Ever wanted to live the glamorous life of a Hollywood superstar? Of course you have. Who hasn’t? Book a holiday to the French Riviera and you can rub shoulders with the rich and famous. Antibes is one of the main resorts along this coastline where the world’s glitterati head for their summer holidays. Found between the two cities of Nice and Cannes, Antibes is a glamourous location that caters for all interests.
Those looking for a spot of culture and local character will love the Old Town area of Antibes. It’s like a quaint French hilltop village, rather than a holiday hotspot. After a scorching day sunbathing on the beach, there’s nothing better than finding a small traditional cafe and cooling off with a glass of wine or cocktail. You may even spot a celebrity strolling past licking an ice cream. Antibes is also a great place for families. Its sandy beaches and bright blue waters are understandably popular.
It’s so easy to explore the surrounding area of the Riviera too. Hire a car, put the top down and cruise along the coastline with the wind in your hair. You’ll find plenty of golf courses, more celeb haunts and if you time your holiday for May, you may even get a ticket for the Cannes Film Festival.
You just don’t feel as if you’re in the French Riviera when you wander along the cobbled streets of the old town in Antibes. It’s a long, long way from the flashy surroundings you find in other Riviera resorts. Quaint cafes, ice cream stalls and shops almost beg you to go inside and take a look. A gate leads down from the old town to the port which houses some spectacular yachts. But the dramatic 16th century Fort Carré in the distance makes for a pretty backdrop.
As you wander around the coastline, it can be difficult to know when Antibes stops and Juan-les-Pins ends. These two neighbouring resorts merge into one. They’re like one big happy family. Juan-les-Pins is more of a lively resort than Antibes. This is where to go if you’re planning to party, with casinos, bars and nightclubs. You never know who you’ll bump into on the dance floor.
A little further down the coast, Golfe-Juan boasts an arty feel and was a favourite haunt of Picasso. Like its Riviera neighbours, there are some outstanding beaches and the chance to take to the ocean waves on a yacht. If you’re looking to impress your fellow holidaymakers with your trivia knowledge, this is where Napoleon landed as he attempted to regain control of France.
Just because you’re on holiday, it doesn’t mean that you can’t learn a thing or two. There’s several museums to enjoy in Antibes that will expand your knowledge of the area. There are museums dedicated to antiques, archaeology, Picasso, and Napoleon.
A round of golf on the beach would be challenging, but head inland just 10 miles from Antibes and you can enjoy a few holes. The Provencal golf club has a nine-hole course, and boasts particularly beautiful scenery. With the southern Alps in the distance, you can play through pine and oak trees in search of a birdie.
Cannes Film Festival
If you’re heading to the French Riviera in May, then it’s a must to see if you can spot a celebrity in the flesh at the Cannes Film Festival. After 70 years of showcasing some of the best films in the world, Cannes is a magnet for the rich and famous. Premieres of new movies are annually shown at Cannes, including documentaries. There’s no better place to go autograph hunting.
Beaches in Antibes
Just looking to spend your holiday lounging around? You won’t be the only one in Antibes. There are more than 15 miles of golden sands stretching along the coastline around Antibes and neighbouring Juan-les-Pins. La Salis and Ponteil are the main beaches to enjoy in Antibes. Alternatively, head to the bay of La Garoupe to dive underwater at some wonderful snorkelling spots.
French Riviera cuisine
Every region in France claims to produce the country’s best food. But the French Riviera really is a contender for the title. Heavily influenced by the flavours of the Mediterranean, the cuisine here is very different to the north of France. Olive oil, fresh tomatoes and wild herbs can be found in many dishes. Fresh fish is at the top of most restaurant menus too. Locally-caught red mullet, sea bass, bream and grouper are on offer along with seafood delicacies such as mussels, oysters and sea urchins. Some of the French Riviera specialities include a slow-cooked beef stew known as daube and soupe au pistou - a vegetable soup flavoured with basil.
When you’re searching for some good grub, head towards the restaurants of Antibes. That’s where most of them are found, rather than in neighbouring Juan-les-Pins. There are eateries available for every budget. You can spend 20 euros on dinner or 500. In the best restaurants, sommeliers will be on hand to recommend the best wines to go with your dinner. An ice-cool glass of rose will really help you unwind after a hard day of sunbathing.
If golden beaches, great food and the prospect of spotting a celebrity are what you’re looking for in a holiday, then Antibes is the perfect place for you. It’s a brilliant destination to chill out and feel glamorous in the Mediterranean sunshine. Booking a holiday to Antibes couldn’t be easier with easyJet holidays. The best bit? You can save on your holiday if you book the flight and hotel together with easyJet holidays. If you’re still interested in other French Riviera destinations, then take a look at our guides.