Cannes Essential Details
- Post code: 06029 / 06400
- Region: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
- Department: Alpes-Maritimes
- Population: 73,603
- Elevation: 0 - 260 m
- Geo-coordinates: 43°33′05″N 7°00′46″E
- Distance to Nice airport: 27 km (30 mins drive)
- More info on Wikipedia
Cannes by Area
From its origins as an early urban settlement to its discovery by the jet set in the 19th Century via the golden age of the French Riviera in the 1920s, the town of Cannes has always known how to reinvent itself. Little pieces of its past can be found all over town with city centre apartments overlooking the narrow streets of Le Suquet, and beautiful Belle Epoque houses neighbouring contemporary 21st-century villas.
Thanks to its prime location on the Côte d'Azur and stunning views over the Mediterranean, the exclusive neighbourhoods of Cannes are one of the most desirable places to live in the world. This is where Hollywood goes on holiday, a town where glamour and glitz are just part and parcel of everyday life. It's no surprise that F. Scott Fitzgerald was inspired to write his most famous and most dazzling novel while living here.
So why not move to the French Riviera yourself and have the time of your life here in Cannes?
Town Centre and Croisette
The heart of modern Cannes is the ‘banane’ district, the banana-shaped area leading away from the Croisette into town. This is the ultimate place for a city centre apartment. Leave the car at home, you’re within a couple of minutes of all the shops, restaurants and bars in the Carré d’Or. The beach is only a 5-minute walk away, and the glamorous Croisette with its shady palm trees will be your new backyard. If you’re looking to invest in property to rent out later down the line, the Palais des Festivals is on your doorstep. And this area is in demand all year round thanks to Cannes’ busy conference schedule.
Another option on the Croisette is Palm Beach. This is the area for you if you want the best of both worlds. Palm Beach is peaceful and quiet compared to the town centre, but it’s only a 15-minute walk away from the Carré d’Or when you want to paint the town red. The properties here sit right on the waterfront overlooking the Mediterranean, relax on your terrace with a nice glass of rosé and enjoy your exclusive view.
If you’re looking for a little local colour, the old town of Cannes has some of the city's most original and stylish apartments hidden away in its narrow cobbled streets. Although Le Suquet is the oldest part of Cannes, it’s definitely up and coming, with lots of contemporary boutiques and restaurants amongst the more traditional commerces. Just a few minutes away from the port and the Palais des Festivals, Le Suquet will make an ideal pied à terre for your trips to the French Riviera.
Outside the city centre is La Californie. Just like its namesake, this area of Cannes is reminiscent of the Hollywood hills with fabulous Belle Epoque villas, contemporary estates and traditional chateaux set in private domains on the hillside. Far enough out of town to escape the crowds, but close enough to enjoy everything Cannes has to offer, you’ll love the exclusive setting and luxurious way of life. This is where Picasso chose to live when he moved to Cannes in the 1950s, and once you experience the breathtaking sea views for yourself, you’ll understand why. La Californie is a little piece of heaven right here in Cannes.
Don’t expect to get too friendly with your neighbours in Super Cannes. Privacy and discretion are valued extremely highly in this incredibly chic neighbourhood. As the name implies, Super Cannes is one of the most prestigious areas of the city. Some of Cannes’ most luxurious villas can be found in this part of town, which sits overlooking the city and of course the beautiful Mediterranean below. Large mansions surrounded by leafy estates are set far from the road in this extremely sought-after area. Super Cannes offers absolute tranquillity and absolute comfort, who could ask for anything more.
Living in Cannes
Cannes has been a holiday destination for the jet set for decades. Ever since the town was put on the map by the European aristocracy back in the 19th Century, the great and the good have been flocking to Cannes to enjoy its charms. Originally only viewed as a winter resort, a group of well-known artists and writers turned it into a must-see summer destination in the roaring 20’s. Since then life on the French Riviera has been synonymous with long days spent on the beach and evenings full of glittering parties
During the summer season each year, visitors from all over the world head to Cannes to stroll along the famous Croisette and sunbathe on the golden beaches. But owning Cannes property and living here rather than just visiting, is an entirely different and let's be honest, much more rewarding experience. Cannes plays host to many of the world’s most exciting events every year, and you’ll be perfectly placed to enjoy them. Mingle with the stars at the Film Festival, stroll amongst some of the most beautiful boats ever to grace the Mediterranean at the Yacht Show or simply sit back and watch the sky light up during the Fireworks Festival.
As you would expect from a town that hosts the best known Film Festival in the world, there are 5 cinemas in Cannes. Watch the latest blockbusters or catch a Palme d’Or screening during Festival week. And when it comes to culture, there’s far more than just cinema in Cannes. There are museums and art galleries and numerous historical monuments all over town to enjoy. Don’t miss the art and music collection of the Musée de la Castre which is housed in a Medieval monastery high above the old town. There are also festivals and concerts held in Cannes all year long. The ‘Sortir à Cannes’ entertainment season is the one to watch, with dance, opera, theatre and even magic on the agenda from September to April every year. During the summer months the fireworks festival is always a crowd pleaser. Grab a prime spot on the Croisette and sit back as the bay is illuminated for a few hours.
If you love to shop ‘til you drop, spend a few hours browsing the area around the Rue d’Antibes. Find the latest it-bag or must-have shoes in the luxury boutiques on the Croisette or treat yourself to a little something for the home, in the one of a kind shops along Rue Hoche. If you want to experience life as a local, head down to the Forville market in the Place du Marché. The market is held 6 days a week and has a fantastic array of Provençal specialities. The cheese and meat stalls sell all sorts of goodies for an alfresco lunch, while you won’t be able to resist the tempting array of summer fruit, grown in the French Riviera sunshine.
