Antibes Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Antibes

Like other cities along the French Riviera, Antibes affords travelers breathtaking beaches. This city also holds a charming Old Town (like medieval, old), the vibrant Marché Provençal, and a couple of well-regarded museums, including one devoted to one-time resident, Picasso. Yachting about the Mediterranean is also très populaire, as is living it up in the bars and casinos of Juan-les-Pins.

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Updated January 18, 2019

  • #1
    Old Town
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    #1 in Antibes
    Shopping, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Shopping, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Described by visitors as "enchanting" and "lovely," the Old Town of Antibes, or vielle ville, is filled with quintessential cobblestone streets, small storefronts and charming cafes. Many past visitors said you should set aside half a day to get lost among Old Town's charming alleyways, stopping for a delicious crepe and some entertaining people-watching as you please.

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  • #2
    Musee Picasso
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    #2 in Antibes
    Castles/Palaces, Museums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Castles/Palaces, Museums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    This museum, which hangs nearly 250 of Picasso's works, is actually a former castle, the Château Grimaldi. The artist ventured upon it in 1946 and started using it as his studio – but he also employed his artistic flair to decorating the interior of the rather grim-looking chateau. Although the vast majority of art – including painting, lithographs, ceramics and more – are Picasso's, you can also see works by other contemporary artists, such as Germaine Richier, Joan Miró, Bernard Pagès, Anne and Patrick Poirier.

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  • #3
    Beaches
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    #3 in Antibes
    Beaches, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
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    One of the main reasons to take a French Riviera vacation is to enjoy the beach. Some resorts stake out some private sand for their patrons, but you can also visit several beaches for free even if you're not staying at a seaside resort. Both the Plage du Ponteil and Plage de la Salis are very popular (read: very crowded) shorelines. From Old Town, you'll simply veer toward Port Vauban.

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  • #4
    Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes
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    #4 in Antibes
    Hiking, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    A popular walk for both locals and visitors, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes is a narrow coastal trail that hugs the water, affording incredible, unobstructed views of the sea. The path is clear and well-marked with stairs to guide you and a small metal guard rail. It's a rocky path, but according to visitors, it's one you can't miss.   

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  • #5
    Marche Provencal
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    #5 in Antibes
    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    One of the best markets along the Cote d'Azur, the Marche Provencal offers everything from seasonal vegetables to French cheeses to fresh meats, as well as Provencal-style cuisine and local olives, herbs and oils. Many visitors stopped here to gather ingredients for a picnic, and suggested you do the same. The bustling market is located at Cours Masséna. 

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  • #6
    Garoupe Lighthouse
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    #6 in Antibes
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    While visitors aren't allowed to go inside this lighthouse, many still make the steep hike to enjoy its panoramic views. Reviewers described the views as "stunning" and "amazing," and called it a "must-see" spot. However, if it's raining, don't attempt the walk as it's too slippery to be safe.

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  • #7
    Fort Carre
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    #7 in Antibes
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    For a 360-degree view of Antibes (and a dose of military history), head to Fort Carré. Commissioned by France's King Henry II in the second half of the 16th century, this fort was built for defense purposes, but was later used as a prison (Napoleon Bonaparte was briefly held here), as well as military barracks.

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