Discover Antibes

Henri & Maggy
Henri & Maggy
Član od 2012
Henri & Maggy

Discover Antibes

Guide des Quartiers
It is the essential place to see in Antibes : the old town. This area of the city, at the heart of the ramparts of the old fortified city, is very nice with its small alleys lined with shops, cafes and restaurants. Most of the places of interest in Antibes that I discuss in more detail in this guide are also grouped in this part of the city. The best way to discover old Antibes is to stroll quietly on foot in the shopping streets such as rue Sade, rue Clemenceau or rue Thuret.
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Vieil Antibes
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It is the essential place to see in Antibes : the old town. This area of the city, at the heart of the ramparts of the old fortified city, is very nice with its small alleys lined with shops, cafes and restaurants. Most of the places of interest in Antibes that I discuss in more detail in this guide are also grouped in this part of the city. The best way to discover old Antibes is to stroll quietly on foot in the shopping streets such as rue Sade, rue Clemenceau or rue Thuret.
Top Ten Antibes
If you are looking for the place to go to Antibes to admire beautiful boats, head to Port Vauban. A stroll along the quays of the largest marina in Europe is the perfect opportunity to see the many ships and the beautiful sailboats that are moored there. The Vauban port is also known worldwide for its “billionaires quay” where 19 berths have been created to accommodate the largest yachts in the world such as the Dilbar by Alicher Ousmanov, the Lady Moura by Nasser Al-Rashid or the Octopus by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. The creation of the wharf cost 35 million euros, which the owners of the boats paid in order to have their proper place.
Port Vauban
If you are looking for the place to go to Antibes to admire beautiful boats, head to Port Vauban. A stroll along the quays of the largest marina in Europe is the perfect opportunity to see the many ships and the beautiful sailboats that are moored there. The Vauban port is also known worldwide for its “billionaires quay” where 19 berths have been created to accommodate the largest yachts in the world such as the Dilbar by Alicher Ousmanov, the Lady Moura by Nasser Al-Rashid or the Octopus by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. The creation of the wharf cost 35 million euros, which the owners of the boats paid in order to have their proper place.
Continuing your walk along the Vauban port, on the side opposite the billionaires' quay, you will reach the Fort Carré. Built in the second half of the 16th century on the orders of King Henry II, this military fort culminates at 26 meters above sea level. During its construction, the aim was to monitor and deter attacks from the Duchy of Savoy . Today, the Fort Carré, classified as a "Historic Monument" can be visited. The walkway, which you can take, offers a panoramic view of all of Antibes. For security reasons, tours are only guided. They last about 30 minutes for € 3 per person (free for children) and allow you to discover the chapel, the kitchens, the soldiers' rooms. To do absolutely during your stay in Antibes, if only to enjoy the view.
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Le Fort Carré
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Continuing your walk along the Vauban port, on the side opposite the billionaires' quay, you will reach the Fort Carré. Built in the second half of the 16th century on the orders of King Henry II, this military fort culminates at 26 meters above sea level. During its construction, the aim was to monitor and deter attacks from the Duchy of Savoy . Today, the Fort Carré, classified as a "Historic Monument" can be visited. The walkway, which you can take, offers a panoramic view of all of Antibes. For security reasons, tours are only guided. They last about 30 minutes for € 3 per person (free for children) and allow you to discover the chapel, the kitchens, the soldiers' rooms. To do absolutely during your stay in Antibes, if only to enjoy the view.
I continue this guide to Antibes through the cathedral, which is in the old town. With its ocher-colored facade and stucco, it changes the churches that we are used to seeing in France. To see mainly from the outside, because its fairly austere interior is of no particular interest, apart from an altarpiece by Louis Brea from the 16th century.
Notre Dame de la Platea
1 Rue du Saint-Esprit
I continue this guide to Antibes through the cathedral, which is in the old town. With its ocher-colored facade and stucco, it changes the churches that we are used to seeing in France. To see mainly from the outside, because its fairly austere interior is of no particular interest, apart from an altarpiece by Louis Brea from the 16th century.
