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A vibrant and cultural Mediterranean seaside town with both a rich history and an active yachting community, Antibes has a lot to offer the holidaymaker. With a range of festivities throughout the winter and summer seasons, this town is a bustling mixture of quaint cobbled old town and beach resort that makes for one truly interesting and rewarding trip. Check it out…
The Impressionists took a lot of inspiration from the beautiful scenery surrounding Antibes, and now the most famous paintings have been used to create Picasso’s trail; a walk which incorporates rocky outcrops, the distant mountains and, of course, the deep blue sea. Each location which was the inspiration for a painting is marked by a laminated copy of the painting in question, as well as some information about the artist who created it. This is an excellent way to see the area and to learn about Antibes’ creative past.
This place is really a village within a village. There are 129 free communes in France and Safranier has been counted among them since 1966. They describe themselves as free and with the aim “to do good and have fun”. Visitors to Safranier can expect an area of narrow, cobbled streets, with good restaurants and lively bars. At certain times of the year, various festivals erupt, from from the expected (markets) to the wholly unexpected (spaghetti eating contests!).
The Cap is a headland running between Antibes and the neighboring town of Juan-les-Pins, which has a multitude of sights to offer intrigued visitors to the area. This area is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, taking in the view of the sea, the villas and the gardens. Keep an eye out for the La Garoupe chapel, a shrine dedicated to those lost at sea with plentiful ship models and sea artifacts dotted around. There is also the extensive Jardin Thuret, which has been around since 1857
Once a year, Antibes and Juan-les-Pins team up to present the Jazz à Juan festival, which counts Dave Brubeck, Stevie Wonder and Ravi Coltrane among its past patrons. The jazz influence comes from the sister town of New Orleans, from which a number of bands playing in the festival originate. Visitors can expect nine days of grooving in total, for which combination tickets are available online.
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It’d be mad to come to Antibes and not spend at least one day sunbathing and dipping in the sea. For a day with family and every amenity under the sun, Plage du Ponteil is the ideal destination: It’s close to town, with showers, toilets, bars and small boats to hire. For something more secluded, try Plage Mala, which is split into a public beach and a restaurant-owned section. This beach was supposedly used by Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his lover when they holidayed in the area.