If heading to the South of France for the holiday, Cannes is destination you can’t miss. Known across the world for its International Film Festival, Cannes is also very busy all year long. Whether you are in Cannes for pleasure or for an event, here are the top things to do in Cannes:

1. Le Suquet

Loose yourself in the old Medieval quarter of Cannes, Le Suquet. Climb up and have a wander through the winding streets. There you can discover the very typical architecture of the Old Town. You will find plenty of restaurants in those narrows streets as well.

When reaching the top you will find a place where you will find Cannes’ iconic clock tower. The view you get from there is spectacular, the Baie de Cannes and Iles de Lerins will be at your feet.

One thing that you shouldn’t miss in Le Suquet is the old chateau, that once was property of the Lerins Abbey and now hosts the Musee de la Castre. This museum showcases a collection of primal arts from around the world as well as an extensive collection of musical instruments. Climb up the Tour Carree, or squared tower, that was built in the 12th century, to get a 360 degrees view of the town and its surroundings.

Things to do in Cannes Le Suquet
View from Le Suquet

2. Le marche Forville

On your way down back to the city centre make sure you stop by le Marche Forville, the town’s market.

This covered market burts with local producers, from fresh fish to flowers and seasonal produces, you will find there a real provencal feel.

Opened every morning from Tuesday to Sunday, you will also find it opened on Mondays from 7am til 5.30pm exclusively selling antiques.

3. La Croisette

La Croisette is to Cannes what Les Champs Elysees are to Paris. Make sure you take a walk along the 3 kms promenade. Starting next to the Palais des Festival you will see the beautiful private beaches and palaces. Stop to admire the stunning architecture of the Carlton and take a moment to watch the sea, sitting in one of Cannes’ blue chairs.

Once well rested, if you fancy a longer walk, head towards the end of the Croisette and discover a quieter part of Cannes, the Palm Beach. From one side you will see up to Antibes and on the other side you will be so close to Les Iles de Lerins that it feels like you can almost touch them.

4. Les Iles de Lerins

Made up of four smalls islands, of which the bigger two are accessible by ferry, the Ile Sainte-Marguerite and the Ile Saint-Honorat.

Ile Sainte-Marguerite

The Sainte-Marguerite Island is the first Island you will see from Cannes, it is also the biggest one. To reach it from Cannes, you will need to take a boat, regular boat departures are possible throughout the day.

Once there you will discover a beautiful pine forest and the most beautiful beaches in Cannes. If you enjoy some beach time, this is where you should go as you will find some idyllic beaches. From one side of the island you will see Cannes and from the other side you will see the other island Saint-Honorat. In the Summer you will see hundreds of private boats moored in between the two islands.

Le Musee de la Mer, or the Museum of the Sea is located not far from the Pier. Located in the most ancient part of the fort, you will find there the cell of the very famous and mysterious “Homme au masque de fer” or “Man in the Iron Mask” in english.

Ile Saint-Honorat

The Saint-Honorat island is the smallest island, located slightly further back. Exclusively inhabited by monks, they share their time mainly between prayers and producing wine.

Also accessible by boat, the monastery is a must-see. The island is perfect for meditation and peace.

Things to do in Cannes: Ile Saint-Honorat
Ile Saint-Honorat

5. Shopping

Last but not least, one of the top things to do in Cannes is obviously some shopping!

Walking on the hotel side of the Croisette you will find there a succession of luxury boutiques. Do some window shopping or treat yourself, this is a must-do experience in Cannes.

Head to the very busy Rue d’Antibes where you will find the biggest prêt-à-porter brands. Have a wander through the Rue Meynadier too. Popular and historic street of Cannes, and pedestrian from end to end, you will find some of the best gourmet addresses in Cannes.

We hope you now feel ready to head to Cannes for a day (or more) in the French Riviera. If you are looking for accomodations, HB Property has a selection of beautiful villas and flats. Don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Not sure whether you prefer a ski or sun holiday this Winter? Visit the French Riviera and get both!

