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. A unique blend of film festivals and yachting, Cannes is a cultural hotspot. As such, it attracts millions of visitors each year and has the reputation of being THE absolute haunt of the well-heeled in Provence. Suffice to say that if you plan to stay in Cannes, this jewel of the Côte d’Azur, accommodation will be expensive, especially the summer!
An ancient village of Ligurian fishermen, the city has been the privileged holiday destination of rich English and Russians visitors ever since the 19th-century. Its hotel infrastructure is largely intended for wealthy tourists. Here is a mini guide of the neighbourhoods where to stay in Cannes.
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Cannes’ picturesque and historical city centre, the hill and the district of Suquet were once the cradle of the city, a place revealing all the charms of Provence to passers-by. Among the historic buildings, you will find vestiges of the Middle Ages listed as Monuments Historiques (heritage buildings), including the Church of Notre-Dame d’Espérance.
Don’t miss the Museum of Castre, housed in the 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 surrounding the citadel. In the oldest street of the city, you will find a more peaceful and down-to-earth atmosphere compared to the ostentatious bling of La Croisette.
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La Croisette and its boulevard of the same name are emblematic features of Cannes. Located to the east of this agglomeration of 74,285 inhabitants, the Croisette is the city’s upscale quarter. Lined with luxury hotels, residences luxury, and palaces, a wide pedestrian promenade sheltered by pines and palm trees runs along the beach from where visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Lerins Islands and the Cap d’Antibes.
Here, with real estate prices rising up to 12,000 € per square meter, rents for staying in Cannes are paid in thousands of euros, the Croisette being a hub of international investors and celebrities around the world. However, if your bank account is prepared for it, don’t miss the annual gathering around the famous Cannes Film Festival.
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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 uplands, the area offers a splendid view of the Gulf of Napoule. Home to a natural forest park, the district has managed to preserve vast virgin spaces, a green setting listed as a precious zone by the local government. Among the places to stay in Cannes, this slightly off-centred neighbourhood offers much lower accommodation rates than the Croisette.
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Situated just west of Cannes, this district offers much more affordable prices, featuring a residential part, and a more working-class area. Staying in La Bocca can be a good strategy for exploring Cannes and the surrounding area if you arrive at Cannes-Mandelieu airport and prefer to avoid the ostentatious and sometimes indecent display of the wealthy visitors.
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