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Antibes Travel Guide

Antibes is just across the Baie des Anges from Nice but is much smaller and more intimate than the Riviera megapolis. The municipality includes Antibes, the toney Cap d'Antibes and Juan-les-Pins.

The port of Antibes is a favorite of yachties and the town is a favourite of British expats. You'll find plenty of shops and services catering to British tastes in Antibes town. Cap d'Antibes is a wooded peninsula on a calm bay with sandy beaches. Juan-les-Pins is where the nightlife is.

Pam Pam bar in Juan-les-Pins
Popular Pam Pam is a must visit in Juan-les-Pins

Things to See

After admiring the mega-yachts in Antibes port, head to the covered Provencal Market on the Cours Massena, the bustling heart of Old Antibes.

Antibes Provencale market

The most striking monument in the old town is the 12th-century Chateau Grimaldi which once served as Picasso's studio and now houses the prestigious Picasso Museum.

Chateau Grimaldi, Picasso Museum

Check out the "Free Commune of Safranier", a sort of village-within-a-village, determined to safeguard its history. The modest village houses and flowery streets contrast starkly with the high-end splendour of the Cap d'Antibes where the mega-rich have mega-villas

Cap d'Antibes
Cap d'Antibes

Beaches

Antibes is graced with many kilometres of sandy beaches from Plage de la Gravette near the Old town to the beaches of Cap d'Antibes. Between are the idyllic public beaches of Plage de Ponteil and Plage de la Salis.

Plage de la Salis
Plage de la Salis

More on Antibes beaches.

Accommodation in Antibes

Antibes has a full complement of hotels at all price levels although there's a wider selection in Juan-les-Pins. Located halfway between Nice and Cannes, Antibes is a great base for exploring the coast between those two hotspots.

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History of Antibes

Greeks from Marseilles were the first people to settle Antibes, arriving in the 4th century BC. They called it Antipolis. They were eventually supplanted by the Romans and then by the powerful Grimaldis of Monaco who ruled Antibes from 1384 to 1608. With the turbulence of the Middle Ages, Antibes found itself on the border of France and Savoy. This vulnerability prompted fortifications to be constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries. They were torn down in 1894.

Getting Around Antibes

The centre of Old Antibes is pedestrian only but there is an efficient network of buses to whisk you to outlying neighbourhoods such as Cap d'Antibes and Juan-les Pins, plus to nearby towns such as Villeneuve-Loubet and Biot. The local bus company is Envibus and the cost of a ticket is €1.70.

Getting to Antibes

Buses to Antibes
Although a bus is the cheapest way to get to Antibes from Nice, it takes at least 30 minutes (more if there's traffic) and there are a lot of stops.
Zou runs line 620 from Nice to Antibes and on to Cannes. Board at the Parc Phoenix.

Trains to Antibes
The best way to arrive in Antibes is via the coastal train that runs between Cannes and Monaco. It only takes 20 minutes or so from the Nice train station. The Antibes train station is near the port, an easy walk from town. Buy tickets on thetrainline

Tourist Information

For more on visiting Antibes, see the Antibes/Juan-les-Pins tourist office

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