Le Suquet

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Le Suquet, Cannes, 06400

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Le Suquet
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By Anthony Peregrine, your Cannes expert

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#2 of 6
expert-rated things to do in Cannes
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
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Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Foodies, Education, History, Sightseeing

Best for History - Expert review of Le Suquet

Steep wriggling streets and a sense of history: this is the Cannes opener.

Forgive me. It’s a ridiculous pun. What I mean is that this is the district where Cannes started. And, if you didn’t know, you’d quickly guess.

Rising behind the old port, Suquet Hill is a warren of steep sinuous street-lets, all pressing in upon one another, the better to concentrate the throb of life coursing through them. In the old days this comprised fishermen and associated folk.

Today it’s mainly tourists, which is no bad thing. I’ll warrant the district is a damned sight more prosperous now than it ever was when dependent on the daily catch. I’ll also bet that the restaurants are both more numerous and better.

Happy holidaymakers

Certainly, they enliven the labyrinth. And it is good to sea happy holidaymakers sitting jammed on their terraces having a good time.

Yet, despite these changes, the atmosphere has not been entirely lost. Especially if you go early morning or late evening, you may still get a feel for the way things were when the sea was a source of trouble and menace, rather than a leisure facility.

A sense, too, of just how close-knit lives must have been. Take your time and let it all soak in. Then make for the Musée de la Castre (see separate entry).

Engrossing

On leaving the museum, simply wander at your leisure. It really is engrossing. And, if you’re wondering where to have lunch or dinner, have a look at the Cannes cafés and restaurants  section and pick one in Rue St Antoine or Rue du Suquet.
 

Expert tips: 
Please don't scorn this district as a "tourist trap". We are all tourists. Think how dull the world would be if there were no facilities for us.

More information on Le Suquet:

Price guide:
Free
Type:
Historic site, Museum, Neighbourhood / street
Address:
Le Suquet, Cannes, 06400
Website:
http://www.cannes.com
Months open:
All year round
Indoor/outdoor?:
Both
Free tags / Keywords:
History

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