Circuit promenade

Opposite the museum, cross boulevard Sadi Carnot and walk down rue Cavasse.
This paved pedestrian street was known first as rue des Marchés, then as avenue du square. It was renamed rue Cavasse in 1868, in memory of Auguste Cavasse, Mayor and Doctor of Le Cannet. Look out for the 20th century villas designed by architect Stoecklin: their white stone stands out. Their thick walls, lime plaster, cornices, Roman tiles and wrought iron balconies give them a unique charm.

At the end of the street, go left down the shaded pathway of Jardin de Tivoli. At the end of the path, pass by the espace Bonnard, an old evangelist chapel which hosted exhibitions dedicated to Bonnard before the opening of the museum.

Follow rue de Cannes in which the Danys Tower is situated. Commissioned by the Lérins monks in the middle of the 16th century, it is the oldest building of Le Cannet to be preserved in its original condition. Originally used to close the entrance to the town, its door – now walled shut – was situated three meters above ground level and required a ladder to access it. Its roof – bearing nine machicolations – and its extremely few openings recall its defensive purpose.

Retrace your steps back towards Jardin du Tivoli and head towards the Sainte-Catherine Church and Saint-Bernardin Chapel which hosts temporary exhibitions. Walk back towards boulevard Carnot and stop at the Town hall to visit its wedding reception room, known as Salle Bellini. Five of Bonnard's paintings representing Le Cannet's joie de vivre are displayed here.

Between the town hall and Musée Bonnard, rue des Prés will lead you to the town's historical centre. On your right, the Sainte-Philomène Church in rue de la placette welcomes you to view its baroque gems. On your left you will see the Calvys Tower, named after the first family from Val d'Oneille to settle in Le Cannet in 1441.

Heading back to rue Saint-Sauveur, you will see on your right the Saint-Sauveur Chapel, a magnificent tribute to life by Tobiasse. Opposite stands themur des amoureux de Peynet("wall of lovers" by Peynet), a French illustrator and honorary citizen of Le Cannet.

Walk up the street to place Bellevue and enjoy its superb panoramic sea view before turning your attention to the Oranger du patrimoine and the statue of Victorien Sardou. This bronze sculpture was created by Manuel Linarès in 1985 in honour of one who was a great tragedian and illustrious descendent of a family of Le Cannet. Turn right into rue des Calvys to discover its false windows, then head back into rue Saint-Sauveur.

Walk up the street to n° 396, the old Town hall. Used as such until 1933, it stands out due to its bell tower and clock. Further down you will find place des Paramideaux and its Bastides houses built around a small square.

Going back down, turn into the narrow and winding rue des Voûtes, designed at a time when urban areas were extremely densely built up. Here, houses are constructed directly onto large blocks of rough stone. To finish, turn into either rue Saint Sauveur to return to Musée Bonnard, or rue Victor Hugo to reach chemin Notre-dame-des-Anges and its chapel.

 

More information to discover vieux-Cannet

Follow the blue and yellow markings tracing out the tourist pedestrian trail. You will find plates with historical information displayed along this walk. Tour maps are available at the two Tourist Information desks.