Where Café Culture Is An Art Form

Café Society

Antibes is one big pavement café. Sip frozen espresso in Café Marius. Dirty martinis in Le Pimm's. Or follow your steward to underground drinking den L'Absinthe Bar. This café society is encircled by city walls that were built to keep foreigners out. Epic fail! These elegant ramparts only attracted artists like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. While F Scott Fitzgerald, flush with success from The Great Gatsby, chugged rosé in yet another café. 

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Picasso's Legacy

In 1946 Picasso moved into the Chateau Grimaldi, the ancient castle that crowns Antibes. As post-war resources were scarce, Picasso painted on plates, crates and on the crumbling castle walls. The chateau is now the world-class Musée Picasso. Come face-to-face with the legend on your personal museum tour. Look out for his finest work, Joie De Vivre. It captures a Cap d’Antibes montage of nymphs, waves, boobs, beach and a sailing yacht - scenes still visible a ten-minute sail away.

Culture. Nature. Nightlife.

Stroll through old Antibes to your yacht in Marina Port Vauban. The harbour has welcomed foreign-flagged vessels since Roman times. Now it’s Europe’s largest pleasure port - bar none. However, Antibes’ folk view the world’s grandest yachts with indifference. They’d rather drink pastis and play chess in an old town square. 

Explore The Cap And Beyond

On the sandy shoreline near Antibes sits Juan-les-Pins. The resort boasts a 100-year history of indulgence. Water-skiing was invented offshore. Learn the sport with your watersports crew. Or go large with an eFoil and kneeboard. Like a petite version of St Tropez, Juan-les-Pins still buzzes with boutiques and bars, while its nightclubs rock until dawn.

A Cultural Entrepot

In the hills behind Antibes, St-Paul-de-Vence is a cultural entrepot. The scene started at village restaurant La Colombe d’Or. Here penniless painters like Matisse and Raoul Dufy traded their canvases for pichets of wine. St-Paul’s winding streets now house 100 art galleries. One of Europe’s greatest private art museums, the Fondation Maeght, lies in the Tuscan-step hinterland beyond. To witness the Technicolor majesty of Marc Chagall and Wassily Kandinsky step (or bike, drive, chopper or ride) this way.