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The Croisette

Let yourself be carried away by dreams on the mythical promenade of Cannes

It is in a way the star of the stars, known to all, admired and courted: here is the famous Croisette. An emblematic boulevard of Cannes, the Croisette is a real place of life. Here, nature and the city face each other in joyful harmony. To swim, rest, eat, be entertained, shop or simply stroll, it is a spectacle at any time of the day but also late in the evening! We take you to meet it, to discover its many facets and, why not, to take with you a part of its enchantment.

The Croisette

A prestigious promenade

between the beach and the city

Like a ribbon encircled by pines and palm trees, the Croisette stretches for 3 kilometres, from the Palais des Festivals to the Port Canto. Bordered by sand and beach restaurants on one side, by the facades of the big hotels and the luxury shop windows on the other, this promenade is enough to make our eyes shine.

The small coastal path

has become the boulevard where all eyes meet

Like Cannes, a small village that has become a world-renowned seaside resort, the Croisette has also changed. It’s hard to imagine today, but this boulevard, which is prized by the wealthiest of the wealthy, used to be a simple coastal path where only donkeys and pilgrims dared to venture.

The steps of the Palais des Festivals

To begin this walk along the Croisette, we start from the famous Palais des Festivals. Who has never heard of this place? Red carpet, stairs, glamour and cinema… This is where the Cannes Festival, known all over the world, has been held for over 75 years. In its place was the Municipal Casino which hosted the first edition in 1946. Then the Festival moved to 50 la Croisette, to return in 1983 in the new Palais des Festivals.

All glass and steel, it is a bit like a rock with many facets.

 

Farniente & shopping

the place for all pleasures

Perfect beaches for lounging

After crossing the pretty Reynaldo Hahn square, with its flower beds and large wooden carousel, we arrive on the Croisette. On our right, the golden sand is revealed, leading to the clear and temperate waters of the Mediterranean. Why don’t we take a dip before continuing?

 

Seeing and being seen: the spirit of the Croisette

All along the Croisette, the famous blue chairs are available to onlookers. For us, it’s the ideal place to take a break and contemplate the horizon… But also to watch the parade of passers-by, whether they are sporty in the morning or dressed up at night!

Luxury from every angle

On the left, the facades of the grand hotels and luxury buildings line up. With their columns, ornate balconies and immaculate whiteness, they are true architectural works of art, in keeping with the landscape that faces them.  At the foot of these hotels, a whole series of luxury boutiques follow one another. Not a single one is missing. With windows like these, you can’t help but be tempted by a shopping session, can you? Or at least you can admire the windows and the proposals of the great fashion designers, like a fashion magazine!

 

The beating heart of Cannes

At night, when the party sparkles on the Croisette

As you walk along, you discover an alternation of public beaches but also establishments with their restaurants, sheltered under pretty white wooden huts. Each of these beaches stands out from the others with its own unique atmosphere and sophisticated decoration, some of them festive and others more muted, depending on what you want at the time.

At sunset, it is at La Môme Plage that we choose to sit down. Admiring the colours at the end of the day while sipping a tasty cocktail in a magnificent setting is a sweet perfume of dolce vita!

When night falls, it’s time to celebrate. At the same table, people taste, discuss, dance and sing. Once again, it’s on the Croisette that everything happens!

A lively scene, all year round

The Croisette is undoubtedly the place for all kinds of shows. We all know the Palais des Festivals which hosts the famous Cannes Film Festival. But this is not the only event organised on the mythical boulevard de la Croisette. Events and exhibitions are scheduled throughout the year. With such a rich cultural agenda, you’re sure to come back and discover the Croisette in any season.