Antibes (fr. Antibes) is a coastal city in the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France, on the Côte d’Azur between Cannes and Nice. Part of French Riviera.

Antibes gave its ancient name, Antipolis, to an important business area, Sophia Antipolis, located in its surroundings (mainly in the town of Valbonne), where research and development companies in the field of new technologies are grouped together. Since the adoption of the Alur law by decree (no 2013-392 of 10 May 2013), the commune of Antibes is one of the 60 communes of the Alpes-Maritimes categorized as a tense zone.

Tourism and main attractions

Sites and monuments

Cap d’Antibes

The Tire-Poil trail, a former customs path

The Provencal market

Marineland d’Antibes, created in 1970 by Count Roland de La Poype

The Picasso museum

The Archeology Museum (with the Terpon Pebble)

Sea and Coastal Area of ​​the Graillon Battery

The Tour museum which traces the history of Antibes in the twentieth century

The Garoupe lighthouse

Fort Carré and the Vauban ramparts of old Antibes

Port Vauban, one of the largest marinas in Europe

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

The internationally renowned Peynet and humorous drawing museum about the illustrator and creator of “lovers”, known as Peynet

The Postcard Museum

The Château Salé where Bonaparte and his family stayed. It is located at the end of a dead end behind the Church of the Assumption, avenue Philippe-Rochat

The association house, built on the old Sainte-Claire chapel

The theater, built on the old Chapel of Mercy

Grand hotel, place du Général De Gaulle

The old herbalist’s shop, Place Nationale

Door of the Antiboulenc library

The wash house, rue du lavoir

Memorial on the mobile gendarmerie barracks, 24/6 squadron, rue Général Vaudenberg

Column of the Place Nationale

Door of the old masonic lodges

House where the plaque indicating the place of imprisonment of Napoleon I’s guard was placed by mistake, because the latter was in fact locked up in the Masonic lodges

Gravette beach, between the old town and the Vauban port

The sandy beaches of Juan-les-Pins

Civil heritage

Fort Carré was built in the mid-sixteenth century under Henri II by Jean Renaud de Saint Rémy and retouched at the end of the seventeenth century under Louis XIV by Vauban. Property of the City of Antibes since 1997, it has been open to the public since 1998. Classified as historical monuments by successive decrees of 7 November 1906 and 20 August 1913, modified by decrees of 17 October 1937 and 19 October 1976.

Fountain and Roman column, rue Georges-Clemenceau (in the middle of the café terrace) Inscribed on the Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments by decree of 31 March 1928.

Grimaldi Castle, housing the current Picasso Museum. Fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Classified as historical monuments by decree of 29 April 1928.

Remains of the Clausonnes aqueduct, in private property, at a place called “Vallon du Fugueiret”, straddling the town of Valbonne. Listed on the Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments by decree of 25 July 1936.

Remains of the Roman aqueduct of Font Vieille whose origin is in the valley of Brague, towards Biot. Some parts were reused after a refurbishment at the end of the eighteenth century.

Roman cistern with a capacity of 60 m3 collecting rainwater, located in Montée Dor de la Souchère, found in 2009.

Undated remains of a Greco-Roman wall in private property. Listed on the Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments by decree of 16 February 1939.

Bastide du Roy and its gardens, owned by a private company, avenue Jules-Grec. Partially protected eighteenth century building. Registered on the Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments by decree of 6 June 1988. Gardens created in 1927. Classified on the Supplementary Inventory of Historic Monuments by Decree of 8 February 1990 (Cad AE 84).

Lighthouse of Garoupe, at the top of the peninsula of Cap d’Antibes. Built on the site of an old lighthouse from 1837 destroyed in 1944 by the Germans. Listed by historical monuments, without being protected. Magnificent 360 ° panorama.

Château Salé, hidden at the end of a dead end behind the Church of the Assumption and the city of Laval on avenue Philippe Rochat. Bonaparte stayed there in 1794 when he commanded the Army of Italy and the painter Joseph Vernet produced his work Port d’Antibes, visible at the National Maritime Museum in Paris and a copy offered to Marineland, of this strategic place before the urbanization of this area of ​​the Côte d’Azur.

Fountain erected in recognition of Colonel Louis d’Aguillon, engineer of the kings, having undertaken the restoration of the ancient Roman aqueduct, again bringing drinking water in abundance to Antibes in 1785

Parks

The Villa Thuret, public property, whose botanical park is labelled a remarkable garden, open to the public. Managed by the National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA), this 4-ha botanical garden presents a remarkable collection of exotic plants and trees, in particular 9 coconut palms from Chile. Various species of palms, mimosas, eucalyptus, cypresses are well represented among 3,000 outdoor species. Villa Thuret houses the botanical service and several scientific research laboratories. The garden obtained the Remarkable Garden label from the Ministry of Culture in 2007.

The Château de la Croë, private property, park planted with Mediterranean species, closed to the public; The domain of La Garoupe and the villa du Clocher, private domain; The Villa du Clocher was owned by Francis Bouygues, closed to the public.

