26 Apr Amazing Antibes
Antibes, on the legendary Cote d’Azur in the south of France, has the best of everything. Situated between Nice and Cannes, this classic resort town offers all the attractions of a summertime vacation destination: sunny days, sandy beaches, and a lively ambience. With over 23km of stunning coastline overlooking the serene blue Mediterranean Sea, it’s the perfect destination for a spot of R&R, but besides the allure of sunshine and beaches, Antibes boasts an interesting cultural heritage. The medieval fortified castle in the Old Town was for many years the seat of a bishop and a holiday residence of the Grimaldi family.We’ve got the lowdown on where to eat and what to do in this beautiful region – and we also spoke to a couple of our knowledgeable Antibes homeowners, Tom and Paul (view home), to find out their recommendations for a top bite to eat and must-sees whilst you’re there.
La Passagere, Hotel Belle Rives. This is one of the very best Michelin-starred restaurants in Antibes. It is located in the historic Art Deco-designed Hotel Belle Rives in Juan Les Pins. It’s best to go during the summer or in early autumn when you can dine al fresco with a view of the Mediterranean. Make sure to get a table with a clear view of the sea as the sunset from this terrace is simply stunning.Chez Lulu, 5 Rue Frédéric Isnard. This small restaurant in the heart of old Antibes and steps from the Marche Provencale provides a low-key but very authentic meal—like a Sunday dinner at a French grandma’s home. The meal starts with seven appetisers served at your table for all to share. Then, there is a daily soup and main course that diners serve themselves. The dinner is completed with a dessert buffet with 8 items.
Le Vauban. This is a quaint little traditional French restaurant in the centre of old Antibes. This restaurant has been an essential part of the Antibes restaurant scene for many years. Guests can choose from several fixe price menus (ranging from 35 to 60 Euros) that include one or several starters, one or two mains, and a dessert. The menu changes according to the best ingredients available for each season. With no outside seating, this is a restaurant best visited when you’re not bothered about an al fresco experience.
Moonshine, 8 rue des Palmiers, is run by the team behind the popular Son of a Bun burger truck. This cosy restaurant in the Old Town is dedicated to the American South. Join the expat community for the likes of pulled pork, grilled cheese sandwiches and peanut-butter pie. DO
The Picasso Museum, in Chateau Grimaldi. Picasso lived and worked at Chateau Grimaldi after World War II. Reopened after two years of renovation, the museum displays works created during the 1940s when the artist lived and worked in the building, a medieval-era château. Picasso donated paintings, drawings and ceramics; the collection has been expanded with works by Nicolas de Staël and more recent donations of modern art. Just as spectacular as the art are the museum’s ocean views; it’s built on the acropolis of the ancient Greek city of Antipolis. There is also a beautiful garden overlooking the Mediterranean as part of the museum.
The Marche Provencale. Near the Picasso Museum you’ll find the famous Antibes Provencale Market. This market is open daily in the mornings and is best known for its regional fruit, vegetables, cheeses, olives, spices, flowers, jams, sausages, fish and meat. The market attracts visitors from near and far given its great selection and convivial atmosphere.
Take a walk around Cap d’Antibes – Enjoy a leisurely stroll from Garoupe Beach to near the end of Cap d’Antibes on a hiking trail that follows the coastline. This two-hour hike is one of the most stunning walks in the region. Near the end of the trail is Billionaire Bay, a great place for a swim or a spot of snorkelling during the summer months as the sea is filled with fish and other sea life. There are also some secluded beaches along the trail that are perfect for a picnic and sun bathing.
Pastry chefs thrive in this city of sweet-lovers. Lilian Bonnefoi, the pastry chef at the legendary Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, 7 Avenue Robert Soleau, has a fairytale pâtisserie where his wife provides the smiling service.
Jean-Luc Pelé, 27 rue de la République, began his career in Paris before opening his eponymous pastry shops in Cannesand Antibes. He keeps the sugar and fat in his cakes to a minimum and uses organic ingredients where possible.
There’s plenty of clothes and souvenirs to be found in the Old Town, and original art in a cluster of galleries around the port, including RAJAC on 20-21 Boulevard d’Aiguillon, a potters’ market housing the studios of nine young artists.