When it comes to food in Cannes, the market is just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re looking for traditional Provençal cuisine, head to the laidback bistros and cafés of Le Suquet for a lunchtime treat. Or if you’d prefer to try gourmet cuisine in the most elegant setting in the world, reserve a table at one of the town’s Michelin-starred restaurants for a meal to remember. Cannes’ speciality is, of course, Mediterranean cuisine, this former fishing village has not forgotten its roots, and the seafood is always a good choice. But there are also some mouth-wateringly good Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants in town, so much so that your only difficulty will be choosing where to eat next!
Sports fans will love Cannes. This is the perfect place to get out onto the water and spend an afternoon sailing, paddle boarding or kayaking. Daredevils will enjoy the selection of thrill rides along the Croisette, try out parasailing, wakeboarding or the infamous banana boat in the bay. If you’d rather get your exercise fix on solid ground, the town has a brand new health track, complete with fitness stations and several jogging trails to follow along the seafront. This part of the world is also a paradise for divers, with hidden caves and exotic marine life all waiting to be explored under the Mediterranean.
If you prefer rest and relaxation to working up a sweat, Cannes has got you covered too. Spend a day at one of the private beach clubs, reserve a sunbed and get to work on your tan while you’re waited on hand and foot. Or check out one of Cannes’ many day spas and treat yourself to a massage and facial in luxurious style, this is French Riviera living at its very best.
Once the sun goes down, Cannes really comes alive with a fantastic choice of bars and nightclubs. Start with an aperitif at one of the beach bars, then stroll up to the Carré d’Or for a cocktail before setting the night on fire in one of the many legendary clubs. If you’re feeling lucky the town also has 3 casinos open all hours for gambling fans. They all offer high roller tables and the very latest slot machines, so you’re sure to come up even before the night is over. Don’t miss the outdoor gaming terrace at the Palm Beach Casino, the view over the Mediterranean is so fabulous that even if you lose you’ll still feel like you’re winning.
Once you take the plunge and make the move to Cannes you’ll never look back. It’s not for nothing that the town’s original Provençal motto was ‘Qu Li Ven Li Vieu’ or who comes here once, stays forever. Life on the French Riviera is every bit as exciting as it looks and with its golden sandy beaches, vibrant city centre and laid back way of life, Cannes really does have it all.
Choosing a Villa in Cannes
Once you’ve settled on Cannes as your French Riviera base, the next step is to find your dream villa. But with so much on offer, finding just the right house might be more difficult than you think. To help you make that all-important decision, here are a few factors to consider while you’re property-hunting in the city:
- Views: Life on the French Riviera is all about sun, sea and scenery, so naturally you’ll want a villa with a fabulous view. Whether you prefer to look out over the sparkling city skyline, the rolling hills around the city or the azure water of the Mediterranean, we can help you find just the right property.
- Pool: Lazy days around the pool with the family are the perfect way to spend the summer. So why not browse our extensive range of properties in Cannes with outdoor swimming pools, there’s no nicer way to soak up the sun.
- Outdoor Space: One of the biggest perks of living in this part of the world is the balmy Mediterranean climate. Many of our villas in Cannes are set in beautifully-manicured gardens and come with both outdoor lounge and dining areas, ideal for making the most of that year-round sunshine.
- Parking: During the summer season, parking spaces in Cannes are in high demand and short supply. Make sure you always have the best spot in town by selecting one of our luxury Cannes villas with a private garage or outdoor parking spaces within the grounds.
- Storage: With all the fabulous designer boutiques on the Croisette, a little extra space will probably be welcome in your new home. So why not consider one of our luxury Cannes villas with an underground cellar or additional storage room to keep everything neat and tidy while you’re in residence.
If you’re looking to invest your money in more than just real estate, this is the right place. When you purchase a luxury villa in Cannes you’re also buying a lifestyle. Investors from all over the world are drawn to Cannes thanks to its many charms, making property here a safe bet. Here are just a few reasons to back Cannes:
- The location. Getting to Cannes is extremely easy thanks to its proximity to the Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport for commercial travel and Cannes Mandelieu Airport for flights by private jet.
- The climate. It’s Mediterranean with guaranteed mild winters and a hot summer season
- The events. Cannes is centre stage for some of the French Riviera’s most illustrious events. Enjoy a front row seat to the Cannes Film Festival, the Cannes Yacht Show, and the Cannes Collection, to name just a few.
- The real estate opportunities. Cannes and the surrounding area has some of the most desirable properties on the French Riviera.
- The things to do. Cannes has glorious beaches, luxury boutiques and some amazing restaurants. Who could ask for anything more?
- The nightlife. It’s world-renowned. The bars and clubs in the Carré d’Or play host to some of the hottest DJs and live acts every year.Keep the party going after hours at your luxury villa.
The region. Cannes is close to everything. Take a trip to St Tropez, go shopping in Monaco or head up to the mountains for a day in the snow, it’s all just an easy drive away.
Highlights of the Social Calendar
It’s not just in May that all eyes are on Cannes. The most famous Film Festival in the world might be one of the town’s best-known events, but there are plenty of others throughout the year to keep you busy. Here are some highlights for your agenda:
- Cannes MIPIM ~ March
- Cannes MIPTV ~ April
- Cannes Film Festival ~ May
- Cannes Lions ~ June
- Cannes MIDEM Music ~ June
- Cannes Collection ~ June
- Cannes International Fireworks Festival ~ July
- Cannes International Yacht Festival ~ September
- Cannes MIPCOM ~ October
- Cannes Dance Festival ~ December
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