Cagnes Sur Mer, Cros de Cagnes & Le Lido

Welcome to Le San Marco at Le Lido in Cros de Cagnes, Cagnes Sur Mer, in the heart of the Riviera on the fantastic Mediterranean coast less than a ten minute drive from Nice Cote d'Azur International Airport but you won't hear a plane here (they fly in from over the Sea). Cagnes Sur Mer provides an excellent base to investigate the rest of the Cote d'Azur within easy reach by Bus/Train/Car of Nice, Cannes, Antibes and the principality of Monaco together with the famous Italian Market at Ventimiglia. The train station at Cros de Cagnes is in easy walking distance from the apartment and the bus stop with busses to Cannes / Antibes / Nice and Grasse is less than a two minute walk away! There is private access direct to the beach at Cros de Cagnes.

Cagnes  Sur  Mer

Grimaldi Castle / Grimaldi Chateau Cagnes Sur Mer
Grimaldi Castle

Cagnes is comprised of three distinct regions which makes it unique in the French Riviera. Cagnes Sur Mer has something to offer every one. The medieval village of Haut de Cagnes perched high up in the hills with its famous Grimaldi Castle (Grimaldi Chateau) originally constructed in the thirteenth century. The Grimaldi Castle had extensive renovation / re-design in the seventeenth century.  A chosen destination for art and literary lovers from around the world- it was in Haut de Cagnes that Cezanne and of course Renoir often painted, Renoir having lived his last thirty years at Les Collettes a farm in Cagnes Sur Mer.  Cagnes Sur Mer is often referred to as the 'Montmartre of the Cote d'Azur. Other famous people who have lived here include the writers Kay Boyle and Georges Simenon, George Antheil (composer, pianist and author) as well as Suzy Solidor (singer, actress, night club owner  and model - "the most painted woman in the world"!). The Solidor Donation is housed in the Grimaldi Castle (a selection of paintings of Suzy Solidor by different famous artists.

Cagnes Ville / Cagnes Sur Mer with its frequent markets, numerous shops indispersed with chic boutiques and of course its internationally renowned Equestrian Centre - the Hippodrome Cote d'Azur. The Hippodrome Cote d'Azur is   the second largest horse race course in France (by number of Race Meetings). Cagnes Sur Mer has everything you would expect in a French Town including a Multi-screen Cinema however mercifully Cagnes Sur Mer is saved from the hoards of tourists which often swamp some of the other Riviera Towns. It is however a popular destination for many of the French.

Hippodrome Cote d'Azur Cagnes Sur Mer

Hippodrome Cote d'Azur  

Cros de Cagnes Beach, Cros de Cagnes, Cagnes Sur Mer
Beach at Cros de Cagnes

Cros de Cagnes is often said to be the last authentic village left in the Cote d'Azur probably due in part to the fact that it still has a port exclusively used by the fishermen. This also helps Cagnes to  have many fabulous restaurants with a number having Michelin Stars to their credit. There are also several markets held in Cros de Cagnes  every week, a village centre crammed with shops and also banks and the local Post Office. However what Cros de Cagnes is best known for is its beach complete with wide promenade which stretches from the Hippodrome Cote d'Azur through Cros de Cagnee to the Marina at Saint-Laurent du Var approximately 4km long in total. The local  authority in Cagnes Sur Mer has invested significant amounts of money in redesigning the promenade which spans the whole of the beach with spectacular results.

Click to see a  French Video of  Cros de Cagnes / Cagnes Sur Mer, the Beach & some of the other attractions