Journey to Antibes
This jewel on France’s Cote d’Azur boasts history, culture and natural beauty
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.
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.