The town itself is everything – and more – that one would expect of the venue for the world’s most glamorous film festival. The sparkling coastline is lined with first-class hotels and restaurants, interspersed with some of the most exclusive boutiques in the world. Arange a luxury helicopter charter to the delightful Vieux Port, and explore the cobbled streets and Provencal markets which take place regularly throughout the year.
Alternatively, once you have had your fill of bars and boutiques, take a short flight in your Cannes helicopter to the idyllic Iles de Lérins, less than 15 minutes away. The Iles de Lérins are a collection of practically deserted islands that have literally stood still in time. Sainte-Marguerite is the largest island, covered in wonderful smelling Aleppo pines through which you can wander, rarely crossing another person even in the height of the summer.
On approaching the island on your luxury helicopter you will see the domineering Fort Sainte-Marguerite, which was built to stop the Spaniards from occupying the island in the 17th century. The impressive fort contains the cell in which Dumas’ Man in the Iron Mask is supposed to have been held.
The neighboring island of Saint-Honorat is famous for the monastery that was founded there in 410 AD. The present abbey, built on the site of the monastery in the 19th century, is home to 28 Cistercian monks who produce white wine, spirits and honey on the island.
Between the two larger islands is a shallow protected passage called the Plateau du Mileu, which is a popular place for luxury yacht charters to anchor in the summer months.
Highly recommended before you head back on your helicopter charter to the relative metropolis of Cannes is a flight around the uninhabited islands of Tradelière and St-Féréol, beautiful at sunset.