Top 10 things to do in Antibes
1. Wander the Provençal market.
A must-see for foodies, gourmets and people who simply like to eat, this bustling market offers authentic delicacies, fresh produce and heaps of charm. Start your morning with a coffee and croissant, then browse stalls overflowing with the wares of friendly farmers, fish mongers and artisans. Be sure to taste the cheeses, tapenade and world-famous socca (chickpea flatbread). Top off your market day with a glass of wine and oysters at a nearby bar.
2. Ramble the ramparts.
Dating to the 10 th century, the Old Town’s walls no longer keep marauding invaders out of Antibes. Instead, they invite visitors into its history! As you stroll the ancient ramparts, soak up spectacular vistas of the sea and port. To get a glimpse of life across the centuries, discover the old lavoir (public laundry) by the wall on a side street off the Rue de la Tourraque.
3. Explore Museums & Galleries.
Of course you’ll want to visit the Picasso Museum in the Chateau Grimaldi, where Picasso lived in 1946. But be sure to support today’s artists as well—peek at painters, potters and glass blowers at work in their ateliers along Boulevard d’Aguillon at the base of the ramparts. If you’re here on a first Friday, connect with Antibes’ creative community at the Premiers Vendredis art walk.
4. Treat yourself at local restaurants.
Meander down any side street and you’re guaranteed to uncover neighbourhood cafes, wine and cocktail bars and other locally owned establishments showcasing the region’s delicious bounty.
The vibrant culinary scene features everything from hearty Provencal dishes to Breton crepes to vegetarian/vegan cuisine. There’s even an Absinthe Museum if you’d like to “go green” with a more potent punch.
5. Bask on warm sands.
Antibes is blessed with bountiful and blissful sand beaches. Take a dip at La Gravette, a delightful locals’ beach in the Old Town, and relax over lunch (or on a sun lounger) at one of the private beach clubs.
For the more adventurous, take a plunge into crystal-blue waters off Cap d’Antibes (and find secret coves at the tip of peninsula). Also on the Cap, La Garoupe Beach retains the beauty that attracted Jazz Age literati and glitterati.
6. Get on (or in!) the water.
Cruise the pure azure that made the Côte d’Azur famous! Charter a boat for a day on the magnificent Mediterranean, or take the seasonal ferry from Juan- les-Pins to Ile Ste. Marguerite.
If you have a need for speed, jet skis and water skis can be rented from the beach clubs in Juan les Pins. For a deeper experience, snorkel or dive the hidden coves of Cap d’Antibes.
7. Cavort on the Cap.
Spend a day enjoying sea views from the stone pathway along the tip of the peninsula.
Grab lunch at the Keller Beach Club or the restaurants by the Garoupe beach. End up at the Belles Rives Hotel, immortalized by F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. The terrace is an unforgettable place to watch the sun splash down.
8. Launch a Riviera Adventure.
Situated between gorgeous Nice and glamorous Cannes, Antibes is the perfect starting point for your explorations of the coast by train, bus, car or boat. Venture to vertiginous mountain villages such as Saint-Paul-de-Vence or Eze. Motor to Monaco, day-trip down to St. Tropez or say a quick “buongiorno” to Ventimiglia or San Remo on a foray across the Italian border.
9. Frolic at a seasonal festival.
What could be better than a party in paradise? Mark your calendars for the Antibes Art Fair (April), Voiles d’Antibes (a traditional sailing event in June), Festival of Music (on June 21, World Music Day), legendary Jazz à Juan Festival (July), and Christmas Market (don’t miss the vin chaud mulled wine!).
10. Discover the port & fort.
Port Vauban is a feast for the senses. Marvel at some of the most extravagant mega-yachts in the world (get an eyeful from the ramparts near the Nomad sculpture) and inspect the daily catch, fresh from the boats (Tuesday to Saturday mornings). To the north, Fort Carré has stood sentinel since the 16 th century; the star-shaped fortress took a star turn in the 1983 Bond film Never Say Never Again.