This exquisite two double bedroom apartment in the centre of Sanary overlooking the port with a balcony on the first floor, is a rare find! A truly special place! The flat itself has a unique position on the port, above the hive of activity created by the restaurants below. The balcony puts you right in the centre of the entire theatre of activity happening at street level below whilst at the same time providing you with your very own private restaurant experience come breakfast, lunch & dinner!
The apartment is large at 624 sq/ft so there is plenty of space for up to four guests.
The two double bedrooms can be booked and set up for your convenience as either twins or doubles or a mixture. One bedroom is slightly larger than the other. Both bedrooms are separated by the shared bathroom and a separate wc is available should the bathroom be occupied.
A small fully equipped kitchen is situated in the heart of the apartment and can facilitate fairly advanced cookery. There is plenty of space for two to work comfortably and a dining experience can be set up in either the salon or Balcony.
There is an large living room/salon which opens out through sliding double doors onto a stunning balcony overlooking the port. Beautiful sea views and mountain silhouettes lie stagnant in the picturesque backdrop beyond the masts of the boats.
This apartment is all about the Balcony! However the Main bedroom also benefits from stunning views and the second bedroom is advantaged as it is located at the rear of the property which is far cooler, although all the bedrooms are air conditioned for your ultimate comfort.
Guests have full access to the entire apartment. Guests also have access to a separate secure garage next to the town library should they wish to use it as parking can be very difficult and expensive in the centre.
There are two locked cupboards that the maid has access to for cleaning, however the remainder of the flat is at your disposal for the duration of your stay.
I am always here to help if you have any questions about the apartment. I will endeavour to answer questions within an hour during normal business hours.
There is a Femme de Menage for the apartment. This is your point of contact out in France. Her details will be provided to you when you book. However if you have any problems and she is not available I am always here as a back up.
A visit to Sanary-sur-Mer starts in the pretty harbour, lined with palm trees and pastel coloured houses, a stroll along the water front is always a pleasure. This mini harbour is the centre of activity in the town and a lovely place for your evening promenade.
Among the houses that line the port you can see the square 13th century tower (behind the Hotel de la Tour opposite our apartment) that was once part of an important defensive system for the town - it was around this tower that the village originally developed in the middle ages. The tower now contains a Diving Museum, and you can climb to the top of the tower for lovely local panoramic views.
It was in the waters off Sanary-sur-Mer that Jacques Cousteau developed the diving equipment that is still crucial to deep-sea diving, hence the Diving Museum in the 'roman tower'.
The port also still contains an active fishing fleet and you can buy fresh fish on the quai here each morning (or visit one of the many restaurants that serve delicious seafood). Behind the port, the historic centre is quite extensive and partly pedestrianised and is a very lively place with numerous shops and restaurants, just bare in mind French opening times as it all shuts up at certain times of the day.
While you explore Sanary you will come acrosss two religious monuments of interest. The Chapel of Notre-Dame de Pitié on the coast just west of the town is a 16th century chapel with very good views of the coast and the small islands that lie offshore, while the Church of Naint-Nazaire was built in the centre of Sanary-sur-Mer in the 19th century, on the site of an earlier church.
A plaque in the village commemorates the German authors who sought exile in Sanary-sur-Mer before the second world war, many of whom were subsequently interned by the French as enemy aliens. The writers included Bertolt Brecht and Thomas Mann among many others.
Enjoy a stroll around the exotic gardens in Sanary which have a large number of tropical plants as well as cactus collections.
The main market in Sanary is held on a Wednesday morning and is a must-see experience. All the local farm stalls and everything else you can think of arrive in Sanary to set up shop. Do make plans to visit this market but also plan wisely as the entire town centre shuts off with very specific exit and entrance rules.
Beaches at Sanary-sur-Mer
If you are looking for beaches you won't be disappointed, with several in close proximity to the town, some sandy and some rocky. To the west of Sanary-sur-Mer are the beaches of Lido, Gourgette and Beaucours, while Portissol (sand beach / my favourite beach) and the beach of the Esplanade (sand beach / my parents favourite beach and the closest to the apartment) are most centrally placed, and the beach at Bonnegrace is to the south-east. Other smaller beaches can also be found.
The Esplanade beach although small gets very busy due to its proximity to the town centre, while the beaches of Lido, Portissol and Bonnegrace are the most popular with families. La Cride, Beaucours and Roc Amour are smaller, pebble beaches.
There are several other well known resorts nearby, including Bandol where you can also sample the famous local wines.
A little further afield, you will also enjoy excursions to Cassis, from where you can take a boat trip along the Marseille calanques (to the west of Sanary-sur-Mer); and to Hyères to take a trip the the beautiful Iles d'Hyères including the Ile de Porquerolles (to the east of Sanary-sur-Mer).
You can find more local travel ideas in the visitor book, guides and leaflets located at the apartment.
Please also search online for Sanary and things to do nearby or visit the town website or tourist information centre.
Guests are asked to observe the three golden rules of the apartment.
1) Please leave the apartment in the condition that you found it. You do not have to get the apartment ready for the next guests, don't worry. But please leave the apartment with clean dishes, clean surfaces, bathroom, bedrooms and kitchen.
2) Please respect all the contents, fixtures and fittings of the apartment. Should any damage occur please report immediately as if the maid finds it the cost to fix/replace may be more due to time limitations.
3) Enjoy your holiday! Guest frequently leave stuff behind after trips, feel free to use anything previous guests may have left in cupboards such as coffee, please just replace anything you do use the next time you are shopping.
Hello, my name is Paul I am a young professional in my thirties who has his own business in London.
I split my time between the West of England and London when I am not working.
I hope you like my flat in France