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
About Le Cannet
Just minutes away from the golden beaches and glittering skyline of Cannes, Le Cannet is a picture-perfect town in the hills. Le Cannet might not be as well known as the dazzling resorts of Cannes and Antibes, but this lovely little town is one of the French Riviera’s true hidden gems. Surrounded by lush greenery and overlooking the coast, Le Cannet has been charming visitors for years with its picturesque streets and golden sunlight. Sitting high above the Mediterranean, the town is surrounded by 7 hills and enjoys some of the most spectacular sunsets in the area. Add in Le Cannet’s fantastic location and wonderfully mild climate, and you’ve got the perfect place to call home in the South of France.
Originally known as ‘Olivetum’ thanks to olive groves planted by the Romans, the town adopted the name Le Cannet in 1281. In those days Le Cannet was officially attached to the city of Cannes but in the 18th century the Cannettans decided to break away and become a commune in their own right. The city of Cannes refused to give up Le Cannet without a fight, and the two communes then spent a few decades arguing and fighting complicated legal battles. Eventually they managed to settle their differences, and in 1777 Le Cannet was officially recognised as an independent commune by the King’s Council of State and the Parliament of Provence.
With its sheltered climate and sunny exposure, Le Cannet has long been seen as the perfect place to produce olive oil and fragrant flowers for the perfume industry. In 1855 Le Cannet had no less than 24 active olive oil mills which produced large quantities of delicious olive oil every year. Similarly, the fields around Le Cannet were used to grow flowering orange trees for many years.The orange petals were sent to nearby Grasse to be used by the perfume industry while the fruit was used to make wine known as ‘vin d’orange’. Sweet and delicately perfumed, this local speciality can still be found today along with the various orange jams and jellies sold at the weekly Provençal market.
Peaceful and charming with none of the hustle and noise of the city, in the 19th Century Le Cannet was discovered by the international jet set. The British and European aristocracy decided to leave the beach resorts down on the coast behind and spend the winter season in the rolling green hills around Le Cannet. New roads were built to replace the old countryside tracks, and a tramway line was created to connect Le Cannet to the railway station in Cannes. Belle Epoque villas set in large estates started springing up all over town, and Le Cannet soon became the place to spend the cooler months on the French Riviera.Thanks to the British and Russian visitors of the 1800s, the town was known as a chic winter resort for many years. But in the 1920’s Le Cannet was rediscovered by the art world who then turned it into a popular year round destination. From playwrights to authors, painters to sculptors, many of the biggest artists of the 20th Century spent time in Le Cannet. Renoir and Bonnard were both drawn to the town by its wonderful scenery and golden light, and with its museums and galleries, Le Cannet still has an important place in the artistic community today.Peaceful and laidback, life in Le Cannet is still very much as it was when the town was first discovered. Although it’s just minutes away from the glittering resorts down on the coast, Le Cannet is very much a true Provençal town at heart. Spend your days exploring the winding streets of Vieux-Cannet and discover shady squares and Medieval fountains dating back to the 16th Century. Stroll under the beautiful olive and plane trees which line the avenues and visit one of the weekly markets to pick up some sun-kissed local produce. To know Le Cannet is to love it. So why not fall under its spell and make this picturesque little town your new home on the French Riviera today.
Living in Le Cannet
Life in Le Cannet comes highly recommended. This pretty hillside town has been charming visitors and locals for years with its magnificent views and enviable lifestyle. With 3 weekly markets, an exciting restaurant scene and a very lively social calendar, you’ll never be at a loss for something to do while you’re in town. Explore some of the best art museums on the French Riviera, discover Medieval churches hidden in the narrow streets of the old town or kick back and enjoy an outdoor concert in the village square, there’s always something going on in Le Cannet.
If you enjoy eating out, be prepared to fall in love with the incredible restaurant scene in Le Cannet.The town boasts a superb selection of restaurants ranging from local bistros to Michelin-starred dining rooms. Enjoy delicious local specialities in one of the many brasseries which line the village square or head up into the Vieux Cannet to dine under the stars on a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean. From fresh fish to Thai food, Mediterranean cuisine to authentic Tex-Mex, Le Cannet has so many fantastic restaurants on hand, you might decide to eat out every night once you move here!
