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Cannes and Area

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Cannes and Area

We are staying at the Carlton for 2 days in Cannes and have a car we have been to Monaco and Nice previously however we wondered in a full day we could visit Eze, Antibes and maybe a couple of other hill top towns. We would also like to drive into Monaco on the famous "James Bond " road although not necessary stop in Monaco and would like advice on maybe the best way to do all this or indeed if its possible.

The other question is although I appreciate we are staying in what I gather is a great hotel we do prefer to eat in more local bistro type places in the evening can anyone recommend any nearby please?

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You can visit the places you've mentioned, but I would group things as being on one side of Nice or the other. This is often recommended for travel on public transportation, but I would apply it also to travel along the A8, the motorway connecting the resort routes. Put Antibes and St. Paul together and Eze and Monte Carlo as a pair. Also, look for a good map that shows public parking, and good for you, my favorite is still available in the UK, "insight Flexi Map Nice, Cannes and Monaco:":

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Insight-Flexi-Map-Cannes-Monaco/dp/178005419X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383752594&sr=8-1&keywords=Insight+Flexi+map+nice%2C+cannes+and+Monaco

It's no longer available in the US. I hope this link hold, but if it doesn't, copy and paste in in your browser.

We are admitted "cafe and bistro travelers" and I find the restaurants along La Croisette "bistro," but that's may be only my perspective. Besides La Croisette, you might enjoy the restaurants up the hill near the harbor towards Le Suquet, Cannes' old town, and you should also want to try a restaurant on the beach level. On the coastal side of La Croisette, beach restaurants are marked with flagpoles by stairways leading down to these dining spaces. Our rule is rather simplistic: If a restaurants looks well occupied, the menu looks good and we see a table, we give the restaurant a try! We believe that diners don't flock to poor restaurants! ;-)

We are based in Cannes when we travel, and I really haven't had a bad experience in any restaurant I've tried in Cannes or for that matter, the region. Two I keep going back to are 72, La Croisette (wonderful meal portion salads...my favorite lunch spot) and Coquillages Brun (simple decor that serves fabulous seafood on tiered platters for the table to share). Here are links to TA reviews:

tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187221-d1…

tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187221-d1…

Lines can form for Coquillages Brun, so if you can, go early. 72, La Croisette (and I think "La" is correct...maybe not...) becomes a very pleasant after dinner cocktail spot that's good for people watching, especially the comings and goings from The Martinez.

I've also enjoyed the Miramar Plage restaurant that's on the beach level:

tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187221-d2…

Personally, I don't worry too much about "rankings" in the review section. These can sometimes be social media driven, brought down by people with mal intentions or simply, not what I'm looking for. I read the reviews, search for patterns, and if I like what I read, I'm good to go!

I'd also recommend that drive to Le Cannet a town that's above Cannes) and in its historic distric, dine on the Bellevue Terrace. The view is lovely, sweeping down ove Le Cannet and Cannes to the ocean. Several restaurant restaurants share this space, and the one we've enjoyed is Le Coin Gourmet:

tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g207354-d2…

Have a great trip!

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At what time of year are you planning to visit Cannes?

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Thanks so much for your help so far I should have said we are going the first weekend in December so I dont know whether that rules out some of the places being out of season. we are celebrating my husband 50th so we will not be parting too hard lol

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I should have asked that question, and Soooz wisely inserted it into this thread.

The beach restaurants and servings on the terrace in Le Cannet are likely to be a no go, but the others should still be good. You aren't likely to see much open in the mountain villages, but the views don't go away.

Personally, I wouldn't leave Nice off your list as the holiday season will offer a different experience from your previous visit.

…nicetourisme.com/agenda/…20NOEL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6-nj-CSEw4

BTW, fifty sounds young to me. Have a wonderful time celebrating in the Cote d'Azur.

