Antibes: Old-world glamour & yacht spotting

This is the picture-postcard Riviera, from the pine-fringed coastline to the golden beaches. As a central hub for the yachting community, Antibes is one of the largest pleasure ports and home to some of the most impressive yachts in the world. It’s winning combination of culture and glamour suits families, foodies and Francophiles who want to experience the Riviera in all its glory without sacrificing privacy. Cap d’Antibes is a great day anchorage. Indulge in a morning dip before taking the tender to shore for lunch at Hotel du Cap Eden Rock. Picasso once lived in Antibes and was reputedly captivated by the views and the nostalgic glamour. Visit the Museé Picasso to see some of his most iconic works.

Within the quaint, cobbled streets of the old town it is easy to re-imagine the old Antibes – a relaxed fishing village. Wind your way to upscale La Taille de Guepe and relish the intimate setting and sublime food. Panoramic views from the Phare de la Garoupe lighthouse are sensational. Explore small coves, private castles and the exquisite beauty of the Sentier des Douaniers. For those who prefer the ease of marina life, Port Vauban is Europe’s largest, offering plenty of berthing for superyachts over 60m (and earning Antibes the nickname Billionaires’ Quay).


When to go:

April – end of October

High season:

July – August

Highlights

1

In mid-July, don’t miss the fabulous jazz festival, running for 10 days in Juan les Pins.

2

Relish a few cocktails on the terrace at Hotel du Cap Eden Rock – but dress up for the occasion.

3

Walk along the ramparts on the Promenade Amiral de Grasse where the views out to sea are magnificent.

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