Statue of Lord Brougham – Cannes’ “father”

Statue of Lord Brougham – Cannes’ “father”

Cannes pays tribute to Lord Brougham
Cannes has much to thank Lord Henry Brougham for, so much so that on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, a bronze statue was erected in memory of his great influence on the development of the city.

Came to Cannes by chance
However, it was a pure coincidence that Lord Brougham arrived in 1835 at the then only small and poor fishing village.

He was on his way to Italy when an outbreak of cholera blocked the Italian border and he was forced to stay in France.

He sought temporary residence in the small fishing village of Cannes, and fell so in love with the city and the surrounding coastline that he settled permanently in the city.

At the same time, this was to be the beginning of the rapid development that Cannes has undergone from the small poor fishing village in the 19th century to the city of the fashionable world that Cannes is today.

English construction boom
Lord brougham’s infatuation spread to his rich countrymen, who also wanted to go down in the heat and enjoy the mild winters.

It initiated a true building boom and many of the large impressive aristocratic villas that adorn the Riviera today were built by the English nobility in the 1800s and early 1900s.

With the nobility also came the interest of ordinary people to visit Cannes and the Riviera and this set in motion a significant hotel construction.

The palm entered
Many exotic plants followed in this recovery. From Africa came Eucalyptus, from Australia Mimosa and in 1864 came the legendary Palm Tree – Phoenix Canarienses, which today is synonymous with life on the French Riviera.

By Tommy Sverre / 2021

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The International Film Festival in Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival is known worldwide and one of the most important film awards in the film industry. Was founded in 1939 and can celebrate its 75th birthday this year.


Cannes Underwater Museum

Cannes has got France’s first underwater museum, which is wildly fascinating in every way. 6 great sculptures below the sea surface connect…

Squares & Promenades

Le Suquet – The old town

Here in the heart of old Cannes, the city shows its true soul. Here you find Le Suquet – the old town – a medieval area nestled on the hilltop of Mont-Chevalier. With its cobbled alleys, is one of Cannes city-must-xee places.

Boat trips

Boat trips to Lérins Islands

If you want to visit the fantastic islands of Lérins, Saint-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat, you can sail there from Nice, Cannes and Golfe-Juan respectively.

Castles and palaces

Fort Royal & “The Man with the Iron Mask”

At Fort Royal, the legendary Man with the Iron Mask was imprisoned for 11 years. Today, the fort houses the Cannes Sea Museum and is a city-must-xee gem.

Squares & Promenades

La Croisette Promenade

The promenade at La Croisette is one of the most valued experiences in Cannes – it is the gathering point for mythical hotels, the casino, the Film Festival and…


La Malmaison Art Center

Great art welcomes you in historic premises that used to be part of the Grand Hotel. In 1863, when the hotel was built, this building served as a games room and tea room.


Excurtions Cannes

Book your excursions safely with free cancellation. We have selected the most popular excursions for you right here.


Bellini Chapel

This beautiful chapel completely surprises, filled with art and dedicated to one of Cannes’ beloved artists, Emmanuel Bellini.


Forville Market

With its 3000 m2 and approx. 50 stalls, the market invites you inside to some of the best the Riviera has to offer in Provencal and Italian …


Cannes Sea Museum

Cannes Sea Museum, Musée de la Mer, is located on the small island of Sainte-Marguerite. It is located in a unique historic setting in the old Fort Royal.

Boat trips

Lérins Islands

Just a stone’s throw from La Croisette, on the opposite side of the Bay of Cannes, are the islands of Lérins. They consist of 4 islands, of which île Saint-Marguerite …


Musée de la Castre

Located high on top of Le Suquet, in the medieval castle originally inhabited by the monks of Lérins, the Museum of World Discovery overlooks the Croisette.

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