I lived on the Cote d’Azur for 2+ years, there are still places in this charming seaside town I haven’t explored. But I think I have seen enough to be able to share to you what I think.
Antibes, Olympus E-500, 1/200 (0.005 sec), f/8, 45mm
Antibes is ideally located between Cannes and Nice, with about 25 kilometres of coastline, it has a vast number of beaches given Europes Pavillon blue (Blue Flag). The beaches of Fort Carré, Ponteil and the Salis are just a few easily accessible and panoramic a stone’s throw away from the centre.
From the Fort Carré, to Juan les Pins, you will find many different activities to suit your taste and lifestyle, these range from budget tourists to extravagant millionnaire.
Juan les Pins in the summer season is the capital of Jazz music. The many private clubs, shops and restaurants attracts both locals and tourists. This small yet luxurious place is a must to visit. It also offers a wide choice of beachside restaurants for a quiet lunch/dinner on the seaside. Many of these establishments are also good as wedding or private party locations.
The Beach -Juan les Pins, Olympus E-500, 1/400 (0.003 sec), f/8, 40mm
Before coming here, be prepared to face its only drawback – the traffic. I should advice you to take the train from Antibes and enjoy a stroll around Juan les Pins.
Private Beaches: Here are some of private beaches in Antibes-Juan les Pins area.
Royal Beach – 16, boulevard Maréchal Leclerc – 06600 Antibes
Please note that the Royal hotel is currently under construction. The private beach is open only during the season.
Royal Beach – Antibes, 1/250 (0.004 sec), f/7.1, 10mm
- CAP d’ANTIBES
La Baie Dorée – 579, boulevard de la Garoupe – 06160 Cap d’Antibes
Chez Joseph – 1250, chemin de la Garoupe -06160 Cap d’Antibes
Chez Keller – chemin de la Garoupe – 06160 Cap d’Antibes
Offers swimming lessons for children and pedalo and kayak equipments
Plage Keller – Cap d’Antibes, Olympus E-500
Meridien Garden Beach – 15/17, boulevard Baudoin – 06160 Juan les Pins
Open from April 1st to October 31st.
Meridien Garden Beach – Juan les Pins
Oasis Plage – boulevard du Littoral – 06160 Juan les Pins
Open all year round. Wedding and private functions locations.
Public Beaches : There are 17 public beaches in Antibes -Juan les Pins with shower and WC. Some even have access for the disabled.
Plage de la Brague, Plage de la Fontonne, Plage La Siesta and Plage du Fort Carré on the RN7 national road, Plage de la Gravette on Amiral de Grasse, Plage le Ponteil on Maréchal Leclerc, Plage la Salis on boulevard James Wylie.
- CAP d’ANTIBES
Plage de la Garoupe, Plage La Joliette, Plage de la Godille and Plage Le Rocher on chemin de la Garoupe.
- JUAN LES PINS
Plage d’Antibes-les-Pins on boulevard du Littoral, Plage La Gallice on boulevard Baudoin, Plage des Ondes on boulevard Maréchal Juin, Plage Dulys and Plage Rêve Plage on boulevard Charles Guillaumont.
Nautical Sports : Antibes-Juan les Pins is one of France’s Station Nautique offering diverses choices of water sports and activities. It is said that in Juan les Pins that water skiing was invented.
Here you will find the following sports/activities/Facilities:
Kayak, Swimming Pool, Parachute, Hydro Aero Concept, Yachting, Sailing, Fishing, Diving, Jet Ski, Water Ski, Wind Surf, Kite Surf.
Shopping: From the old town to the town centre, there are many different shops selling a variety of products as well as souvenirs and local made. The covered market with fresh produce and provençale delicacies is every day from 6AM to 1PM except mondays.
Marché Provençale- Antibes
There is also an open market held on the Parking behind the post office building every Thurday from 6AM to 1PM. This is usually mixed goods ( not food). If you decide to come tis day, please park your car in the port parking and take a stroll to town. This is easier and quicker way to go since it is guaranteed to have a congested traffic.
Stroll to the Old Town: The old town starts from the Ramparts to the Bastille de Saint André, it is a cool and picturesque stroll full of colours and history. Enter the Old Town through the arched of the wall, here are several choices of restaurants of different specialities and pubs. Continue on the road that goes up an you will be taken to the town hall and covered market or if you turn left, to the ramparts (the wall).
The walk around the town on the ramparts is a nice one. You can see the luxury yachts berthed on IYCA, the fine sand beach below or the snow covered Alps far ahead. On a clear day, a beautiful panoramic view of the coastline to Nice and Monaco is visible.
Continuing through town offers a lot of colours, the old yellow buildings typical of the French Riviera, the sweet smelly bakers, the mouth watering restaurants and the shops. All of this makes a very nice picture. Do not forget to visit the Castle of the Grimaldis which now houses the Picasso Museum or the Cathedral beside it.
Cathedral of Antibes
In town, there are many artists selling their original creations from paintings to pottery to sculpture. These shops can be found on small streets such like Ave James Close.
Atelier de Sev – Antibes
Another place for a stroll is the Garoupe, where you walk around that part of Cap d’Antibes until you reach the lighthouse. The view from above is beautiful especially on a clear day. The chapel is full of history mostly by fishermen.
View from La Phare de la Garoupe – Antibes
If you are in for a more challenging walk in Antibes, the seaside stroll on the Cap d’Antibes through a part of the Millionaires Bay is ideal. The terrain is rough, steep, paths are tiny, hot since there is little shade. But the end is always very nice. You can almost say, I’ve done it many times…
Cap d’Antibes coastal walk – Antibes