14 Antibes sights to see
Antibes has a lot to offer vacationers. It is a dynamic and cultural seaside Mediterranean city known for its rich history and yachting community. Rich in a variety of festivals and festivals during winter and summer, this small town is a lively combination of an ancient cobbled town and a beach resort. A truly fascinating and informative journey awaits you!
Below is an overview of the most famous attractions in Antibes, France.
Marché Provençal city market.| Photo: shimown / Flickr.
Surrounded by rugged medieval walls and crisscrossed by numerous alleyways and squares, Old Antibes is a delightful place to stroll. The colorful market of Marché Provençal is the pulsating heart of Old Antibes. It is sheltered by a 19th century cast iron roof and filled with numerous stalls selling olives, cheese, vegetables, tapenade and other Provençal delicacies until about 1pm.
On the edge of the old town there are amazing panoramas that stretch all the way to Nice and deep into the snow-capped Alps. On the part of the ramparts overlooking Place Verdun, you can walk around and imagine yourself as a medieval soldier wielding a cannon.
Address: Marché provençal, Cours Masséna, 06600 Antibes, France.
Picasso Museum | Photo: m-louis .® / Flickr.
Picasso himself once said: “If you want to see Picasso’s work created in Antibes, you have to see it in Antibes.” The 14th-century Grimaldi Castle served as Picasso’s studio from July until December 1946, and is now home to a unique collection of his works and interesting photographs of the artist himself.
The variety of his works – lithographs, paintings, drawings and ceramics – confirms the versatility of Picasso’s talent as an artist. The museum also has a room dedicated to Nicolas de Stal, another artist who made Antibes his home.
Address: Musée Picasso, Promenade Amiral de Grasse, Antibes, France.
Picasso National Museum War and Peace.
Temple of Peace (Chapelle La Guerre et La Paix) mural painting.
Picasso’s work can be found everywhere in Provence, including this modern museum 7 km west of Antibes, in Vallauris. The museum is housed in the chapel of an ancient 12th century castle, where the artist created one of his last famous creations, the mural “Temple of Peace” (Chapelle La Guerre et La Paix). Picasso has finished work on it in 1952.
The walls depict allegorical images of war and peace. In 1948 the creative atmosphere of the small village known for its pottery drew Picasso to Vallauris. He lived here from 1948 to 1955, creating some 4,000 amazing pottery pieces.
Address: Musée National Picasso, Place de la Libération, Vallauris, France.
La Garoupe beach.
La Garoupe beach.| Photo: Theo K / Flickr.
This stretch of coastline at Cap d’Antibes was first cleared of seaweed in 1922 by two famous Americans, the composer Cole Porter and the artist Gerald Murphy, to create here a sandy beach. The golden sand of this stretch now separates the small public beach, which overlooks the luxurious terrace of Le Rocher, from the famous private beach of Keller (with white dinner tablecloths and sun loungers on the pier).
GPS coordinates: 43°33’16.6″N 7°08’08.8″E.
The silhouette of the impregnable Fort Carré, built in the 16th century and completed by the military architect Vauban in the 12th century, dominates the other structures on the approach to Antibes from Nice. It served as a frontier defense post until 1860, the time when Nice joined France.
Address: Le Fort Carré, Avenue du 11 Novembre, Antibes, France.
Jardin Botanique de la Villa Thuret
The Jardin Botanique de la Villa Thuret.
This serene botanical garden at Villa Thuret is located in the central part of the Cap d’Antibes. It was founded in 1856 and covers an area of 3.5 hectares. With 2,500 different species of plants, it is a wonderful place to get to know the exotic flora of the sunny cape.
Address: Jardín Botánico de la Villa Thuret, Chemin Gustave Raymond, Antibes, France.
La Gravette beach
La Gravette beach. | Photo: Jean-Marie LAFON / Flickr.
Right in the center of Antibes, on the edge of the old city is a small, clean beach La Gravette – a sandy stretch of coast near the fortress walls (remparts).
Address: Plage de la Gravette, Quai Henri Rambaud, Port Vauban, 06600 Antibes, France.
Beach La Salis
View from the beach of La Salis.| Photo: sdobie / Flickr.
This beach with stunning views of the old town and the Alps is located a 20 minute walk from Antibes.
Plage de la Salis, Boulevard James Wyllie, Antibes, France.
