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Sparkling in the sunshine of the French Riviera, Antibes is the epitome of a popular Mediterranean resort. Located beside a bay on the eastern side of the Cap d'Antibes this handsome city occupies the lower hillside of the peninsula, reaching down to wide, sandy beaches and rocky alcoves.

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The French Riviera
4.0 stars(43 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
7 days from
£999 pp
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The French Riviera
28/Sep
Jill
4 stars
“This was a great holiday for me and my art loving friend. Although some co-travellers found the train journey arduous (not very able+ too much luggage) we enjoyed it - all the trains were punctual and the scenery great. We loved your centrally placed hotel (Monsigny) with its great French chef, and we liked being asked our menu preferences ahead of time as the food was fresh and local. The balance of tours to free time was great for us as we wanted to explore and visit exhibitions under our own steam. On our free day we went to Matisse’s Chapel at Vence and the Maeght Art Foundation - our rep Chris helped us with the public transport planning. A trip you could hint at for those prepared to go further afield. We visited all the other Art Museums already mentioned in your itinerary. Chris, our rep did a great job considering he had been drafted in at short notice - he was very good humoured and treated us like adults despite all the counting that had to be done. However, I expect he and other members of the group will have mentioned the serious let-down we experienced on the way home- trying to cross Paris when the connecting coach didn’t appear. We lost an hour which should have been our one eating opportunity, but, more seriously it resulted in a panic and hairy skirmish in trying to get the Eurostar connection. It really spoiled the end of the holiday to the extent that my friend said ‘never again’. The time of our Eurostar connection had been moved to an earlier slot, and I wonder if this had not been followed through by your office and an earlier coach link had not been booked. It wasn’t Chris’s fault - he worked his socks off trying to persuade a driver to take us. Is there any chance of compensation for this anxiety? It seriously marred the end of the Holiday - Perhaps some Rail Discovery vouchers? Otherwise the Holiday was great - did what it said on the tin - thank-you (and Chris). Yours, (Pamela) Jill Norton
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At its heart, within the city's ancient ramparts, the cobbled streets of Antibes 'Old Town' are lined with historic buildings, quaint independent shops and traditional bars and restaurants. By contrast, the outer part of the city offers the cultural attractions, recreational facilities and entertainments typical of a modern holiday resort. Antibes also boasts the largest marina in Europe - Port Vauban - where traditional fishing boats nestle beside vast luxury yachts.

Historically, Antibes was an important trading centre, first for the Greeks who established a settlement here in the fifth century BC and subsequently for the Romans, under whom the city grew to become the largest in the region. Today several vestiges of Roman architecture remain in and around the city and a number of excellent museums explore different aspects of Antibes culture and history.

Antibes' parks, attractions and historic areas are easily explored on foot, and visitors who enjoy walking and nature should not miss Le Sentier du Littoral, a coastal trail which offers spectacular views of the cape and coast, particularly at sunset.

Fort Carré

Atop the peninsula overlooking Antibes the remarkably-preserved Fort Carré was built in the sixteenth century as a border defence against neighbouring Nice which, at the time, was under Italian rule. Reached via a moderate twenty-minute walk from town, the four-pointed fort commands stunning panoramic views.

Musée Picasso

Housed in the magnificent fourteenth-century Château Grimaldi, which briefly served as Picasso's studio in 1946, this museum and gallery contains a number of original paintings, sketches and ceramic works by the artist as well as biographical exhibits and a selection of works by other European artists.

Marché Provençal

Situated in the Old Town, Antibes' daily covered market buzzes with life and is a gourmet feast for the senses. Selling the freshest local produce, this is the perfect place to buy everything from colourful flowers to aromatic spices along with fine French wines, cheeses, olives, cooked meats, bread and confectionery.

Parc Exflora

Set over twelve acres beside the sea, this outstanding park features themed gardens including a winter garden, vegetable garden, Islamic garden and Italian garden as well as an olive grove, beds of the roses for which Antibes is famous and a maze of trimmed shrubs.

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