Right next to the cathedral, I suggest you continue with the Picasso museum. The latter is located in the Grimaldi castle, which owes its name to the fact that the Monegasque family lived there in the 14th century. The building is classified as a Historic Monument. Became successively the residence of the King’s governor, city hall and then a barracks, it was in 1946 that Pablo Picasso set up his workshops there for 2 months. He produced many works there and even left the city with around twenty paintings and drawings. Among the most famous are: "Le Gobeur d'ouchins", "La Joie de Vivre" or "La Femme aux urins". It was in 1966 that the Picasso Museum was created in his honor: it was the very first dedicated to it! In addition to Picasso's works, the museum exhibits paintings by Nicolas de Staël but also a large collection of modern art. The Picasso Museum in Antibes is open every day except Monday and the entrance ticket costs € 8.
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Musée Picasso
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Right next to the cathedral, I suggest you continue with the Picasso museum. The latter is located in the Grimaldi castle, which owes its name to the fact that the Monegasque family lived there in the 14th century. The building is classified as a Historic Monument. Became successively the residence of the King’s governor, city hall and then a barracks, it was in 1946 that Pablo Picasso set up his workshops there for 2 months. He produced many works there and even left the city with around twenty paintings and drawings. Among the most famous are: "Le Gobeur d'ouchins", "La Joie de Vivre" or "La Femme aux urins". It was in 1966 that the Picasso Museum was created in his honor: it was the very first dedicated to it! In addition to Picasso's works, the museum exhibits paintings by Nicolas de Staël but also a large collection of modern art. The Picasso Museum in Antibes is open every day except Monday and the entrance ticket costs € 8.
Set aside some time to visit the Marche Provencal if you grow a bit peckish during your travels around Antibes. You can taste the very best in Provencal-style cuisine at the market, including seasonal vegetables, herbs, and olive oils. It’s in the heart of the Cours Masséna, where savvy travellers often stop by on their way to the Plage De Salis to gather picnic items. The Marche Provencal also offers some unique shopping opportunities beyond edibles. On weekends from mid-June to the end of September, for example, visitors can purchase crafts made by local artisans. The Foire clothes market also offers an unmatched opportunity to buy handcrafted jewellery or a household decoration made from local materials.
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Marché provençal
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Set aside some time to visit the Marche Provencal if you grow a bit peckish during your travels around Antibes. You can taste the very best in Provencal-style cuisine at the market, including seasonal vegetables, herbs, and olive oils. It’s in the heart of the Cours Masséna, where savvy travellers often stop by on their way to the Plage De Salis to gather picnic items. The Marche Provencal also offers some unique shopping opportunities beyond edibles. On weekends from mid-June to the end of September, for example, visitors can purchase crafts made by local artisans. The Foire clothes market also offers an unmatched opportunity to buy handcrafted jewellery or a household decoration made from local materials.
Among Antibes’ many public beaches, Plage De Salis is particularly picturesque and favoured for its gentle, yet crisp blue waters. It wouldn’t be the French Riviera without the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea, after all. As such, you simply must take some time to bask in its warmth by digging your toes into the sand at the Plage De Salis. In Plage De Salis, you’ll be able to splash in the salty sea waves or work on your Mediterranean glow with some sun-bathing. While some parts of this beach require a small fee to enter, know that the money you spend here goes to keeping it clean for every visitor after you.
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Plage de la Salis
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Among Antibes’ many public beaches, Plage De Salis is particularly picturesque and favoured for its gentle, yet crisp blue waters. It wouldn’t be the French Riviera without the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea, after all. As such, you simply must take some time to bask in its warmth by digging your toes into the sand at the Plage De Salis. In Plage De Salis, you’ll be able to splash in the salty sea waves or work on your Mediterranean glow with some sun-bathing. While some parts of this beach require a small fee to enter, know that the money you spend here goes to keeping it clean for every visitor after you.
The Picasso Trail or the "Promenade des Remparts" is a must-see after visiting the Musée Picasso, as it offers a continued journey into Antibes’ artistic past. As his paintings from the time demonstrate, Picasso was deeply inspired by Antibes’ diverse landscapes. On this trail, you’ll see the very same rocky outcroppings and deep blue sea coves that filled his imagination. You’ll even be able to compare the real-life sights to Picasso’s depictions because laminated copies of his various paintings are mounted throughout the trail. This path follows a gentle grade that most travellers can take at their own pace.
