Antibes is a resort town of southeastern France, on the Mediterranean Sea in the Côte d'Azur, located between Cannes and Nice. The local Port Vauban is the largest marina in Europe; famous as one of the Mediterranean’s premier luxury harbors, where sleek white, multi-million dollar mega yachts bob at anchor in the sheltered harbor near Vauban’s Fort Carré. Greater Antibes takes in Antibes, the gorgeous private villas of Cap d’Antibes, the technopolis of Sophia Antipolis to the north, and glitzy modern Juan-les-Pins, internationally known for its summer jazz festival.
The Provencel French Riviera town of Antibes is a perfect, picture-postcard seaside resort hugging the shores of the Mediterranean between Nice and Cannes. 16th-century ramparts cluster around the old town of narrow cobbled streets, the flower and vegetable market and the old port. Antibes grew from the ancient Greek trading port of Antipolis, was heavily fortified by Vauban in the 17th century and in the 20th century became the favorite town for, among many other artists and writers, Picasso, Nicolas de Staël and Max Ernst and the novelist, Graham Greene.
You can visit the Picasso museum in the Chàteau Grimaldi, discover the Museum of History and Archeology at the Bastion St. André, and much more. Secure your holiday lodging and vacation rentals directly from Owner Direct Vacation Rentals. Choose from villa rentals, condo rentals, apartment rentals, chalets and more budget conscious accommodations in Antibes.
Antibes-Juan les Pins is one of the most well known resorts on the Côte d'Azur, located between Nice (20 km) and Cannes (12km). Antibes manages to be a historic town, an eventful town and also an innovating town, easily mixing these multiple facets. Truly a renaissance town!
Juan les Pins is perhaps the most exciting part with an exciting and cutting edge nightlife with fashionable night clubs, a casino and even night shopping. Antibes is quieter with a variety of restaurants, cafés, theaters, piano bars, chic hôtels and private clubs.
So many treasures can be found in the historic town center. It's better to visit this part on foot taking in the ambiance, meandering along the narrow streets and picturesque squares, letting yourself be guided by the charm of the craft workshops, the craftsmen often leaving the doors of their workshops open for all to see, or by the boutiques with their sun-faded façades.
For those into water sports, there is water skiing to championship standards here in Antibes. Other watersports, including parascending, wake boarding and windsurfing, are available along the beaches. There are also a number of diving clubs and deep-sea fishing excursions.
There’s plenty of accommodations in all ranges in greater Antibes, which includes the resort of Juan-les-Pins. Top of the range includes the gracious villa rentals, condo rentals and apartment rentals standing on the hills above the sea and offering every kind of luxury. For something more family targeted, there are delightful vacation rentals and accommodations close to the beach and being offered at surprisingly affordable rates.
Antibes may be small, but it’s packed with shops, little bistros and restaurants and some good museums. And don’t forget the camera, Antibes is one of the most photogenic towns on the Mediterranean.