This beautiful villa at the headland of Cap d’Antibes was designed in 1867 for a wealthy Dutchman who named the villa after his wife, Cornélie, written backwards. The mansion has seen better days – its sparsely furnished interior clearly lacks glamour.
However, a walk through the huge 11-hectare landscaped park with its rose garden, olive grove and fragrant garden plants reminds one of the villa’s fine times of prosperity. Below the villa along the coast stretches Galets beach, a picturesque cove covered with pebbles, where it is nice to take a dip or sunbathe during a siesta.
Address: Villa Eilenroc, Avenue Mrs Beaumont, Antibes, France.
Bastion St Jaume.
Nomade sculpture. | Photo: ginaka_ / Flickr.
Stroll along the path along the bastion to the harbor, where a huge number of luxury yachts are based. Here it is impossible not to notice the huge sculpture called Nomade (2010), an 8-meter statue of a man who sits and looks out at the sea with his hands around his knees.
This work of the Catalan artist Jaume Plensa is like a mirage – the sculpture is made of thousands of white metal letters and is illuminated at night, presenting a magnificent spectacle. The statue has been erected on the terrace of the St-Jaume bastion, which was originally a Roman temple, a fortified tower in the XVII century and, until 1985, a shipyard.
Address: Le Nomade, 32 Quai Henri Rambaud, 06600 Antibes, France.
Museum of Humorous Drawing Peynet et du Dessin Humoristique
Museum of Humorous Drawing Peynet et du Dessin Humoristique.
This museum is rather for passionate fans of comics (bandes dessinées). Here you can see the work of Antibes-born graphic artist Raymond Peynet, known for his satirical comics and illustrations.
Address: Musée Peynet Et Du Dessin Humoristique, Place nationale, Antibes, France.
Notre Dame de la Placea
Notre Dame de la Plataea.
The cathedral was built on the site of an ancient Greek temple, and its impressive facade is designed in a neoclassical style. The tall Romanesque square bell tower dates from the 12th century.
Address: Notre Dame de la Plataea, 1 Rue du Saint-Esprit, 06600 Antibes, France.
Naval Museum of Napoleon
A view of the Naval Museum of Napoleon.
It is located in a building overlooking a battery that Napoleon himself practically restored. The museum boasts a fine display of Napoleon’s personal belongings, including a rather extensive collection of his hats.
There are also many exhibits related to the family of Napoleon, which help to give a complete picture of the incredibly interesting and adventurous life of the French emperor, who once ruled over the whole of Europe.
Address: Espace Mer et Littoral Batterie du Graillon, Rampe du Graillon, Antibes, France.
Marine Park Marineland
Marineland Marine Park | Photo: Andreas Ahrens / Flickr.
It is located near the city and is the closest theme park to the Côte d’Azur. Here you can spend a great day and have an unforgettable experience. The park is home to dolphins, sharks, sea lions and orcas.
In addition, Marineland is connected to four other amusement theme parks, which can also be visited for a small additional fee. With a busy summer season with museum visits and numerous outings, Marineland is just the perfect place for kids to relax and have fun!
16 of the most popular tourist attractions in Antibes-Juan-les-Pins
On the legendary Côte d’Azur (Azure Coast), between Nice and Cannes, this classic resort town offers all the attractions of a summer vacation: sunny days, sandy beaches and a lively atmosphere. Antibes has 23 kilometers of coastline overlooking the serene blue Mediterranean Sea. More than a dozen public beaches are on Cap d’Antibes and Juan-les-Pins, and both areas are considered part of the community of Antibes. The beautiful natural surroundings of the pine groves and the view of the sea inspired the impressionist painters and still attracts celebrities. Cap d’Antibes peninsula is famous for its exclusive villas. Blessed with a mild climate and thriving vegetation, Antibes also has an important commercial flower industry, including roses, carnations and other flowers. In addition to the allure of sunshine and beaches, Antibes boasts an interesting cultural heritage. The medieval fortified castle in the Old Town was for many years the residence of the bishop and residence of the Grimaldi family.