Edited: 06 November 2013, 22:13
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For your drive, I am thinking you might mean the Grande or Haute Corniche, which runs from Nice to Monaco and on to Menton. It is a very beautiful drive, mostly for the passenger(s) as there are not many places to stop and the road requires some concentration. You could avoid revisiting Monaco, and take in Eze and La Turbie that way, but there is no way you can avoid driving into Nice to join the road in the first place. You could return to Cannes on the motorway, or on the Moyenne Corniche, more lovely views in the other direction.

In winter you should still find a few places open in Eze, and La Turbie, which has the wonderful Troohee des Alpes, is a regular village and will have everything open for business as usual.

In December you should find it easy enough to cover plenty of ground in a day, but I would suggest aiming for just one other stop, either Antibes or St Paul, to avoid being in too much of a rush - remember it will get dark early so 'sightseeing' will take on a whole new meaning after about 4.30pm.

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You could probably manage all the places you mention in just one ( short winter) day, but it depends how often you stop en route and how long you want to stay in Antibes and St Paul .

If the weather is good, I would suggest that from the Carlton you drive east along la Croisette, staying as close to the sea as possible ( keep the sea on your right). At the far eastern the end of la Croisette you will go round the corner through Palm Beach and end up at a small roundabout where the road joins the RN7. Turn right at the roundabout onto the RN7 dual carriageway.- sea on your right . In a couple of kms take the first right hand turn off onto a sliproad sign posted Golfe Juan, keeping as close to the sea as you can . There are some roadworks there at the moment, so the road layout may be awkward. Continue through Golfe Juan and Juan les Pins ( both will be very quiet in December).

If you like scenery, from JLP take the road signposted Cap d'Antibes ( right turn past the JLP casino) which will bring you into Antibes old town along the coast. Or you can just cut across the top of the Cap and follow the signs to Antibes .

From Antibes you could follow the road that hugs the coast all the way to Nice or you can drive up to the A8 autoroute. The coast road goes through towns on the way and can be slow but it is far more interesting than the A8. Try to get down the lower coast road right next to the sea below the railway line where possible

Follow signs to the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. At the far east end of the Prom is the port and the corniches are signposted from there.

I would follow Moth's suggestion for the corniches and return to Cannes via the Moyenne Corniche and Eze village.

From Eze village, depending on how time is going you may want to consider dropping down to the lower Basse Corniche and looking round Villefranche/ Beaulieu/ Cap Ferrat- all will be quiet, or you could head back on the A8 and visit St Paul

Re places to eat in the evening.

There will be plenty of places open near the Carlton-beach restaurants will be open at lunchtime only .

There are several on la Croisette near the hotel and a small strip of restaurants on rue Pasteur if you don't want to venture far. Also very close by are bostros round Place du Commandant Lamy.( If you have a car , the underground park on Cdt Lamy will be a relatively inexpensive alternative to hotel parking)

L'Affable on rue la Fontaine, la Cave on bd Republique, la Table du Chef on rue Daumas and the restaurants round rue Monod/ Freres Pradignac are close too.

As Troggs mentions there are many, many more restaurants on the way to Le Suquet the old town too

(15 to 20 mins walk from your hotel).

For a good choice in December, it is best to sit down to eat before 9pm

Congratulations and hope you have a great time

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Sorry double posting!

Edited: 07 November 2013, 11:37
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Going around the Cap d'Antibes on a fine winter day don't neglect going up to the Phare (Lighthouse) where you can park. This is a tremendous panorama here taking in the snow covered Alps - has been described as a mixture of the Bernese Oberland and the Mediterranean.

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Thank you all for your help we have the guide books but i find Trip Adviser much better and personal, I am very excited and will let yo know how we get on.

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Interested in hill towns outside Cannes (Le cannet, mougins?) How is the public transport from the port area? Would it be worth it to venture out/up for lunch early march (or are the restaurants seasonal up there)?

Normally in france we have a car (we have gite in brittany) but this is a one off WE anniversary.

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