Nestled snugly against the golden shores and electric blue waters of the French Riviera, Antibes offers enough to satisfy the needs of the most world-weary and well-travelled holidaymaker. If old-world charms and the ever-enticing Mediterranean climate were not enough to draw you in then there’s also the much-celebrated culture and – considering the region’s popularity – surprisingly unspoiled heritage.
So for this installment of our ’101 places to go’ feature we’re going to focus on beautiful Antibes. There’s plenty to recommend, so if we miss something vital, be sure to correct us in the comments section!
• While Antibes is no stranger to visitors (it was founded as a Greek colony before the Romans claimed it years later) its most famous former resident is undoubtedly one of the most renowned: a certain Pablo Picasso. The Château Grimaldi is not only one of the region’s finest historical attractions but, since the artist was in residence for several months, it’s also one of the French Riviera’s most popular cultural attractions. Now housing a fantastic Picasso collection, visitors will also be able to feast their eyes on fantastic views of the town while admiring the majestic Alps in the background.
• The spectacular scenery and climate of Antibes has obviously played some part in inspiring artists over the years, but we’re also sure our next suggestion played its own unique part. Absinthe is renowned as the drink of choice for inspiring artists and writers over the years and Antibes Absinthe Museum is one of the best places to learn about its history, whilst tasting a variety of samples. More of a bar than a traditional museum it’s recommended for grown-ups and fans of silly hats (you’ll see!). You’ll find it on 25 Cours Masséna.
• Any self-catering holiday to France worth its salt (no pun intended) will feature food in no small part and, thankfully, Antibes is no exception. Along with typical French cuisine there are a wealth of fantastic seafood restaurants and eateries, offering spectacular seafront views to complement their gastronomic goodness. There’s also a regular market if you fancy stocking up on local supplies!
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