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
A Brief Overview of Cannes
The glittering city of Cannes is home to some of the most exclusive and luxurious properties in the South of France. The hills around the city are lined with villas, each more stunning than the next and all with spectacular views over the Bay of Cannes and the Iles de Lérins in the distance. Tucked away in the city centre you’ll find Belle Epoque townhouses and contemporary villas just a stone's throw from the beach and the Croisette. With its gourmet restaurant scene, chic private beaches and glamorous boutiques, Cannes is the perfect place to rent a fabulous villa for a French Riviera holiday to remember.
The city centre from the Croisette to the Carré d’Or is known locally as ‘La Banane’ or the banana district. Named for its shape rather than its abundance of fruit trees, this is the heart of Cannes. The Croisette is the perfect place to take a stroll before having coffee in the shade of a palm tree. The Cannois come here to see and be seen, and it’s no coincidence that this is also where you can find some of the most upscale boutiques in town selling designer clothes, shoes and jewellery. A few steps back from the Croisette, the Carré d’Or is where you’ll find even more luxury boutiques and many of the town’s most exciting restaurants and clubs. From Michelin-starred restaurants to 1920’s style cocktail bars, Le Carré d’Or is where you’ll find everybody who is anybody once the sun goes down over the Mediterranean in Cannes.
At the end of the Croisette sit the port and Le Suquet, the oldest part of Cannes. Built as a traditional fishing village, the narrow stone streets wind their way up the hill to the former Medieval castle at the very top of town. Historical and charming, this area has some interesting museums and art galleries to check out during the day time. And at night the bistros and bars on every corner are always buzzing. This part of town is definitely up and coming, and it’s well worth a look while you’re in Cannes.
A complete contrast to Le Suquet, at the other end of the Croisette you’ll find the very modern Palm Beach area. Built on the waterfront, this part of town is mainly residential, but it’s perfectly placed to walk into the centre for drinks or dinner. Villas here are just that little bit removed from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, so this would be a great choice if you’re looking for a quiet property within minutes of all the action.
Up in the hills, the Californie district has been charming visitors to Cannes since the 1920’s and 30’s. This exclusive part of town is where you’ll find both gorgeous Belle Epoque houses and contemporary villas, all surrounded by lush green hills and clear blue skies. Throw in the stunning sea views and the easy access to the beaches down on the coast, and you’ve found the perfect place for a luxury holiday.
Just down the road from La Californie, Super Cannes is another glamorous neighbourhood. The properties here are set back from the road and surrounded by shady pines and olive trees for absolute privacy. Peaceful and quiet, Super Cannes is ideal if you want to spend your holiday enjoying the beautiful scenery and idyllic surroundings of the French Riviera.
When is Best to Visit Cannes?
With long hot summers and mild sunny winters, the French Riviera is known for its glorious Mediterranean climate. The Cannes season runs throughout the year, and there are always exciting events to enjoy while you’re in town. Come for the Film Festival in May or the Dance Festival in December, we can guarantee you’ll have blue skies and sunshine whenever you decide to visit.
The summer months of July and August are when Cannes really hits its stride, with visitors coming from all over the world to enjoy the beautiful golden beaches and azure water of the Mediterranean. But we think you’ll agree, it’s always a good time to spend a few weeks in the French Riviera’s most glamorous resort.
One of the big advantages to renting a villa in Cannes is the location. In summer, spend time exploring the coast from Cannes down to St Tropez, and in winter head up to the Southern Alps to discover some of the best skiing in the area. Take a helicopter from Cannes and find yourself on the slopes in less than an hour, it doesn’t get much better than that!
Best Events in Cannes
There’s always something going on in Cannes. This popular seaside resort hosts some of the biggest and best international events on the planet every year. Here’s our what's on guide to make sure you don’t miss anything while you’re in town:
- Cannes International Games Festival ~ February
- Cannes MIPIM ~ March
- Cannes MIPTV ~ April
- Cannes Film Festival ~ May
- Cannes Collection ~ June
- Cannes Lions ~ June
- Cannes MIDEM Music ~ June
- Cannes Bastille Day Celebrations ~ July
- Cannes International Fireworks Festival ~ August
- Cannes International Yacht Festival ~ September
- Cannes MIPCOM ~ October
- Cannes Dance Festival ~ December
How to Get to Cannes
Thanks to its great location on the French Riviera, it couldn’t be easier to get to Cannes. Whether you prefer to fly, drive or hop on the train, you’ll be in Cannes before you know it.
- By air: Fly into nearby Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport and then transfer to Cannes by helicopter in less than 10 minutes
- By road: Hire a car at the airport and take the A8 motorway to Cannes, stunning sea views are of course included
- By rail: Take a comfortable high-speed train to the ultra-modern Cannes Railway Station
- By sea: We have partnerships with local yacht brokers if you need to reserve a yacht berth during your stay
If you’re travelling to Cannes from inside the region, we can organise a private car for you. A driver will pick you up and take you directly to your luxury rental villa in comfort. We can also organise a helicopter transfer to Cannes to get your holiday started as quickly as possible!