The French Riviera is the perfect Winter holiday location. Indeed it’s only 2 hours away from the UK but the change of scene is magnificent.

Since the Queen Victoria started visiting Nice in 1882, the French Riviera has been a beloved Winter holiday location for British people. This is mainly due to the mild and sunny weather.

Ski holiday at Isola 2000 & Auron

Isola 2000

Located 90 kms from Nice, Isola 2000 is the closest ski station from the sea. Accessing it from Nice is no struggle, it is a 1 hour 30 minutes but you can also take a shuttle. There are numerous accommodations, lovely restaurants and shops. Buy a ski pass when you get there and enjoy various level of difficulties. Don’t worry if you don’t have any equip;ent you can rent them there.

Auron

Also 90 minutes drive from Nice is the ski station of Auron. Finding accommodations and restaurants there is as easy as Isola 2000. They are fairly equal in terms of commodities, what differentiate them is the architecture and the nature. Isola 2000 is more modern whereas there is a bit more nature in Auron.

Winter events in the French Riviera

Carnival in Nice

Each year around February/March, Nice organises a beautiful carnival with flower and carnival parades. You also get lights parade, it really is an amazing experience.

Nice Carnival will take place this year from the 16th February to 2nd March 2019. You can book already now to reserve your seat or standing space.

Fête du Citron in Menton

Meanwhile in Menton, it is the lemon that is celebrated each year. Indeed, the town is called “la ville du Citron” or Lemon city. Similar to Nice Carnival there are magnificent parades but instead of flowers, they use lemons. This year will be the 86th time the event take place. La Fête du Citron is another institution on the French Riviera.

Coastal cities

Cannes

The city hosting the International Film Festival is also a real gem in the Winter time. A lot quieter at this time of the year, you can enjoy a mild weather and have a coffee by the sea. The view remains stunning and you might even see some people going for a dive. Not many, but there are people swimming all year round in Cannes.

Antibes

On top of the stunning sea you will be able to see the snow on the Alps. Because it is so calm in the Winter, many restaurants will close their doors but you will still find plenty of options in the Old Antibes. If you enjoy French Theatre, do check to see what plays they have on when you’re planning to visit.

Perfume in Grasse

Last but not least, do have a stop in Grasse to visit the Perfume capital. The Provencal city has a very typical old town with a very dynamic modern part. You will find that most big French perfume creators have their factory there, to create the scents we are dearly fond of. The Perfume Museum is a must-see if you’re interested by its 3000 years worth of history. Galimard, Fragonard or Molinard are houses that organise premium tours for visitors.

We hope that with this article you have no more doubts and will pick the French Riviera for your next Winter holidays and you will get to enjoy the sweet balance of sun and ski. If you are looking for an accomodation, Harrison Brook Property offers various different locations with a very exclusive service. Get in touch.

 

You have decided to spend New Year on the French Riviera but you haven’t planned anything yet?

Here are some of our favourite ideas to spend New Year (know here as the Saint Sylvestre) in the South of France like a local!

New Year’s Eve in Cannes 

Cannes is a great city to spend New Year’s Eve. The Crazy Horse, will perform in the Palais des Festival for a few days at the end of December. The famous Parisian cabaret is only there for five days so don’t miss this opportunity. God Save Our Bareskin will kick off the party and will be followed by a succession of glamorous, colourful dances. 

And what best way to start the year than watching striking fireworks from the Baie de Cannes? The fireworks will begin at Midnight so make sure to head towards the beach to enjoy the view. 

If the Crazy Horse is not what you fancy, you could have dinner at one of the numerous restaurants Cannes has to offer.

New Year French Riviera

New Year’s Eve in Antibes

Cannes is a bit too glamorous for your liking? Or you might be looking for something quieter? Then head to Antibes and celebrate New Year’s Eve in the small coastal city.

