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About Antibes

French Riviera, France

Lying approximately 10km to the east of Cannes and in an area of the French Riviera known as the Provencal Escarpment, Antibes has the charm of an old traditional French seaside town with the sophistication of more modern elements which have been added over the years. Part of the town’s greatest popularity with those who are sufficiently affluent is the large marina, a wander round which will leave many feeling somewhat jealous. To the side of the marina is Fort Carréwhich overlooks the town from the north-west and like so many towns, connections to other parts of the Riviera are well catered for either through the TGV train service or the main A8 AutoRoute.

A short history of Antibes

Antibes has an interesting history, having originally been founded as a Greek colony as far back as the 5th century BC. Because of its naturally safe harbour, Antibes had always been a popular trading port, but instability in the region throughout the earlier part of the second millennium led to Antibes becoming more cut off as it survived behind massive walled fortifications. Though coming under the protectorate of Louis XI, Antibes did not thrive and it was only in the earlier part of the twentieth century that the wealthy began to discover the hidden beauty of the town and its surrounding beaches.

tourist attractions in Antibes

Many famous names are associated with Antibes, including Picasso, who stayed there for six months at the Chateau Grimaldi and which has subsequently become a Picasso museum and art gallery which contains several of his works. In addition to the Picasso museum there is also the Napoleon museum, together with an absinthe museum dedicated to the mysterious green liquor. 2km of beaches surround the ‘Cap d’Antibes’ peninsula, so an abundance of water sports exist in the area, though if you are more inclined to exploration on foot, the Exflora Park, Eilenroc Gardens and Thuret Park are havens for nature lovers and botanists alike.

festivals and events in Antibes

As with so many towns in the French Riviera and on the Cote d’Azur, the weather is always conducive to open air entertainment in the evenings and Antibes is no exception, especially during the festival season. Jazz a Juan in July was started over fifty years ago, while for two weeks in April Antibes is overrun with antiques during the Antique Show of Antibes. June sees the ‘Voiles d’Antibes’, one of the most dramatic sailing regattas comprising only older teak and brass sailing vessels, while there is the festival of Saint Peter and festival of Sacred Music in June and January respectively.

gastronomy in Antibes

France, the Cote d’Azur and Cap d’Antibes all lean towards gourmet food and Antibes will not disappoint on that score, though unusually the town does not have any Michelin starred restaurants. While standard Provençale fare is on offer throughout the town, it is not ideal for vegans or vegetarians according to local reports, but with it being a seaside port, it is not surprising that seafood and Provençale style cooking rule the menus. The Marché Provençale will provide all you need for creating a simple lunch with cheese, olives, baguette and a drop of local AOC wine and local restaurants charge between €18.00 and €25.00 for a set menu lunch.

recommended restaurants in Antibes
Oscar's 8 Rue Rostan F - 06600 Antibes
Phone: +33 4 93 34 90 14
Les vieux murs 25 Promenade Amiral-de-Grasse F - 06600 Antibes
Phone: +33 4 93 34 06 73
Chez Helen 35 Rue des Revennes, 06600 Antibes
Phone: +33 4 92 93 88 52
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