Villas on the Cap d'Antibes have the best of both bays, with Cannes' twin bays to the southwest and the Baie des Anges to the northeast. The city of Antibes itself is a historic gem, with lovely walks and pleasant views amid a jumble of architectural styles. Accommodation in Cap d'Antibes is convenient for water-based activities on the coast as well as hiking, biking and skiing in the Alpes-Maritimes.
Cap d'Antibes villas typically come with fully fitted kitchens with washer/dryers and dishwashers, as well as air-conditioning, DVD players and satellite TV. The majority of holiday rentals in Cap d'Antibes are also family friendly, offering little luxuries like BBQ areas and private pools. Priced from just £303 per week, they represent excellent value for money in this most exclusive of areas.
Outdoor pursuits: Cap d'Antibes self caterings make the perfect base for scuba diving adventures, with several interesting year-round sites lying between between Antibes and Cannes in Golfe-Juan, which boasts a further selection of luxury holiday homes. Additionally, there are all the usual beach activity outlets for boating, fishing, sailing, surfing and skiing.
Beaches: Unlike the beaches at Cannes just down the coast, the sand on the beaches around Antibes and Juan-les-Pins occurs naturally, including the one right by the Old Town, the Plage de la Gravette. Guests have 15 miles of coastline and 48 sandy beaches to choose from, many with Blue Flag status.
Food and drink: Standard French fare meets Mediterranean seafood is the overriding restaurant vibe, but there are plenty of choices in cuisine, with Indian and Asian among the selection. Guests are never far from a café or bar, many with spectacular views. While there are many places to drink, however, one not to miss is the Absinthe Bar La Balade.
Shopping: The covered market near the harbour, the Marche Provencal, provides fresh produce every morning except Monday, which supplements the many health food stores in the town. Nearby Juan-les-Pins has a wide selection of boutique clothing shops, and local art can be found for sale in the Antibes Old Town galleries.
Culture: Picasso lived in the town, so the Museum dedicated to his life and hosting 245 of his works is definitely worth a visit. As for architecture, the pristine 16th-century Fort Carre dominates Antibes' harbour and is open to the public most afternoons, via guided tours only. The Jazz Festival in adjacent Juan-les-Pins is normally held every July and attracts the biggest names in the genre.
Antibes' Mediterranean climate consists of long, hot summers and short, mild winters. Even at its hottest, though, the temperatures rarely climb above the high-20s/low-30s. Most of the rain is concentrated in the Autumn, but the subtropical influence means the rain typically falls in bursts rather than persistent drizzle. Winters rarely get chilly, with snow or sleet maybe once a decade.
The major hub of Nice Cote d'Azur Airport is only 11 miles away from Antibes. Guests can take a convenient bus, taxi, or hire their own car, and Nice Airport caters to every major airline. Driving from the UK to Antibes is quite doable, too, taking only a couple of days behind the wheel. If trains are preferred, Nice can be reached from Paris in around six hours using the TGV high-speed link."