See also: Where to stay in Antibes and Juan les Pins
1 Vieil Antibes (Old City)
Vieil Antibes (Old City)
In a beautiful setting on the Bay of Anges, Antibes Old Town is an attractive place for a leisurely stroll. The narrow, winding cobblestone streets are filled with small boutiques, gourmet stores, cafes and restaurants. Overlooking the sea, with its stone buildings, graceful fountains and overgrown bougainvilleas, Viele Antibes has the typical character of an old Mediterranean town. This medieval quarter is especially lively on market days, when vendors sell fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers, as well as other artisanal Provençal products. After admiring the ancient buildings and soaking up the charming historic atmosphere, visitors can take a stroll along the ramparts. Connected to the Old City, this pleasant tropical walk offers exceptional panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea.
2 Cap d’Antibes and the beaches of Juan les Pins
Cap d’Antibes and the beaches of Juan-les-Pins
One of the main tourist attractions in Antibes is the beach scene. The picturesque Cap d’Antibes peninsula and Juan-les-Pins coastline is on Golfe Juan, stretching between Antibes and Cannes. The name for Juan-les-Pins comes from the landscape of pine groves. Cap d’Antibes and Juan-les-Pins have many seaside hotels and popular beach resorts. There are 13 public beaches in the area, ranging from small protected beaches to large beaches with waterfront restaurants. Many beaches have public showers and toilets. Some have snack bars and umbrellas.
3 Picasso Museum
Picasso Museum m luis. / photo modified
This famous museum occupies Chateau Grimaldi , an impressive stone castle overlooking the sea. The castle was an important residence in the Middles Age and has typical medieval defensive towers dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Housed in this historic building, the museum offers a unique insight into Picasso’s work when he lived on the Côte d’Azur. The museum gives these paintings their proper context as they represent Picasso’s endless creativity and a period of joie de vivre in his life. The museum also has an extensive collection of contemporary art, including works from the most important movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. The permanent collection includes works by Nicolas de Stahl, Hans Hartung, Anne-Eve Bergman and Joan Miró. The château terrace offers a splendid selection of sculptures by Joan Miró, Germaine Riccié, Bernard Paes and other artists.
Address: Château Grimaldi, Place Mariejol, Antibes
Official website: http://www.antibesjuanlespins.com/ru/art-et-culture/picasso-museum
4 Chemin des Douaniers
Chemin des Douaniers
Along the green promenade of Cap d’Antibes, this five-kilometre coastal walk offers visitors a refreshing way to enjoy the scenery. Starting from the ramparts of the Old Town, the path leads to a small cove and then follows the walls surrounding the park-like fields of private chateaux. The path winds around a rocky promontory along small freshwater streams and continues to the tip of Cap d’Antibes at Villa Eilencroc. Then you can take in the exquisite beauty of Sentier des Douaniers , a path surrounded by landscaped gardens that thrives with many fragrant flowers.
5 Jazz à Juan Festival
Jazz à Juan Festival
The famous Jazz à Juan festival is held in Antibes every July. The first such festival was a tribute to the famous jazz musician who loved Antibes, Sidney Bechet. The festival, which was held in a picturesque location in Juan-les-Pins under a pine grove near the Mediterranean Sea, has welcomed jazz legends including Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn since the 1960s. In addition, the festival provides a place for talented newcomers. The repertoire of music reflects a wide variety of cultures, such as American, African, Latin and Cuban. Musical performances range from Jazz Jazz and New Orleans Jazz to Gospel, Blues, Swing, Be-Bop and Electro-Jazz. This special music festival offers tourists and locals the opportunity to experience the thriving jazz culture and heritage of Antibes Juan-les-Pins.
Address: Jardins de la Pinède, Boulevard Baudoin, Antibes (Juan-les-Pins)
Official website: http://www.jazzajuan.com/en-us/home.aspx
6 Musée Peynet
Musée Peynet Tony Bowden / photo modified
This unique museum displays a collection of quirky sculptures, humorous drawings and comic strips. Founded in 1995, the museum is dedicated to the work of cartoonist Raymond Peynet. His sixty-year career is presented here through exhibitions of lithographs, prints, drawings and other media. The museum also regularly hosts temporary exhibitions of works by other cartoonists.
Address: Place National, Antibes
7 Fort Carré
On the peninsula of Saint Roche, Fort Carré is built on a rock 26 meters above sea level with a panoramic 360 degree view. Built by order of King Henry II in the second half of the sixteenth century, this amazing fortress was once used as a lookout post and defensive site for Antibes, the last French port before the border with Nice, which at the time was a threat to Antibes. The fort is surrounded by four magnificent hectares of park with typical Mediterranean flora and fauna. South of the old fort is Port Vauban Harbour.
