Many visitors don’t realise that, until the 1920s, the French Riviera was exclusively a wintertime resort. Royals, artists and celebrities were drawn here by the clarity of light, the gentle winter climate and the mesmerising views of snowclad mountains and sparkling winter sea.
Holiday fashions may change but the winter scenery, local village life and lack of crowds still make medieval Antibes the perfect place for an enchanting winter getaway. If you want to be in the centre of the action, baking on the beach and dancing under the palms until dawn, then yes, obviously visit the French Riviera in summer – nothing else will do. But if you’re hoping for an entrancing experience of local French life and spectacular Cote d’Azur scenery, then you’ll almost certainly find winter in Antibes rather glorious.