Thursday is the main market day of Antibes, it runs down both sides of Boulevard Albert Premier. You can find anything and everything there, from bikinis to shoes, kitchenware and carpets! On Saturday there is also a good antiques and bric-a-brac market, 7am-6pm and a clothes market at Place Amiral Barnaud, 8am-1pm. For treasure hunters and collectors of beautiful and unusual objects a visit to the Antibes antique and bric a brac market is recommended. All kinds of things are for sale: genuine curiosities, silverware, crockery, fur coats, paintings etc.
From 7am to 6pm. At place Audiberti, (Rue Aubenon) on Thursday and Saturday.
At place De Gaulle, on Saturday.
Night markets (craft, art, fashion and jewellery.) In July and August from 7pm at the Pré-des-Pêcheurs
The Nomade was installed in 2007 and depicts the figure of a person looking out to sea. The sculpture was designed by Barcelona artist Juame Plensa. It squats Eight metres high on the terrace of the Bastion St-Jaume, the site of a Roman temple, a 17th-century fortified tower and, until 1985, a shipyard. When you get close you’ll notice that the figure is made up totally of letters made of aluminium the sculpture is open on one side, so you can walk inside. The best time to see it is after dark or at sunset when it is illuminated. From up here you’ll have a great view of the biggest super yachts moored along the Quai des Milliardaires.
Port Vauban can house 1700 boats. It really is massive, the biggest yacht harbour in Europe. You can spend an hour walking round, admiring the super yachts, it is surely the most stunning concentration of wealth on the planet. But there are also more modest boats of all shapes and sizes. Where oligarchs’ superyachts are now moored there has been a harbour since the before the Romans.
The marina has Fort Carre as a backdrop and the snow- topped mountains behind.
The ‘town’ beach is La Gravette, near the yacht marina through the arch of the Ramparts and to the right. It is a pleasant little protected beach, good for families with kids. It has freshwater showers on the beach and a couple of snack bars and public toilets.
La Ponteil beach is a short walk in the opposite direction, to the west, also a free beach apart from the Royal private beach where you pay for a sun lounger and umbrella for the day and can book a nice lunch, http://www.hotelroyal-antibes.com/en/royal-beach.
Further to the west you come to Salis Beach. Make for Chez Josy, a food stand which sells the best freshly made pan bagnats (basically a Salad Nicoise in a bun bathed in olive oil). There is some parking along the street and a public parking lot behind the beach. Parking is free from September 16 to June 14. The beach is also at a bus stop for the No 14 bus that connects the coast with the Antibes train station.
The chic beach of La Garoupe on Cap d’Antibes is dominated by the renowned private beach Plage Keller and its restaurant Le Cesar, https://www.restaurant-plage-cesar-antibes.fr/ . More affordable restaurants are La Joliette and Le Rocher and there lies a public beach where lounge chairs and umbrellas are for rent from mid-June through September. A free portion is reserved for those who simply wish to sprawl out on their own towel. By bus, take line 2 which runs from Antibes.
For a change, walk over to Juan-les-Pins and choose from one of the many private beaches there for the day (in high season it’s advisable to book in advance). More of a party atmosphere. The Yolo is a nice choice http://yolo-plage.fr/crbst_2.html
The Antibes Old Town skyline is dominated by the picturesque Château Grimaldi. Originally the stronghold of the Grimaldi family today it houses the Musée Picasso, a delightful museum with a small, but important collection of paintings, ceramics and drawings. Picasso himself lived here for 6 months in 1946, donating the drawings and paintings he produced to the town of Antibes. There are also sculptures by Joan Miró and Germaine Richier, and paintings by Nicolas de Staël. One of the highlights is the amazing ocean view you discover after stepping out onto the roof terrace.
The museum is open every day except on Monday and the 1st January 1st May, 1st November, 25thDecember. September 16th – June 14th: 10:00 – 13:00 / 14:00 -18:00
June 15th – September 15th: 10:00 – 18:00
Ticket office closes at 12:30 and 17:30
This market is the heart of the old town, it has a wonderful assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, olives, flowers, herbs & spices and Provencal specialties. The stalls of the professional traders run down the outer sides, while down the middle the people with smallholdings and local organic gardens set up their stands. It’s a riot of colour and smells and the perfect place to buy fabulously fresh produce to cook inspired meals back at your apartment. In the afternoon and evening it is the turn of the crafts market. You’ll find painters and ceramicists, sculptures and wood turners displaying their wares. The restaurants on either side also set up their tables there for the evening trade.
Opening hours 6am -1pm every morning (except Mondays from 1st September to 31st May).Crafts market- Mid-June to September, daily except Mondays from 3 p.m. to midnight. October to mid-June Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m.