Antibes or Antipolis, the Mediterranean resort in south eastern France, founded by Phocaeans in the 4th century as a trading post for the Greeks and Romans.
Antibes offers a 25km coast consisting of 48 beaches so lots of watersports opportunities, but what else.
The many museums, include archaeology from classic Roman and Greek periods and the Absinthe Museum set in ancient Roman foundations. Musee Picasso (closed Mondays) is within the stunning Chateau Grimaldi. Picasso stayed there in 1946 and left numerous pieces of art. The Galerie du Faune (open Mondays) is situated close to the Port and has sculptures and paintings.
Antibes has a marine biodiversity which you can experience, with a professional diving school. Some of the professional dive centres are open all year round. Don’t worry you can rent any gear and most cater from beginners up to instructor level.
Soccer Parc in the Avenue du Pylone, Biot, is open from 10am ‘til midnight with both internal and external pitches. Externally, filming can record that amazing goal, but will also record your misses! It’s perfect for ‘5 a side’ and if you don’t have a ball, they will lend one. The internal pitches include ‘Bubble football’! Soccer Parc has a bar area, TV screens and PS4 consoles to compete with others.
Delivered to your door and includes a map for a self-guided tour (extra to hire a lock or helmet). Antibes Electric Bike Rental is next to Radisson at the base of the pier.
If you would prefer an arranged tour there are many to choose including 35 arranged tours through What to do Riviera. An electric bike tour begins in the Old Town, continues around the coastal roads and up to La Garoupe. Booking closes 24 hours before the tour commences.
5. Sea Excursion
A 4 hour boat rentalincluding the Iles de Lerins, SUPs, snorkelling and, if you want, a treasure hunt. Most boat hire companies are now conscious about plastics so most do ensure all refreshments provided are environmentally friendly.
6. Dolphin & Whale Watching
‘Marineland’ has many animals but these are in captivity. Alternatively, charter a private yacht to the marine reserve and hopefully see a host of wildlife.
7. Iles de Lerins
This archipelago has to the north, Sainte-Marguerite, where there is the fort, the prison of the man in the iron mask and to the south Sainte-Honorat and its monastery. Visit these stunning buildings, have a meal in the restaurant and a relaxing swim from the beach.
8. Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d’Antibes
This walk starts behind the restaurant ‘Joseph’. It takes approximately 1.5 hours but closed if windy.
Wear walking shoes, not flip-flops, it’s rocky.
9. Kayaking & Canoeing
For a short paddle then go to the Plage de la Garoupe which is on the Cap d’Antibes. A longer hire of a kayak or paddleboard from any of the watersports operators in Antibes or Juan les Pins, will have you drifting along the coast, seeing the magnificent houses, stopping at idyllic coves or crossing to the Ilies de Lerins.
10. Cuisine Tour
A whole day wine tasting or a guided tour around the different locations to sample the local cuisine; freshly caught fish, ‘fruits de mer’, Mediterranean fruits and vegetables? ‘Riviera Food Tours’ (including Mondays) meet in the ‘Old Town’ a café in the Place du Gaulle for a walking tour, including the potent Absinthe.
If you’re looking for someone to do these activities with make sure to check out the Happy Crew App where you can find other crew and locals who share your hobbies and passions.