Antibes - summer, sun, beach and sea

The French Riviera has been a dream destination for generations for artists, sun seekers, gourmets, the rich and famous of the world. What was once reserved only for powerful rulers and crowned heads such as Napoleon, the English royal family and the Russian tsars is something that all people can enjoy today. In summer, the Côte d'Azur remains the playground of the international jet set. So you can not only enjoy the sun while walking on the beach promenade, but also pass the time with some "celebrity spotting".

Bay of Cap d'Antibes French Riviera

A place that should be at the top of your wish list when on holiday on the Côte d'Azur is Antibes. Not only the location on the Engelsbucht - directly opposite Nice - is incomparable, in Antibes calm and hustle and bustle balance each other. The town is an ideal starting point for interesting excursions, but also has many interesting sights to offer.

Ruins surrounded by water bay of Cap d'Antibes French Riviera

Antibes in the southeast of France on the Côte d'Azur, spreads paradise holiday feeling with Mediterranean charm. Holidaymakers enjoy all the ingredients for a perfect seaside holiday in the sun-drenched, pampered resort along with the seaside resort of Juan-les-Pins. Tradition and modern luxury are closely linked. The picturesque old town of Antibes exudes a special charm with its narrow, winding streets and typical French flair.

Street view in Antibes coastal village

Bathing tourists will get their money's worth on the beaches "Golfe Juan" or "Juan-les-Pins", which are only a few kilometers away from the well-known cities of Cannes and Nice. The lovely bay of Antibes attracts with its romantic atmosphere.

Bay of Juan-les-Pins at the Cap d'Antibes

The town of Juan-les-Pins belongs to the attractive coastal town of Antibes and has been a magnet for tourists for years. Already in 1925, the suburb of Antibes was used as a summer and winter resort. The much visited place has often been a stage stop at the Tour de France. Culture enthusiasts in Antibes embark on a journey through handsome museums. In addition, music is in the air in the city.

Special features of the city

For many people, Antibes is known as the city of the future. The city succeeds in an impressive way to meet the highest demands for recreation, joie de vivre, culture and demanding tourism. With its excellent infrastructure, cultural richness and dream beaches, this city unites everything that sun worshipers dream of on a trip to the Côte d'Azur.
The city is best reached via the International Airport of Nice, as it is only a few minutes away from the center.

Sun, sea and beach

The seaside resort is known for its exclusive and beautiful beaches and is a place that promises a lot of relaxation. The beach promenade is lined with palm trees and is characterized by a fine and inviting sandy beach that is a destination for many holidaymakers. Dream beaches like the Juan-les-Pins offer everything your heart desires. But even the plague de la Gravette makes bathing dreams come true.

Dream beach Juan-les-Pins Antibes Côte d'Azur

In addition to the sun, the beach and the sea, visitors to Juan-les-Pins and the Côte d`Azur will be seduced to eat. The coast around the Côte d'Azur offers many restaurants serving tasty Southern French dishes. The palate is surprised by the traditional recipe of the dishes of Nice and Provence.

Mediterrean food at the Old village Restaurant

Nature-loving vacationers can make a hike through the pine forests in the hinterland. Not only the impressive beach and the great look of the place is worth a visit, but also the water sports such. B. Water skiing can be seen. Sea and sun worshipers will surely find everything their heart desires on the three kilometers long sandy beach.

Antibes Juan-les-Pins beach and sea

The history of Antibes

On a walk through the old town of Antibes, it is not hard to believe that Antibes is associated with a long eventful history. History books say that the city dates back to the 5th century BCE. Was founded by Greek traders as "Antipolis".

Central square with tower and church in Antibes

Several centuries later, Antibes became part of today's Provence. In 1388, the Count of Nice manifested at this point its western border with the Kingdom of France under the direction of Francois 1st, Henri IV and subsequently Vauban. To this day, the old walls effectively protect the city from the seaside.

Old buildings and fortified walls of Antibes near the Mediterranean sea, French Riviera, France

Museums, enjoy culture

Keyword museums. If you like Pablo Picasso, you will love Antibes. Here there is a "Picasso Museum" (Chateau Grimaldi), whose rooms the master once used as a studio. In addition to some of his own works, tributes by other artists to Picasso are also exhibited, including sculptures by such famous artists as Joan Miró and Daniel Spoerri. Who likes graphics and drawings, who likes to smile or has a soft spot for romantic subjects, is right in the "Musée Peynet" (Pl. Nationale). Here are some 400 drawings by Raymond Peynet, who moved to Antibes in 1950 and lived there until his death in 1999. The work of the famous draftsman is now housed in a former school building. By the way, as extensive as his works are, they always have only one topic: lovers.

Church int the old part of Antibes

The history of the Archeology Museum (Bastion St. André) goes back deep into history. The archaeological exhibits from over 4,000 years of regional history are housed in Fort St. André. Incidentally, they also include antique exhibits found in the sea.

Light and sun all year round

The fact that the Riviera and especially the Côte d'Azur are a beautiful summer destination with guaranteed sun, has become known around the world. Perhaps not quite as well known is the fact that it is also worthwhile to visit the Côte d'Azur and especially Antibes at all other seasons.

