InterContinental Carlton Cannes
Cannes is an attractive town well known for its beautiful Bay and world famous International Film Festival. Start the day with a stroll on the “Croisette”, along the seafront, past the “Palais des Festivals” where the stars enjoy the “red carpet” ceremony during the Film Festival, and go towards the Old Harbour. Stop at the flower market and then head to “Forville” Market, an authentic, colourful Provencal market that sells the freshest local products for a real local flavour. Here you can mix with the locals and go for a wine tasting session at “La Cave du Marché”. Your palate is at its most receptive in the morning, and getting gently light-headed on a delectable array of reds, whites and roses puts you in the perfect mood for a day by the water. Walk up the narrow, pedestrian rue St Antoine to place de la Castre where you get a panoramic view of the Bay: The ideal place to take pictures of Cannes.
Facing the bay you will see the famous Iles de Lerins. Take the 20 min shuttle boat to Ile Ste-Marguerite and visit the “fort”, where you can see the cell of the real Man in the Iron Mask, a mystery still genuinely unexplained to this day. The islands are a natural playground for you to explore: Wander down a botanical path lined with pine and eucalyptus or go snorkelling in a quiet creek. When you get hungry, try the local hamburger, called “pan bagnat”, made with vegetables and fresh tuna, at one of the sandwich stands. The islands are quite rocky so it is recommended to bring a pair of sport shoes.
When back on the mainland, stroll along the beach and watch the glorious sight of the sun dipping toward the Esterel mountain range. Have a drink on the InterContinental Carlton terrace, or even hire a private boat for a couple of hours to see the light ebbing away over Cannes Bay. For dinner and anything afterwards, check out one of Cannes' finest restaurant-clubs, the trendy Baoli in the Canto Marina.
Feel like a star
The famous Alfred Hitchcock movie To Catch a Thief, with Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, was shot in the Carlton InterContinental in 1954.
The First Supreme Council of the League of Nations
In January 1922 the Carlton Hotel was requisitioned for the first Supreme Council of the League of Nations, whose task was to establish lasting peace in the world. An Italian journalist working for Avanti, Benito Mussolini, made himself undesirable by being too noisy and was expelled from a meeting involving Lloyd George for England, Harvey for the United States, Briand for France and representatives belgium, Italy, Japan and Germany.
Movie stars on hand
Each star that comes to the world-famous Cannes Film Festival leaves their handprints. Some of them are displayed around the Palais des Festivals where the celebrities climb up the stairs.
The Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovitch
The story of the building of the hotel Carlton in Cannes is, in essence, a Russian love story. Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich, who wished to marry the woman he loved and thus rejected the idea of marrying for personal gain, paid dearly for his romantic ideals. he decied to marry Sophie de Merenberg, the granddaughter of the poet Alexander Pushkin, after falling in love with her in Nice in 1891. Since Sophie was from a family of modest means and did not enjoy the same aristocratic statusas the Grand Duke. The Duke was banned from Russia, by Nicola II Tsar of Russia, stripped of his military rank as well as his position as heir to the throne. Forced to live in exile in the Côte d'Azur, he financed the construction of the Hotel Carlton, which he then inaugurated upon its completion.
Lord Brougham and his love for Cannes
In 1800 Cannes was still just a small modest fishing village. In 1834, however a memorable event was going to change its history. An English lord, Lord Brougham, passed through Cannes on his way to Italy. However he was unable to cross the border due to a cholera epidemic so turned back and stopped off in Cannes. He was so attracted by the beauty of the place that he decided to stay and build his house. The English aristocracy subsequently followed in his foot steps and considerably increased the town's population, putting Cannes firmly on the map.