This luxury villa in Antibes nestles in the heart of a pine forest on the Côte d’Azur. Characterful as well as light and airy inside, this pretty, shuttered building is a fabulous base from which to explore the French Riviera in style. The...
Destination Guide: Antibes
Located in the highly desirable region of Côte d’Azur, Antibes is one of France’s picture perfect towns. The peninsula where the town of Antibes is found is known as Cap d’Antibes and has a complete mix of goings-on so you’ll never struggle to find something to do. From relaxation on the beaches to sporting activities, from a buzzing nightlife to cultural sight-seeing, it has it all.
Cap d’Antibes exudes luxury and glamour, which can be seen through the millionaires’ chateaux and luxury villas. This is especially true in the summer when the luxury yachting port in Antibes,‘Port Vauban’, becomes home to some of the best super yachts. The perfect place to grab a table for lunch and watch the boats and crowds go by.
The center of Antibes, a walled city with Greek origins, is a little more traditional and is loved for its quieter atmosphere, the local restaurants, cafes and bars, and the history that can be discovered. Best explored on foot, you are bound to see the local crafts men at action in the maze of streets, before stumbling across a little local café, ideal for a rest and something to drink. Or walk until you reach the covered market in Cours Masséna, where it’s hard to not get completely carried away purchasing all the fresh produce from the Corsican traders.
If Art is of interest, the Musée Picasso is not to be missed. Picasso spent 1946 painting in this chateau in Antibes and he later gave the museum all the work he had done here. Walk out into the sculpture garden and you will struggle to not see how he was inspired with the sea view in the distance. However, for somewhat different experience inspired by a similar era, the Absinthe Bar on the market square is well worth a visit. You can’t miss the big green sign but be warned it may be a little blurry on your way back out!
Sharing the peninsula is Juan-les-Pins is another Rivera neighborhood, just slightly further afield. It’s possible to get here by foot along the coast from the center of Antibes. Juan-les-Pins offers a wide choice of lively café terraces, good quality restaurants and some trendy beach bars and clubs that come alive during the long summer months. Juan-les-Pins is also famous for its annual jazz festival, ‘Jazz à Juan’, which has, since the 1920s, attracted giants of the genre. The event occurs every July is one of the most significant events on the European jazz calendar.
The closest airport is Nice and is 25km away. It is 49km from Monaco and 100km from St. Tropez.
Best places to eat and drink in Antibes
If it’s local authentic Provencal dishes is what you want to taste then go nowhere other than La Taverne du Safranier. Known as Le Saf, this fantastic bistro is not the fanciest of dining experiences (a terrace overlooking a car park is kind of view you can expect) but the food is some of the best you may ever taste. If you promise to not judge this bistro by its cover, we bet you won’t be disappointed.
Having fresh fish is a definite must when in this seaside town. Ideally located across from the old town of Antibes and on the Baie des Anges, you’ll find Le Bacon, one the most renowned fish restaurants in France, which has been awarded a Michelin-star. Take in the heavenly setting and let your taste buds be amazed.
Fine dining is not to go amiss when in Antibes. Les Pêcheurs, found in Cap d’Antibes beach hotel, offers a seasonal menu, which combine both flavors and fragrances across the French Riviera. The restaurant offers a 6 course-tasting menu and the food perfectly compliments the beautiful setting and panoramic terrace with the Mediterranean sea as your backdrop.
Best time to visit Antibes
The spring months are arguably the most beautiful, while summer is simply the busiest with the most activities and the most fun to be had.
Springtime sees the beginning of the yacht shows with the International Antibes Yacht show running fro 17th April until 20th April.
June to September are always the most popular months with temperatures reaching the high 20s, minimal rainfall and long summer nights.
However, if you prefer a quieter atmosphere with a more local Provençal feel, don’t overlook visiting in late Autumn as the weather is often still very pleasant.
What we love about Antibes
We love the contrast between Antibes and Juan-les-Pins. Although completely different, you would not want to see one without the other.
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