Festival marks the start of the season of international boat shows. Having always beautifully blended elements of tradition and modernity, the 40th anniversary celebrations are sure to add something even more special to this year’s festivities. Since 1977, Cannes has hosted the highly-anticipated nautical event, which is perfectly suited to the iconic La Croisette, where visitors can view the most stunning and elegant boats at three different sites along the bay; the ‘Vieux Port’, the ‘Port Pierre Canto’ and the ‘Palais des Festivals’.
As Europe’s largest and leading in-water boat show, the Cannes Yachting Festival provides the perfect opportunity for boat enthusiasts and prospective buyers alike, as many exhibitors also offer sea trials around the bay.
This year, the Cannes Yachting Festival will take place over five days, from the 12th-17th September 2017 and is expected to welcome 50,000 visitors and 530 exhibitors from all over the world, all flocking to marvel at super-yachts, Andiamo, Arcadia 85 and Elsea, among over 600 more vessels – around 200 more new models than any other boat show in the world.
The glamorous buzz of the yachting festival emanates through the whole town. Though, accommodation and restaurants near La Croisette should be booked in advance, the crowds do not phase festival veteran, Cannes and the beach town continues to provide the perfect holiday destination – even in busier periods.
Despite its name, the festival offers far more, beyond the countless super-yachts floating on the blue sea. If you happen to be in Cannes during the yachting festival, but don’t have an interest in all things nautical, the luxury gallery offers a multitude of magnificent products from the world’s finest manufacturers. From fast sports cars and top of the range watches to the latest tech gadgets and high-end fashion, the gallery showcases the very best luxury products for visitors to preview.
For those who would prefer to explore the rest of Cannes before enjoying a taste of luxury on La Croisette, tickets for the Cannes Yachting Festival can be purchased at the entrance.
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