The boulevard is named boulevard de la Croisette because originally, a small cross, "crouseto" in Provençal, was the emblem of the original path. Since 2010, the oratory at the end of the cape, with its steel cross, has been a reminder of the history of this prestigious boulevard.
The Croisette in Cannes is the city's best-known district. Once a year, the boulevard shines on every television channel during the famous Cannes Film Festival. Actors and directors from all over the world come in their finest designer outfits to walk the red carpet of this festive promenade, facing the Mediterranean Sea.
The rest of the year, the Croisette is no less sumptuous. The fine sandy beaches of the French Riviera, luxury hotels and boutiques, holiday homes and more. Cannes attracts crowds and the greatest wealth, all year round.
During your stay in Cannes, the boulevard de la Croisette is a must, to be visited and revisited, alone or accompanied.
- Why the boulevard de la Croisette?
- A dirt road that has become synonymous with luxury and prestige
- Cannes, a seaside resort
- The Cannes Festival and the Palais des Congrès.
- What can you do on the Croisette promenade?
- The Croisette beach in Cannes
- Shopping on the Croisette
- The best restaurants on the Croisette promenade in Cannes
Why the boulevard de la Croisette?
A dirt road that has become synonymous with luxury and prestige
The origins of this luxury boulevard lie in the sands and marshes as far as the eye can see.
The boulevard de la Croisette was originally a dirt track used by pilgrims, their carts and the fishermen of Cannes. The area was made up of dunes, some of which were more than 15 metres high. Pilgrims set off from here, attracted by the sanctity of the monks of the Abbey of Lérins, to the island of Saint-Honorat, off the coast of Cannes.
JW Marriott CannesThe JW Marriott Cannes is located in Cannes, on the Boulevard de la Croisette, just 50 metres from the beach. This 5-star hotel features a rooftop swimming pool, a private beach partner, a casino and a shopping centre.
Cannes, a seaside resort
Spotted by a wealthy winter resident on holiday, by 1834 the whole of London had only Cannes in mind. Soon, aristocrats from all over the world were turning it into a resort and a place of luxury, and Cannes was gradually transformed into the seaside resort and tourist town it is today.
To coincide with this change, work began on the Croisette, where a 5-metre wide promenade was built to accommodate tourists.
Today, the Croisette is 2.6 km long. It begins in the Centre Croisette district and ends at Place Franklin-Roosevelt in the Pointe Croisette district.
The Cannes Festival and the Palais des Congrès.
The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes is ideally located on the Croisette promenade. The building, with its contemporary architecture, hosts exhibitions, shows and political events all year round. You can find the programme of events throughout the year on the Palais des Festivals website.
The Cannes Festival, known as the "International Film Festival" until 2002, is a world-famous film festival. Every year, during the second half of May, it welcomes stars from all over the world.
👉 If you want to go to the Cannes Film Festival to catch a glimpse of your favourite stars, book your tickets and hotels at least a year in advance. One of the most popular events on the French Riviera, it attracts hundreds and hundreds of people from all over the world. For 12 days, the city changes completely.
What can you do on the Croisette promenade?
The promenade features flower gardens and trees to shade the landscaped areas. You can sit facing the sea and admire the fountains and monuments. Cannes locals take advantage of the promenade to do some sport. You'll see lots of people running, or rollerblading, for example.
The Croisette beach in Cannes
The promenade runs alongside the Croisette beach, one of the largest in Cannes and certainly the most visited. The beach is beautiful, with fine sand and the Mediterranean Sea shimmering in its iconic turquoise.
Shopping on the Croisette
Many luxury boutiques line the Croisette promenade. To name but a few, you'll find famous French brands such as:
- Versace And more...
The best restaurants on the Croisette promenade in Cannes
Numerous restaurants offer gourmet visitors Provencal dishes typical of the Côte d'Azur. Here are some of our favourites.
🍴 Restaurant La Palme d'Or
Sumptuous establishment offering "tasting" menus, accompanied by grands crus. The terrace offers a magnificent view over the Bay of Cannes. The restaurant is only open for dinner in the evening.
📍 Address: 73 Bd de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes
⏰ Opening times: 7.30pm to 9.30pm, every day except Sunday and Monday.
🍴 Le Carlton Restaurant
This prestigious Croisette hotel needs no introduction. Its restaurant offers the delights of its Michelin-starred chef, in one of the building's dazzling rooms. The hotel also has a bar and a function room where parties are sometimes organised.
📍 Address: 58 Bd de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes
⏰ Opening times: 12.30pm to 2.30pm and 7.30pm to 10.30pm, every day.
🍴 Le Miramar Plage
The Miramar Plage restaurant welcomes its guests on the Croisette beach, with its feet in the sand. The establishment is renowned for its seafood specialities, concocted according to the catch of the day, and the terrace is very pleasant for an aperitif while watching the sunset.
📍 Address: 64 Bd de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes
⏰ Opening times: 10am to 11pm, every day.