Cannes Old Town

Sightsee the old quarter of Cannes, where narrow streets are filled with historic buildings and the views of the city and sea are mesmerizing.

Spend some time in the place where the city got its start, Cannes Old Town. Amble along medieval cobblestone streets lined with restaurants and boutiques. These streets snake their way through this hilltop quarter, also known as Le Suquet. The genteel, peaceful neighborhood is a world away from the glitz and glamor of the city’s beaches, casinos, super yachts and film festival.

An enjoyable part of any visit to the old town is finding a perch to look down on the city below and the hive of activity around the harbor. For a really good viewpoint, go to the old castle and climb to the top of the tower. Take in sweeping vistas of the sea, the city and the mountains.

The castle is also the home of the Castre Museum. Browse its fascinating collections, which include 19th-century landscape paintings that reveal how Cannes looked many years ago. There is also a collection of musical instruments in the castle’s 12th-century chapel.

Next door to the castle is the Eglise Notre-Dame de l’Esperance, a Gothic church from the 17th century. Gaze up at its tall tower and then step inside the building to view its beautiful carved wooden pulpit and other pieces of religious art. Delight in more scenic vistas of Cannes by climbing up the steps to the top of the tower. If you are in the city at Christmas, view the church’s nativity scene. During the summer, watch open-air concerts in front of the entrance and in the courtyard of the castle.

Before you go up to the old quarter, check out some of the sights at the foot of the hill it sits on. Browse a fresh produce market and observe the super yachts docked in the harbor. Getting to Cannes Old Town involves a short stroll from the busy beach area. Parking is available, for a fee, in the garage near the harbor.

Accommodation in Cannes Old Town

Finding a great place to stay is a vital element of any vacation experience. Expedia lists many of the most popular Cannes Old Town hotel rooms.

Starting at the premium end of Cannes Old Town's options, why not book a few nights at the Florella Croisette, at 3, Place du General de Gaulle, or the Five Seas Hotel Cannes, at 1 Rue Notre Dame. The Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic, at 10, La Croisette, and the Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes, at 2, Boulevard Jean Hilbert are two lower priced listings that may be worth investigating if you're looking to save a bit of cash.

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