Set on the coast between Nice and Cannes, the picturesque town of Antibes has long been a favourite with artists and visitors alike. The old part of the town is surrounded by 16th-century ramparts overlooking the Mediterranean while the town’s state-of-the-art Port Vauban marina is home to a dazzling array of superyachts throughout the summer season.
The plage de la Salis separates Antibes from the exclusive Cap d’Antibes, a secluded peninsula stretching out into the Mediterranean sea. One of the French Riviera’s most prestigious addresses, the Cap d’Antibes offers a welcome escape from the crowds with over six kilometres of rocky coastline hidden away behind stretches of ancient olive trees and Aleppo pines.
Further round the headland you’ll find Juan-les-Pins, a delightful coastal town with 23km of diverse coastline, ranging from soft sandy beaches to hidden coves. Best known for its legendary jazz festival which is held in the town’s beautiful pine grove each summer, the streets of Juan-les-Pins are lined with boutiques and restaurants including La Passagère, which was a favourite of both F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemmingway.
Set on the coast between Nice and Juan-les-Pins, Antibes enjoys some of the most spectacular views on the French Riviera. Just a short drive away from Nice International Airport and the Italian border, the nearby Cannes Mandelieu airport also offers helicopter transfers to the ski stations of the Southern Alps during the winter season.
Easily accessible by plane, train or yacht, Antibes’ ideal location between the mountains and the Mediterranean means that this is the perfect area for those in search of a second home or a buy-to-let property on the French Riviera.
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Discovered by the British and Russian aristocracy during the 19th century, Antibes has long been a favourite destination for visitors to the Riviera thanks to its rugged beauty and glorious Mediterranean climate. During the summer months, the resort's sandy beaches and crystal clear waters offer a welcome escape from the crowds while St Tropez and Monaco are just a short drive along the coast if you want to spend the day shopping or soaking up the sunshine at one of the exclusive private beach clubs.
With an estimated 300 days of sunshine during the year, Antibes has a full range of year-round leisure activities available including sailing, hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, pony trekking and more with several world-renowned golf courses just a short distance away in the hills around Cannes. For those in search of fresh powder, the ski stations of the Southern Alps are within easy reach by car or helicopter with bluebird days pretty much guaranteed throughout the winter season.
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“Refreshingly authentic, Antibes offers residents an exceptional quality of life thanks to its coastal location and close proximity to two international airports, a wealth of first-class dining and shopping spots plus some of the Riviera’s best international schools.”
Julie Giraudeau, Destination Adviser, South of France
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Our local property experts have scoured the property market to find the best properties and projects for sale in Antibes, each carefully chosen for its investment potential, lifestyle appeal and easy access.
Ideally located on the Franco-Italian border, Antibes is an excellent choice for European buyers or those looking for investment opportunities in the Mediterranean region. With real estate on the French Riviera always in demand, properties currently available in Antibes and the surrounding area include estates overlooking the Mediterranean, traditional stone houses, ultra-modern architect-designed villas, penthouse apartments, new builds and more. Many properties come with amenities such as pools, jacuzzis, tennis courts and private beach access while there are also opportunities to purchase a property in need of renovation in order to create a bespoke home for your family.
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With 20 years of experience of the French Riviera, it's safe to say we know all of the resorts like the back of our hand.
What makes each one unique, what each one is best for, worst for, and why each project is a wise investment (or not).
Below you can find key details about Antibes as a resort so you can better understand the pros and cons before you visit.
- With over 360 days of sunshine per year, the Antibes area is known for its blue skies and mild Mediterranean climate.
- Just 20 minutes away from Nice International Airport, Antibes is easily accessible for weekends away or family time in the sunshine
- Antibes is ideally located for exploring the rest of the French Riviera with Cannes, Monaco and St Tropez just a short drive or helicopter ride away
- Blessed with some of the best beaches in the world, make the most of the Riviera’s mild climate as you sunbathe or swim in sheltered coves on a year-round basis
- Enjoy a front-row seat for the best of the Riviera’s social and sporting events from the Cannes film festival to the Monaco yacht show.
