Antibes is such a lovely place. It sits quietly in the middle of a very flashy neighbourhood. Nice is to the east and Cannes is to the west but we found Antibes a smaller & most charming introduction to the Cote d’Azur.
As you approach Antibes from Nice Airport along the Bord de Mer (coastal road) one of the first major landmarks is the imposing 16th century Fort Carre.
The coastal road continues by the ancient ramparts and the beautiful old town.
On the southern tip of Cap d’Antibes sits the landmark Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc. Check it out here Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc. Actually I got lost for half an hour on the hotel’s website being mesmerised by the super luxury of this hotel & it’s history. Past guests have included artists Picasso & Chagall, the Duke of Windsor & Mrs Simpson; Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton honeymooned there, every year for the Cannes Film Festival major celebrity parties are held there. (Check out some of the hotel’s celebrity guest book entries in this Daily Telegraph UK article.)
But back to Antibes… We loved getting lost within the tiny lanes of the old town and roaming the morning market.
Sadly the Picasso Museum was closed when we visited but apparently the collection is outstanding. (Note: it is closed Mondays!)
The Port Vauban of Antibes is the largest yachting harbour in Europe. All the massive luxury yachts we kept seeing reminded me of those iconic shots of Princess Diana on her final Cote d’Azur holiday. A couple of weeks before we visited Beyonce & Jay Z were there holidaying on a super luxury yacht & dining in old Antibes. (Italian restaurant Michelangelo to be exact.)
Personally I’d prefer something a little smaller – maybe like this…
For the Antibes ~ Juan les Pins official tourism website click here
Antibes is about 20 – 30 minutes drive from Nice Airport.
The French National Railways network is very good and trains stop regularly at Antibes. For website click here.