Address: Avenue du 11 Novembre, Antibes
8 Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral ellévalentine / photo modified
The largest church in Antibes, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de la Platéa has a pleasant pink color that exemplifies Provençal Baroque architecture. In the heart of the Old City, the cathedral has a magnificent entrance. The extremely detailed doors were sculpted by Jacques Dollet in the 18th century. Visitors will also delight in the artwork inside the cathedral, including the noteworthy Vierge du Rosaire painting by Louis Brea circa 1513. This famous piece depicts Mary with Christ’s child with little cherubs in the background. The panels surrounding the portrait of the Virgin Mary represent the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary: five of each Joy, Sorrow and Glory.
Address: Rue du Saint-Esprit, Antibes
9 Villa Tours Botanical Gardens
Near the Plateau de la Garoupe on the Boulevard du Cap in Antibes, Jardin Thuret was created by botanist Gustave Thuret, who placed it around 1856. This lush 5-hectare botanical garden boasts a wide variety of plants, including many native plants that thrive in the Cap d’Antibes climate. The garden also has 1600 different exotic species, including eucalyptus trees from Australia. There is also an arboretum with an extensive collection of trees and shrubs. In addition to its tourist appeal, the Turet botanical gardens serve as a place for scientific research and conservation studies.
Address: 90 Chemin Gustave Raymond, Antibes
10 Notre-Dame de Bon-Port la Garoupe
This small sanctuary on the plateau of Cap d’Antibes is a historic pilgrimage chapel. The intimate and inspiring spiritual space includes frescoes and commemorative plaques, as well as a 14th-century badge from Sebastopol. There is also an interesting statue of the Madonna and Child, made of wood and entirely gilded.
Address: 635 Route du Phare, Antibes
11 Villa Eilencrock
At the top of Cap d’Antibes, in a superb 11-hectare estate, Villa Eilencrock epitomizes the luxury of the French Riviera during the Belle Epoque. The villa was built in 1867 by designer Charles Garnier, architect of the opera houses of Paris and Monte Carlo. One of the highlights of a visit to the villa is a stroll through the beautiful park, which features tranquil Mediterranean landscaping and a magnificent rose garden with thousands of varieties. Most of these fragrant roses originated in Antibes, the French rose capital. There is also a 3.7-kilometer coastal path that begins at Villa Eilenkrock beach and ends at Garoupe Bay. The path is ideal for a leisurely stroll with stops to take in the spectacular panoramic views of the Cap d’Antibes coastline. At the end of the walk, visitors can spend time on the tiny, secluded beach of l’Anse de l’Argent Faux .
Address: 460 Avenue Beaumont, Antibes
12 Archaeological Museum
In the Bastion of Saint-André, this museum offers an excellent collection of archaeological finds. The collections represent works dating back to the beginning of Antibes as an ancient Greek settlement and then as a Roman city. The results were collected during various excavations in the city and surrounding waters. Many precious objects were found from Etruscan, Greek, Phoenician and Roman shipwrecks. Pieces include pottery, mosaics, coins and everyday objects, testifying to the extraordinary prosperity of the area in antiquity.
Address: 1 Avenue Général Maizière, Bastion Saint-André, Antibes
13 Nomade at the Bastion Saint Jaume
Nomade at the Bastion Saint-Jaume Daniel70mi / photo modified
The Bastion Shipyard was built where Captain Cousteau’s famous ship, the Calypso, sailed. There was once a temple and then a chapel in Roman times, and then a fortified tower which was destroyed in the 17th century. Although the shipyard closed in 1985, there is now a remarkable Nomade sculpture on this site. This innovative and incredible installation by the Catalan artist Jaume Plensa, depicting a man looking out to sea, evokes a sense of mystery and adventure.
Address: Quai Henri Rambaud Port Vauban, Antibes
14 Chapel of Saint-Bernardin
Classified as a historical monument, this 16th-century Gothic church was built for the Brotherhood of White Penitents of St. Bernardine. The exquisite interior surprises visitors with its richness and beauty. Sixteenth- and nineteenth-century frescoes adorn the walls, and the 18th-century wooden altar was made in a splendid decorative style.