For more details about these options, please contact us directly.
Outstanding Cannes Villa Rentals
We know you only want the very best when it comes to renting a luxury villa in Cannes for your holiday. So we have personally selected a stunning range of vacation properties for you to choose from. From contemporary houses by the beach to traditional Provençal Mas in the hills, we’ll help you find exactly the right Cannes villa for adventure on the French Riviera.
This fantastic Cannes villa has some of the best views around. Located in the hills above Cannes, the house and gardens overlooking the Bay of Cannes and the bright lights of the city below. There are 5 ensuite bedrooms plus a large living space which opens onto a terrace. You’ll love the heated swimming pool and the beautiful gardens around the villa, but the real draw here is the gorgeous roof terrace. Catch some sun or relax with a cocktail on the open-plan deck, this is what holidays were made for.
If you want to be within walking distance of all the action, this 5-bedroom Provençal villa is perfect. Located just minutes away from the Palais des Festivals and the beach, it’s ideal for a city break. The double living room has plenty of space for the whole family, while the dining area has a private terrace for alfresco lunches. Head into town for an evening in Cannes’ famous Carré d’Or then stroll home along the Croisette for a nightcap in the garden before bed.
For a family holiday on the French Riviera, why not rent this pretty Cannes villa in the hills berhind the town. Situated in a private domain, this charming luxury property is only 5 minutes away from the beach. The house can sleep up to 10 people comfortably and the living areas are spacious and bright. The kids will love the swimming pool and Mediterranean garden while you’ll enjoy the fully equipped fitness centre with its very own massage room and hammam. Spend lazy afternoons on the sun-drenched terrace or down on the sandy beaches in Cannes, this is one summer they’ll never forget.
This wonderful Provençal Mas in the hills above Cannes is the ideal setting for a holiday with friends or family. Located in one of the most prestigious areas in Cannes, the 8-bedroom villa features breath-taking views over the Mediterranean. Inside the house you’ll find a smoking room, fitness centre and sauna, plus separate staff accommodation for privacy. Outside, the villa has a fabulous swimming pool, multiple terraces and a summer kitchen complete with BBQ and dining area, just the place to spend long summer evenings with friends over a few bottles of local rosé.
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Must See and Do in Cannes
There are endless possibilities for fun in Cannes. From water sports to wine tasting and pretty much everything in between, this city has got it all. Here are a few of our suggestions to make your stay in one of our Cannes rental villas absolutely unforgettable:
Take in an outdoor concert
If you happen to be in town in July, don’t miss the ‘Nuits musicales du Suquet’ in the old town of Cannes. A series of outdoor concerts organised by the city, this is the chance to listen to some great classical music or jazz tunes by starlight. Classical artists come from all over the world to play this very special festival held in the square in front of the beautiful Notre-Dame d’Espérance Church. Sit back and relax in the shadow of the Medieval stone walls and enjoy a magical musical experience as night falls over Cannes.
Dine like a local
Cannes is known for its fabulous restaurant scene. From Michelin-starred palaces to modern fusion cuisine, there are so many incredible places to eat out. But if you fancy trying traditional Provençal cuisine while you’re in Cannes, there’s only one place to go. Aux Bons Enfants is a tiny bistro with a distinctly casual decor (think bare tables and paper napkins.) They don’t accept credit cards and reservations have to be made in person rather than by phone. But the food is delicious, and all the ingredients come directly from the town market with menus based on what’s in season. Try the Daube Provençale or the vegetable Farcis for a taste of local fare but remember to save room for the exceptional Crème Brûlée, we promise you won’t regret it.
Take in an art show
Everything is glamorous in Cannes, even the art museums. Sitting on the Croisette directly opposite the Mediterranean, La Malmaison Art Centre is one of the prettiest museums in the world. A beautiful Belle Epoque building, it was once part of the Grand Hotel complex, but today it’s home to various works of modern art. Visit the permanent exhibition with pieces by artists from the 20th and 21st centuries, or catch one of the temporary exhibitions honouring former local residents like Picasso and Matisse. Just remember to leave your camera at home as photography is strictly forbidden within the museum.
Just a 15-minute boat ride away from Cannes, the Iles de Lérins are the perfect place for a day out in the sunshine. Visit Ile Ste-Marguérite and Ile St-Honorat by ferry or private boat, and discover these fascinating little islands. Explore the original cell where the mysterious Man In The Iron Mask was kept in Fort Royal, or visit the Cistercian monastery where local monks still produce wine from vineyards on the islands today. Pop into one of the beach front bistros for lunch, and then spend the afternoon strolling through shady pine trees or swimming in one of the secluded little coves all over the islands. Catch the last boat back to Cannes at 18.30h and then watch the sun set over these 2 beautiful little islands.
If you would like suggestions and ideas about what to do on the French Riviera, please get in touch with our concierge team who will be more than happy to help.
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