In Antibes, one could spend all his holidays on the beach and come out satisfied with his stay. But, between tanning sessions, a visit to the old town of Antibes is essential – some say it’s the very heart of the Côte d’Azur on the cultural level.
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What to do in Antibes
Antibes best beaches
There are three beaches in Antibes with nice white sand, La Gravette, du Ponteil and Salis.
If you want to do like the locals, bring your own beach towels and picnic and spend hours chatting with friends and soaking up the sun. It’s so nice and relaxing.
#1. Plage de la Gravette (smallest and in the old town)
Our favourite is Plage de la Gravette near the port. La Gravette has an incredible location looking up at the ancient remparts if Antibes. This beach is close to the city center, shops and restaurants. It is a small beach but with a lovely sand and the sea is clear and nice to swim in. You will find showers and lockers, so all good with safety and hygiene.
#2. Plage du Ponteil (nice large sand bar)
Further to the west, towards Cap d’Antibes, Ponteil beach is also an amazing beach. Away from the road, this long sandy beach offers one of the most beautiful views of the Old Antibes. There is a paid parking lot by the beach. This beach is really nice because the sand bar is large with warmer shallow water.
#3. Plage de la Salis (quite and good food)
The Salis beach is the best known beach of Antibes. Located just before the Cap d’Antibes, this very clean sandy beach is pleasant. This beach is generally quieter than the other two beaches. Our advice if you go there is to try the best “pan bagnat” at “Chez Pascaline”, super good and full of flavours, plus a friendly and nice team to serve you.
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The old town of Antibes
With its narrow, streets, alleyways adorned with geraniums, old stone water troughs, iron balustrades, the old town in Antibes is worth visiting.
Start your walk at the Tourist Office for a free city map. Walk towards Port Vauban (marina) and up along the 17th century city wall (Promenade de l’Amiral-de-Grasse) of the old town. Visit the market in the morning/ early afternoon (Marché Provençal) for souvenirs, delicious specialty items, spices and all things truffles. There are also plenty of nice restaurants for lunch.
And from the top, there are wonderful views across the marina, with it’s luxury super yachts, towards the bay of Nice and in the opposite direction as far as the tall pines on the Cap D’Antibes.
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Visit the Picasso Museum for its magnificent paintings, its collection of sculptures on the terrace and its breathtaking view. The building itself is very interesting. This amazing collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures is set in an old Grimaldi home overlooking the Mediterranean.
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Le Sentier du Littoral
Le sentier du Littoral is a peaceful little hike that circle around le Cap d’Antibes. It is a relaxing walk not too difficult with a magnificent view of the sea and gardens. Several places are available to make contemplative stops or picnic. Very romantic.
It takes 1:30 to go around, you can park your car at the beach “La garoupe”. The walk is simple and flat. It is still necessary to provide suitable shoes for pebbles. You can stop and peck or swim in golden coves small beaches.
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Eat and party
You will find lots of great bars and restaurants in Antibes and the village becomes very busy during the evening time. A great place to eat dinner and have drink at the end of the day is The Hop Store Pub. Or jump to Juan-les-Pins, just next door, to enjoy its intense nightlife.
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local guide tips
- Visit the medieval market in the centre of the old town where you’ll find local Provencal products and take a walk along the village walls to enjoy the views of the bay.
- Picasso lived in Antibes, and you can visit the museum in the village which is dedicated to the art he produced whilst staying there.
- You will find lots of great bars and restaurants in Antibes and the village becomes very busy during the evening time. A great place to eat dinner and have drink at the end of the day is The Hop Store Pub