With its wide range of world cuisine you will be sure to find something you will love, in a picturesque town.

The party does not end at midnight, you can assist to a gig by an orchestra at the Palais des Congres. One session will start at 11am and a second one at 4pm.

 

New Year’s Eve in Nice

As a big city, Nice offers various options. The Cabaret du Casino Rhul hosts a New Year’s Eve event with over 1h30 of spectacular show. You could even go enjoy the Casino after the clock strikes midnight and party until the morning!

If you fancy a different type of cabaret, the Theatre de la Cite organises a Burlesque New Year’s Eve event. Dress up as a pin-up, gangster or retro chic and enjoy a glamorous night.

 

New Year’s Eve in Monaco

The city organises a big music show from 9PM to 3AM with DJs and fireworks at midnight. The party will take place in the heart of the Christmas Village on Quai Albert Ier.

If you’re feeling in a gambling mood to celebrate the New Year then head to the neighborhood of Monte-Carlo. You could visit one of the Casinos, Casino de Monte-Carlo or Casino Café de Paris, just to name a few.

 

New Year’s Eve in Saint Tropez

Saint-Tropez is the place to be in the Summer but it is also an amazing place to spend New Year’s Eve. Treat yourself to one of the numerous restaurants offering a New Year’s Eve menu.

Finish the year watching a beautiful firework over the Pier.

 

HB Property has a wide range of properties to rent across the French Riviera. Get in touch to start organising your next trip!

You have decided to buy a property in wonderful Nice, and you’ve got your eye on a French mortgage? One that is perfectly adaptable to your needs.

But, you feel the city may be too busy for your liking?

You may dream of picturesque mountains, sandy beaches with gorgeous people and tantalising cuisine…  And you are still mulling over your options of where you might enjoy long sunsets, delicious wine and precious family moments. Or even a promising business venture. 

Then this article is for you! Here are some interesting facts about our favourite small towns in the French Riviera:

The town of Le Cannet

Just north of Cannes, we find Le Cannet, a small town full of art deco buildings and open air restaurants and delis, certainly a spot for excellent food.

Explore art at Musee Bonnard, or meander around boutiques after a relaxing morning at the beach. The sea is just a short car journey away but you can also take the bus number 1.

Every Tuesday morning the Petanque players of the Place Jean Jaures make way so the Market can take place. You will find there fresh produces and local artisans. Le Cannet has a great balance of calm and French Riviera action.

The town of Saint-Laurent-du-Var

A suburb of Nice, the town lies to the west side of the River Var. This area offers a great quality of life, and being close to the sea means you’ll enjoy walks and many invigorating activities, as well as excellent seafood.

Discover the old village or indulge at one of the biggest mall of the French Riviera, Cap 3000. Currently being renovated, the “Centre commercial” will soon boast some amazing restaurants overlooking the sea. The town is also minutes away from Nice International Airport, so very handy for family, business and travellers.

Overall, Saint Laurent-du-Var is eclectic and offers something for all.

The town of Juan les Pins

The classic sandy beach town is lively and bustling with restaurants, nightclubs and casinos. Perhaps suited to those of a more extravagant lifestyle but still offers something to all.

Juan les Pins has daytime beach activities, miles of stunning scenery, and many fantastic restaurants. The town will blow you away with all it has to offer. It is the perfect way to escape the city.

The town of Biot

The commune of Biot is found on a hill, overlooking the mesmerizing Mediterranean. The town can be characterised by its classic French architecture and is famous for its pottery and glasswork. Biot is wonderfully serene, and will suit those looking for something away from the tourist areas. It is the perfect small town in the French Riviera.

The town of Menton

town Menton French Riviera

Located just near the Italian border, Menton is all you can imagine when you think of a small town in the French Riviera. It has the sea, a medieval old town but also a range of fantastic restaurants. The town is also known for its lemon, and hosts each year in February the “Fete du Citron” or Lemon festival.