Of course, if you do decide to eat in occasionally, there’s no better place to go shopping than the local market. And here in Le Cannet, there are no less than 3 local markets held each week, so when it comes to local produce, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Pop along to the market in Place Jean Jaures held on Tuesday mornings for fresh fish and meat, and then hit the market in Place Foch on Thursdays to pick up sun-ripened fruit and veg grown in the hills around Le Cannet. On Sundays, Place Foch also hosts a town market packed with goodies for the home and garden. Snap up a bargain for your new house or simply go and watch the stall holders bartering with the locals, market day is always memorable here in the South of France!
If you love to shop til you drop, Le Cannet is also the perfect place for a spree. The streets of the old town are lined with lovely boutiques selling delicacies made from local orange and lemon trees. Pick up some sweet smelling lavender soaps or a hand-carved olive wood bowl for your dining table, there’s nothing like buying a little piece of Provence directly from a local artisan. Over in the modern town centre you’ll find lots of stores selling one of a kind gifts and home goods for your Le Cannet villa or apartment. And of course with Cannes just minutes away, you’ll have the perfect excuse to pop into the city and check out this season’s fashion in the luxury shops along the Croisette.
Another great reason to live in Le Cannet is its fabulous location on the French Riviera.Set in the hills and surrounded by greenery and parkland, Le Cannet is the ideal place to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Make the most of all the sunshine by hiking along the Siagne Canal. The canal route will take you through country lanes and past ponds and streams until you reach the summit which overlooks the bay of Cannes and the hills around Mougin and Grasse. Stop to admire the breathtaking views before making your way back to town. Or if you prefer to do your walking on nice flat pavements, why not stroll around the pedestrian circuit in the heart of Le Cannet and take in some of the most historical buildings in town? Check out the 16th Century Danys Tower designed by monks from the Iles de Lérins, or head to Rue Saint-Sauveur and take a selfie in front of French artist Peynet’s “lovers wall” installation. Then when you’re done, make sure you head to the village square for a well-deserved afternoon aperitif in the sunshine.
While walking is a great way to stay in shape and discover your new home, Le Cannet also has lots more exciting activities to enjoy. Check out the outdoor fitness circuit in the Cour de Goule nature reserve, play basketball or handball at the multi-sports arena or enjoy a game of tennis with friends on one of the 11 courts in the centre of town. Younger kids will love the playgrounds and parks found all over the town while you can expect your teenagers to spend all their free time at the brand new skate park up on the Bonnard Plateau. At less than 15 minutes away from the coast, Le Cannet is also the ideal location for watersports enthusiasts. Head down to the glorious stretches of sandy beach in Cannes to spend the day kayaking or windsurfing out on the Mediterranean or jump on a jetski to explore the hidden coves over on the Iles de Lérins. With so much on offer, we predict the only problem you’ll have once you move here is finding time to fit it all in!
From sport to culture, Le Cannet is also the perfect place for history buffs and art lovers. There are 6 historical chapels and churches to explore in the old town plus several museums and art galleries. Le Cannet’s favourite adopted son Pierre Bonnard put the town on the map with his fabulous Cannet landscapes in the 1920’s and 30’s, and the beautiful Bonnard museum on the Boulevard Carnot is well worth a visit. The town’s La Palestre stadium plays host to concerts, plays, one-man shows and more throughout the year and during the summer season the streets of Vieux-Cannet light up with live music from both established artists and new talent. And of course, Le Cannet hasn’t forgotten its beginnings as an olive producer either. Every March the town hosts an olive festival when the Avenue Maurice Jeanpierre is taken over by olive producers. Taste artisan oils flavoured with truffle or lemon, nibble on freshly-baked olive bread or stock up on locally grown black olives for aperitif hour on the terrasse. With all this, plus the international events down in Cannes to look forward to throughout the year, you might want to start clearing some space in your diary once you decide to take the plunge and make the move to Le Cannet!
CHOOSING LE CANNET PROPERTY
When it comes to choosing a luxury property in Le Cannet, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether you’re searching for a family house in the hills or an apartment in the centre of town, we can help you find just the right property. And to make sure your search goes as smoothly as possible we’ve put together a list of factors to consider when looking for your French Riviera home.
