11 best things to do in Antibes in the South of France

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A charming town located on the iconic French Riviera, Antibes draws visitors in to see its beautiful beaches, rich history, and vibrant culture.

Nestled between Cannes and Nice on France’s southern coast, Antibes has become a go-to location for travellers from all over the globe. It also happens to be my personal favourite day trip from Nice.

The French Riviera is known for its exuberant opulence – think mansions, yachts and sports cars – but I love that Antibes is much more understated, despite still erring on the side of luxury.

You can still see the luxury superyachts at Port Vauban, but I also urge you to delve into the town’s rich past with the many museums, art galleries and historical landmarks.

Wrapped up in this list are my own experiences of exploring Antibes on the French Riviera, plus some great recommendations from locals.

From markets and museums to beaches and boats, discover my pick of the best things to do in Antibes.

Author Bio: Jessie Moore

Jessie Moore is a luxury travel expert with years of experience travelling the world to find the best destinations, hotels and adventures.

1. Wander the old town

As I wandered through the old town of Antibes, I felt as though I’d been transported back in time.

The winding cobblestone streets and historic buildings are a testament to the town’s rich history. So I’d really recommend taking the time to soak up the charm of the place. 

The bustling outdoor market, Marché Provençal, is a must-visit when meandering through the historic old town. Here, I found fresh produce, flowers, spices, and more nods to the vibrant culture of Antibes. 

Take a stroll along the ramparts that surround the old town for unparalleled views of the crystal-clear sea and the town. You’ll also get a greater sense of the town’s defensive history and its importance.

The old town is host to a stunning cathedral dating back to the 5th century, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de la Platea.

Listed and protected as a historic monument, the cathedral is a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture. 

Good to know: Don’t just stick to the busy streets. I’d recommend veering off to explore some of the quaint back streets; I found so many hidden gems this way.

2. Visit the Picasso Museum

Opening times: 

  • Mid-September until mid-June: daily 10:00 – 13:00; 14:00 – 18:00
  • Mid-June until mid-September: daily 10:00 – 18:00


  • Adults: €8
  • Children: Free

Top tour to book: Antibes: Picasso Museum Drawing Tour Led by Local Artist

Art-fanatics, take note! The Picasso Museum in Antibes is unsurprisingly dedicated to the works of the infamous artist Pablo Picasso. He lived and worked in Antibes for a period of time.

The museum is located in the Château Grimaldi, a beautiful 14th-century castle overlooking the azure Mediterranean Sea.

Walking through the museum, you’ll find a wide range of Picasso’s works. They range from world-famous pieces to lesser-known gems, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics.

Picasso Museum ©Mairie D'Antibes Juan-Les-Pins, Service Communication - F Trotobas

The museum has an impressive collection of over 250 works of art, providing a comprehensive overview of Picasso’s artistic career.

I think that one of the real highlights of the museum is the collection of Picasso’s colourful and intricate ceramics.

The museum also houses a number of temporary exhibitions throughout the year, which showcase the works of other incredible artists. 

Whether you’re an art lover or simply looking for a unique cultural experience for your trip, the Picasso Museum is one of the best things to see in Antibes.

Good to know: As well as the world-class artwork, the museum is also home to a beautiful and peaceful garden oasis to relax in.

3. Follow the Picasso Trail

If you’re an art enthusiast on your travels, I know you’ll love following the Picasso Trail. The scenic trail will take you to some of the places where he lived, worked, and found inspiration across the city.

Start your journey at the Picasso Museum, located in the iconic Château Grimaldi.

After visiting the museum and soaking up the world-class artwork, take a stroll through the old town and keep an eye out for the street signs that bear Picasso’s name.

These signs mark the spots where he painted some of his most famous and loved works, such as “La Joie de Vivre” and “La Danse des Faunes.”

Next, head to the Musée Peynet et du Dessin Humoristique. It’s home to a collection of drawings and cartoons by Raymond Peynet.

While Peynet was not a contemporary of Picasso, he did capture the spirit of Antibes in his works, and I do think his museum is worth a visit.

Finally, end your journey at the Place Nationale, where you’ll find a statue of Picasso.

This statue was created by Nicolas Lavarenne and depicts Picasso in a contemplative pose. It’s as if he’s still searching for inspiration in the city that provided him with so much.

