Le Suquet - The Old Town (Self Guided), Cannes

Initially a Roman camp, Le Suquet is Cannes' old town quarter and the original site of the city. With its medieval buildings and a castle on top of the hill, it offers an incredible contrast to the glamor of La Croisette. Take this tour to experience a bit of Provencial history.
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Le Suquet - The Old Town Map

Guide Name: Le Suquet - The Old Town
Guide Location: France » Cannes (See other walking tours in Cannes)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Le Suquet
  • Notre Dame d'Esperance
  • Musee de la Castre
  • Tour du Masque
  • Old Port
Le Suquet

1) Le Suquet

The beautiful old town of Cannes is le Suquet which is built on the site of a Roman military camp. The buildings have features of medieval style and rich in their architectural design. The town is very beautiful and attractive because it is the highest point in Cannes where lies the remains of the fortified tower and the 12th century Chapel of St. Anne. Tourists have a great opportunity to see and admire the beach of La Croisette, its restaurants and cafes.
Notre Dame d'Esperance

2) Notre Dame d'Esperance (must see)

Located on top of Suquet Hill in old Cannes, this church is not only a sight to be seen, it also offers a fabulous view of the city and the bay. The church was built in the 14th and 15th centuries, featuring a Provencial Gothic style with wood paneling. Besides the architectural features, the church also contains a great collection of 19th century paintings, including a fresco by George Roux portraying the baptism of Christ.
Musee de la Castre

3) Musee de la Castre (must see)

Musee de la Castre is located on the hills of Suquet, in a medieval castle built in the 12th century by Lerins monks. The museum started with the private collection of Baron Lycklama, donated to the city in 1877. Today it strives to promote world art and showcases an impressive collection of artifacts from all around the world. Chapel of St. Anne (a 12th century tower) is part of the museum and displays an outstanding collection of musical instruments, as well as offering an incredible view of the city of Cannes.

Operation hours: September, April - June: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm (until 9 pm on Wednesday);
October - March: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 1 pm - 2 pm - 5 pm.
July - August: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 1 pm - 2 pm - 6 pm.
Tour du Masque

4) Tour du Masque (must see)

This 12th century tower, located in the old town, takes its name from the famed 12th century Man in the Iron Mask. It is said that he spent his last days in the tower after escaping the Bastille on Sainte-Marguerite island, and that his ghost haunts the tower to this day.
Old Port

5) Old Port

Below the hill of the old town, to the east, lies Old Port, also known as Vieux Port. A true playground for the rich and famous, it is usually packed with hundreds of big, beautiful yachts. Access is free and if you are lucky you may even get invited onto one of these floating mansions.

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