Visiting Antibes is fascinating. To really appreciate the old town and its majestic port, you have to take your time. Everything here is conducive to a gentle way of life: a swim on the beach, a coffee in the lively squares, a stroll through the market, and above all, a walk through the authentic streets. You can observe the details of the facades and doors, have a drink on a sunny terrace or eat an artisanal ice cream…
The tour starts with a visit to the Port Vauban, one of the largest marinas in Europe. You can walk along the quays to admire the sailboats and motorboats. But you will probably be blown away by the so-called “Quai des Milliardaires”. Indeed, a part of the port of Antibes is reserved for very large pleasure boats. If you are lucky, you will be able to see the imposing Dilbar, the largest yacht in the world which has its home here.
You can go straight to the Plage de la Gravette, bordered by the city walls and warm water in summer! We recommend it!
You can choose to start the visit at the end of the Port Vauban, at the Fort Carré, classified today as a historical monument, which you can walk around and admire Antibes. It was built in the 16th century by order of King Henry II to deter and possibly counter attacks from the Duchy of Savoy.
You enter the old town of Antibes via the Avenue de Verdun which runs alongside the port. As soon as you pass the Porte Marine, carved into the ramparts, you can take a small alley on the left which will lead you to a staircase that goes up to the ramparts or take the ramp of the saleurs a little further on the left. The view from the ramparts is magnificent, the blue reflections of the Mediterranean will amaze you.
Walk along the ramparts of Antibes and you will then discover the former Grimaldi castle which is now the Picasso Museum. Cross the Place Mariejol and take the Rue du bateau, then the Rue Barques en Cannes to the wash house and find the faces hidden in the wall.
At the exit of the Picasso museum, you can also go to the ramparts and walk along the sea towards the Cap d’Antibes. When you arrive at the port of La Salis, you will have a magnificent view of the old town. If the weather is good, you will even see the Southern Alps in the background.
If you have a little time, go around the Cap d’Antibes and continue along the ramparts, then the beaches, and finally the smugglers’ path. It takes about 5km more and about 1H30 of walking, but the beauty of the place is really worth it!
You will see the gardens of Villa Eilen Roc which can be visited and give an incredible view of the sea. In this 11 hectare green setting, the neoclassical villa was occupied by the Belgian King Leopold II and the Egyptian King Farouk. If you like dream villas you can also visit the Villa Ephrussi in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat and the Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu.
At the exit of the museum, go back down to the Cours Masséna where you will find, in the morning, its market where perfume and Provençal flavours cohabit. You can taste a small pissaladière. Made with onions and anchovies, this typical dish from Nice will delight your taste buds!
One of the most beautiful squares in the centre of Antibes where you can stroll or eat, especially on the terrace. You can also admire a column offered to the town of Antibes by Louis XVIII, in gratitude for the town’s heroism and its rallying to the Bourbons in 1815.
Go along the Place Nationale and into the Rue de la République to reach the Place des Martyrs de résistance. You will find restaurants, a nice carousel and a great atmosphere to have a good time! We told you, Antibes is a town made for strolling!
Last stop of the tour to visit Antibes, you can find a small restaurant on the Boulevard d’Aiguillon to end this beautiful day. This small street is full of charm and you can look at the shops hidden under the ramparts!