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Antibes

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Antibes - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Alpes-Maritimes
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Nestling on the French Riviera between Nice and Cannes, the old town of Antibes stands on the shores of the Mediterranean and is an explosion of colour. The colours are particularly stunning in the free commune of Le Safranier: the cream façades are framed by lush vegetation in a vast palette of pink, yellow, red, purple... This part of old Antibes, surrounded by ramparts, offers lovely walks on quiet and shady streets, where many houses have Provençal louvred shutters.

Continue this bucolic outing to Cap d'Antibes and visit the little harbour of L'Olivette, where multicoloured "pointu" boats bob up and down, looking like a French Riviera postcard. More athletic visitors can don their hiking boots to explore the nearby trails, starting with the famous Customs Officers' Path (Chemin des Douaniers), also known as Tire-Poil, 5 km in length and running along the entire cape. This stunning itinerary overlooks the palette of blues around the craggy rock, as the cicadas' song and the delightful scents of the pine grove fill the air! After all that exercise, nothing beats a dip in the crystalline sea: Cap d'Antibes has some remarkable beaches for snorkelling. Although the beaches offer a long expanse of sand, there are many rocks on the sea bed once you enter the water, making it a very appealing place for aquatic wildlife. Isolated coves are also dotted along the coast.

If you feel like a change in altitude during your trip to Cap d'Antibes, go up to the Garoupe lighthouse, which offers an incredible view of some top sites on the French Riviera, like Nice, Cannes, Juan-les-Pins and the Lérins Islands.

Continue your journey towards Antibes town centre, in order to discover some of its major cultural sites. The Picasso Museum, housed inside the majestic Grimaldi Castle, an immense stone building overlooking the sea, possesses some major works by the artist: La joie de vivre (Joy of Living) and Satyr and Faun were painted in Antibes during the painter's stay there. Ceramics, sculptures and paintings are displayed across this vast space along with other works of modern art. Talking of which, remember to visit the museum terrace where contemporary sculptures in ebony tones look down on the coastline.

Outside the old town is the charming Vauban harbour and its pretty white boats. People especially like to go there for its great restaurants celebrating the delicious flavours of neighbouring Italy. And if you are there in the morning, drop by Antibes' Provençal market, brimming with local products to take away for a tasty picnic by the sea!

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Located at the entrance of the city, on the peninsula of Saint-Roch, the Fort Carre, built in the sixteenth century, was rebuilt in the seventeenth century by Vauban. In the twentieth century Antibes hosted the famous artist Picasso who painted on site wonderful works which can now admire the Picasso Museum installed in the Grimaldi castle. You can also visit the old city and the Provencal market, then climb the lighthouse Garoupe, where also the chapel of the fishermen, and admire the famous bay of Nice and on the other side, Juan-les-Pins and Cannes and the Lerins islands off Cannes.

When one goes down, a lovely walk awaits you around the Cape of Antibes, which are among the most beautiful houses of the French Riviera. Le Tire-Poil trail beside the sea, sometimes flush with water, sometimes height overlooking a bubbling sea just lick the rocks of its white foam.

Not far away is Marineland, a marine zoo offering orcas and dolphins fascinating performances, without forgetting its sea lions.

Finally, we can evoke Antibes without citing its Jazz Festival held in July and transforms Juan-les-Pins in great fiesta of the street with his magic and lively music, its beach parties...

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Antibes (© Frantz)
Antibes (© Frantz)
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View the path Smugglers
View the path Smugglers
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Marineland
Marineland
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Smugglers Way
Smugglers Way
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Abri de l'Olivette
Abri de l'Olivette
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A pointed at anchor
A pointed at anchor
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Side
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Antibes (© Frantz)
Antibes (© Frantz)
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One of Cape Villas
One of Cape Villas
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Ponton main shelter of Olivette
Ponton main shelter of Olivette
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View of the lighthouse Garoupe from path
View of the lighthouse Garoupe from path
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View the path Smugglers
View the path Smugglers
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View from above
View from above
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Path
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Side
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Antibes (© Frantz)
Antibes (© Frantz)
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Antibes (© Frantz)
Antibes (© Frantz)
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Antibes (© Frantz)
Antibes (© Frantz)
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Antibes (© Frantz)
Antibes (© Frantz)
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Antibes (© Frantz)
Antibes (© Frantz)
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Picasso Museum
Picasso Museum
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The city
The city
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The city
The city
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The city
The city
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The city
The city
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The city
The city
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The city
The city
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The city
The city
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Our Lady
Our Lady
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The city
The city
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Our Lady
Our Lady
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Our Lady
Our Lady
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The town hall
The town hall
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