Walking through the Vieille Ville of Antibes is a magical experience in itself. Tourists start their walk by the harbor, divided into the Old Port and the New Port Vauban, where the yachts of the rich and famous bob between the jetties. This is the place where Guy de Maupassant moored his boat in 1866 and let himself get inspired by this unique quarter of Antibes. From here, streets take the most curious turns through an old arch towards the market, where locals invite travelers to indulge in some of the most tasty fruits and vegetables.
From here, adventure-lovers can wander through the magical little streets behind the market or walk along the ramparts on the Promenade Amiral de Grasse, where they can catch some of the most magnificent views of the sea. Grabbing a table at La Croustille is an absolute must, both for the crêpes and the view!
La Croustille, 4 Cours Massena, Antibes, France, +33 0493 348483
The Antibes Old Town skyline is dominated by the picturesque Château Grimaldi. Originally the stronghold of the Grimaldi family, the chateau also served as the town hall of Antibes from 1702 until 1925. Today, it houses the Musée Picasso, a delightful museum with a small, but very important collection of paintings. Picasso himself lived here in the autumn of 1946, donating the drawings and paintings he produced to the town of Antibes.
Musée Picasso, Place Mariejol, Antibes, France, +33 4 92 90 54 20
This medieval church was once a cathedral, and is today Antibes’ largest church. Located in the heart of the Old Town, the cathedral has a pleasing rose-colored façade that’s typical of Provençal Baroque architecture. Visitors will be delighted by the detailed doors, sculpted by Jacques Dolle during the 18th century and the inside artwork that includes pieces such as Louis Bréa’s Vierge du Rosaire painting depicting Mary holding the Christ.
South of the cathedral, along the town’s ramparts, tourists will discover the magnificent Place du Safranier, Safranier Commune’s very heart that was created after World War II. The square is popular for two reasons: as the place where Nikos Kazantzakis wrote the famous Zorba the Greek, and the fantastic bistro, La Taverne du Safranier. All year round, various festivals such as the May fêtes, the feast of the yule-log and that of the chestnut are organised here.
Place du Safranier’s gem, this fantastic bistro is a casual, welcoming place where the fish is the best bet. Here, conviviality comes naturally, being a point where locals and tourists get together. It is also a lively spot for festivities, events and festivals that take place in Antibes. Patrons can eat in a private square, assisted by a friendly staff. With amazing appetisers, delicious fish dishes and the most beautiful view of the Place du Safranier, the tavern is among the top picks on the Antibes gastronomic scene.
La Taverne du Safranier, 1 Place du Safranier, Antibes, France, +33 4 93 34 80 50
Close to the museum visitors can wander through the little cobbled streets to this location. The Bastion Shipyard was built in the same place where the Calypso, Captain Cousteau’s famous ship, set out. Originally, in the Roman era, here stood a temple and then a chapel, and later a fortified tower that was destroyed in the 17th century. The shipyard was eventually closed in 1985, and today the site features the impressive Nomade sculpture, depicting a man staring out at the sea, evoking a sense of adventure and mystery.
Beginning at the ramparts of the Old Town, this five-kilometer coastal walk provides tourists with a refreshing way to admire the scenery. Stretching across the verdant seafront of the Cap d’Antibes, this footpath follows the walls surrounding the parklands of private castles. From here, adventure seekers can enjoy the beauty of Sentier des Douaniers, a footpath surrounded by beautiful gardens and fragrant flowers.
Located in the heart of Antibes’ Old Town, on the spot of an old chapel, this popular theatre was entirely renovated in 2002. It is the residence spot of Antibea Comédie d’Antibes, one of the most popular theatre companies in the city, created in 1989. Antibea also provides classes in dramatic art, cultural nights for younger crowds and public lectures of contemporary artists. It’s definitely worth checking out some of the events and plays!
The Antibes Theatre, 1 Place nationale, Antibes,France, +33 4 93 34 24 30