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Information on the Local Area

Beaches

There are three main beaches in Antibes, Plage du Ponteil and Plage de la Salis towards the Cap d’Antibes and Plage de la Gravette next to the port in the Old Town. There are also some lovely beaches tucked around the Cap d’Antibes. The Meditteranean is non-tidal and due to the sheltering effect of the Cap, there are often little to no waves which makes these waters ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Lifeguards are in attendance on most of the beaches during the Summer months and the beaches are popular family beaches.

Plage de la Salis is situated towards the Cap, a 10-15 minute walk from Place Charles de Gaulle. There is car parking beside the beach, and there is also a shuttle bus service that runs from the train station through the town to this beach. At the beach there are facilities to go sailing, wake boarding and other water sports, there are also excellent facilities for disabled access. During the Summer months there are plenty of refreshment’s stalls along the whole stretch of the beach.

The Plage de la Gravette, is a 1.5km picturesque coastal walk away from Salis Beach. It is situated by the Old Town. The entrance is on the road which leads to the international Marina, alongside the Port Vauben (look for lots of big boats) The entrance is through an archway in the rampart wall. There are basic toilet facilities here, (always pack a spare toilet roll) but in the busy months I would recommend nipping into one of the bars nearby. In the summer there is a refreshments stall on the beach serving hot/cold food all day.

Plage de la Garoupe is a 2km walk further round the Cap from Salis Beach. If you stay on the coastal path it will lead you there. This beach is narrower and is recommended in the summer if you arrive fairly early, but the water is lovely turquoise blue and there are good cafés around the area. The view from here is stunning on a clear day, looking across to Nice and the mountains behind.

Restaurants

Antibes is host to many great restaurants with a diverse selection of food on offer. In the Old town , alongside the marina, is ‘ the main strip’, which is home to the popular bars and clubs and throughout the summer remains the main nightlife area. The restaurants here are very popular, with a couple of seafood restaurants at one end.

There are restaurants around the covered Provencal Market that spread their tables into the market during the evening. There are also popular restaurants in Rue Sade and Rue James Close

The nice thing about Antibes is that all the back streets and narrow paths of shops during the day, turn into cosy bars and restaurants at night. Generally you’re spoilt for choice in Antibes when it comes to food, for current restaurant recommendations ask our representative on your arrival.

Some of our favourite Restaurants;

Le Brulot, 3 Rue Frederic Isnard, 06600 Antibes - www.brulot.fr - 04 93 34 17 76

Aubergine, 7 Rue Sade, 06600 Antibes - 04 93 34 55 93

La Storia, 1 Boulevard Dugommier, 06600 Antibes - 04 93 74 33 11

Chez Lulu, 5 Rue Frederic Isnard, 06600 Antibes - 04 89 89 08 92
 

Markets

The Provencal food market in Cours Massena is held every morning in the summer, it is closed on Mondays out of season. There is a vast array of herbs spices, flowers, meats, fish. The smells are sensational and there are some great ideas for souvenirs.

Other markets occur around the town on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Often these open around 7am and begin packing away about midday. These can be found in the car park behind the children’s play park/post office, in Place National, and the car park near the Gendarmerie (see any map for this big building). A mixture of clothes, bags, sunglasses, shoes, linens and jewellery can be found at these, as well at antiques and curios.

If you’re feeling adventurous, hop on the train to VINTIMIGLIA (Nice direction) and cross over the border into Italy. The market here is well known as the largest market in Europe and very good value with a wide variety of stalls and items available- a great ladies day out, so enjoy a good bargain hunt, and a day out in Italy. FRIDAYS ONLY. On Saturdays there is a market at San Remo, the next town along.

Shops/Banks

Most of the banks are situated around or near Place de Gaulle (the square with trees and water fountain displays which come from the ground). There are cash points at most of the banks around this square, but also a few dotted around the town.

One is at the back of the post office building in Rue Lacan.


The Tourist Office in Anties is situated at 42 Avenue Robert Soleau, Antibes, close to the train station. The Tourist Office in Juan les Pins is located in the  Palais des Congrès, 60 chemin des Sables, Juan les Pins. The staff here speak English and have information on trains/buses/activities and maps available.

Antibes itself is full of shops, and each narrow street is home to many one-off boutiques and souvenirs.

Visiting Cannes, St Tropez and Monaco you will find many top designer shops, many along the beach fronts, though shopping in these places carries a hefty price tag.

Pharmacies are located on practically every street corner. Each one tends to have a flashing green cross next to the sign. Most pharmacies have staff who speak English.