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. Antibes is a major town on the Riviera and is serviced by the trainline that runs along the Riviera. It has two bus stations:the small Gare Routiere near Rue Republique (the square with the carousel) for small local buses, and the major bus station behind the train station for the more major routes (this is where the bus 250 from Nice airport will drop you.)
Antibes has more restaurants and cafes than you can shake a stick at (although I've never quite understood why you'd want to do that). We've got a comprehensive restaurant guide here, but standouts include Le Quatre for a delicious crepe by the market, Royal Hotel or Royal Beach for modern Italian food overlooking the sea, and Le Brulo for good honest Provencal food- think crispy duck and potatoes and whole baked fish with tomatoes, lemons and olives. If you fancy Michelin star cuisine, head to Le Figueur de St-Esprit on the ramparts or Le Bacon on the Cap d'Antibes. Meanwhile, for a cheap and tasty snack, head to the covered market for the Nicoise speciality socca- a woodfired chickpea crepe served all oily and salty in a piece of tinfoil. Seriously good, and at 2.50 a slice, hard to go wrong!
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Antibes has a rich history stretching back to the Ancient Greeks, who called this settlement Antipolis. Later inhabited by the Romans, the town has been an important sea port through the ages, with the Crusaders stopping here on their way to the Holy Land and the Germans bombing the port during the Second World War. You can learn about this history at the local museum on the ramparts, or during a guided tour of Fort Carre on the far side of the port. Today, one of the most impressive sights of Antibes is the walk along Millionaire's Quay, where the superyachts on display are worth anywhere up to 200 million euro each, and the port is shadowed by a fantastic sculpture- Le Nomade.The main tourist attraction in Antibes is the Picasso museum in the tower on the ramparts where Picasso once lived and worked, which displays some of his smaller ceramic works and paintings, including the famous Joie de Vivre. There's also a bonsai museum and a comics museum in Place Nacionale.
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The walk around Cap d'Antibes is a must for its extraordinary views across the Bay of Angels to the Alps. Follow the coast road around to Plage de la Garoupe, where you can pick up the stunning walking path Le Sentier du Littoral that leads you around the rocky coastline. This is not a strenuous walk, but the path is very narrow and there are lots of stairs.Snorkeling or paddleboarding around the Cap is a gorgeous way to spend a day, or you can rent a small boat from the port to explore the coast. There's also a pleasant and slightly strenuous walk up through the forest to the lighthouse and chapel on Cap d'Antibes- at the top there's magnificent views along the coast in both directions.In the other direction towards Biot, you'll find Marine Land and Antibes Land, which are small theme parks for the kids. There are also lots of local markets to visit in Antibes- see our market page for details.
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Antibes is the first town along the coast from Nice that has natural sandy beaches, and there are several to choose from. Plage de la Gravette is right in town, a small but wide semicircle of beach in the shadow of the ramparts. As you walk along towards the Cap d'Antibes you'll find the open beaches- which is really just one long beach separated by a sailing club. All the beaches get extremely busy in the summer, and the picnics and beach volleyball carry on long into the summer nights. There are some watersport rentals available by Royal Beach restaurant and at the sailing club. Up on the Cap itself you'll find tiny pebble and seaweed coves shaded by pine trees, and stone steps and platforms that lead down into the clear blue sea, and also the lovely Plage de la Garoupe, which has a very small section of public beach, a cafe and 2 private beach clubs.
Antibes has two golf courses very nearby. The 18-hole Biot Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on the Riviera, offering a flat, lovely, (if very short) course of some difficulty. It offers gorgeous views of the old village of Biot, as well as a friendly club which welcomes non-members with a good restaurant, club rental, lessons, driving range and pro-shop. In nearby Sophia Antipolis, you'll find Le Provencal Golf, a 9 hole architect-designed course offering narrow fairways and stunning views of the Alps.To get some of the best golfing the Riviera has to offer, head slightly further inland to some world-class courses at Opio, Grasse or Mougins-see our golfing pages for more details.
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The nights in Antibes tend to be lively in the warmer months, with a plethora of bars catering to a mostly tourist and yachting crowd till late. There's a couple of English pubs with occasional live music,late-night bars with DJ's, a couple of nice wine bars and an Australian Bar (not at all Australian save a crocodile stuck to the wall). There is only one nightclub in Antibes proper, L'Ekinox, and to be honest it's a bit of a dive. If you want more of a Riviera nightclub experience, head over the hill to the clubs in neighbouring Juan-les-Pins, or a bit further down the coast to buzzing Cannes with its piano bars and super-clubs under the palms. Do be aware that it's hard to find taxis back to Antibes late at night though-cabs are rare and expensive on the Riviera. Check out our comprehensive nightclub guide for Antibes.
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