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.
The port has a total capacity of 1650 vessels. The port welcomes all sorts of boats, from local 4m fishing boats (“pointu”) to 165m yachts, with an economy based on sailing and yachting and all related services: fishing, shipyards (careening and repairs), sailing clubs, crew agencies, etc.
Since 1986, its famous “billionaires’ quay”, or Quai Camille Rayon, has been able to accommodate up to 19 superyachts (70m to 165m). On his private quay you can see moored one of the worlds’ largest and most expensive private yachts, 'The Eclipse', owned by Roman Abramovitch, the Russian oligarch who owns as well a luxury chateau-style mansion in the Cap d’ Antibes.
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