Welcome to... Antibes

Located between Cannes and Nice in the Cote d'Azur on the Mediterranean, Antibes separates the Bay of Cannes to the south-west and the Baie des Anges to the north-east.

Antibes is an ideal location if you're looking for a villa or apartment for sale or rent in the south of France. This beautiful city is best known for its glorious coastline but there is so much more to Antibes. Its hills offer tremendous sea views and the harbour is home to a covered market where you'll find the very best fresh, local produce.

The town is full of history, having been founded as a Greek colony in 5th century BC, before falling to Roman hands for 500 years. Over the centuries, the town's fortunes fluctuated with spells of prosperity, followed by instability and obscurity. It wasn't until the 19th century that people across Europe discovered its outstanding natural beauty and chose it as a perfect spot to set up home.

Antibes is just a short drive from Nice's Cote d'Azur Airport, so access to the city couldn't be easier. If you're not driving, there is also a railway station that has connections to Nice, Marseille and even Paris. One of the main attractions of Antibes is its beaches. The town, along with nearby Juan Les Pins, is home to 48 beaches across 16 miles of coastline, each with its own unique character. There are also several harbours, which provide moorings for a range of vessels from fishing boats to full size yachts.

A popular attraction in Antibes is the Chateau Grimaldi. Pablo Picasso stayed at the castle during a six-month visit in 1946, during which time he created a number of paintings, drawings, tapestries and ceramics. When he left, Picasso left a number of works to the municipality and the castle later became the Picasso Museum. The English writer Graham Greene also spent some years living in Antibes after leaving the UK in the 1960s.

In July, the area hosts one of the world's top jazz festivals, Jazz á Juan, which has attracted some of world's top jazz musicians and singers since it was first staged in 1960. The Boulevard Edouard Baudoin has ceramic tiles laid into the pavement, featuring the handprints of many performers who have played at the festival over the years, including Ray Charles, BB King, Fats Waller and Dave Brubeck. It makes perfect sense that Juan Les Pins is twinned with the US city of New Orleans, regarded as the birthplace of jazz.

There are several theatres offering dramatic and orchestral performances, as well as plenty of bars and clubs featuring a varied mix of live music and DJs. There are plenty of places for shopping in Antibes, with the covered market, several supermarkets and grocery stores. Juan Les Pins has many trendy boutiques, while Cap 3000, a large shopping centre on the outskirts of Nice, is just a 10-minute journey away.

Antibes hosts the annual Yacht show during April to announce the opening of the Mediterranean yachting season, along with the Voiles d'Antibes, The Classic Yachts Challenge.

Strolling around the old part of town, you are thrust a step back in time as you are surrounded by the cosy homes of the locals, small restaurants and independent shops lining the cobbled streets. Every building in this quaint area seems to be covered in beautiful plants, flowers and trees adding to the character.

Many of the old streets of Antibes are too narrow for vehicles, so they remain a pedestrian zone, making Antibes a very safe, environmentally friendly and relax place.

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Things To Do In Antibes

Historical

This almost 500-year-old hill-topped fort, Fort Carré, translated into The Squared Fort, stands proudly overlooking Antibes, its ports and the Mediterranean Sea. It is possible to take a walk around the grounds of the fortress, but there are also guided tours every half an hour between 10am and 6pm in summer and 10am and 4.30pm in winter, except for Mondays and public holidays.

The fort is steeped in history, as famous French military and political leader, Napoleon Bonaparte, was imprisoned in 1794 and it was a crucial part of the annex of Nice from Italy in the 19th Century.

Daytime Fun

About 7km (4.3 miles) from Antibes is Biot, family fun central of the French Riviera. Take a quick one-stop train journey or cruise through the winding roads of the south of France and you'll get to an area filled with attractions and entertainment for all the family.

Antibesland

If your children are growing up to be adrenaline junkies let them loose on all the exhilarating and exciting rides that Antibesland has to offer. Entry to the park is completely free and you only pay for the rides and attractions you use.

Marineland

The largest European marine attraction, home to the annual Underwater Image competition, is Marineland. Daily shows include performances from dolphins, sea-lions and orcas among other sea life creatures. Marineland has other attractions within the park: Aquasplash and Adventure Golf.

Aquasplash

Enjoy getting wet and the rush of speed? Combine them both on the Black Cannon at Aquasplash. The Black Canon is the fastest water slide in France, but if you can't handle the rush, there are plenty of other less threatening slides, pools and attractions.

Adventure Golf

Choose your level of difficulty easy, medium or expert. Immerse yourself in a whole new world to explore, from The Mysterious Island, 5 Weeks in Balloons or Journey to the Centre of the Earth, there is adventure and excitement for everyone.

Visiobulle

Leaving from Juan les Pins on the west of the Cape of Antibes, the Visiobulle allows you to take an underwater view of the Mediterranean Sea without getting wet, by sailing on a glass-bottomed boat. The trips operate from April to September and takes approximately one hour and costs €12 for adults and €6 for children.

Amenities & Facilities

There are a number of markets to stroll around and find some locally produced goods. Fresh fruit and vegetables are available from the authentic Marché Provençal every morning, apart from Monday mornings in winter.

