9 things to do in Antibes, France

10 things to do and see in Antibes

10 things to do and see in Antibes

10 things to do and see in Antibes

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A vibrant and cultured Mediterranean seaside town with a rich history and an active yachting community, Antibes has much to offer vacationers. With plenty of festivities during the winter and summer seasons, this city is a bustling mix of quaint cobblestone old towns and beach resorts, making for one really interesting and rewarding trip. Check it out

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Picasso Trail.

The Impressionists were greatly inspired by the beautiful scenery surrounding Antibes, and now the most famous paintings were used to create the Picasso Trail; a walk that includes rocky outcrops, distant mountains and, of course, the deep blue sea. Each place that was the inspiration for the painting is marked with a laminated copy of that painting as well as some information about the artist who created it. It’s a great way to see the area and learn about Antibes’ creative past.

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Maritime and Napoleonic Museum.

Situated with the battery that Napoleon actually restored, this museum has a great display of all things Napoleonic – including a pretty extensive, if obscure, display of his hats. There are also many different artifacts related to Napoleon’s family that help bring together the interesting and adventurous life of the French emperor who once ruled all of Europe.

Napoleon Museum Le Cap d’Antibes, Boulevard John F. Kennedy, Antibes, France, +33 4 93 61 45 32

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Picasso Museum at Chateau Grimaldi

It’s no secret that this area was key to the development of Impressionist works, and this is the museum to visit to learn a little more about the artists who lived, worked and relaxed here. In fact, Château Grimaldi, the museum site, was home to Picasso for six months in 1946. He himself donated several paintings to the museum, and the rest were donated by his wife after Picasso’s death. Visitors today can see 254 works by Picasso and enjoy the beautiful building and setting on the Cap itself.

Picasso Museum, Place Mariel, Antibes, France, +33 4 92 90 54 20

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Free Commune Safranier.

This place is really a village within a village. There are 129 free communities in France, and Safranier counts among them since 1966. They describe themselves as free and with the goal of “doing good and having fun.” Visitors to Safranier can count on narrow, cobblestone streets, with good restaurants and lively bars. At certain times of the year, various festivals erupt from the expected (markets) to the completely unexpected (spaghetti food contests!).

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Cap d’Antibes.

Cap is a cross between Antibes and the neighboring town of Juan-les-Pins, which has many attractions to offer intrigued visitors to the area. This area is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, taking in views of the sea, villas and gardens. Keep an eye out for La Garupe Chapel, a sanctuary dedicated to those lost at sea with abundant ship models and maritime artifacts dotted around. There is also an extensive Jardin Thuret, which has been around since 1857

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Villa Eilencroc

Also on the Cape, but worthy of special mention, Villa Eilenroc is an 11-acre park and villa that was originally purchased by a wealthy Dutch gentleman who coined the unusual title by changing his wife’s name, Cornélie. The gardens transport the visitor to a sunny summer paradise, surrounded by palm trees and the blue sea. In short, it’s worth a visit in the afternoon, especially if the town gets hot and busy.

Villa Eilenroc, 460 Avenue Mrs Beaumont, Antibes France, +33 4 93 67 74 33

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Marineland

Located a little outside the city, Marineland is the closest the Côte d’Azur gets to the likes of Florida, if such things float your boat. A great day out for a completely different experience, Marineland boasts dolphins, sharks, sea lions and orcas, as well as being connected to four other theme parks that can be visited in addition to Marineland for a small additional fee. With a packed program during the summer season, this might just be the right place to entertain kids who are fed by museums and outings!

Marineland, Avenue Mozart, Antibes France, +33 892 42 62 26

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Fort Carré

A 16th-century fort built on Roman ruins, this place is both a place to discover fascinating history and witness a fantastic view across the harbor. Napoleon was temporarily imprisoned here during the French Revolution, and the fort was also important when Nice was annexed in the second half of the 19th century. More recently it was used in the James Bond film “Never Say Never Again”. Although a bit of a walk from the city center, it nevertheless makes for a fascinating day trip.

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Fort-Cary, Antibes, France

Jazz Festival.

Once a year, Antibes and Juan-les-Pins team up to present the Jazz à Juan festival, featuring Dave Brubeck, Stevie Wonder and Ravi Coltrane among their past patrons. The jazz influences come from the twin cities of New Orleans, where several of the bands playing at the festival originated. Attendees can expect nine days in all, for which combined tickets are available online.

Juan-les-Pins, France, +33 4 22 10 60 01

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Beaches

It would be crazy to come to Antibes and not spend at least one day sunbathing and diving into the sea. For a day with the family and all the comforts of the sun, Plage du Ponteil is the perfect spot: it’s close to town with showers, toilets, bars and small boats. For something more secluded, try Plage Mala, which is divided into a public beach and a section owned by a restaurant. This beach was supposedly used by Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his lover when they vacationed in the area.

14 sights to visit in Antibes

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Antibes has a lot to offer vacationers. It is a vibrant 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.

Old Antibes

Marché Provençal City Market

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.

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Address: Marché provençal, Cours Masséna, 06600 Antibes, France.

Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum

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 diversity 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.

Chapelle La Guerre et La Paix (Temple of Peace) mural.

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

La Garoupe beach. | Photo: Theo K / Flickr.

This stretch of coast at Cap d’Antibes in 1922 was first decided to clear the seaweed from the sea by two famous Americans – composer Cole Porter and 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.

Fort Carré

Fort Carré

Fort Carré.

The silhouette of the impregnable Fort Carré, built in the 16th century and added to 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.

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Address: Le Fort Carré, Avenue du 11 Novembre, Antibes, France.

Jardin Botanique de la Villa Thuret

Jardin Botanique de la Villa Thuret

Jardin Botanique de la Villa Thuret.

This tranquil botanical garden in Villa Ture 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.

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 La Salis beach.

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.

Villa Eilenroc

Villa Eilenroc

Villa Eilenroc.

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.

The Nomade Sculpture

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.

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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

The Peynet et du Dessin Humoristique Museum

The Museum of Humorous Drawing Peynet et du Dessin Humoristique.

This museum is rather for passionate fans of comics (bandes dessinées). Here you can admire the work of the 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 Plataea

Notre Dame de la Plataea

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

View of the 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 effects, including a rather extensive collection of his hats.

There are also numerous exhibits related to Napoleon’s family, which help present a complete picture of the incredibly interesting and adventurous life of the French emperor, who once ruled all of Europe.

Address: Espace Mer et Littoral Batterie du Graillon, Rampe du Graillon, Antibes, France.

Marine Park Marineland

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 you can also visit 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!

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