Private Harbour in Juan Les Pins - France

Even in winter, the light here is very soft, the air is mild and gentle. Add to that the scent of the ubiquitous mimosa - you could easily get into raptures! By the way, the museums are also emptier in winter than in summer.

Coast near Antibes

Antibes is surrounded by beautiful nature. Not only the walks on the beach, but even a stroll through the town with its palm trees and exotic plants are an experience. Due to the mild Mediterranean climate, the beautiful old town is a picturesque promenade, where visitors can sit in cafes or restaurants. Numerous shops open their doors for a shopping trip.

Shopping Souvenirs and Small town boutiques Antibes

If it may be something more, then the "Jardin Thuret" (Chemin Raymond) is a worthwhile destination. The garden of the Swiss botanist Gustave Thuret was created in the second half of the 19th century. Australian eucalyptus trees grow here - the first ever on the Côte d'Azur - as well as some 3,000 other plant species. Always with, of course, the wonderfully fragrant mimosa.

Botanical Garden Jardin Thuret Cap d'Antibes

World famous and seen again and again in many films: Cap d 'Antibes. The highest point on the picturesque Engelsbucht allows a truly sensational view of Antibes, the Mediterranean and the entire Côte d'Azur. It could only be better off the plane or with a sports car along the coast road.
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Coast Road of Cap d'Antibes Côte d'Azur

Attractions - spoiled for choice

Antibes is due to the good traffic connection also a good starting point for interesting activities or trips to neighboring villages. For example, cities such as Nice, Cannes and Monaco are within easy reach. Nice is around 20 and Cannes is around 12 kilometers away. It is best to book a holiday apartment in Antibes, from which the days can be perfectly designed and which offers an ideal retreat after a day full of variety.

Landscape view from Eze to Nice Côte d'Azur

Antibes is not connected to any direct motorway connection. From the west towards Marseilles or the east towards Nice, the city is reached via the A8 motorway at exit 44 towards Vallauris / Golfe-Juan / Antibes / Juan-les-Pins Saint via the D35 to Antibes. Generally, motorists should keep in mind that French motorways are chargeable. If you would like to explore the area with an exclusive rental car, please select your vehicle here

Sights in Antibes

On a flying visit to the most beautiful sights of the city, visitors experience a roller coaster of emotions. Here past meets present - a fascinating sight. Antibes presents itself as one of the most historic cities on the Côte d'Azur, providing historical insights. A highlight is the Grimaldi Castle, which belongs to the Picasso Museum and impresses with its remarkable wealth of art treasures.

Grimaldi castle in Antibes, French Riviera

Frescoes by artist Colin are exhibited in the Notre Dame Chapel. In addition to the Saracen towers, Fort Carre fortress enhances the architectural richness of the city. Although this listed fort is a listed building, it is still open to the public. If you want to see the "green side" of Antibes, you should not miss a walk through the botanical garden Jardin Botanique.

The old city of Antibes, French Riviera

A completely different side of the city presents harbors with their huge glorious yachts. A flagship among the ports of Antibes is the Port Vabaun. This marina and marina sets by its exceptional size throughout Europe standards. Since the port is mainly the "beautiful and rich", the area is nicknamed "Billionaire port".

Port Billionaire Antibes Juan-les-Pins Superyacht Côte d'Azur

Events in and around Antibes

Throughout the year countless events of distinction and rank take place in Antibes. Music lovers flock to the city when events such as "Musique au Coer" or the International Jazz Festival "Jazz in Juan" are held. The "Jazz in Juan" is held every year on nine consecutive evenings in July. Meanwhile, the music event has established itself as one of the best summer jazz festivals. Over time, numerous live albums have been released, which have been recorded during the festival. Well-known music greats such as Dizzy Gillespie or Christian Vander wrote history through their music releases. In Antibes, time is rarely silent. That's why the pearl on the Côte d'Azur, next to Nice, Monaco or Saint Tropez, has established itself as one of the region's hotspots.

Juan Jazz Festival Antibes French Riviera

On Thursdays and Saturdays, the rue de la République or the Place Nationale clothes and flea markets take place in the morning. Day in, day out, flying traders on the Provencal market showcase their goods. The partially covered market hall offers regional delicacies. The lively market is ending every day around 1 pm.

Provence Market Antibes

The most famous event at the seaside resort of Juan-les-Pins is the Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival à Juan has surprised guests with well-known and well-known people such as Ray Charles, Louis Amstrong and Ella Fitzegerald.

Nightlife

The young visitors can enjoy a lively nightlife with numerous discos and bars. However, there is also a suitable entertainment for families. The numerous restaurants, discotheques and bars attract holidaymakers of all ages. In the summer months, every corner of the place offers something special and it's worth it just to go into the fray and join in.

Night lights in the port of Antibes France, ferris wheel

A little further out of Antibes is la Siesta with its dance, casino and restaurant. An excursion by rental car into the nightlife of the nearby cities of Nice, St. Tropez or the festival city of Cannes is just as appropriate as the many parties that usually go on until dawn.