Cannes, contrary to popular belief, is not all palaces, palm trees and glamour. Like every town and city in the south of France, Cannes is full of charming, characterful little corners that you really should explore. At our Best Western Premier Mondial hotel, we urge you to take a stroll round the Le Suquet district.
Perched on a hilltop, Le Suquet is where the city first came into being. Towering proudly above the Old Port, this part of the city is full of narrow cobbled streets for you to wander up and down on a sunny afternoon. Le Suquet, the oldest part of Cannes, is sometimes called “Mont Chevalier”. It’s the perfect spot to get fine views over the bay and the famous Croisette. Here, more than anywhere else, you will appreciate the Provencal charm and unspoilt rustic character. Le Suquet is Cannes’ Old Town, and you’ll be almost overwhelmed by how picturesque and unpretentious it all is, with its colourful façades and typical little squares.
In the Middle Ages, the monks at the abbey of Saint-Honorat built a castle, and the village grew up around it. Nowadays the Castre Museum is housed in what used to be the medieval castle. This is the cultural highlight of your trip, with an extensive collection of antiquities from the Mediterranean basin on display. If you feel up to the challenge, you can climb to the top of the castle’s square tower, the Tour Carré, taking it one step at a time… and you will be richly rewarded, because from here you have the most beautiful view imaginable over the bay of Cannes. Pause for a snack at one of the many restaurants in the city’s oldest street, Rue Saint-Antoine. And why not take a quick look round Forville Market, at the bottom of the hill, for a spot of shopping…
This historic district is well away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, but is still a very lively place all year round, very popular with residents and visitors alike. This is where you will discover the real soul of Cannes, when you get off the beaten track… a wonderful experience that we’re delighted to share with you!