Located between Cannes and Nice, the seaside town of Antibes is a tourist mecca that attracts people from all over the world. Its location on the Mediterranean coast is one of the main reasons for this, but the city also offers many other assets that we will present to you.
A discovery of history
The old town of Antibes is a haven of peace between the hustle and bustle of the neighbouring towns. You will discover this by walking through the old streets. Here, you will travel back in time, sheltered by the Vauban fortifications. You can stroll through the small, intimate squares, discover the stalls of numerous craftsmen and be amazed by the ingenuity of the architects of the past while observing the façades.
You can complete your journey into the past by visiting the Saint-Roch peninsula. Here you will discover the Fort Carré, a 16th century building renovated by Vauban. The place is now classified as a Historic Monument.
Less ancient, but just as fascinating, Picasso left his mark on Antibes. You can discover the works of the artist in the museum dedicated to him, installed in the Grimaldi castle. You will be able to see the paintings that the artist made while he was staying in the city.
Discover Antibes with your family
Antibes is also well known for its famous marine zoo which will delight the youngest and their parents. For more than 40 years, it has been a perfect place to have fun, but also to discover marine animals in a unique festive atmosphere.
You can also introduce your children to the wonders of Provence by taking them to visit the traditional market which takes place every morning on Cours Masséna. You can feast on local produce, marvel at a bouquet of flowers picked that morning in the surrounding fields and buy local crafts (jewellery, soap, leatherwork to name a few). It is picturesque and pleasant.
A rendezvous with nature
Antibes also offers a unique view of the Mediterranean and the surrounding mountains. For this, you will have to go to the Cap d’Antibes, a high tourist spot.
You can get there by taking the Chemin des Contrebandiers (otherwise known as the Sentier des Douaniers or coastal path). This itinerary leads you through a wilderness and allows you to discover the Cape in its entirety. You can admire vast stretches of deserted land, beautiful beaches, steep cliffs, small coves of incredible beauty, unbelievable white rocks contrasting with red rocky massifs, on which the powerful southern sun reflects.
On the cape, you will also have the opportunity to explore the Garoupe plateau which rises 75 metres above the sea. Here you will discover a lighthouse and a semaphore, not forgetting the superb little chapel with its oratory. You will see many ex-votos in thanksgiving for the benefits that the Virgin Mary lavished on sailors. Sportsmen can also indulge their passion by following the route of the Antibes Calvary, an event that takes place in spring. La Garoupe is also home to a 9-hectare wood with its beautiful holm oaks.
You will also have a view of the seaside villas and the various castles along the coast. Although the route is well laid out, it is recommended for those without walking difficulties.
Take a boat to the Lérins Islands, facing the Esterel Massif. You can discover the famous islands of Sainte-Marguerite or Saint-Honorat which highlight the natural heritage of the area. Take a walk in the state-owned forest or explore the abbey of Saint-Honorat.
Back to the city
The port is also a place to explore. You can spend some time on a café or restaurant terrace and watch the bustle of life here.
Take a diversion to see the impressive statue of the Nomad by Jaume Plensa. It is a work of rare sobriety made up of nets whose meshes are in fact letters of the alphabet. The creation, made of stainless steel and coated with white paint, depicts a seated human form looking out to sea.
Combine Antibes with other prestigious sites on the Côte d’Azur
If you are staying on the Côte d’Azur, you can easily combine a visit to Antibes with other destinations. All you have to do is book your private chauffeur to move around the area freely. With Kingdom Limousines, you can organise your discovery programme as you wish.
Our professional drivers are familiar with the sites to be explored and will be able to give you excellent advice on how to see everything in the best conditions and according to your preferences.
They are available whenever you want and can take you wherever you want to go. You can explore the city on arrival at the local airport in Nice or stay in a nearby town before enjoying the wonders of Antibes. You can then make a stop in Juan-les-Pins, a must-see spot when staying a few days or spending a few hours in Antibes. The place is only a few minutes away and can be reached very easily by car.
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