Cannes, a glistening jewel on the Cote d’Azur, has attracted travelers since the 19th century. Cannes today is known for Cannes Film Festival, luxury accommodations, and wonderful sandy beaches. I’ve been coming back to Cannes for years and often use it as a base for fun day trips to visit other beautiful areas by car or by sea. I love the first week of September as it is slightly less crowded and the sea is still warm. Avoid spring as you can encounter the cold “Mistral” winds. Try to avoid the crowded Film Festival in mid May and the Cannes Yachting Festival in mid September as it is difficult to get reservations and the town is packed.
Hotel Barriere Le Majestic Cannes…Luxury boutique hotel with gorgeous views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Intercontinental Carlton Cannes…5-star hotel in the heart of the Bay of Cannes on the prestigious Boulevard de la Croisette.
*Both of these hotels are smack dab on the famous ‘Croisette’ and have their own beach clubs.
If you tire of all the Russian Billionaires and Mid-east Moguls rent an apartment which is my favorite option. I prefer renting on the Boulevard du Midi Jean Hibert, a quieter and less glitzy area of Cannes but with very nice beach clubs and public beaches.
The apartment is walkable everywhere and “Riviera Beach and “Belle Plage Beach Clubs” are steps away and have restaurants. These beach club are more affordable and just as nice as the clubs on the Croisette!
EAT + DRINK
Walk up the quaint and narrow Rue Saint-Antoine which is full of many restaurants such as:
Near March Forville is Le Bistrot Gourmand on 10 Rue Dr Pierre Gazagnaire.
For pizza you must try La Pizza Cresci near the old harbor. It is very popular in season so standing in line is normal. This is a favorite of many visitors.
Restaurant La Palm d’Or…a 2 star Michelin in the beautiful Art Deco Marinez Hotel. Dress elegantly!
Take a taxi to:
La Chevre d’Or …a 2 star Michelin in gorgeous Eze. (If you can’t go for dinner then at least sip Champagne on their fabulous terrace! Amazing views!
Restaurant Bacon in nearby Antibes.
For a luxurious and beautiful lunch go to Hotel du cap-Eden Roc. Gorgeous hotel with wonderful views. Bring a few bags of money!
DO + SEE
Marche Forville…A wonderful food market open from 7:30 AM to 1 PM. closed on Monday. So much fun!
Rue Meynadier…walking street next door and is full of great specialty food, wine, boulangeries, and Pastisseries. One of the very best cheese shops anywhere is “Fromagerie Ceneri.” Chefs from the many mega yachts in the harbor shop here for cheese delicacies.
For shopping walk on the Rue d’Antibes. Plenty of little boutiques.
Explore the old medieval alleys of “Le Suquet.” The views of Cannes are marvelous up the hill near the old Church! Fun day or evening!
For a quick and fun getaway take the 15 ferry ride over to the Ile Sainte-Marguerite. They have a little seaside restaurant for lunch and many hiking trails.
Take the boat to St. Tropez for lunch. The ride takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. Leave time for exploration after lunch before taking the returning to Cannes.
For a beautiful short trip, take the 2 hour boat tour of the “Corniche d’Or” to see the beautiful coast.
***Pick up a brochure of the trips and timetables at “Port de Cannes.”
Drive over to Biot, near Antibes, to visit glass blowers. It has been famous for glass since the Roman times. I purchased fabulous hand-blown glassware in purple. Have lunch in the garden of “Chez Odile” a favorite of mine.