Located in the heart of Cannes, this newly refurbished duplex apartment offers luxury accommodation and stunning views of Le Vieux Port.

Cannes Guide / Apartment Factsheet (FAQs) - Twenty Top Tips

    Apartment Basics

  • 1) There is a parasol in the kitchen cupboard. I would strongly advise using this for the kids when on the beach.

  • 2) There is a clothes horse for drying in the cupboard and iron and ironing board.

  • 3) There is a hairdryer - this is either left in the upstairs bathroom cupboard or the kitchen one.

  • 4) We have an Orange TV decoder box with some English Channels including Sky and BBC news. The DVD is Region 2 - Europe (like the UK), so do bring some of the your favourite DVDs particularly in case it rains. I have about 30 DVDs upstairs too plus a few CDs.

  • 5) Do go to the market - the fruit and veg is great and cheaper than elsewhere, cheese is maybe a bit more steep than the supermarket, but better. NB Only open in the morning.

  • 6) There is a bakery around the corner from the flat. Turn right out of flat then first right up a pedestrian only side road. (update this was closed last visit).

  • 7) The supermarket is left out of the flat then first left up another pedestrian only side road/alley. When you get to the end of the short alley proceed straight ahead into an indoor shopping mini-mall, the supermarket is 30m inside to the right hand side, name is Carrefour.

  • 8) When eating out you don't have to order mineral water; it'll cost you 5eu for Evian. Instead ask for a Carafe D'Eau (pron. 'Karaff dough') this is good quality drinking water served chilled (it's often filtered or even cheap, unbranded mineral water) and is always free.

  • 9) The best value meals are always the 'Menus'. You'll get a selection of 2-3 course choices for approx 10-20eu per adult, 10eu for kids.

  • 10) Local French wine - Cotes de Provence is excellent and offers the best value (best as Rose or Reds).

    Cannes Guide: Trips/Things to do

  • 11) Visit the Castle (Le Suquet). There is an excellent little museum too, from which you are able to climb the castle tower. N.B. really low walls at top of tower, not good for vertigo sufferers and closed on a windy day.

  • 12) Visit the Iles des Lerins (two small, quiet islands just offshore from Cannes):
    - St Margueritte is nearest (10 mins) and largest and is a forested nature reserve. There is a huge castle/fort supposedly home to Victor Hugo's Man In The Iron Mask. The boys will also like the Napoleonic artillery cannonball ovens too. 8km (2.5 to 3 hours) to walk around the whole island. About 1km to walk to other side of island where the coves/beached are nicer - and you face the other island;
    - St Honorat (15 mins). About a quarter the size of St Margueritte, mostly set to viniculture, there is a monastery, founded in 405, where the grape guzzling monks have been producing wine for a thousand years. There is a small fort near to the Monastery. Less daunting to walk around, allow an hour plus stops.
    More info on Iles des Lerins, Cannes (Frommer's Guide)

  • 13) Visit St Tropez: Day trips by boat to St Trop begin in June, journey time approx 1.5-2hrs each way.

  • 14) Visit Grasse by train, grab a timetable from the information point in the station (Gare). Takes approx 45 mins to get to. Visit one of the Parfumerie (Perfume Factories) e.g. Fragonard.

  • 15) Visit Monaco - 1 hour by train, either direct or change in Nice.

  • 16) Visit Antibes - 15 mins by train. Walled town with great market, beach and Napoleonic castle.

  • 17) Two main beaches in Cannes:
    - La Croisette (5 mins walk). Begins at the Palais des Festival, world famous beach with pricey but good on-beach restaurants. Limited (and v. busy in summer) public beach areas.
    - Plage du Midi (10 mins walk). Much longer with more public beach areas and slightly cheaper beach restaurants. Our favourite.

  • 18) Beach restaurants - you can reserve a matalan (sun-lounger), approx 15-20eu each for the afternoon, 30eu for the day. Probably best just to get these for the adults as the kids will go off and play by the sea.

    Getting to Cannes from Nice Aeroport:

  • 19) By bus: approx 16eu per adult, 10eu for kids. Takes 35-50 mins depending on time of day, traffic. Operates direct between 7am-7pm. Takes much longer outside these hours so best get a cab.

  • 20) By taxi: approx 70-90 eu. When coming to Cannes ask to be dropped off at the Hotel Splendid - the entrance to the hotel is directly opposite the apartment building. Takes 20-40 mins.


  • Peter Clee - June 2016