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  • Antibes is a small pearl in the panorama of the French Riviera. Enticingly nestled in a bay, the city has a historical centre that brings together all of the (positive) stereotypes attributed to Provence, with its narrow lanes, its colourful shutters and all with the sea in the background. Obviously very fashionable, it has for a long time been the tourist destination of choice for many "important" ...
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination France

Antibes is a small pearl in the panorama of the French Riviera. Enticingly nestled in a bay, the city has a historical centre that brings together all of the (positive) stereotypes attributed to Provence, with its narrow lanes, its colourful shutters and all with the sea in the background. Obviously very fashionable, it has for a long time been the tourist destination of choice for many "important" people in France, and of late of rich Russians who tend to spend a lot of money here. In summer, you can definitely say that it is an international place: sitting at a table in a café, you can hear many different languages being spoken, like a genuine Tower of Babel. In winter, on the other hand, it goes back to its roots somewhat, and the entire coastline lives at a much slower pace. Antibes's old town, although very touristy, has been well preserved and is worth visiting.

Antibes: what to do?

Walk around in the small streets of the centre, stopping off at a café. Go to the market, which takes place during the week in the indoor market hall.

The Picasso museum, on Mariejol square, with its old building overhanging the sea. It is located in the old town, at the heart of the typical little streets, where it is rather easy to get lost. Don't miss the battlements from the time of François 1st, as well as the cathedral.

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Antibes: the key figures

Surface area : 31400.0 km2

Population : 4896850 inhabitants

Time difference : GMT + 1

Reminders

That the prices rise sharply in the Riviera and that the small restaurants fill up very quickly (so it is recommended that you make reservations).
Still in the Riviera, Juan-les-Pins is a district of Antibes. This modern seaside resort, made up of 70s style buildings, is home to most of the hotels. When booking a room, make sure that the address is Antibes and not Antibes-Juan-les-Pins if you want to be at the heart of the of the old city centre.

To avoid

The car, as it is impossible to park in the little streets of the city centre.

Antibes: what to eat?

A fantastic bouillabaisse. Fresh fish. A fresh baguette and pastries (croissants, pains au chocolat, etc.) from the bakery.

Antibes: what to buy?

Lavender, herbs from Provence, and a few typical embroideries. Be careful of fakes though, so as not to find yourself with something "made in china".

Antibes Reviewedhotels
  • 8.85 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc
    Antibes - France
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc is one of the establishments that helps ...

  • 8.7 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    La Villa
    Antibes - France
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    High up on a hill overlooking Juan-les-Pins, La Villa is a small, ...

  • 8.65 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Belles Rives
    Antibes - France
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    One of the few hotels in Antibes situated right at the water's ...

  • 8.5 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Juana
    Antibes - France
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    One of a handful of five star hotels in Antibes Juan-les-Pins, ...

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