The town of Antibes has some of the best beaches in the area, right on the town's doorsteps. So you don't need to go far to sun yourself and take a dip in the sea.
1. Plage de la Gravette – Antibes' urban beach
Perhaps the most famous of the Antibes' beaches, the Plage de la Gravette is a horseshoe-shaped stretch of sand located just below Antibes medieval. Right in the middle of the old town, this public beach is perfect for a quick swim while exploring Antibes.
2. Plage du Ponteil – Breathtaking views
With stunning views of the Alps and the medieval ramparts, Plage Ponteil is a long sandy beach is predominantly public, although one corner is taken up by the Royal Beach Club. Backed by a lovely promenade with park benches, this beach offers plenty of facilities and is a favourite with the locals. Just be aware that it can get very crowded in the summer.
3. Plage de la Salis
Plage de la Salis runs along the base of the Cap d'Antibes from the Antibes Sailing Club. This laid-back beach has soft white sand and wonderful views of the Old Town towards the Alps. The entire stretch of beach is public so, like neighbouring Plage Ponteil, it tends to get packed in the summer.
4. Plage du Fort Carre & Plage de la Fontonne – Antibes' pebbled beaches
The iconic Fort Carre marks the end of the stony beaches and the beginning of Antibes’ sandy beaches. As such, those looking to escape the summertime crowds have the option of visiting the pebbled beaches that begin at the rocky and narrow Plage du Fort Carre and stretch westwards to the wider and busier section called Plage de la Fontonne. With a lovely view of the city of Nice with the Alps rising up behind, these beaches are not without charm, particularly in the evenings when the stones cool down and they fill with families picnicking and swimming in the long twilight hours.