No matter your choice of location, us at Harrison Brook Property are here to help you with French mortgages to suit every buyer, from non-resident mortgages to high-net worth mortgages.

Contact us at Harrison Brook Property today for more information.

Best holiday destinations in France? Nice is the place to be!

Choosing a holiday destination is quite a task. You are always spoiled for choice, or at the very least in a dilemma. Nice, France, is a perfect destination. There is a myriad of reasons why it should be at the top of your list of holiday destinations, whether you’re going with your family, partner or friends. Here are several reasons to consider Nice for your next holiday.

Accommodation

Getting accommodation in Nice is easy. Property owners are willing to rent out their property for use over the holidays. It is easy to spot and rent holiday apartments in Nice – Harrison Brook Property Holiday Bookings make it relaxed and hassle-free. We are a property management firm in Nice that brings together people renting out holiday apartments with those who are looking to book, ensuring tourists visiting the area aren’t left stranded on arrival looking for a place to stay.

Pebble beaches

Nice has some of the best pebble beaches in the South of France including La Plage Publique de Beau Rivage and Opera Plage. A stay in Nice gives you easy access to these beaches with no hassle. Pebble beaches offer scenic views; glimpses of rare beauty which is difficult to find elsewhere.

Ideal for families

Nice is accommodating for travelling parties of all sizes and relations. Starting with the variety of apartments on offer, it’s a perfect place to bring your kids. The breathtaking view of the city provided by the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean and the peaceful woods in the nearby countryside offers perfect hiking sites both for you and your kids. There are lots of activities that your kids can enjoy in Nice, not to mention the perfect child care services available in case you need to run an errand.

Nice is a place like nowhere that you’ve been to before and is definitley one of the best holiday destinations in France, adding some taste and luxury to your holiday. To have a pleasant and convenient stay in Nice, make sure you book a holiday apartment before your arrival. Also, prepare a schedule to manage your time and pick the places you most want to visit – at the end of your holiday in Nice, there’ll be so much left to explore you’ll wish you could have stayed longer!

Three things you’ll love about the pebbly beaches in Nice

You may be surprised to discover that there is an abundance of pebble beaches in Nice. This includes the famous La Plage Publique de Beau Rivage and Opera Plage, easily some of the best beaches in the south of France. While the distinct lack of sand might come as a shock at first, it’s certainly not something that tourists should turn their noses up at. After all, this unique feature is one of the things that makes the city such a wonderful and special place to visit. With this in mind, here are three things you’ll love about the pebbly beaches in Nice.

Less hassle

Yes, it’s nice to lie on the sand – but it doesn’t half cause problems. Just consider how annoying it can be to traipse sand back to your accommodation or to have it stick to your body as you leave the sea. Let’s not even get started on having a picnic on a sandy beach! Meanwhile, there’s just none of this hassle when it comes to pebble beaches – yet another reason to head to Nice.

Games

No, you can’t build a sandcastle. However, you can still get a lot of fun out of the pebbles on the coast. Families with young children might want to see who can find the most uniquely shaped stone to take home as a souvenir. Meanwhile, couples might want to go for a stroll along the seafront before seeing how far they can both skim a stone across the ocean on one of the best beaches in the south of france.

Distinction

Sand beaches are a little cliché. Meanwhile, there’s something rather extraordinary about the pebbly ones found in Nice. They emit a truly distinctive Mediterranean vibe that sets it apart from other locations in Europe and beyond. If anything it will certainly create a fantastic photo opportunity to capture your stay in such a breath-taking city.

It’s time to explore!

Pebbles beaches are just one of the many amazing sights that you’ll get to explore during your trip to Nice. It certainly won’t take you long to realise why people prefer them to sandy ones. If you’re putting the final touches on your trip, be sure to check out HB Property to find vacation apartments in Nice.

