About the sights in Antibes
There are a wealth of places to visit in Antibes, from top class art museums to the remains of ancient chapels and of course the famous vineyards. Many of the highlights are in Antibes itself, but to see the best having a car, bike or moped is a great way to explore further afield.
Thanks to the varied history of Antibes, you will find reminders of the pre-historic times, Romans and of course the English throughout the region, from expensive villas and amazing architecture to ruins, churches and art. Much of this history is documented in a number of museums.
But it is not just man-made artefacts that are worth seeking out. Antibes is blessed with fabulous scenery, from the coastline of the French Riviera to the rolling hills inland. A number of Natural Parks have been created, which provide not only protection to the land but informative guides and trails to follow, a popular place for walking and biking.
Antibes is home to a vibrant arts scene as evidenced by the number of excellent art galleries and museums found throughout. Historical art collections as well as contemporary can be seen across the region, and not forgetting of course those artists who were resident in the area such as Picasso, Signac, Matisse and Renoir.
Castles & ruins
The old Fort to the east of Antibes was built in the 16th century and remains an impressive structure on the shoreline with a 360 degree view. With a long and varied history this fort has been run by the local city council and open to the public since 1998.
Caves & rocks
A trip to the area would not be complete without experiencing some of the crystal clear pools and subterranean landscapes of the natural gorges and caves around the Cannes area. A day trip to the Gorges du Loup will not disappoint, and for those budding geologists the caves of Saint Cezaire near Grasse will reveal a magical underground world.
Churches & cathedrals
With it's rich history, the south of France is blessed with some of the oldest religious buildings in France. However with no real impressive structures of its own, you must travel further out of Antibes to find examples of notable churches in the area. For example, the Russian Orthodox church in Cannes and the Lerins Abbey on the island of Saint Honorat,
Houses & gardens
Antibes plays host to several beautiful green spaces and garden areas but perhaps the most impressive garden is to be found to the west at Exflora Park in Juan les Pins. With five hectares of land open to the public to enjoy the wonders of the Mediterranean climate.
Museums & galleries
The French Riviera is indelibly linked to art and artists with a host of world famous artists having spent time in the region. From Cezanne to Picasso, Matisse to Renoir, art has played a huge part in the shaping of the area today. So it is of no surprise to find that there are exceptional art galleries, showcasing landscapes & sculptures, modern and contemporary art.
Nature reserves & parks
Perhaps the most famous natural park in the south of France is that at Verdon, which boasts an enormous canyon that opens out on to a blue-green lake. It's a meca for outdoor & sports enthusiasts. The Carmargue is another well known natural park, famous for it's wetlands, bulls & white horses. However, closer to Antibes itself you will find the rugged landscape and red rocks of L'Esterel National Park and the protected countryside and lotus flower ponds in Mougins.
Also see: Nature Parks in Antibes
Shops & boutiques
There are all the boutique and craft shops you could wish for in Antibes, the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon and ideal opportunity to fill that new wicker shopper bag!
Vineyards & estates
The area has produced wine for millennia (experts say for 2,300 years), thanks to the arrival of the Phoenicians and their vines. The appellation covers the region from the west of Marseilles to St Raphael in the east, through the area known as the Var. Whilst Cotes de Provence wines are mostly famous for their rose wines, rich, full-bodied reds are also produced, along with light and fresh white wines.
A cool glass of rose wine is pretty much a 'must do' at any beach club, restaurant or bar in the hot summer months.