Promenade Amiral de Grasse
The Picasso Trail or the "Promenade des Remparts" is a must-see after visiting the Musée Picasso, as it offers a continued journey into Antibes’ artistic past. As his paintings from the time demonstrate, Picasso was deeply inspired by Antibes’ diverse landscapes. On this trail, you’ll see the very same rocky outcroppings and deep blue sea coves that filled his imagination. You’ll even be able to compare the real-life sights to Picasso’s depictions because laminated copies of his various paintings are mounted throughout the trail. This path follows a gentle grade that most travellers can take at their own pace.
The Musee d'Archeologie houses some of Antibes’ most poignant historical artefacts. Located in a building that’s historically significant on its own, this museum’s collection includes a variety of pieces dating back to ancient Greece and Rome – including several harvested directly from the bay. English-speaking travellers will have no problem in the Musee d'Archeologie, either. Their friendly staff offers guided tours in French and English during the peak tourist season in the summer.
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musée d'archéologie d'Antibes
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The Musee d'Archeologie houses some of Antibes’ most poignant historical artefacts. Located in a building that’s historically significant on its own, this museum’s collection includes a variety of pieces dating back to ancient Greece and Rome – including several harvested directly from the bay. English-speaking travellers will have no problem in the Musee d'Archeologie, either. Their friendly staff offers guided tours in French and English during the peak tourist season in the summer.
Travellers with children should plan a day at Marineland, located just outside of Antibes proper. The theme park has an ocean-load of sea life, including sea lions, dolphins, killer whales, and sharks. After viewing all the aquatic creatures, families can also visit 4 other connected theme parks for a small fee. Marineland is one of the most popular zoological parks in France, so your best bet is to arrive early in the day to avoid the crowds. During your visit, be sure to snap up tickets for the dolphin show and set aside some time to walk through the shark tunnel.
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Marineland
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Travellers with children should plan a day at Marineland, located just outside of Antibes proper. The theme park has an ocean-load of sea life, including sea lions, dolphins, killer whales, and sharks. After viewing all the aquatic creatures, families can also visit 4 other connected theme parks for a small fee. Marineland is one of the most popular zoological parks in France, so your best bet is to arrive early in the day to avoid the crowds. During your visit, be sure to snap up tickets for the dolphin show and set aside some time to walk through the shark tunnel.
The Bastion Shipyard was built where Captain Cousteau's famous ship, the Calypso, set out. At this location, there once stood a temple and then a chapel in Roman times, and later a fortified tower that was destroyed in the 17th century. Though the shipyard closed in 1985, this site now features the remarkable Nomade sculpture. Depicting a man staring out to sea, this innovative and immense installation by the Catalan artist Jaume Plensa evokes a sense of mystery and adventure. Address: Quai Henri Rambaud Port Vauban, Antibes
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Le Nomade
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The Bastion Shipyard was built where Captain Cousteau's famous ship, the Calypso, set out. At this location, there once stood a temple and then a chapel in Roman times, and later a fortified tower that was destroyed in the 17th century. Though the shipyard closed in 1985, this site now features the remarkable Nomade sculpture. Depicting a man staring out to sea, this innovative and immense installation by the Catalan artist Jaume Plensa evokes a sense of mystery and adventure. Address: Quai Henri Rambaud Port Vauban, Antibes
Cap d'Antibes is a rocky outcrop that has a well-marked trail with stairs and guard rails to provide travellers with an opportunity to bask in the Mediterranean’s majesty. It's a must-visit point of interest for those looking to snap a few unobstructed photographs. Located at the most southern point in Antibes, access to the trail can be found starting at the Plage de la Garoupe. The trail can easily be completed within 90 minutes, that is, if you’re taking your time to stop and photograph every unbeatable overlook.
Chemin des Douaniers
Cap d'Antibes is a rocky outcrop that has a well-marked trail with stairs and guard rails to provide travellers with an opportunity to bask in the Mediterranean’s majesty. It's a must-visit point of interest for those looking to snap a few unobstructed photographs. Located at the most southern point in Antibes, access to the trail can be found starting at the Plage de la Garoupe. The trail can easily be completed within 90 minutes, that is, if you’re taking your time to stop and photograph every unbeatable overlook.
