Lying 10 km to the east of Cannes, Antibes offers a calmer vibe. Its old center is a warren of pretty cafes and restaurants, ice cream shops and boutiques, with the busy daily Provencal market at the top of the town.
Antibes is in the heart of Mediterranean luxury yachting. Port Vauban is Europe's first marina in tonnage of the boats and yachts moored in the Mediterranean Sea. Some of the world's largest and most lavishly appointed yachts have Port Vauban as their home port.
The old port of Antibes, stretching from what is now Porte Marine to Bastion Saint-Jaume, has been in use since ancient times - the bay at Saint-Roch was used by the Phoenicians as a commercial port and naval base. Its current layout dates back to the 1970s.
Built on a rock 26 meters above sea level on the Antibes coast line the 16th-century fort offers a 360-degree panoramic view. It is set within a protected 4-acre park that surrounds the structure with Mediterranean plants and is overlooking the Port Vauban
When you think of Cap d ‘Antibes, you immediately think of the exclusive hotels and prestigious villas that are embedded in the green oasis of the peninsula. The tall Aleppo pines, ancient olive trees, white limestone cliffs and deep inlets in the coastal strip give the landscape a wildness.The Residence Belvedere is located just before you enter the Cap d'Antibes.
The most famous bay is La Garoupe with some very exclusive beach bars, including Plage Keller, where is also the starting point of the Littoral du Sentier, a beautiful winding path along the coast around the cape. It takes you along the azure blue sea on one side and on the other along the high walls that protect the adjoining gardens of the chic villas from the waves.
Roman Abramovitch also has his mansion here (see the photo).
Antibes is a city in the French Riviera. The Cap d'Antibes is the break between the Bay of Cannes to the south-west and the Baie des Anges to the north east. Old Antibes and the Port Vauban of Antibes are on the mainland on the side facing the Baie des Anges, while Juan les Pins is on the Cannes side and the magnificent Fort Carré lies between the port of Antibes and the rest of the Baie des Anges.
Antibes is an excellent base for exploring the area with its ancient perched villages and the larger cities of Nice and Cannes, which are only 20 km and 10 km from Antibes respectively. You will be amazed at places such as Vieux-Mougins, St. Paul de Vence, Vence, Biot, Valbonne, Grace, Monaco, Villefranche, Menton etc., and not to forget Saint Tropez, which can also be reached by boat. A must is the largest market of Europe weekly taking place in Ventimiglia, just across the border in Italy. And the beautiful walks in the nearby Esterel Mountains.
There is a regular bus service (number 200, 1.5€) between Cannes, Antibes and Nice: there is a stop at Place Charles de Gaulle in downtown Antibes.
Alternate bus option is the "250 express". This connection is faster since the bus takes the highway and thus more comfortable (it is not a commuter bus). It stops directly at the terminal if you're going or coming from the airport, but is more expensive (9€). This express bus stops just above the train station of Antibes. There is a 200 regular and 250 express bus about every 20 min. From both bus stops in Antibes there is a free shuttle city bus that stops in front of the Residence Belvedere. Nice airport is the closest airport to Antibes. It is not a relatively long drive from the airport to Antibes: about 20 minutes when there is no traffic.