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.
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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