- Antibes and the surrounding areas offer a fantastic selection of places to eat out - ranging from Michelin-starred restaurants to local bistros
- With a daily market plus a great selection of boutiques selling regional specialities, Antibes is a shopper’s paradise
- While the area gets busy during the summer season, escape the crowds by heading up into the mountains or over the border to Italy for a change of pace
- One of the most select areas on the French Riviera, property in Antibes, Juan-les-Pins and Cap d’Antibes has exceptionally strong resale and rental potential.
What make Antibes a good destination?
A lively little beach resort with over 20 km of coastline, Antibes is as charming as it is pretty. Once home to Pablo Picasso, these days the town is better known for its spectacular superyacht port which is Europe’s leading marina and has over 1500 yacht berths spread over 3 separate sectors.
Dating back to the 16th century, the narrow streets of Antibes’ old town are filled with treasures to explore including the iconic Absinthe bar, a covered Provençal market and a collection of boutiques and art galleries. The Promenade Amiral de Grasse winds round the town’s ramparts offering panoramic views of the harbour and the giant ‘Le Nomade’ sculpture which sits outside the Bastion Saint-Jaume.
Hidden away in the centre of Antibes is the tiny free commune of Safranier. Created by a handful of artists in the 1960s, the commune is based in the Place du Safranier and has its own town hall, mayor and busy social calendar helping members to celebrate life in the old town of Antibes.
Founded on the site of a former Greek port, Antibes has several historical landmarks including the star-shaped Fort Carré which is built on a rock 26m above sea level at the entrance to the town. The first Picasso museum in France, the Chateau Grimaldi sits on the edge of the old town and has a permanent display of the Spanish artist’s locally-drawn paintings and sculptures.
A paradise for foodies, Antibes has a fantastic selection of restaurants with everything from local seafood specialities to Italian cuisine, Asian fusion and, of course, La Ferme au Foie Gras’ infamous gourmet sandwiches for a lunchtime treat. Antibes also has a thriving nightlife with pubs, bars, beachfront cafés and nightclubs to keep the party going all night long.
What is Cap d'Antibes like?
Separated from Antibes by the plage de la Salis, beautiful Cap d’Antibes offers an escape from the busy Riviera resorts. Although the resort may be small, there are plenty of places to eat out from the Restaurant de Bacon which serves the finest bouillabaisse on the Cap, to the delicious artisan gelatos at the Pavillion Beach restaurant. It is in this sought-after area that you’ll find Eden Garoupe.
Perched over the Mediterranean, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is the quintessential Cap d’Antibes’ hangout with its rooftop lounge, tennis courts, spa and legendary infinity pool carved into the rocks. Just down the road is the Villa Eilenroc, a Belle Epoque mansion surrounded by parklands with a gorgeous rose garden in the centre of the property.
If you fancy stretching your legs, check out the Chemin des Contrebandiers or Smugglers Path hike. Starting from the Chemin de la Garoupe, the Chemin des Contrebandiers winds its way around the peninsula to the stunning Anse de l’Argent Faux beach, known locally as ‘Billionaires Bay’ which is only accessible by boat or via a narrow pathway leading down from the headland.
When it comes to relaxation, Cap d’Antibes has some of the most beautiful beaches on the French Riviera. Head to the plage de la Salis to take a dip in the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean, top up your tan on the plage du Bacon with its gorgeous views of the Antibes old town or have lunch at one of the seafront restaurants on plage de la Garoupe, this is beach living at its very finest.
What is Juan-les-Pins like?
Follow the curve of the headland from Cap d’Antibes and you will find Juan-les-Pins, a small resort with a big reputation for glamour. Perhaps best known for its international jazz festival, Jazz à Juan, Juan les Pins also has a vibrant party scene with dozens of bars, clubs and discos where big-name DJs light up the dance floor throughout the summer.
