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Meet Cannes

Welcome to Cannes! This beautiful city along the Mediterranean shoreline is known as a playground for the rich and famous, especially during the annual Cannes Film Festival.

Over 1000 years ago, Cannes was a Roman settlement called “Canua.” Between the 11th century and the 16th century, Cannes was controlled by monks from the nearby Lérins Islands, but it gained independence in the year 1530. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Cannes started to become the ritzy, luxurious city that we know today. Fancy hotels, restaurants, and casinos began to appear in Cannes, and in 1946, the Cannes Film Festival began. Nowadays, Cannes is most well-known for this annual film festival, a glamorous, super exclusive event that celebrates many of the most prestigious films in the world.

Where to live in Cannes

Cannes is not a very big city—it’s home to about 74,000 people, making it the 64th most populous city in France. However, what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in prestige, luxury, and glamour. The most famous neighborhoods in Cannes are located on the beautiful Mediterranean shoreline, as well as between Promenade de la Croisette and Rue d’Antibes.

Best Neighborhoods in Cannes

Within Cannes city limits, the neighborhoods located closest to the Mediterranean Sea are extremely luxurious and glamorous, but also extremely expensive. More affordable options can be found further inland, as well as in neighborhoods outside of city limits.

Amazing Apartments, Coliving Spaces and More

We've been rounded up the best housing options in Cannes. All are available on flexible terms, so you can stay one month or as long as you want

Large Apartment 5 min from La Croisette


Quick Facts About Cannes

There is so much to discover in Cannes!

Work in Cannes

The biggest industries in Cannes are tourism, business fairs, trade, and aviation. However, the tech industry is a major part of the area surrounding Cannes. Sophia Antipolis is a major technology park located just 9 miles away from Cannes, and hosts major companies like Air France, Cisco, the Dow Chemical Company, IBM, and Intel. The Cannes Mandelieu Space Center, a manufacturing center for the space travel industry, is also located in Cannes.

How good is Cannes for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Cannes. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Cannes for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Cannes

Cannes is home to some of the best luxury restaurants in the world, like La Palme d’Or, which has two Michelin stars, and Le Park 45, one of the few fine dining establishments in France that offers options for vegetarians. If you’re looking for food that’s equally delicious but more affordable, try Le Pompon, Aux Bon Enfants (note that reservations must be made in person here), Bobo Bistro, or Le Bistrot Gourmand, all of which serve delicious French Mediterranean food. Finally, swing by Marché Forville any morning except for Monday morning to experience France’s fresh market culture.



Top 6 Things To Do in Cannes

One of the most popular things to do in Cannes is to take a stroll down the Promenade de la Croisette and get a glimpse of Cannes’ fanciest hotels, restaurants, and yachts. Another popular outdoor spot is La Croix-de-Gardes, a huge public park that has a bunch of hiking and walking trails as well as a wide open field that’s perfect for picnics. For a taste of what Cannes looked like centuries ago, wander the labyrinthine cobblestone paths of Le Suquet and enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the many local restaurants in this historic district. You can also take a short boat ride to the Island of Saint-Honorat, home to a monastery where the monks make wine (and obey a strict vow of silence), or the Island of Saint-Marguerite, where an ancient prison fortress still stands. Finally, if you’re in Cannes in May, and are lucky enough to get an invite to the Cannes Film Festival, you can preview some of the best films of the year long before they reach theaters. Even if you’re not invited, you’ll still be able to see some of the most famous people in the world all decked out in gowns, tuxes, and jewels.

Tour du Masque de fer

27-1 Rue Georges Clemenceau, Cannes


Segway - Mobilboard Cannes

c/o FULL-GREEN, 16 Boulevard du Midi Jean Hibert, Cannes


Abbaye De Lérins

Île Saint-Honorat, Cannes


Les Murs Peints - Cannes movie car museum



Plage du Martinez



Curious World - Escape Game

Zone des Tourrades, Chemin de la Bastide Rouge, Cannes