Address: 14 Rue du Docteur Rostan, Antibes
15 A day trip to the ancient village of Hilltop Biot
A day trip to the ancient village of Hilltop Biot
Just seven kilometers (about a 20-minute drive) from Antibes, this rather small village on a hillside is a bit of an unshakable tourist destination. Biot, pronounced “beeyot,” was once home to people from Liguria (a region of northern Italy). With its steep, narrow streets and winding paths, Biot is an interesting place to wander and explore. The Church of St. Mary-Madeleine has two beautiful altarpiece images from the School of Nice, as well as a Madonna with a Louis Brea rosary. There are also other things to do in Bío, such as browsing the galleries and boutiques of the town. The village is known for its arts and crafts, including gold and silver, pottery, handmade glass, woodcarving, weaving and silkscreening.
A short drive from the village center is the Fernand Léger Museum on Chum du Val-de-Pame. Created by Leger’s widow, Nadia, in the 1950s, the museum fully displays the artist’s work. The huge mosaic on the outer wall was originally intended for a sports stadium in Hanover, Germany. Another highlight is a portrait of the artist in Alexander Calder’s wire.
16 Day trip to Grasse, the spirit capital of France
A day trip to Grasse, the spirit capital of France
This beautiful city (about 20 kilometers from Antibes), perched on a hilltop and surrounded by fields of flowers, is the perfume capital of the world. Native species of roses, jasmine, violets, mimosa and lavender are used to make exquisite fragrances, rich bouquets unique to Provence. Perfumes have been made in Grasse since the 16th century and continue today through five exceptional perfumers, including the famous perfumers Fragonard and Galimard. At the International Museum de la Parfumerie (2 Boulevard du Jeu de Ballon), tourists will learn about the history, art and science of perfume creation. Visitors will also delight in the fragrant garden of the International Perfume Museum, which is filled with sustainably scented flowers and plants. Another joy of visiting Grasse is wandering through the center of the old medieval city with its charming narrow streets. Some sights offer amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea, as the Bay of Caen can be seen in the distance.
Grasse Map – Attractions
Where to stay in Antibes and Juan-les-Pins for sightseeing
For tourists, the best place to stay in Antibes and Juan-les-Pins depends on the main reason for visiting. Juan-les-Pins is known for its beautiful beaches and Art Deco architecture, while Antibes offers cultural attractions such as museums and a charming Old Town with 16th-century fortress walls. Some hotels are within walking distance of both towns. Here are some highly rated hotels in convenient locations:
Luxury Hotels: Hotel Art Deco Belles Rives is located in the former F. Scott Fitzgerald waterfront house in Juan-les-Pins. The hotel has a pet-friendly restaurant. The hotel has a Michelin-starred restaurant, beachfront terraces, a private beach and chic rooms with magnificent sea views. A short walk from Antibes and Juan-les-Pins, La Villa Boutique Hotel has free parking and a heated outdoor pool. The stylish rooms feature balconies or terraces overlooking the pool or the sea. In an elegant glass and steel building, the bold and modern Hotel Royal Antibes, Residence, Beach & Spa overlooks the sea and is within walking distance of the Picasso Museum.
More beautiful places to visit near Antibes-Juan-les-Pins
Antibes-Juan-les-Pins is one of the best places on the French Riviera for a sunny beach vacation, close to several famous resorts on the Côte d’Azur. A few minutes by train or train from Antibes (11km) is the legendary seaside resort of Cannes, with its Belle Epoque hotels, stylish restaurants and the brilliant Cannes Film Festival held in May. A stroll down Cannes’ main street, the Boulevard de la Croisette, gives you a taste of the good life. A 30-minute train or car ride (22 kilometers) away, in a lush Mediterranean setting, is Nice, a picturesque city highly regarded for its elegant waterfront, quaint Old Town and many cultural attractions. The quintessential French Riviera village of Cagnes-sur-Mer (11 kilometers from Antibes) and other pleasant day trips from Nice await vacationers who have more time to enjoy the area.A little further afield are two more attractions: the medieval “hilltop village” of Eze (48 kilometers from Antibes) and the gorgeous, sparkling Monaco (50 kilometers). If you are travelling by car you can also visit the charming hill towns of Provence, such as Tourettes-sur-Loup (25 kilometers) and Saint-Paul-de-Vence (17 kilometers).