If you like a flutter, Juan les Pins has a large casino set just off the beach. Open til 3am, the Eden Beach casino has all the latest slot machines plus l'Entracte, a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine amongst the Roulette and Black Jack tables.
For a more relaxing experience, head along the seafront to the Hotel Belles Rives, once a favourite haunt of F Scott Fitzgerald and home to both the Fitzgerald bar and the renowned La Passagère restaurant.
Why is a property in the Antibes area a good investment?
With strong international demand for property in the Antibes area, it’s safe to say that buying here is a sound long-term investment. Located on the Franco-Italian border with easy access to the Nice International Airport, Antibes also has a railway station with a direct TGV link to Paris and Marseille. A highly sought-after location for both tourists and remote workers who are looking to leave cities like Paris behind, properties in the Antibes area offer excellent rental potential thanks to their close proximity to the Riviera’s beaches and resorts. It’s also worth noting that Antibes is a year-round destination for seasonal rentals thanks to the mild climate and winter sunshine.
What’s life like in the Antibes area?
A pretty little town with a thriving cultural and social scene, Antibes is so much more than a seaside resort. Blessed with a fantastic location, great weather and easy access to the very best the Riviera has to offer, by purchasing a property here, you’re not just buying a home, you’re also buying a lifestyle.
Foodies will be in for a treat as the Antibes area has a fantastic restaurant scene with dozens of restaurants offering endless dining options. With everything from Michelin-starred gourmet restaurants in Cap d’Antibes and Juan-les-Pins to the casual dining options in the old town of Antibes, you’ll love eating out while you’re in town.
The daily market in Antibes is the perfect place to do your shopping thanks to the great selection of fresh produce on offer. Grown throughout the region, the market sells lots of local treats including tasty Corsican charcuterie, locally-grown fruit and vegetables, artisanal cheeses and wine amongst other delights.
If you’re looking to shop until you drop, Antibes has a lovely selection of independent boutiques selling the latest fashions, jewellery, and home goods, while just down the road in Cannes you’ll find all the big designer names and luxury boutiques lining the Croisette and the Rue d'Antibes.
When it comes to culture, Antibes has more than its fair share with several museums and art galleries to explore in the old town plus a Picasso trail which allows you to follow in the footsteps of the artist himself. Nearby Juan-les-Pins plays host to one of the best jazz festivals around each summer and there are theatre, comedy and music events on the town’s social calendar throughout the year.
With lots of sports and leisure activities on offer, you’ll have no need to hit the gym while you’re in town. Head down to the beach to enjoy an early morning yoga session or jog along the seafront from the Cap d’Antibes to Juan-les-Pins. Get out onto the water with a SUP or kayak or make your way around the peninsula to the stunning plage de la Garoupe for an afternoon swim, the Riviera will be your own private playground
If you’re planning on moving your family to the Antibes area for part or all of the year, you’ll be pleased to hear that the French Riviera is home to several excellent international schools with the CIV in Valbonne and the Mougins School just 20 minutes drive from Antibes. There are also several bilingual primary and secondary schools with British or American accreditation up the coast in Nice and Monaco.
What can you do in the Antibes area during the winter?
guaranteed, Antibes is definitely a year-round resort. Although the summer season officially comes to an end in August, the Riviera’s balmy climate means you can enjoy activities such as water sports, wild swimming and beach yoga long after the tourists have gone home.
Head to the hills behind Grasse to go hiking, pony trekking and mountain biking or take a trip down the coast to nearby Roquebrune to spend the day discovering activities such as canyoning, via ferrata or paragliding, all set against a glorious backdrop of blue skies and winter sunshine.
For those in search of snow sports, Antibes is just a short drive or helicopter flight away from the Southern Alps with its sun-drenched ski resorts overlooking the Mediterranean. Spend a few days skiing or snowboarding, take a spin on an outdoor skating rink or simply enjoy some après-ski fun on the terrace of an Alpine restaurant, the choice is yours.
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