Informations sur la ville
Day Trip to Grasse, the Perfume Capital of France Perched on a hilltop and surrounded by fields of flowers, this lovely town is just 20 kilometers away from Antibes. This characteristic Provençal town is a delightful day-trip destination with many cultural attractions. Grasse is the world capital of perfume, which has been made here since the 16th century. In the countryside around the town are aromatic species of roses, jasmine, violet, mimosa, and lavender used to create exquisite fragrances. Today, Grasse has several exceptional perfumeries. The prestigious Fragonard (20 Boulevard Fragonard) and Galimard (73 route de Cannes) factories are open to the public for guided tours. At the Musée International de la Parfumerie (2 Boulevard du Jeu de Ballon), tourists learn about the history, art, and science of creating perfume. Visitors will also be delighted by the International Perfume Museum's fragrant garden, which is filled with sustainable aromatic flowers and plants. Another top attraction is the Musée Fragonard in the Hôtel de Villeneuve (14 Rue Jean Ossola), an elegant historic mansion. The museum displays 15 important paintings by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, an 18th-century artist who is known for his delicate and joyful Rococo style. Another joy of visiting Grasse is wandering the medieval center (Old Town), with its narrow streets leading to shady public squares. The town's main drag (Rue Jean Ossola and Rue Marcel Journet) has many cafés, restaurants, and shops including perfume boutiques. The historic center of Grasse is a typical Provençal hilltop town with pedestrian staircases, refreshing fountains, and views of the surrounding landscape. From some vantage points, there are amazing views of the Mediterranean sea, as the Bay of Cannes is visible in the distance. Not to be missed is the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-du-Puy, a 12th-century Romanesque church that presides over a square of pastel-painted buildings. The exterior of the church looks weathered, but the interior houses precious artworks, including an altarpiece by Louis Bréa and paintings by Peter Paul Rubens.
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Grasse
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Day Trip to Grasse, the Perfume Capital of France Perched on a hilltop and surrounded by fields of flowers, this lovely town is just 20 kilometers away from Antibes. This characteristic Provençal town is a delightful day-trip destination with many cultural attractions. Grasse is the world capital of perfume, which has been made here since the 16th century. In the countryside around the town are aromatic species of roses, jasmine, violet, mimosa, and lavender used to create exquisite fragrances. Today, Grasse has several exceptional perfumeries. The prestigious Fragonard (20 Boulevard Fragonard) and Galimard (73 route de Cannes) factories are open to the public for guided tours. At the Musée International de la Parfumerie (2 Boulevard du Jeu de Ballon), tourists learn about the history, art, and science of creating perfume. Visitors will also be delighted by the International Perfume Museum's fragrant garden, which is filled with sustainable aromatic flowers and plants. Another top attraction is the Musée Fragonard in the Hôtel de Villeneuve (14 Rue Jean Ossola), an elegant historic mansion. The museum displays 15 important paintings by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, an 18th-century artist who is known for his delicate and joyful Rococo style. Another joy of visiting Grasse is wandering the medieval center (Old Town), with its narrow streets leading to shady public squares. The town's main drag (Rue Jean Ossola and Rue Marcel Journet) has many cafés, restaurants, and shops including perfume boutiques. The historic center of Grasse is a typical Provençal hilltop town with pedestrian staircases, refreshing fountains, and views of the surrounding landscape. From some vantage points, there are amazing views of the Mediterranean sea, as the Bay of Cannes is visible in the distance. Not to be missed is the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-du-Puy, a 12th-century Romanesque church that presides over a square of pastel-painted buildings. The exterior of the church looks weathered, but the interior houses precious artworks, including an altarpiece by Louis Bréa and paintings by Peter Paul Rubens.
Day Trip to the Ancient Hilltop Village of Biot Just seven kilometers away (about a 20-minute drive) from Antibes, Biot is a quaint hilltop village with cobblestone streets and idyllic pastoral views. Not to be missed is the Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, which has a Vierge du Rosaire painting by Louis Bréa. Other things to do in Biot include browsing the town's art galleries and boutiques. The village is known for its arts and crafts, including gold and silver work, ceramics, handcrafted glass, wood carvings, weaving, and silk-screen printing. A short drive away from the center of the village is the Musée National Fernand Léger on the Chemin du Val de Pôme. Created by Léger's widow, Nadja, in the 1950s, the museum displays the artist's works in a comprehensive fashion. The enormous outdoor mosaic was originally intended for a sports stadium in Hanover, Germany.
