A main coastal town located between Nice and Cannes, Antibes is home to one of the largest yacht ports in the world. Port Vauban can often be seen hosting super-yachts of multiple stories with helipads owned by the ultra-rich. The region's nautical industry annually attracts thousands of workers in the summer months.
One of town's main attractions is the Picasso Museum located in the Grimaldi Castle. The museum contains 23 paintings, 44 drawings and 78 ceramic pieces created by Picasso during his time spent in the town. Antibes' old town hosts an open-air market (marché provençal) with local artisan products. It also has numerous shops, restaurants, and small plazas surrounded by cafes and sometimes antiques markets.
Of Antibes' beaches, the most famous is Gravette beach next to the port and a few minutes walking from the old town. It is also worth visiting Fort Carré (where Napoleon was briefly held prisoner) on the other side of the port. This military site from the 16th century offers exceptional views of the port, Antibes, the Mediterranean, and even the Alps on clear days. You won't have to wonder why Picasso considered Antibes to be an inspiration for creativity.
Map of routes and landmarks in Antibes:
1. Coastal walk, Picasso Museum and Archeological Museum:
Time: ~ 50 min. walking
The route starts at the Pré aux Pecheurs explanade and passes the Galerie des bains douches, which often exhibits pieces by local artists. You will then head towards the old town on Rue Aubernon and up Rampe des Saleurs, which will take you to the seafront's Promenade Amiral de Grasse. There you will have splendid views of the Mediterranean and Antibes' beaches on your way to the Picasso Museum. Following the same path, you will also reach the Archeological Museum.
2. Walk along Port Vauban and Fort Carré:
Time: ~ 45 min. walking
This route also starts at Pré aux Pecheurs, where you'll see Port Vauban, and head to the walkway that goes around the port. Then follow Av. du 11 Novembre, pass the soccer and track fields, where you'll see signs indicating the entrance to Fort Carré.
3. Old Antibes, Gravette beach and Le Nomade:
Time: ~ 40 min. walking
The route starts on main street Rue de la Republique, where you will pass the Place des Martyrs de la Resistance square and the Kiosque a Musique square, which are Antibes' main squares. Go up Rue Georges Clemenceau, where you'll see the town hall and the Provencal market. Go down to the port on Rue Aubernon and the Gravette beach will be to your right. You'll see the famous sculpture Le Nomade, where you can look towards to port from the Quai des Milliardaires and see the super-yachts.
Picasso Museum in the Grimaldi Castle
Pré aux Pecheurs explanade
1. Port Vauban and "Le Nomade"
2. Picasso Museum
3. Fort Carré
4. Gravette Beach
5. Cap d'Antibes
What's most popular in Antibes
The coat of arms of Antibes and the flag of Provence-Alpes Maritimes-Côte d'Azur
Nearby towns and cities
Juan-les-Pins (22 km / 14 mi)
Nice (22 km / 14 mi)
Cannes (11 km / 7 mi)
St. Paul de Vence (17 km / 11 mi)
Monaco (44 km / 27 mi)
Villefranche-sur-mer (29 km / 18 mi)
Eze (42 km / 26 mi)
Menton (53 km / 33 mi)
Antibes has a train station on the coastal railway which connects Marseille, Nice and Monaco. Antibes is accessible by highway - by car or the urban bus line running from Nice to Cannes (bus 200). It can also be reached by boat. Transportation within the town is hardly necessary due to its small size.
Port Vauban and Port Carré