The Villa Sous Le Vent, a private property bordering the Bay of Billionaires, built by the architect Barry Dierks, a remarkable Mediterranean botanical park. General de Gaulle occupied this property, which was closed to the public, for a time.

Villa Eilenroc, public property, exotic botanical park, open to the public under certain conditions.

The Domaine des Cocotiers, an acclimatization park where Jacques Duval d’Eprémesnil (1827-1891) develops many tropical plants. This area was subdivided from 1936. It is the current location of the Château de l’Aube.

Religious buildings

Church of the Immaculate Conception, which was a cathedral in the Middle Ages, currently the Notre-Dame-de-la-Platea Cathedral in Antibes, rue Christian-Chessel.

Church of Notre-Dame de la Garoupe, fourteenth century. Listed on the Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments by decree of 29 October 1926, famous for its many ex-votos, rue du Phare.

Parish church: Saint-Esprit chapel and Grimaldi tower. Built in the twelfth century, on the site of an early Christian church, then altered in the seventeenth century. Partially classified as historical monuments by decree of 16 October 1945, rue Saint-Esprit.

Saint-Jean chapel, seventeenth century. At that time, property of the brotherhood of Saint Jean-Baptiste and Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. Located at the crossroads of the Route de Saint-Jean and the Chemin de Saint-Maymes. Listed on the Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments by decree of 14 December 1989.

Chapelle Saint-Bernardin, 14 rue Rostan. Partly from the sixteenth century. Listed on the Supplementary Inventory of Historic Monuments by decree of 13 March 1995. Chapel of the White Penitents. Remarkably restored. (Mass on Friday, visit on Saturday).

Church of the Assumption, built in 1959, avenue Philippe Rochat

Sainte-Thèrese church, built in 1932, route de Grasse

Jeanne d’Arc Church, started in 1943 and completed in 1983 for lack of materials during the war, in Juan-les-Pins, avenue de Cannes

Notre-Dame de la Pinède Church, built in 1899 and enlarged several times, in Juan-les-Pins, rue Saramartel

Saint-Joseph d’Azurville Church, built in 1923, place Jean Aude

Modern Church of the Sacred Heart, built in 1969, replaces the prefabricated Notre-Dame-de-la-Route church from 1958, rue du Docteur Chaudon

Modern Church of Sainte-Marguerite, built in 1985, in Semboules, boulevard Guillaume Apollinaire

Saint-Benoît Church, built in 1926, in Cap d’Antibes, boulevard Francis Meilland

Rural Saint-Claude chapel, Romanesque style, Chemin Saint-Claude

Chapel of Mont-Calvaire, built in 1652 for the Bernardines sisters, in Cap d’Antibes, route de Phare

Notre-Dame-de-Lumière chapel, at the Fontonne hospital, chemin des Quatre Chemins

Saint-Laurent chapel at Fort Carré, 16th century, Fort Carré trail

Notre Dame de Bonté chapel, 27 chemin Peyregoue

Chapel of the former Saint-Jacques hospices, built in 1843, bell tower 1851, formerly managed by the nuns of the Holy Trinity. Currently Fersen College, rue Arazy

Saint-Roch Orthodox chapel, avenue du Onze Novembre

Castral chapel of the Caroline castle domain of Tanagra, avenue du châtaignier

Temple of the Reformed Church, built in 1908, rue Niquet

Former temple in Cap d’Antibes, avenue Messieurs Beaumont

Evangelical church, avenue du châtaignier

Synagogue, built in 1990, in Juan-les-Pins, chemin des sables.

Beaches

There are 48 beaches along the 25 km of coastline that surround Antibes and Juan les Pins. Main beaches are: Plage de la Gallice, Plage de la Garoupe, Plage de la Salis, Plage du Crouton.

Shopping

Shopping in Antibes is not a priority on the tourist program.

Cuisine and restaurants

The national cuisine of Antibes has formed under the influence of Spanish, Italian, and Mauritian gastronomic traditions. As this city is found at the seaside, fish and seafood have been the basis of the national cuisine for centuries. In restaurants of Antibes, visitors will find many variants of fish soups, as well as rare and unusual seafood. Besides fruits of the sea, local cuisine offers a variety of vegetable dishes. Here it is important to mention that almost all food in the region is cooked with high-quality olive oil.

Seven best restaurants according to Michelin: 

Louroc, boulevard JF-Kennedy, Antibes, 133 – 280 EUR • Modern Cuisine

Le 44, 44 boulevard Albert-1er, Antibes, 46 – 105 EUR • Modern Cuisine

Le P’tit Cageot, 5 rue du Docteur-Rostan, Antibes, 35 – 48 EUR • Modern Cuisine

Le Vauban, 7 bis rue Thuret, Antibes, 25 – 48 EUR • Modern Cuisine

Chez Jules Le Don Juan, 17 rue Thuret, Antibes, 39 – 65 EUR • Seafood, Provençal cuisine

L’Arazur, 6 rue des Palmiers, Antibes, 34 – 60 EUR • Modern Cuisine, Mediterranean Cuisine

Le Figuier de St-Esprit,  14 rue St-Esprit, Antibes, 42 – 200 EUR • Provençal cuisine

Transport and how to get to?

