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Antibes

Antibes’ largely pedestrianized Old Town—all pale stone homes, weaving lanes, and window boxes of colorful flowers—is easily explored on foot. A dip into Picasso’s former home, now a museum, and a stroll along the bling-tastic pleasure port, are undoubtedly its highlights.

Antibes’ Tourist Office offers a number of different tours. English language tours around the historic old town take place every Wednesday at 10am. Prices are 7€ for adults, 3.50€ for children under 16, and free for children ages 8 and under. French-only tours around Antibes’ artist hotspots take place each Friday at 10am for the same prices.

A touristy Petit Train (www.capdantibestour.com; tel. 06-15-77-67-47), also does a circuit around Antibes highlights, including the Musée Picasso and the Port Vauban pleasure harbor. Tickets cost 8€ for adults, 4€ for children under the age of 10. Cooler cats may rent a five-person speedboat (no license required) from Antibes Bateau Service (www.antibes-bateaux.com; tel. 06-15-75-44-36), in Port Vauban. Prices are 100€ per half day, 150€ per full day.

Juan-les-Pins

Spilling over from Antibes’ more residential quarter, Juan-les-Pins is petite—which makes the resort town best navigated on foot. Be sure to swing by the shady square known as La Pinède (square Frank Jay Gould) to check out the legions of local pétanque players. Nearby, the town’s long-awaited Palais des Congrès, or Convention Center (www.antibesjuanlespins-congres.com) opened to much fanfare in 2014. With the perennial success of year-round conferences in nearby Cannes, Juan-les-Pins’ local municipality is hoping to shift some of the business action here.

Most of us, however, would rather stroll the long, beachside promenade to Golfe-Juan. It’s here where Napoleon kicked off his march to Paris and famous Hundred Days in power in 1815. Alternatively, pick a beach bar, order a glass of rosé, and watch the sun drop over the Îles de Lérins . For a closer look, boat trips to Ile Sainte-Marguerite, the larger of the two islands, run several times daily from mid-April to mid-October with Riviera Lines (www.riviera-lines.com; tel. 04-93-63-86-76). Return tickets costs 18€ for adults, 12€ children aged 4–10, and free for children under 4.

Cycles (16€ per day) and electric bikes (30€ per day) can be hired from Egorent, 136 boulevard Wilson (www.egorent.fr; tel. 08-11-69-02-10).

Cap d'Antibes

Like all of the prominent peninsulas on the French Riviera, the Cap d’Antibes boasts a scenic hiking trail around its perimeter. Highlights include the rustic coastal path south of Plage de la Garoupe, as well as a stop—if you can time it correctly—at the Villa Eilenroc Gardens, 460 av. L.D. Beaumont (tel. 04-93-67-74-33). It’s open July to September Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 3pm to 7pm; April to June Wednesday and Saturday 10am to 5pm; and October to March Wednesday and Saturday 1pm to 4pm. Admission is 2€, free for children 11 and under. There’s a rose garden, sun-dappled olive groves, and a small eco-museum on site.

 

Passengers may peek into the gardens of resident A-listers aboard the Cap d’Antibes Open Top Bus (www.capdantibestour.com; tel. 06-15-77-67-47). The same company also runs a far less cool Petit Train around the peninsula. Prices for both are 8€ for adults, 4€ for children under the age of 10; departures are from Port Vauban in Antibes. Those with a better balance may paddle past paradise instead on an SUP. Cap Kayak (www.capkayak.fr; tel. 06-62-28-09-54) rents both stand-up paddleboards and sea kayaks from Port Gallice at the foot of the Cap d’Antibes. Prices start at 15€ per hour.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.