4. Shop the markets and artisan stores

Antibes is a shopper’s paradise with its bustling markets and quaint artisan stores which I absolutely adored visiting.

From fresh produce and delicious chocolate to handmade crafts, jewellery and ceramics, you’re sure to find something that catches your eye.  

Bustling Antibes

Located in the heart of Antibes’ historic old town, Marché Provençal is a must-visit market for foodies – which is probably why I enjoyed it so much!

Here, you’ll find a wide range of fresh produce, including fruits, vegetables, and fragrant flowers. The market is open every day except Monday.

Rue Sade is a pedestrian street in the town lined with boutique shops selling handmade crafts, jewellery, and clothing.

I love that you can see the shop owners honing their crafts right in front of you, whether it’s painting a canvas or moulding ceramics. 

Other top spots I’d recommend visiting include:

  • La Maison Auer for sweet treats such as chocolates, candied fruits, and nougat
  • Le Comptoir des Arts for beautiful handmade ceramics, pottery, and glassware. 

Good to know: The markets and artisan stores in Antibes can be a great place to pick up souvenirs for your loved ones back home. Or something to remember your trip by.

5. Head to the beach

One of the best things to do in Antibes is to head to the beach. With its stunning Côte d’Azur coastline, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the perfect spot to soak up the sun and take a refreshing dip in the sea.

One of the most popular beaches in Antibes is Plage de la Salis. I find that the soft sand and crystal-clear waters make it the perfect place to unwind and relax.

Antibes Beach

If you’re feeling more active and want to be on the water, I’d recommend renting a paddleboard or kayak and exploring the coastline.

For a more secluded experience, I’d suggest heading to Plage de la Garoupe. This hidden gem is tucked away between two rocky outcrops and offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

I think it’s the perfect spot for a peaceful day at the beach without the crowds.

Good to know: If you’re looking for something a little livelier, head to Juan-les-Pins Beach. This bustling stretch of sand is lined with bars and restaurants. It’s a dreamy spot for a day of sun, sea, and socialising.

6. Head to the beautiful Cap d’Antibes

I don’t think a trip to Antibes would be complete without visiting the stunning Cap d’Antibes. This beautiful peninsula is located on the western side of Antibes and is a haven for nature lovers.

Cap d’Antibes is well-known for its marvellous views of the Mediterranean Sea, its picture-perfect beaches, and abundant greenery surrounding the area.

Home to some of the most luxurious villas and hotels in the entire region, this is a popular destination for travellers who like to add a touch of luxury to their trip.

The gorgeous peninsula of Cap d’Antibes offers several beautiful white sand beaches, including Plage de la Garoupe and Plage de la Salis.

Cap d'Antibes

These beaches boast crystal-clear waters and stunning views of the coastline, making them the perfect place to spend a day in the sun on the French Riviera.

Cap d’Antibes is also home to several nature trails that wind through the peninsula’s flourishing greenery.

These trails offer splendid views of the water and I think that they’re a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the area’s natural beauty.

Another one of the best things to do in Antibes is to visit the Villa Eilenroc for unmatched views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Located on the western side of Cap d’Antibes, the villa is open to the public and offers guided tours of its beautiful gardens and ornate interior.

Good to know: The lighthouse at Cap d’Antibes is one of the most iconic landmarks in the area. Here, I’d recommend climbing to the top of the lighthouse for panoramic views of the coastline and Antibes.

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7. See the yachts at Port Vauban

When you’re in Antibes, you simply can’t miss visiting the Mediterranean’s largest marina, Port Vauban. It’s a paradise for yacht enthusiasts and a great place to see some of the world’s most luxurious yachts.

The marina is home to the Yacht Club d’Antibes and has over 1500 berths, meaning it’s always buzzing with activity.

Yacht Antibes

You’ll see yachts of all shapes and sizes, from sleek racing boats to enormous superyachts. I think it’s a great place for avid people watchers and to admire the beautiful boats.

If you’re lucky, you might glimpse some famous faces. Many celebrities and wealthy individuals dock their yachts here, so keep your eyes peeled for any familiar faces.

In addition to the yachts, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes where you can grab a bite to eat or a drink.

