We are now in Cannes for two days. We will stop opposite the Yves Delorme boutique, today from 4pm to 6:30pm and tomorrow from 10:30 am until 1:30pm.
Cannes is very well known for its festival and its famous “steps”. We will also share with you historical places to discover.
Le Suquet and the Museum of Castre : another aspect of Cannes
On Mont Chevalier, the oldest district of Cannes, you can reach the Suquet which means summit in Provencal language. It offers a stunning view of Cannes and the different Mediterranean landscapes. It also has a great atmosphere with narrow streets full of shops and restaurants.
You can discover there the “Château des abbés de Lérins” and its museum with a rich collection of musical instruments and paintings from Provence.
But be prepared for an amazing journey just by admiring the view !
St Honorat Island and its monastery
Separated from Sainte-Marguerite by a 600-meter stretch of sea called “middle of the board,” Saint-Honorat Island, 1500 meters long and 400 meters wide, is wooded with pine trees and sea. It hosts the Abbey of Lérins monks and many remains as a fortified monastery and numerous chapels.
Since the 5th century, the arrival of the monastery of Saint-Honorat, the place has continued to develop around the monastic community which has extended its influence throughout the ages and throughout Europe, printing at this unique place a rare spiritual dimension.
The island of Saint Honorat is also managed by a community of monks. The monks cultivated eight hectares of vineyard and offer to taste – and buy – their wine on site. Take the opportunity to have lunch on the island: the setting is amazing!
The abbey and some architectural remains are still visible on the island and testimony to those times. 4 chapels still visible on the island, Saint-Sauveur chapel is the oldest. She is still the subject of archaeological excavations and has not finished delivering its secrets.
Relaxing, sublime and exotic, it is a destination for meditation
The Malmaison is the only flag that remains of the Grand Hotel built in 1863 by the architects Vianey and Blondel. The City of Cannes acquired in 1970 with the aim of creating a new exhibition space on the Croisette. Renovated and refurbished, La Malmaison annually hosts major exhibitions of contemporary art.
Its purpose is to present solo exhibitions of artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Each exhibition gathers about a hundred works from private and public collections, exhibited in the 207 m2 of the gallery.
Our favorite restaurant is l’Assiette Provençale
It is a simple and welcoming place. We like the quality of their food. The restaurant is based at the entrance of the old harbor in the old town. Enjoy their Provencal menu ! Then, try to get a ride to St. Peter’s pier where they often have festivals and cultural events.
The magnificent villa and the park were built for the Baroness de Rothschild. Both are listed as historic monuments and we recommend to stop for a visit.
With an english garden it has a neoclassical and romantic style.
The estate was at first confiscated during the “occupation” and it now belongs to the city of Cannes since 1947. You can visit the library and attend many cultural events in the park. Also, they created the “Garden Annie Girardot” to help people suffering from Alzheimer.
Rue d’Antibes and Rue Meynadier
Rue d’Antibes, downtown, is a great shopping area. All the biggest fashion labels have a store there. You can easily take the bus and enjoy the parks nearby.
Rue Meynadier is pedestrian and it is an historic part of Cannes. It is popular for food and restaurants. You can also visit the Forville market, Allées of Freedom and the Old Port.