An inside guide to Cannes
Glitz, glamour and beaches aplenty: here's to Cannes!
The glamourous home of the world-famous film festival, Cannes is the glittering jewel in the Côte d'Azur’s crown. Originally a sleepy fishing village, the English Aristocracy stumbled upon this holiday hotspot in the 1830s and the rest, as they say, is history. Although Le Festival de Cannes runs for just ten days, the town’s characteristic sparkle lasts all year round. Flanked by beautiful beaches and with one of Europe’s loveliest promenades, this is an idyllic sun-kissed haven for anyone seeking relaxation.
The onefinestay experience
Whether you’re after relaxation, adventure or pure foodie indulgence, here at onefinestay we know exactly what it takes to make your getaway special. With our incredible range of exclusive concierge services, you’ll have a host of sumptuous experiences at your very fingertips. Relax with your very own in-home spa experience, feast in the comfort of your home with your own personal chef or explore the oceans in style in a gleaming private yacht. What’s more, it can all be booked pre-stay, meaning all you have to do when you get there is relax. Pure bliss.
Exploring in style
Brimming with beautiful beaches, world-class shopping spots and historic sites, there’s plenty to do and see in the charming town of Cannes. Stroll along the world-famous Promenade de la Croisette, marvelling at the abundance of boutiques selling high-end fashion and soaking in the stunning French Riviera views. At the end of the promenade, you’ll find the Marché Forville, a bustling market selling everything from succulent olives and organic produce to fresh flowers and local wines.
Follow in the footsteps of the stars and take yourself on a tour of the city’s extraordinary collection of cinema-themed murals. Saunter past the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and James Dean, emblazoned on the sides of buildings, symbolising the town’s deep and long-lasting connection with the world of film.
History lovers must be sure to pay the Musée de la Castre a visit. Perched atop a hill, the museum is housed in an 11th-century castle which was once inhabited by the monks of Lérins. Nowadays, the building is home to an impressive collection of musical instruments, Mediterranean antiques and artwork from all over the world. If you’re feeling energetic, then ascend the steps of the castle’s ancient stone tower and be rewarded by spectacular panoramic views of the local surrounds.
Whether you’re interested in history or art, film or food, we can arrange a personalised tour with a local specialist, taking you on an exclusive adventure to all the city’s finest spots. Our carefully-curated tours give you the chance to live a little slower, dig a little deeper and discover the city through the eyes of a true local. Simply speak to your onefinestay concierge and they can create you a personalised itinerary for your stay.
Sun, sea & sand
Framed by miles of breathtaking French Riviera coastline, Cannes has no shortage of beautiful beaches. The majority of beaches nearby La Croisette are privately owned and cost a fee to use. That being said, they also come with an array of facilities and amenities which, when combined with their central location, makes them a convienient and easy option. Carlton Beach is one of the most famous stretches of sand in the vicinity, being the place where Grace Kelly filmed To Catch a Thief in 1954. Meanwhile, Long Beach, Carlton Beach’s no less glamorous neighbour, is the perfect spot for an afternoon spent sipping on cocktails and people watching.
A little further along the coastline you’ll find plenty of great public beaches, ideal for family picnics and beach sports. Located at the tip of the Cannes headland, the soft sands and quiet atmosphere of Palm Beach make it a popular spot with families. It’s also the only beach in Cannes where kite surfing is permitted, which makes for great shoreside watching.
If you’re feeling adventurous, then why not hire a private boat and visit one of the secluded Lérins Islands which lie just off the coast of Cannes? The largest of the four, Île Sainte-Marguerite is home to countless hidden coves and secret beaches, perfect for a day of exploring. Here, you’ll also find the small fortress which once hosted the unidentified prisoner behind the legend of The Man in the Iron Mask - yet another of the area's links to the world of film and cinema.
Elegant eateries and barefoot beach bars
Gourmands will be delighted by the local cuisine, which is bursting with freshness and flavour. One of the best spots in town has to be Table 22 par Noël Mantel. Crafted using fish straight from The Med and artisanal produce from the local markets, the dishes at this husband and wife run restaurant showcase seasonal Provençal flavours.
The private beaches of Cannes are no doubt the best way to soak up the sunshine. While the incredible beachfront location is more than enough reason to visit Miramar Plage, the laidback atmosphere and excellent food and drinks are what will keep you there all day. Characterised by elegant white umbrellas, calm natural hues and a carpet of silky sand underfoot, Miramar Plage is barefoot chic at its finest. Another great seaside spot is Vegaluna, a private beach restaurant located in one of the area’s loveliest bays. Here you’ll find elegant decor, friendly service and a dedicated children’s play area on the beach - ideal for any little ones in the group. Our concierge team is available to arrange access and ensure you receive the ultimate beachside experience.
For those looking to celebrate, Cannes has plenty of options. From notorious nightclubs, thronged with the rich and famous, to peaceful piano bars, ideal for those wanting to keep things low key, the city abounds in a wealth of bars, venues and clubs. Unless you’ve just won an award at the festival, you may want to forgo the crush of the main dancefloor at Le Bâoli, Cannes’s most popular (and exclusive) nightclub, instead opting for the mellow atmosphere of Cloud Nine, the rooftop bar upstairs. Here you spend a relaxing evening sipping on expertly crafted cocktails and enjoying the panoramic views over the Bay of Cannes.