Discover Cannes destination
Cannes has a soul; it thrives in Le Suquet, this hill which was the cradle of the city. With an ideal point of view to admire the bay and the famous Croisette, the oldest neighborhood of Cannes is the communion of the Provençal charm and the authentic village. Vestiges of the middle ages, sites and cultural events, all in Le Suquet and its picturesque atmosphere.
As with all of Mediterranean villages, Cannes was built on a hill to be protected against the major threats of the time, pirates and Saracens. The Suquet, which means “mound” in Provençal, is located to the west of the bay. Also named Mont-Chevalier, this strategic promontory which peaks at 66m was the former Canoa of the Ligurians transalpine people who were the first to invest in the site. Today nothing remains of this occupation.
In the middle ages, the monks of Saint-Honorat abbey built a castle as much defensive as a place of worship. Around the castle developed a castrum or a fortified village. The site was given to the monks by the Earls of Provence. As a result, no taxes are paid.
The Museum de la Castre
The Museum de la Castre is what remains of the mediaeval castle of the Lérins monks. Before this cultural destiny, the site was a ceramic factory at the end of the 19th century.
The museum contains an important collection of antiques from the Mediterranean basin, bequeathed to the city by the Baron Lycklama a Dutch aristocrat who fell in love with the small seaside resort. The primitive arts are also well represented, as well as the post-impressionist painting of small Provençal masters.
The Square Tower
Centerpiece of the castle, the square tower dominates the city. The more courageous will climb the one hundred steps of the old Saracen tower to admire the most beautiful panorama of the bay of Cannes.
The Mediaeval Streets
The neighborhood of the Suquet is a pedestrian area, and an inheritance of a mediaeval configuration made of sloping alleys. From Mont-Chevalier Street up to the square of the Suquet savors a tortuous and picturesque itinerary around the citadel. You will travel along the oldest street of the city, the rue Saint-Antoine, the street of the merchants and the restaurants of the Suquet. The atmosphere of the alleys of the Suquet is the natural complement to the duo glitter and glamour of the Croisette!
The Forville Market
One of the most popular spots of the Suquet is the Forville Market. The first version was in wood at the end of the 19th century. This was removed in the 1930’s to an open metal structure, more modern and larger to meet the growing needs of a growing population. Located at the foot of the hill of the Suquet, the Forville Market has earned a reputation for quality, freshness and variety of its products well beyond Cannes.
The Old Port
At the foot of the Le Suquet, the Old Port of which the oldest part is the "Quai St Pierre" dates from 1838. It welcomes old galleons and yachts. In September, the sail boats of the Royal Regattas are dashing from there.. With its 150 years of existence, the Yacht Club of Cannes is the oldest association in Cannes. This port has participated for the last 10 years in the organization of the prestigious Challenge Panerai.
Musical Nights of the Suquet
Each year in July, the Suquet is devoted to classical music. A real institution, the Musical Nights of the Suquet will celebrate their fortieth anniversary in 2015. They offer to young talents such as confirmed artists an open air scene under the lapidary decor of Our Lady of Hope. Another event of the neighborhood is the Suquet of Arts, a multi-cultural event just introduced in August 2014. On the program, painting, sculpture, floral art, theater and music bring live intensely the historic district of Cannes.