Roads:

  • the motorway (A8), serving the north of Antibes Sophia Antipolis and Biot via exit 44
  • the D6007 (former national 7) crossing Antibes from east to west, passing near the center
  • the D35 (or route de Grasse) linking the center to the northern district
  • the D6035, built in 2007, linking the north of Antibes to Antibes-les-Pins

Shortest distance by car:

From Menton (tolls): 1 h (53.6 km) via A8

From Monaco (tolls): 53 min (45.0 km) via A8

From Beaulieu-sur-Mer (tolls): 55 min (32.3 km) via Voie Pierre Mathis/Voie Rapide

From Villefranche-sur-Mer (tolls): 54 min (30.1 km) via Voie Pierre Mathis/Voie Rapide

From Nice (tolls): 36 min (23.2 km) via A8

From Cagnes-sur-Mer: 24 min (11.3 km) via D6007

From Cannes: 29 min (11.9 km) via Avenue des Frères Roustan

From Mandelieu-La Napoule: 29 min (22.9 km) via A8

From Fréjus (tolls): 51 min (50.7 km) via A8

From Saint-Raphaël (tolls): 57 min (52.4 km) via A8

From Sainte-Maxime (tolls): 1 h 12 min (83.9 km) via A8

From Saint-Tropez (tolls): 1 h 35 min (97.8 km) via A8

From Cavalaire-sur-Mer (tolls): 1 h 43 min (104 km) via A8

From Toulon (tolls): 1 h 35 min (135 km) via A57 and A8

From Aix-en-Provence (tolls): 1 h 53 min (161 km) via A8

From Nîmes (tolls): 2 h 54 min (266 km) via A8

From Marseille (tolls): 2 h 6 min (185 km) via A8

From Avignon (tolls): 2 h 33 min (246 km) via A8

From Montpellier (tolls):  3 h 19 min (312 km) via A8

From Sète (tolls): 3 h 28 min (341 km) via A8

From Agde (tolls): 3 h 43 min (365 km) via A9 and A8

From Pézenas (tolls): 3 h 45 min (367 km) via A9 and A8

From Béziers (tolls): 3 h 51 min (377 km) via A9 and A8

From Perpignan (tolls): 4 h 29 min (461 km) via A9 and A8

From Argelès-sur-Mer (tolls): 4 h 47 min (488 km) via A9 and A8

From Collioure (tolls): 4 h 53 min (495 km) via A9 and A8

From Narbonne (tolls): 3 h 59 min (400 km) via A9 and A8

From La Baule-Escoublac (tolls): 11 h 2 min (1,208 km) via A62

From Saint-Nazaire (tolls): 10 h 58 min (1,193 km) via A62

From Saumur (tolls): 9 h 12 min (1,000 km) via A7

From Nantes (tolls): 10 h 10 min (1,129 km) via A62

From Les Sables-d’Olonne (tolls): 10 h 15 min (1,118 km) via A62

From Cognac (tolls): 8 h 40 min (904 km) via A62

From Angoulême (tolls): 8 h 36 min (903 km) via A62

From Eauze (tolls): 6 h 59 min (676 km) via A8

From La Rochelle (tolls): 9 h 2 min (966 km) via A62

From Rochefort (tolls): 8 h 43 min (938 km) via A62

From Saintes (tolls): 8 h 26 min (902 km) via A62

From Arcachon (tolls): 7 h 59 min (841 km) via A62

From Royan (tolls): 8 h 48 min (906 km) via A62

From Biarritz (tolls): 8 h 2 min (849 km) via A64

From Saint-Jean-de-Luz (tolls): 8 h 6 min (854 km) via A64

From Bayonne (tolls): 7 h 52 min (836 km) via A64

From Dax (tolls): 7 h 52 min (815 km) via A64

From Lourdes (tolls): 6 h 55 min (715 km) via A8

From Pau (tolls): 7 h 7 min (732 km) via A8

From Périgueux (tolls): 7 h 52 min (822 km) via A8

From Bordeaux (tolls): 7 h 32 min (789 km) via A62

From Toulouse (tolls): 5 h 23 min (547 km) via A9 and A8

From Carcassonne (tolls): 4 h 31 min (456 km) via A9 and A8

From Andorra (tolls): 7 h 14 min (637 km) via A8

Airports: the nearest airport is Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and Cannes Airport.

Railways: Antibes central railway station offers connections to Nice, Cannes, Marseille, Grasse, St Raphael, Les Arcs, Milan, Ventimiliga, Paris and several other destinations.

Main information

Area: 26.5 sq. km

Population: 73 000

Languages: French

Currency: euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

Coordinates: 43°34′51″N 7°07′26″

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