Cannes is well known as the place to stay for the numerous festivals and conferences, but it is also a fantastic holiday spot with its gorgeous sandy beach and Promenade, known as the Croisette.
Cannes has been a famously sleek resort since young Brigitte posed on Cannes’ sandy beach in 1953. If there was a household name for the Riviera, then Cannes is most certainly it. The magnetic pull is, of course, the glamour, the image being reinforced each year by the Cannes Film Festival in May.
All year round visitors in Cannes will enjoy luxury shopping boutiques, chic restaurants, beautiful wave washed sandy beaches and spectacular views of the Esterel mountains from the shore. In the evenings leave the comfort of your apartment and saunter down the Croisette aligned with blue decked chairs and the Old Port where you can admire the gleaming yachts anchored at the harbour. For those who fancy a flutter the Palm Beach Casino and Casino Croisette are waiting for your chips.
Add to the mix of the glamour of the Cannes Croisette the Old Town area of Cannes: Le Suquet. This smattering of medieval flavour can be refreshing and can take you back to what is known by the locals as "the real Cannes". Take time to meander the narrow streets of Le Suquet, peeking into courtyards and bobbing under stone archways winding up to the summit. At the top is Place de la Castre where you can take in the fantastic views of Cannes’ bay on one side and sun-baked orange-tiled rooftops on the other. You can also walk around the remains of the fortified priory lived in by 11th-century monks and visit the museum which houses Mediterranean and Middle Eastern antiques.
No holiday in Cannes would be complete without a boat trip to the two Lerin Islands. Over on the small island of Saint Honorat is the only inhabitants are Cistercian monks who sell homemade wine, honey, and lavender oil to tourists. The larger island, Holy-Marguerite, is most famous for holding in confinement the Man in the Iron Mask.
With a bulging calendar of the ever-multiplying array of festivals, tournaments, shows, and conferences, glittering Cannes cannot fail to impress. We hope we can tempt you to book one of our rental apartments in Cannes so you can relax and enjoy this glamorous city with friends and family.
The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès is the hub of the Cannes conference centre. In addition to worldwide business summits, cultural shows and music concerts you may find the Russian ballet passing through, rising popular music groups or a children’s theatre group. It’s worth checking the listings on the Palais des Festivals website in case there’s something for you whilst staying with us.
The streets directly north of the Croisette, all within a 10 minute walk of the Palais des Festivals, are the ideal location for conference attendees as well as holiday makers to the Cannes area. The area commonly known as the Cannes “banana” is in very high demand during the major conferences and the prices of all rental apartments in the Central Cannes area increases for these high demand dates.
We welcome conference attendees to our rental apartments and have already some guests back. Our rental apartments are ideal for the business traveler to Cannes with our no-fuss on-line credit card booking system, our personal service and the quality of the rental apartments on our portfolio.
If you want to use Cannes as a base for travelling further a field, or if you are a regular visitor to Cannes, then you might want to consider a rental apartment in or around the village of Le Cannet. This is the area just behind Avenue de Grasse, which unsurprisingly leads to the perfume capital town of Grasse.
An enclave of artists sell their craft in small shops in Le Cannet area of Cannes, whilst ex-pats have chosen this spot as the place to live for their own slice of the French Riviera. The base of Le Cannet is where you will find the train station and the airport bus depot making it the ideal location for those who want a rental apartment in central Cannes but to be in easy reach of transport links to get around the whole of the Cote d’Azur.
Golfe-Juan & Vallauris
Just five minutes from Cannes, this little area is an enclave of treasures for Picasso enthusiasts. Visit his Homme et Mouton, the Chateau de Vallauris and the Musée Picasso La guerre et La Paix. Admire the 1,000 plus pieces of pottery he created here and learn of his colourful character.
Landlocked Vallauris is famous for its fine clay and pottery. Here you will find a local market and an old stone perfume distillery that now serves as an exhibition centre for local painters and sculptors. Local gift shops offer all kinds of local wares from traditional Provençal pottery, spices, olive wood accessories, linens, and local perfumes. It is a pleasure to stroll Avenue Clemenceau with its huge red pot pods lining this pretty street.
The sister community of Golfe-Juan boasts excellent public beaches and private beaches lined with palm trees. Home to Tetou, one of the Riviera's most famous restaurants, sample its famous bouillabaisse that has been poured into bowls for eager customers for some 70 years.
The small French hamlet of Grasse nestles in the foothills of the Alps. The perfume centre of the world, and the setting for Patrick Suskind’s novel and now blockbuster movie, almost all your favourite scents start their life here. Beginning from the 16th century, museums and tours can teach you how scents were blended. Visit Fragonard, Molinard, and Galimard, the perfumeries still operating today. Besides tours through their laboratories, they also provide tours through their flower fields.
The old town is a captivating warren of narrow shaded streets, the central hub being the Place aux Aires, with its flower and local food market, fountain and an arcade of shops. Here you can also visit the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Provence and the Musée Provencal du Costume et du Bijou.
Not in the centre, but more in the outskirts of Grasse, you will find the Parc communal de la Corniche, with magnificent views. In addition, the Jardin de la Princesse Pauline, where you can sit and breathe in the sweet mountain air and gaze over the Esterel mountains and all the way up to the sea.
When past visitors remember Mougins, they do so with a beaming smile and hazy eyes. An idyllic Provencal hilltop village surrounded by the Valmasque forest, this pretty commune is a horticultural paradise. Over half of Mougin is occupied by parks, gardens and forests. The other half with ancient alleys, winding streets, bijou shops, beautifully restored stone houses, hanging baskets, floral displays, fountains and statutes. And that’s without mentioning the two prestigious golf clubs and the famous octagonal chapel favoured by Winston Churchill.
Mougins is also famous for culinary arts and boasts more than 40 restaurants, including the crème de la crème Moulin de Mougins and the more modest but highly reputable Resto des Arts. An abundance of art galleries and studios surround the central core of the village, culminating in the now modest artist exhibition centre at the old wash house, La Lavoir.
Minutes from the auto route with panoramic views, exuberant vegetation, a serene and tranquil setting that is peppered with a pageant of colours and with aromatic scents pervading the summer air. Xanadu does exist.
For those who enjoy a stroll in beautiful surroundings, Mandelieu-la-Napoule is a great starting point. Experience the rolling green hills of the emerald forests and fantastic panoramic views of the Tanneron and Esterel massif. Between the Var and the Alpes Maritimes, this is an unspoiled and beautiful natural oasis boasting 23 kilometers of hiking paths. Take a themed trail across the mountains, or just make your own way. Ride through the red paths on mountain bikes or horse back. Breathe in the scent of mimosa and pine trees as it mingles in the air with the Mediterranean breeze.
Mandelieu is also the Riviera’s premier golfing resort and a first-rate centre for all manner of sporting activities. It also has a large harbour close to the handsome castle, now a museum and an exhibit centre. For the experience of a lifetime, take a trip to swim with dolphins and encounter whales, turtles, and other marine mammals in their natural habitat here in the waters of the nearby Pelagos sanctuary.