Antibes’ largely pedestrianized Old Town—all pale stone homes, weaving lanes, and window boxes of colorful flowers—is easily explored on foot. The highlights are undoubtedly a dip into Picasso’s former home, now a museum, and a stroll along the bling-tastic pleasure port, where artist Jaume Plensa’s giant Nomad sculpture shimmers in the night.
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.
The town is also skirted by wonderful walking trails. It’s an easy stroll around the ancient walls of the 16th-century Fort Carré, just north of Antibes’s port.
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, 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.
With its splendid views over the Garoupe Bay, the private beach of La Baie Dorée hotel, 575 bd. de la Garoupe (tel. 04-93-67-30-67; www.baiedoree.com), is open to non-hotel guests. For 20€ per day, you can lounge on the beachside deck and jetty, as well as enjoy the hotel's indoor and outdoor pools and Jacuzzi.
A Day Trip from Antibes
Biot, a village famous for its pottery, makes an excellent day trip from Antibes.
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