Easy ways to increase rental value of your property in Nice (which clients won’t mind paying extra for!)

Every renter wants to offer the best value property to their clients, especially if they are away on holiday. The south of France is an extremely popular destination for people from all over the world. More holidaymakers are choosing to rent  apartments in Nice for a more local experience rather than book a traditional hotel. Vacation rentals are proving popular with owners of apartments in Nice. Our experts have compiled a list of easy things you can do to increase rental value of your apartment which customers won’t mind paying a little bit extra for.

1. Newer, better windows

Nice is extremely beautiful, both the city and the countryside its historical architecture and stunning panoramic views. If you wish to increase rental value begin with windows. Not only will better windows allow your guests to enjoy the splendour Nice has to offer from the comfort of the apartment but it will also ensure that the property is full of natural light. A bright and airy apartment is more welcoming, guests appreciate relaxing comfortably before leaving to explore.

2. Increased facilities

you should try to make your Nice vacation rental as inviting and flexible as possible. This is key to providing a service that caters to all your guests’ needs which will increase rental value. Try adding an additional pull-out sofa bed and providing luxury touches such as a coffee machine or welcome hamper. Holidaymakers don’t want to be living out of their suitcase, they want the apartment to be as homely as possible. This means having a wide range of storage options, so your guests’ needs can be easily met. Additional shelving, storage and coat hooks are simple and cheap to install but will make a difference for those staying.

3. Free guidebooks and information packs

Although it’s easy to research Nice online, a personal recommendation from a local will be welcomed by any guest. Creating a list of your own favourite restaurants, bars and walks will show your guests that you really do want them to have the best time possible and that you are there to help them find all of Nice’s hidden gems. Make sure you try and accommodate everyone in these lists too, by highlighting the best vegetarian and Halal places, as well as suggesting some activities for families.

Harrison Brook Property is a short-term rental agency based in Nice, we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and complete transparency throughout the rental process. If you are interested in renting your property in Nice for short-term holiday rentals, then please look at https://www.hbproperty.fr/contact/ for further information.

Why rent out your apartment in Nice?

You may be asking yourself “should I lease my apartment?” Opening up your home to strangers on holiday in Nice may not be something that you had previously given any consideration to. So what would happen if you did? Nice is a much sought after spot and has holidaymakers flocking there all year round. This is your opportunity to cash in and make a very nice income from the burgeoning holiday rental scene.

Generate more income

“Why lease my apartment?” For a start, your apartment is in a prime area of France for a holiday rental – not only is Nice a stunning part of the world but it has great tourist opportunities and with that comes revenue. This revenue is there for you to partake in, if only you were to rent out your apartment! By taking the opportunity to put your property on the holiday rental market you could begin to earn more income. You do not have to do it for the whole year but you can cash in on the peak season when accommodation is going to be in high demand and short supply.

Provides you with more freedom

The cost that holidaymakers will pay to stay in your holiday rental could go towards doing so much for you. Why wouldn’t you want to make some money from your property? Let it work for you and you will reap the benefits.

Leasing your property could give you more freedom to do something fun for yourself. Why not go on an adventure of your own? You live and work in a stunning part of the world but why not explore other parts of the globe? Italy, Thailand, Australia – the sky is the limit if you decide to use the income that you could gain from your apartment.

Help others experience the beauty of Nice

If your answer to “should I lease my apartment?” depends on helping others You could improve a holidaymaker’s experience by being the insider with an intimate knowledge of Nice. By adding that extra je ne sais quoi you could potentially build a relationship with a set of holidaymakers who will come back to you time and time again to rent your apartment. This way it gives you the security of knowing who is renting from you and that they will treat you and your apartment with respect. You will begin to build a reputation as the go-to apartment ensuring that you will have a consistent flow of holidaymakers year after year.

