Cannes was our destination of choice, next job was to sort accommodation. We looked at various options, browsed all our regular websites and eventually settled on an apartment we all agreed suited (or looked like it did) perfectly. Not cheap but not over the top expensive and (crucially) available for our dates, we booked straightaway and found the owners helpful and responsive.
We arrived late in the evening, the owner’s local lady came to meet us and showed us around as well as taking a cash deposit which was to be returned to us when she checked the place over before leaving. That was fine with us. The apartment was easy to find, slightly further out of the centre of Cannes than we were expecting but that actually turned out to be a good thing too.
It was fresh, modern and comtemporary with a big living/dining area with white leather sofa and dining seating for six. The television was teeny tiny – we did actually intend to watch some DVD’s a couple of nights but gave up as the DVD player refused to work.
There was a small galley kitchen which had everything you could need, the cupboards were extremely well stocked with condiments, foil and other bits and pieces – a lovely surprise. There was a welcome box in there too with chocolate, jam, tea, a bottle of wine and some other little essentials.
Two bedrooms – both incredibly small but there were fitted wardrobes and the beds were super comfortable. The bathroom was modern and the whole place was air conditioned throughout – definitely necessary.
Best of all though was the huge balcony, not so much of a view but plenty of space with table and chairs, sun loungers and an electric grill. The apartment complex had a pool which we could use – we never did though and even our own parking space. This was deep underground in the garage which was fantastic although anything bigger than a tiny car definitely would never have fitted. Husband struggled a few times squeezing our hired Ford Fiesta in, I would never have coped.
The area was mainly residential, great as there were so many wonderful food shops within walking distance. A boulangerie just across the road, we got fresh bread, croissants and pain au chocolates every morning and just steps beyond that a wonderful butcher and market selling fruit and vegetables at bargain prices. A couple of big supermarkets less than 5 minutes away and we had everything we needed.
Just a short stroll away was the beach, one of the best in Cannes as it actually had proper sand.
We decided on our first day to walk into the centre of Cannes, a super hot walk which took over an hour, when we discovered the railway station just behind the apartment and it was just one stop to the middle of the city we chose that option afterwards. We were also able to take the train from here to Nice and Monaco.
We BBQ’ed on our balcony a few nights and on the others found some incredible little local restaurants steps away. Le Bistro de la Verrerie called itself a French pizzeria, full of locals, a bit rough and ready but absolutely splendid food at eye poppingly cheap prices. Our second restaurant find was the piece de resistance. Tiny, beside a church and called La Luna there were only a small number of customers and a few tables. We feasted on their gourmet menu – 34 Euro for 3 courses and every mouthful was exquisite. Scallops to start, monkfish for main and delicious desserts. They prepared a kid’s menu for Son – 2 seabass fillets with a variety of fresh vegetables, not the norm by any means. We left agreeing this was the best meal we’d had out in a long time.
Another little neighbourhood restaurant was where we dined on our last evening in Cannes. Quirky, full of old “junk”, just a few tables and the most wonderful food. A perfect end to a perfect stay in a lovely residential part of the city.