The Old Town of Cannes
Cannes is best known for the glitz and glamor and the film festival in May each year. But it also has a beautiful old district, named le Suquet.
Le Suquet was the old fishing village where fishermen used to live. The houses in the narrow streets are hundred years old. This area became the property of the monks of the Iles de Lerins in the 11th century. The castle, the Château de la Castre, dates from 1088 and was also built by them.The largest part is pedestrianized so you can enjoy the small shops and the wonderful scents from the restaurants. The most famous street is the Rue St. Antoine, with many restaurants, old stairs and a romantic atmosphere. A good place to enjoy your dinner.
Next to the Château, you also find a church on this perched hill, called the Notre Dame de l’Esperance. From this point, you have stunning views on Cannes, the port and if the weather is clear, the islands of Iles de Lérins. I spent some time here to really enjoy this stunning view. The sparkling sea, the flowering oleanders, a clear blue sky …
Near Le Suquet, in the Rue Dr. P. Gazagnaire, you will find the market, Marche Forville, (Rue Félix Faure) where you can buy local products such as vegetables, homemade or homegrown fruits, fish and cheese, which you can visit from the early morning to the early afternoon on Tuesday to Sunday.
But what a difference! Down the hill plays the life of the jetset, at the top you immerse yourself in the medieval streets with their charm. I was happy that I finally made it to visit le Suquet because I got a different view of the Cannes in this way.
Have you ever been in Cannes?