Welcome to Antibes
The ancient walled town of Antibes is one of the liveliest and prettiest on the Riviera, with a relaxed beachy feel, a thriving superyacht port and a gorgeous old town of narrow cobbled streets, markets and cafes.
Famous for being home to the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, Antibes certainly saw its fair share of glitz, glamour and a touch of the avant-garde though the 20th century. For those who love art, and for those who love Picasso in particular, there could be no better place than Antibes and the French Riviera to trace the master’s footsteps, and find the masterpieces and scandals he left in his wake.
Lying to the east of Cannes, it offers a calmer, more traditional place to spend some time. It has a wonderful old town centre with a covered market and plenty of little cafes where you can contemplate the world as it drifts by.
Of all the seaside towns of the Riviera, Antibes is probably the most instantly recognisable- that wonderful jumble of old buildings sitting on the high ramparts above the sea, the tower of the Picasso museum rising above. The long curve of the port where the huge white superyachts line up along the quays, and the old fort standing watch on the far side. The old town is a warren of pretty cafes and bars, icecream shops and boutiques, with the busy Provencal market at the top of the town that smells of lavender and great wheels of French cheese. On the far side of town, golden sand beaches looked over by fairly charmless modern apartment blocks curve around to the famous Cap d'Antibes, where the gated villas of oligarchs sit under the cool pines along the rocky coast.
Beyond what was once the high walls you will find sandy beaches and a large harbour known as Port Vauban. Large luxurious yachts and a few small fishing boats are now anchored in the port where once the area was bustling with ancient Greek trading, it is now bustling with expensive yachts and boats. Being the largest marina in Europe you can often see some of the world’s largest (and most expensive) yachts anchored at this port.
The narrow streets, beautiful old stone buildings and the buzzing town centre make Antibes a little gem. With boutique hotels and gastronomic restaurants dotted around the port and town you can experience true modern French Riviera style.
The Cap d'Antibes is an upmarket area with large discreet villas. You can walk up through the lanes to explore the Cap, passing by some lovely botanical gardens (Jardin Botanique de la Ville Thuret) and on towards lands end where the iconic & luxurious Hotel du Cap sits.