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In the Côte d'Azur between Cannes and Nice, Antibes includes the chic jet-set resorts of Juan-les-Pins and Cap d’Antibes, and is known to yachtsmen for its marina, Port Vauban, which is Europe’s largest yachting harbor. A number of smaller marinas add to that capacity, and to the coastal scenery, especially for those who like boats. The constant flow of boats and their owners adds to Antibes’ international flavor, and several dozen beaches draw sun worshipers from all over Europe. Winter temperatures are mild enough for year-round gardens, and the Exflora Park reproduces different types of gardens that have been cultivated in the ...

In the Côte d'Azur between Cannes and Nice, Antibes includes the chic jet-set resorts of Juan-les-Pins and Cap d’Antibes, and is known to yachtsmen for its marina, Port Vauban, which is Europe’s largest yachting harbor. A number of smaller marinas add to that capacity, and to the coastal scenery, especially for those who like boats. The constant flow of boats and their owners adds to Antibes’ international flavor, and several dozen beaches draw sun worshipers from all over Europe. Winter temperatures are mild enough for year-round gardens, and the Exflora Park reproduces different types of gardens that have been cultivated in the Mediterranean region since Roman times, including examples from Morocco and from Spain during the Islamic Caliphate. A Picasso museum occupies the former Chateau Grimaldi, where the artist worked in 1946; the basis of its collections are the 23 paintings and 44 drawings he donated to Antibes, and additional works added by Jacqueline Picasso. The fort of St. Andre, from the 17th century, houses Roman sculptures and amphorae recovered from ancient shipwrecks in the harbor. Antibes makes a good base for scenic drives along the coast and along the mountains overlooking the sea.

Juliette Rogers
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Juliette Rogers is coauthor of the guidebooks Eating New England: A Food Lovers Guide to Eating Locally, Secret Providence and Newport, and two Thomas Cook guides on France.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Antibes is a city in the French Riviera, located between the Bay of Cannes to the south-west and the Baie des Anges to the north east.
  • Language: French
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    June, for the Festival of Saint Peter, patron saint of fishermen, or July for the Jazz à Juan jazz festival. The winter climate is plesantly mild; August is packed with French vacationers.