If you enjoy arts and crafts, the Marché Provençal transforms every afternoon from Easter to September (except Monday) into an arts and crafts market. From September to Easter, the market is only on Friday and Sunday afternoons.

Other markets include the Foire clothing market on Rue Fontvieille and the Antique Market on Thursday on Boulevard d'Aguillon and on Saturday at Place Nationale in the old town.

Nightlife

If you are only visiting for a short while, there are a number of places that you must visit to get the whole Antibes experience.

Pam Pam is a great place for a cocktail and giant ice cream to accompany unbelievable dancing shows throughout the night. Get there early to grab a prime seat for the show!

Absinthe Bar looks like a cave inside and out and does exactly what it says on the tin. It supplies only the best green fairy from the bar, located in a cellar off the Marche Provencal, and is regularly busy with local students looking for a fun night out.

To enjoy an exciting and exhausting night on the tiles in Antibes, there is only one place to go ' Le Village. Put on your finest for this club as to mix in well with the young, yet affluently dressed, clientele. There is a fine combination of music to dance to and immerse you in the Euro dance scene while the rotation of popular DJs keeps the feeling, and the beat, fresh.

Antibes schools

For foreign nationals wanting to learn French in France, the best place to go is the Centre International d'Antibes. It offers language study trips to people of all ages, including language camps for teenagers with the option of special packages where you can add on golf or morning games.

The Centre International d'Antibes teaches from two locations in the town, Le Château, which is a quality-certified school, and Le Port, which is used when Le Château is full.

Internationale School of Nice As far as international schools go, the Internationale School of Nice is among the best. A leader in education of 4-18 year-olds, the Internationale School of Nice is less than 30 minutes away from the centre of Antibes and offers only the best syllabus in both French and English.

Mougins School Teaching the British curriculum to children from 3-years-old to 18-years-old, Mougins School is renowned for being one of the best private schools in Europe. It offers IGSCEs, A/S and A levels taught at their custom-built campus roughly 12km from the centre of Antibes.

Les Colibris Montessori Bilingual Pre-School and Primary School Lying less than 20 minutes North West of Antibes is the bilingual Montessori school, Les Colibris. Teaching children from 2 to 12-years-old, Les Colibris helps create independent, confident and happy children from their stimulating, friendly and safe environment.

Travelling To Antibes

The popularity of Antibes as an area for relaxing and exploring artistic history exploded in the early 20th century when movie superstars such as Rudolph Valentino and Charlie Chaplin made it their luxurious getaway after Picasso graced the streets and fort to find globally renowned inspiration.

There are numerous ways to get to Antibes:

By Air - The easiest way to get to Antibes is by air. The closest airport is Nice, just 20km (12 miles) away from the centre of Antibes and you can transfer by taxi, hire a car or catch the train. Private jet and helicopter users might want to take advantage of the Cannes Mandelieu Airport; an airport purely for private travel with no scheduled airline flights.

By Rail - Arriving by train is easy, as Antibes is on the main Paris to Nice line and goes through the beautiful French countryside. So you can sit back and relax on the fast and efficient French public transport.

By Sea - The Antibes harbour is one of the largest marinas in Europe, but it doesn't offer a ferry service as only private boats and yachts can moor here. You might find it difficult to find a space however, as even Roman Abramovich's $1bn yacht couldn't find an empty parking space.

Travelling to Antibes by boat is the most luxurious ways of getting yourself to the town. You can avoid the traffic on the roads and pull right into your very own spot in the marina. Private sea travel has increased in popularity massively over the past few years, giving you the opportunity to check out everyone else's boats as you come into or leave the marina.

By Road - Motorists tend to find driving on French roads a pleasure, as they are easily navigable and heavily signposted. Roads around the French Riviera tend to be more congested than other parts of the country, but it is made up by the stunning scenery that surrounds you every moment of the journey.

Properties In Antibes

Estate Net France has an amazing range of villas and modern apartments available for sale in Antibes but if you wanted to live more like the locals and submerge yourself into the heart of the Antibes lifestyle, there are townhouses and village houses on the market.

We have a luxury property for any budget for those wanting to move to Antibes, choose from a range of modern apartments or divulge with a seafront villa fit for a king.

The range of properties available in Antibes reflects the diversity of Antibes itself. From super-modern luxury villas overlooking the azure Mediterranean Sea to old and traditional town houses that give you the opportunity to step back in time, and live like the locals with an unrivalled relaxed lifestyle.

Places Close to Antibes

If Antibes doesn't sound like the ideal location for you, there are always the neighbouring communes. Every commune differs in such a way that makes the French Riviera an extremely diverse area of the world, with different cities harbouring different features characteristics.

The three neighbouring areas to Antibes are Vallauris, Villeneuve-Loubet and Biot.

Contact

Knight Frank Mougins

1 rue Honoré Henry
06250 Mougins - France

Phone : +33 4 97 97 32 20
Fax : +33 4 89 73 22 80

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3 rue Grande
06560 Valbonne - France

Phone : +33 4 97 97 32 40
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Knight Frank Cannes

12 Boulevard de la Croisette
06400 Cannes - France

Phone : +33 4 97 06 30 30
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