A Resort In Two Parts

Antibes is a vibrant and culturally rich seaside town offering an incredible yachting experience. But you probably already knew that.

What you might not be quite so aware of is that this highly fashionable resort town, located on the French Riviera between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera, is split into two parts.

First, the forested Cap d’Antibes peninsula, dotted with opulent villas once enjoyed by the likes of Winston Churchill, Edith Piaf and the Duke of Windsor, in the years he and Wallace Simpson spent indulging themselves in the Côte d’Azur following his abdication.

And then there’s the equally glamorous but perhaps more effervescent Juan-les-Pins, an art deco-style chic resort favoured by A-listers like Naomi Campbell, Bono and Leonardo Di Caprio which buzzes with nightlife and hosts the famous annual Jazz à Juan music festival.

You Might Be Surprised

If your perception of Antibes is that it’s brimming with billionaires’ coastal villas, exclusive boutiques, casinos, luxury yachts, impossibly gorgeous people and fast cars, well, you’d be absolutely right about that.

If that’s the kind of destination you’re looking for, then Antibes will definitely fulfil all your needs.

Wait, though. There’s actually so much more to Antibes than that.

Like, for instance, the old town of Vieil Antibes, with its pastel-coloured houses and maze of narrow cobbled streets lined with delightful restaurants, cafés and shops purveying local arts and crafts.

And then there’s the high culture…

An Inspiration To Great Artists

We’ve already mentioned the great Jazz à Juan music festival, which provided the blueprint for the vaunted Montreux Festival held on the shores of Lake Geneva and spawned some of Europe’s most celebrated festivals.

But Antibes has also inspired visual artists for centuries, including Monet, surrealist Max Ernst, Matisse and, above all, Pablo Picasso.

Indeed, Picasso loved Antibes so much that he bought the Château Grimaldi as a home; and it’s now a world-class museum dedicated to the greatest Master of the 20th century. We’d encourage everyone to visit it at least once.

Life’s A Beach

Antibes is surrounded by beautiful beaches with golden sands and sapphire waters.

Plage de la Gravette is closest to the town, and can be accessed through an archway from the port overlooked by the old town ramparts. It’s a wonderful place to swim or enjoy an aperitif as the sun goes down.

Plage de Ponteil, next to Antibes Yacht Club, is another lovely place to swim; while Plage de la Garoupe has an array of exclusive luxury private beach clubs; and – you may like to hear, if you want some privacy and an escape from the prying eyes on social media – a complete ban on selfies.

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