HB Property always seeks to put people first whether it be you or the holidaymakers. We are transparent in our dealings and do not hide anything from you. You can trust us to keep your interests at heart and ensure that your property is cared for. So get online now and sign up with HB Property today, putting your apartment in the holiday rental market and giving holidaymakers somewhere to stay while you get to enjoy the rewards.

Three ways tourists can keep fit and healthy in Nice, how to not gain weight on vacation

The prospect of a sunny getaway can leave some tourists questioning how they’ll ever manage to maintain their health and fitness levels when they’re on holiday. After all, most people are waving goodbye to their gym membership for a week or two – and this can leave them at a loose end when it comes to staying active and eating well. Luckily, this isn’t an issue in Nice. Instead, you’ll find that the stunning coastal city is the perfect destination to maintain your fitness levels. Here is our guide on how to not gain weight on vacation.

Exercise

You’ve got a world of physical activities at your fingertips when you touch down in Nice. For instance, you can rent a bike and spend the day racing along the network of cycle paths that are established across the city. If you choose to cycle along one of the promenades – such as Promenade des Anglais – you’ll also find picturesque seafront views that trump anything you’ll see while exercising at home. There are also countless beaches to run along and oceans to swim in if those are more your thing.

Sleep

Nice isn’t the type of place that attracts stag or hen parties. This means that without revellers waking you up at all hours, you can always get a good night’s rest during your break. Sleep, of course, helps stabilise your metabolism and provides you with energy to partake in exercise. You’ll no doubt be hopping out of bed feeling as fresh as a daisy and ready to enjoy the sun-soaked mornings unfold in a city where there’s just so much to explore.

Food

There’s no need to come off your diet should you not want to in Nice. After all, countless restaurants offer freshly-caught fish – meaning you can consume protein and steer clear of processed food. In addition to this, salade niçoise – which originated in Nice – appears on many menus and contains nutritious favourites such as lettuce leafs, tomatoes and olives.

Nice awaits!

Nice is the perfect destination if you’re adamant you want to return from your holiday looking and feeling as great as you already do. If you’ve decided that it’s the city for you, be sure to use HB Property to find the very best vacation apartments in Nice.

5 reasons to holiday in Nice during spring

If you’re looking for an excuse to travel this spring, you could do a lot worse than Nice. Though generally a classic summer destination, thanks to the Mediterranean warmth and beautiful tourist trap beaches a holiday in Nice during spring has its advantages. Here are just a few reasons to try out this French paradise early this year:

Less tourists

The number one advantage of giving Nice a visit during the spring season is the substantial reduction in tourists. Though during the school holidays there will likely be a steep increase; booking outside these times will see beaches and tourist spots significantly less crowded.

Lower heat

Though the beautiful summer weather in Nice is world-renowned, in spring the city reaches acceptable temperatures of at least 17C, which is warm enough for comfort without being too hot to do or see anything. You may not want to lie on the beach all day, it does give you an opportunity to do more.

The opportunity for exploration

Unlike a standard beach holiday, visiting Nice off-season boasts a fantastic city to explore. A city with a long and fascinating history, immerse yourself in the artistic culture and history of the place.

Cheaper prices

Another considerable advantage of off-season travel is reduced cost. For anything from flights to accommodation, travelling to Nice in spring gives you fewer costs and therefore more money to play around with. Whether you choose to upgrade your property or eat out three times a day is up to you – but you’ll enjoy your cash more when it’s not spent on trains, planes or petrol costs.

The beauty of spring

Nice is stunning in summer, but a holiday in Nice during spring allows you to see the city bloom. As the beginnings of long, lazy sunshine-filled days begin, a riotous amount of flowers, both grown from baskets and window boxes and grown naturally, fills the city with perfume and makes for the perfect, idyllic photos to post on your Facebook. Need we say more?

If you own an apartment in the Nice area and you’re looking for a great property management company in Nice, France, or if you’re looking for a stunning location to rent this spring, contact us at HB Property today. We’d love to help.