Where to put your suitcases on the French riviera? In Cannes, of course! Here are the best areas to stay in Cannes!
Bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and bathed in sunshine all year round, the city of Cannes stretches along a wide bay opening onto the Gulf of Napoule, and is with the film festivals and yachting, a cultural hotspot. As such, it attracts millions of visitors each year and has the reputation of being THE destination of the rich in Provence. Suffice to say that renting an accomodation to stay in Cannes, this jewel of the Côte d’Azur, it can be expensive, especially the summer!
Ancient village of Ligurian fishermen, the city is since the 19th century the privileged holiday destination of the rich English and Russians. Its hotel infrastructure is largely intended for wealthy tourists. Here is a short mini guide to the neighbourhoods where to stay in Cannes.
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A true picturesque and historical center of Cannes, the hill and the district of Suquet were once the cradle of the city: Provence in all its charms unveiled to passers-by. Among the historic buildings, you will find vestiges of the Middle Ages listed on the list of historic monuments, including the Church of Notre-Dame d’Espérance. Don’t miss the museum of Castre, a medieval castle of the monks of Lérins and former ceramic factory (in the 19th century). A pleasant area to stay in Cannes, with its maze of picturesque streets and enclosed around the citadel. In the oldest street of the city, you will find an atmosphere more peaceful and popular than the bling-bling antics of La Croisette.
Crédit photo: Flickr – Franck Michel
La Croisette and its eponymous boulevard are the emblems of the city of Cannes. Located to the east of this agglomeration of 74,285 cannois, the Croisette is the upscale and stilted district of Cannes. A wide pedestrian promenade sheltered by pines and palm trees runs along the beach – from where the visitor is offered a breathtaking view of the Lerins Islands and the Cap d’Antibes – and is dotted with luxury hotels, residences luxury and palaces. Here, at 12 000 € per square meter, rents for staying in Cannes are paid in thousands of euros, the Croisette being the flagship of international investors and stars around the world. However, if you have a well-stocked bank account, don’t miss the appointments of the famous Cannes Film Festival.
Crédit photo: Flickr – Anthony Fino
Located west of the city, between La Bocca and Petit Juas, is the highest point of Cannes, 260 meters above sea level. Built on a hillside in the Croix-des-Gardes massif, you will have a splendid view of the Gulf of Napoule. The district has managed to preserve vast virgin spaces within the forest natural park within it, a green setting classified sensitive by the department. For housing in Cannes, this slightly out-of-the-way neighborhood offers much lower rents than the Croisette.
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Located just west of Cannes, this district offers much more affordable prices, with a residential part and another where the demography is much more popular. Staying in La Bocca can be a good strategy for exploring Cannes and the surrounding area if you arrive at Cannes-Mandelieu airport and if you are fleeing the ostentatious and sometimes indecent display of the upper classes.
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