Nestled in between Nice and Cannes along the sunny French Riviera, Anitbes is a seaside town that embodies the spirit of the Mediterranean. Many families flock here each year to enjoy its beaches, culture, trendy boutiques and many outdoor restaurants, as well as explore some of the neighbouring towns and cities. Featuring a naturally protected port that acts as a major trading hub, it also has a rich history of art. Pablo Picasso famously spent six months at the Château Grimaldi here in 1946, working his magic on several projects during his stay. The castle has since been transformed into the Picasso Museum, where over 240 pieces of his work remain to this day.
A hatchback is perfect for Antibes as it’s small enough to squeeze into the tight parking spaces and powerful enough to negotiate the winding roads.
Driving in Antibes
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Important things to note
Without traffic, the drive to Nice airport will take you around 25 minutes. During summer months however, this road can be heavily congested, so expect delays during the day.
When driving into the centre, take the A8 and take the exit sign-posted Antibes, where you’ll follow the winding road into the centre.
Antibes Harbour is known to be one of the busiest parts of town, especially on mornings when many people are making their way there to start work.
Highlights & Hotspots
With 48 beaches spread across 16 miles of sandy coastline, you have plenty of options to bathe in the crystal, azure waters. Juan Les Pins Main Beach is great for taking a dip, although it does become very busy with tourists due to the abundance of nearby shops and cafes.
Keen walkers will love a romantic stroll across Le Sentier du Littoral along the Cap d’Antibes. Wear decent footwear as it can be quite rocky in places, however you will be rewarded with stunning views that take in the whole peninsula; from La Plage de la Garoupe until Villa Eilenroc.
For a drinking experience with a twist, head to Absinthe museum on Cours Massena. Don’t be fooled by the name, it is actually a basement bar with a few antiques, however the staff are friendly and will tell you the history of Absinthe as you sample their selection, mostly between €4-6.
Good food is never far away in Antibes. If it’s romance you are looking for, Cap Riviera offers exquisite French cuisine with stunning sea views. Le Bauban is another restaurant offering food that looks as good as it tastes. For something to please the whole family, Pat a Pizza is the place to go.
Antibes is serviced by Nice C√¥te d‚ÄôAzur Airport, which is a 25 minute drive away northbound without traffic. It accepts international flights from around the globe and is a major platform to access southern Europe.
The airport is located not too far away from the A8, which goes by Antibes and other parts of the French Riviera.