You can also take a stroll along the promenade and enjoy the stunning views of the sea and the surrounding hills.

Good to know: If you’re interested in learning more about the history of the marina, I recommend taking a trip to the Musée Naval et Napoléonien, which is located nearby.

The museum has a collection of maritime artefacts and exhibits on the history of Antibes.

8. Explore Fort Carré

Opening times: 

  • Mid-June until mid-September: 10:00 – 18:00
  • Mid-September until mid-June: 10:00 – 17:00


  • Adults: €3
  • Children: Free

If you want to dive deeper into the town’s rich history, I think Fort Carré is a must-visit.

This impressive fortress was built in the 16th century – its construction was ordered by King Henry II – and has played an important role in the defence of the town for centuries.

Fort Carre

As you approach the fort, you’ll be struck by its imposing walls and distinct star-shaped composition.

Once inside, you’ll be able to explore the various rooms and corridors, including the chapel, gunpowder room, and barracks.

There are also plenty of information panels dotted around the fort, giving you an insight into its fascinating history.

One of the highlights of a visit to Fort Carré is the climb to the top of the ramparts. From here, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Antibes and the surrounding countryside.

It’s a great spot for taking photos, so I recommend bringing your camera!

Fort Carre and Port Vauban

Good to know: Fort Carré offers guided tours where you can reap the benefits of chatting to an experienced guide.

If you’re visiting with children, there are typically several activities that they can get involved in.

9. Get panoramic views at Garoupe Lighthouse

If you’re seeking panoramic views of Antibes and the French Riviera coastline, then I’d recommend a visit to Garoupe Lighthouse.

Located on the highest point of Cap d’Antibes – around 75 metres high – this lighthouse offers unique views of the Mediterranean Sea and the town.

To get to the lighthouse, you can either take the stairs or the road. The stairs are quite steep and may be challenging for some, but if you are able to reach the top, the views are worth it.

If you prefer to take the road, there is a car park at the top where you can park your car.

Once you reach the top, you’ll be welcomed with incredible views of the sea and the coastline; on a clear day, you can see all the way to Nice and Cannes! 

Good to know: If you’re feeling adventurous, I’d recommend taking a hike along the coastal path. The path starts at the lighthouse and takes you along the cliffs, offering even more gorgeous views out to sea.

10. Visit Musée Peynet

Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 – 12:30; 14:00 – 18:00

Prices: Adults: €3

If you’re a fan of romantic art, the Musée Peynet is a must-visit attraction in Antibes.

This museum is dedicated to the works of the French artist Raymond Peynet, who is best known for his illustrations featuring a couple named “Les Amoureux” (The Lovers).

As you enter the museum, you’ll be greeted by a collection of over 500 original lithographs, etchings, gouaches, Indian ink drawings, china dolls and newspaper cartoons by Peynet.

The museum also features temporary exhibitions that showcase the works of other artists, in particular cartoonists such as Plantu, Dubout and Chenez. 

Good to know: The museum isn’t just for lovers; it showcases many of the humoristic pieces Peynet created too. 

11. Go to the Jazz à Juan Jazz festival in July

Top tour to book: Antibes: 2-Way Little Train of Antibes Tour to Juan-les-Pins

If you’re a jazz fan, I’d definitely recommend checking out the famous Jazz à Juan Jazz Festival in July.

This annual and highly anticipated festival takes place in the beautiful seaside town of Juan-les-Pins, just a short distance from Antibes.

Jazz a Juan

The festival attracts some of the biggest names in jazz, and the atmosphere is always electric.

You’ll be able to enjoy performances from both established jazz artists and up-and-coming talent, so there’s something for everyone to embrace.

In addition to the music, there are also plenty of food and drink stalls to keep you fed and watered throughout the day.

And if you’re lucky, you might even spot a celebrity or two in the crowd!

Let me know if you have any questions on visiting Antibes in the comments, or get in touch on social media!

Looking for more French Riviera inspiration? Check out my pick of the top day trips from Nice, or read my guide to the best hotels in Antibes

Or discover my guides to nearby towns like Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint Paul de Vence.

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Jessie Moore
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Jessie is a luxury travel expert with years of experience travelling the world to find the best destinations, hotels and adventures.

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