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Antibes in brief

Antibes is special!

If you have been before you already know that, and that is why you want to come back!

The Cote d’Azur has always been a popular holiday destination, and in 2008 Antibes-Juan les Pins won the coveted ‘Qualité de Tourisme’ award, in recognition of its standard of welcome for visitors to the area.

At the time of writing, only five other towns in the whole of France have received the award so far. According to the Minister of Tourism and the Departmental Union of Tourist offices who awarded the title, Antibes-Juan les Pins was chosen for the exceptional quality of its hotels, restaurants, campsites, cafés, tourist offices, and vacation rental agencies.

Antibes is a harbour town in the South of France on the French Riviera. It stretches out between Villeneuve Loubet to the East, Cannes to the West and, France's answer to silicone valley, Sophia Antipolis to the North. It has 25kms of coastline and is perfectly situated in the heart of the Riviera making it a perfect base for your French adventure.

Antibes is perfectly situated to explore the whole of the French Riviera & beyond.
It is;
- 22km (30 minutes) to Nice Airport
- 12km (15 minutes) to the glamour of Cannes
- 44km (36 minutes) to the glitz of Monaco
- 95km (1 hour 20 minutes) to St Tropez
- 62km (44 minutes) to Italy

It is also an easy drive to many popular ski resorts (Isola 1.5 hours, Auron 2 hours).

It is home to the biggest pleasure yacht marina in Europe, & you can stare in awe at some of the world’s most luxurious and expensive yachts along what is known locally as the ‘Millionaires Quay’. The influx of young crew members also means that 25 percent of the population is under the age of 25 making for a pretty lively atmosphere.

Behind the port of plenty, Antibes is a charming French town that refuses to swap it’s Provencal market for a shopping mall or it’s cafes for nightclubs, & we and all our visitors agree it’s all the better for it!

There is always something happening in Antibes. The town and the region has events throughout the seasons, many celebrating French regional life, culture and cuisine. Christmas is a wonderful time with many of the squares are dressed up with trees, merry-go-rounds, craft and food stalls so that Antibes becomes a real winter wonderland.

Climate

Antibes enjoys a classic Mediterranean climate, which means long warm summers, plenty of sunshine and relatively mild winters. July and August are the hottest and busiest months of the year in Antibes.

After All Saints Day (1 November), the whole Riviera begins to wind down for the winter. Many of the main resorts and lots of the restaurants, bars and shops will be closed until Easter. However, there are still plenty of places that stay open and the weather is delightfully cool and sunny.  

The ideal time to visit Antibes is during the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn. The best months of the year are May and September, when the temperatures are perfect. Most of the rain falls in March/April and October/November, but these showers are brief and infrequent.