Wednesday, 7 October 2015

The perfect long weekend in Cannes: Part 1

One of our most proud attributes (and favourite perks of our job!) is that we regularly visit the South of France and the French Riviera. We do this so that we can view new luxury properties before they go on the market, keep an up to date knowledge of the regions and to be able to talk about each area from the heart, without the need for reference books.
We research and visit the most talked about restaurants, the most popular attractions, exciting upcoming events and what/where is going to be the next big thing. We do our research! Cannes is one of our very favourite locations; full of history, culture and luxury.
The merge of vintage charm and new age luxury draws thousands of visitors each year. If you are lucky enough to be visiting the Cote d’Azur in the future we have worked on the perfect plan for exploring Cannes.

Day One


Stroll down to your local bakery pick up a fresh, warm baguette with a handful of pain au chocolates and flaky delicious pastries. Enjoy your breakfast sat on your balcony whilst the beaming Riviera sunshine gently wakes you up before packing your bag with essentials for a day at the beach.


Start your morning ambling along Cannes harbour, seeing some of the most luxurious and expensive Super yachts in the World as well as a cool selection of vintage sailing boats. The end of the elegant nautical showcase will lead you to one of the most famous and exciting sites in Cannes and the Cote d’Azur; Palais du Festival.
Walk where A-listers, World leaders and Royalty have mingled, on one of the biggest film events in the World; the Cannes Film Festival. Experience a brief glimpse into the life of a star arriving at the festival as you climb the famous red carpet laid stairs preceding to the entrance of the Palais. Even better, hold hands with your favourite celebrity on the walk of fame, place your hand in their hand imprint and see how they measure up!


The Martinez beach, largest and one of the most prestigious private beach on La Croisette; the perfect place to bask in the sun of the French Riviera. Z Plage private beach club is established as one of the most exclusive beaches in the world. Even with over 400 sunbeds we recommend reserving a sunbed before arrival to guarantee your perfect sun spot for the day, especially if you want to be on the famous plus chairs of the pier!
Enjoy the views of the sparkling emerald Mediterranean sea and soak up the Rivera ways with a wide selections of chilled drinks and delicious nibbles delivered to your seats.  If paddling in the sea is not enough, why not rent a relaxing paddle board or for those who love to be active or wish for an adrenaline rush, enjoy the thrill of the banana boat, inflatable doughnuts and parasailing.


Have lunch in an exceptional setting, surrounded by the white sandy beach, the gleaming waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the Estérel mountains.The Z-plage restaurant offers a healthy cuisine, which blends local produce with flavours from around the world. The menu also highlights a wide range of meat and fish cooking methods: charcoal grill, tandoor, wok. Located between the beach club and the Z-plage restaurant, the Bar La Rotonde offers delightful smoothies and fresh fruit juices, all day long.


Juan les Pins has long been the ‘Ritz’ of the Riviera. This little town is full of life, popular with jetsetters, millionaires and royalty due to its beaches, casinos and fantastic nightlife.
There are a large variety of fabulous restaurants and bars. It’s always fun to start an evening with an aperitif, for this we highly recommend our favourite bar ‘Pam Pam’.  A popular Brazilian themed bar with a large range of exotic cocktails, mocktails and other bar drinks, all served with delicious snacks such as spicy fishcakes and popcorn. Enjoy people watching over the bustling streets, watching sports cars drive through towards the casino or the street performers flipping through the streets before watching a tremendous showcase of Brazilian music, dancing and beautiful costumes…for free! This fantastic lively bar will not disappoint!

If you haven’t filled up on cocktails, walking around Juan you will find a blend of cultural food including Asian, French and Italian. Offering panoramic sea views over to the Illes Des Lerins, the seafront restaurant of the 'Cap Riviera' is a magnificent choice for the evening. This seafood restaurant has incredible Italian style meals from 25-€39 a la carte menus and is the highest reviewed and awarded restaurant in Juan les Pins. Order a bottle of champagne, sit back and relax with a divine view and some wonderful company for the evening!

To learn more about Cannes and the surrounding areas and to plan your perfect getaway to the French Riviera, visit our website or call one of dedicated south of France experts who would be delighted to talk to you +44 (0)1244 629963

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