Cannes Yachting Festival from above

Founded in 1977, the Cannes Boat Show takes place in the beautiful French city every September and showcases almost 600 boats, including motor yachts, superyachts, catamarans, tenders and sailing yachts.

The in-water show in the Bay of Cannes takes place in two of the city’s ports, the Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto, 10 – 15 September.

How to get there

From the UK the best option is to take a flight to Nice Airport. Easyjet, Ryanair and British Airways all have direct flights from London airports. Jet2 flies from Manchester every day but Tuesdays and Thursdays and from Leeds-Bradford on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.

From the airport you can get a shuttle bus direct to Cannes, or buses 200 and 210. If you prefer taking a cab, a taxi will cost from around €55, depending on the number of passengers. If money is no object and you want to travel in style, then book a helicopter with Azur Hélicoptère, which will take you from Nice to Cannes in around seven minutes and for just over €500.

Where to stay

Cannes has a large selection of different types of accommodation. From five stars luxurious hotels to more affordable B&Bs, there is something for every pocket. Just make sure you book in advance as the city gets very busy during the boat show.

What to see

The full line-up of new yachts for 2019 has yet to be confirmed, but will likely include dozens of world premieres.