- Outdoor space: An absolute must in the South of France. Take advantage of all that sunshine and eat outside all year round or top up your tan before the start of the summer season. We have a wonderful selection of Le Cannet properties with terraces and gardens so you can make the most of the Mediterranean climate while you’re in town.
- Sea Views: Le Cannet is known for its stunning sea views. This lovely little town has been inspiring artists and writers for years with its sweeping panoramic views and now it’s your turn. Browse our selection of luxurious properties overlooking the Mediterranean and get ready to enjoy the most dramatic sunsets the South of France has to offer from the comfort of your own terrace.
- Swimming Pool: If you plan to spend summers on the French Riviera, a property with a private pool is the way to go. From keeping the kids entertained all day long to providing the perfect backdrop to evenings spent outside with friends, a property with its own pool is always a good investment.
- Storage: You can never have too much storage. Whether you plan on spending the holidays in your Le Cannet home or using it as a permanent base in the South of France, storage space is always useful. Check out our selection of properties with a basement storage area or underground cellar for that all-important extra room.
- Parking: Parking in Le Cannet can be tricky during the season. To make sure you never have to search for a space, consider one of our luxury properties with a private car park or garage. Then leave the car at home and stroll around the village, safe in the knowledge that you’ve got the very best parking spot in town.
LE CANNET LIFESTYLE
Located just a short drive away from Cannes, the town of Le Cannet is a little slice of Provence right here on the coast. Overlooking the Mediterranean and surrounded by hills, Le Cannet offers its residents a taste of the good life. Set in idyllic surroundings with endless sunshine and blue skies, there are so many reasons to choose a luxury property in Le Cannet for your next investment:
- The location: Just minutes away from Cannes, getting to Le Cannet couldn’t be easier. Fly into Nice Cote d'Azur International Airport or by private jet to Cannes-Mandelieu Airport and transfer to your Le Cannet property in less than an hour.
- The climate: Blessed with 2959 hours of sunshine per year, Le Cannet has a wonderful Mediterranean climate.
- The region: Sitting on the coast between Cannes and St Tropez, Le Cannet is right in the heart of the French Riviera. Use your property as a base to explore the rest of the region from the golden beaches of Pampelonne to the designer boutiques in Monte Carlo.
- The real estate opportunities: Thanks to its ideal location just a couple of kilometres from Cannes, real estate in Le Cannet is big business. Resale values are high and if you plan to rent out your property, you’ll be happy to know that luxury accommodation close to the city is always in demand.
- The winter season: Originally a winter resort, these days Le Cannet is an all-round destination. But with the Southern Alps just a short car or helicopter ride away, owning property in Le Cannet will also appeal to ski and snowboard enthusiasts.
- The events: Le Cannet hosts lots of exciting social events during the year. And with Cannes just down the road, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to international festivals and shows in the city.
- The lifestyle: Laidback and inviting, life in this little town is very good indeed. The village square is still the heart of Le Cannet and the narrow streets are bursting with cosy bistros, charming boutiques and exciting art galleries and museums.
- The views: Perched in the hills above Cannes, Le Cannet is famous for its breathtaking sea views. With the ever-changing Mediterranean as a backdrop for the most fabulous sunsets, you won’t find a more lovely view anywhere in the world.
TOP EVENTS IN LE CANNET
From traditional festivals to contemporary concerts, Le Cannet has an exciting social calendar. And with neighbouring Cannes, just a few minutes drive down the road, you’ll have a front row seat to all the city’s biggest and brightest international events. Here is our selection of the yearly highlights to make sure you don’t miss a thing:
- Cannes MIPIM ~ March
- Le Cannet Olive Festival ~ March
- Cannes MIPTV ~ April
- Cannes Film Festival ~ May
- Cannes Lions ~ June
- Cannes Collection ~ June
- Cannes MIDEM Music ~ June
- Cannes International Fireworks Festival ~ July
- Le Cannet Villa Notre-Dames-des-Anges Musical Encounters ~ July & August
- Le Cannet Musical Summer Evenings ~ July & August
- Cannes International Yacht Festival ~ September
- Cannes MIPCOM ~ October
- Le Cannet Christmas Market ~ December
ARRANGE A VIEWING
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With our expert knowledge of the local area plus our fabulous selection of luxury real estate, we’ll be delighted to turn your dream home on the French Riviera into a fabulous reality.