Antibes has been hugely popular with visitors to France ever since it was fortified by the Greeks in the 5th century BC. The Greek army poured into the small settlement in between what is now Nice and Cannes to make use of its position on the largest of the Cote d’Azur’s peninsulas to protect their territory. Now it is home to a thriving international community, some of whom come to seek work on the scores of stunning superyachts which line Port Vauban, one of the biggest marinas in the world. Others who bought Cap d’Antibes real estate come to enjoy the good life in one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe. It is also a popular holiday destination with many taking a Cap d’Antibes villa rentals year after year. Below is a list of the Top Ten Things to do in Antibes and what we think many come back year after year for:
- Visit the Picasso Museum. In 1946 Pablo Picasso worked in a studio in the Chateau Grimaldi, which sits majestically on the eastern side of the town’s ramparts, overlooking the Cap d’Antibes. The chateau was already a museum, but a room was freed up to allow Picasso to paint. When he left Antibes, he donated all the work he had done there to the museum, which included 23 paintings and 44 drawings. His studio is now part of the museum, which was renamed the Picasso Museum in 1966, the first ever dedicated to the artist.
- Check out the luxury yachts in the Port of Antibes. Port Vauban is the largest marina in Europe, and home to some of the world’s most luxurious superyachts, including those belonging to Roman Abramovich and Microsoft’s Paul Allen. It is also a base for 99 professional fishing boats who deliver fresh fish to the port every day. Visitors are able to freely walk around the port and marvel at the beautiful boats coming and going. There is also a small sandy beach which can be accessed from the port.
- Wander around the covered market. A visit to Cap d’Antibes would not be complete without a wander around the covered market, which is located just to the right of the Picasso Museum, and minutes walk from Port Vauban. The market, which is decked out with strings of pretty lights, is the most wonderful place in which to do your shopping in Antibes. Take your pick of the dozens of stalls selling fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish.
- Listen to some tunes at the Antibes Jazz Festival. For two weeks every summer Antibes and the neighboring town of Juan-les-Pins come alive with the sound of jazz, which began in 1960 in memory of Sidney Bechet, leader of the New Orleans Revival who had adopted the town as his home. The festival has attracted many big names in jazz over the years, including Charlie Mingus, Ray Charles, and Miles Davis. The festival, which will take place between July 12-25th this year, continues to draw people who take out Cap d’Antibes villa rentals from around the world.
- Marvel at orca whales at Marineland. Marineland is a large entertainment park about three km from the center of Cap d’Antibes, where you can visit one of the largest oceanariums in Europe. The park includes the deepest tank in the world, where a family of killer whales live and perform daily, along with dolphins, sharks, penguins and sea lions. Also on the Marineland site is a farm with animals, a large Aquasplash, and Adventure Golf.
- Take a ride at Antibes Land. Straight across the road from Marineland is Antibes Land, a huge funfair with a giant ferris wheel and rides for all the family.
- Antibes Yacht Show. The Antibes Yacht Show is relatively new to the yachting agenda, having been launched in 2006. It is the only yacht show in the Mediterranean area for brokerage and charter, and is a great time to go and chose a yacht before the start of the season. The Cap d’Antibes Yacht Show 2011 will take place at Port Vauban from April 7th to 10th.
- Go out on a night out in Antibes. Antibes is a popular destination for young people, and as a result, is well-equipped for a good night out. As well as a host of French restaurants and bars, there are also a number of good English and Irish bars, such as The Blue Lady, and the Hop Store, as well as some excellent Indian, Chinese and Mexican restaurants.
- Shopping in Juan-les-Pins. The town of Juan-les-Pins, a short drive away from Antibes, boasts a whole street of designer shops just a minutes walk from the white sandy beaches, offering a welcome diversion in the mid-day sun.
- Lunch on Plage Garoupe. The Cap d’Antibes, the promontory which lies between Antibes and Juan-les-Pins has a number of excellent private beaches, such as Keller Plage, on Plage Garoupe. Book a lounger and relax before lunch at the beachside restaurant.
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