The ancient walled town of Antibes is one of the liveliest and prettiest on the Riviera with its relaxed beachy feel, thriving superyacht port and gorgeous old town of narrow cobbled streets, markets and cafes. Famous for being home to the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, Antibes certainly saw its fair share of glitz, glamour and a touch of the avant-garde through the 20th century.
Of all the seaside towns of the Riviera, Antibes is probably the most instantly recognisable thanks to its iconic skyline made up of a wonderful jumble of old buildings sitting on the high ramparts above the sea, dominated by the tower of the Picasso Museum rising above. The curve of Port Vauban, the largest marina in Europe, is home to huge white super yachts while the old fort stands watch on the far side.
Lying to the east of Cannes, Antibes offers a calmer, more traditional vibe. Its old centre is a warren of pretty cafes and bars, ice cream shops and boutiques, with the busy Provençal market at the top of the town. On the far side of Antibes, golden sandy beaches looked over by modern apartment blocks curve around to the famous Cap d’Antibes, where the gated villas of oligarchs sit along the rocky coast.
Antibes has a plethora of activities to get fill your stay with. There is the obvious one of going to the beach where there are stretches of soft golden sand and clear turquoise waters, rocky coves that are excellent for snorkelling, and private beaches where you’ll find umbrellas and bottle service. One activity you must do when in Antibes is take a stroll through the Old Town. The narrow-cobbled streets, brightly painted shutters and old stone ramparts make for a very pleasant experience which has barely changed in centuries.
If you want to follow in the footsteps of the famous artists, then you can pick up a map and Antibes guide at the tourist office and head to the trail. Once on the trail you can visit all the stands showing off their work of arts. You can also go and explore the historical Fort Carre, which is built upon Roman ruins in the 16th century. It is also where Napoleon was imprisoned and was used to protect the border between France and the neighbouring county of Nice in the 19th century.
The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.8 °C. The lowest average temperatures in the year occur in January, when it is around 7.4 °C. On average there are 111.78 hours of sunshine per month.
Antibes is a short 30 minute drive from the Nice Aiport.