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Biot
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Day Trip to the Ancient Hilltop Village of Biot Just seven kilometers away (about a 20-minute drive) from Antibes, Biot is a quaint hilltop village with cobblestone streets and idyllic pastoral views. Not to be missed is the Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, which has a Vierge du Rosaire painting by Louis Bréa. Other things to do in Biot include browsing the town's art galleries and boutiques. The village is known for its arts and crafts, including gold and silver work, ceramics, handcrafted glass, wood carvings, weaving, and silk-screen printing. A short drive away from the center of the village is the Musée National Fernand Léger on the Chemin du Val de Pôme. Created by Léger's widow, Nadja, in the 1950s, the museum displays the artist's works in a comprehensive fashion. The enormous outdoor mosaic was originally intended for a sports stadium in Hanover, Germany.
Areal jewel of the French Riviera, Nice is more than just nice. The glittering turquoise sea, loads of sunshine and a dash of that old-style glamour makes this place a Mediterranean evergreen. Nice is never boring, never out of style. Actually, you can never run out of things to do in Nice. You can spend a whole week enjoying its lovely charm, but even just a day in Nice will leave you with some really strong impressions. As a matter of fact, one day in Nice is actually just the right amount of time to indulge in its French-Italian cuisine, visit some of the greatest masterpieces of modern art and enjoy its Mediterranean lifestyle to the fullest.
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Nice
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Areal jewel of the French Riviera, Nice is more than just nice. The glittering turquoise sea, loads of sunshine and a dash of that old-style glamour makes this place a Mediterranean evergreen. Nice is never boring, never out of style. Actually, you can never run out of things to do in Nice. You can spend a whole week enjoying its lovely charm, but even just a day in Nice will leave you with some really strong impressions. As a matter of fact, one day in Nice is actually just the right amount of time to indulge in its French-Italian cuisine, visit some of the greatest masterpieces of modern art and enjoy its Mediterranean lifestyle to the fullest.
Mention Cannes, and the first thing that comes to mind is the Cannes International Film Festival– where famous celebrities descend upon this beautiful beach town for a couple of weeks of glitz and glamor in the name of film-making. During the rest of year, the town still radiates with charm and charisma; people come here to unwind on its gorgeous beaches, stroll along its stylish boulevards, stay in its grand hotels, shop in its luxury boutiques and eat in its lavish restaurants. Cannes is enchanting– from the moment you step in the town, whether you’re packing a pocket full of cash or you’re going solo on a budget… you’ll feel like a movie-star on a holiday.
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Cannes
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Mention Cannes, and the first thing that comes to mind is the Cannes International Film Festival– where famous celebrities descend upon this beautiful beach town for a couple of weeks of glitz and glamor in the name of film-making. During the rest of year, the town still radiates with charm and charisma; people come here to unwind on its gorgeous beaches, stroll along its stylish boulevards, stay in its grand hotels, shop in its luxury boutiques and eat in its lavish restaurants. Cannes is enchanting– from the moment you step in the town, whether you’re packing a pocket full of cash or you’re going solo on a budget… you’ll feel like a movie-star on a holiday.
One Day in Monaco is an opportunity to see all the most important places and attractions of the principality. It will be a pleasant walk that is worth getting well prepared for. The sightseeing plan I have prepared will certainly make it easier to visit Monaco in one day. One day in Monaco is enough to see the most important attractions of this mini state. You will visit the Monte Carlo district and the casino, the port with yachts and the Old Town with its palace. There will be plenty of impressions to take away!
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Monaco
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One Day in Monaco is an opportunity to see all the most important places and attractions of the principality. It will be a pleasant walk that is worth getting well prepared for. The sightseeing plan I have prepared will certainly make it easier to visit Monaco in one day. One day in Monaco is enough to see the most important attractions of this mini state. You will visit the Monte Carlo district and the casino, the port with yachts and the Old Town with its palace. There will be plenty of impressions to take away!