A pearl of the Cote D’Azur
Cap d’Antibes is a small jewel surrounded by a crystal clear sea, a promontory that fascinates with its lush vegetation and its breathtaking views.
The historic center of Antibes, characterized by its narrow alleys, pastel-colored houses and flowery balconies, contains many treasures by the sea. The Palazzo Grimaldi, which houses the Picasso Museum and the works created by the famous artist in Antibes in the 20th century, the Peynet museum, dedicated to the French illustrator who lived in the town for a long period and who became famous in 1942 for inventing the famous “Les Amoureux” and the characteristic and animated Marché Provençal, an indoor market with many stalls displaying typical products of the area and that in the summer you can find it every morning.
Between Antibes and Juan-les-Pins lies the famous promontory of Cap d’Antibes.
The region is also famous today for its botanical parks and historic buildings. This lush peninsula is home of many sumptuous villas and some of the most exclusive hotels in the world surrounded by beautiful parks. A must see stop at the Thuret Garden: in 1857 Gustave Thuret discovers the Cap d’Antibes, has a villa built there and begins the construction of a fabulous park, one of the first acclimatization gardens on the French Riviera. Today it boasts an exceptional collection of exotic trees and shrubs.
Since many wealthy American artists and personalities arrived in the 1920s, Cape d’Antibes has been one of the most famous holiday resorts on the coast: it is here that Scott Fitzgerald set part of his novel “Tender is the night” during his stay.
At the highest point of the peninsula is the chapel of La Garoupe which contains a collection of hundreds of fishermen’s ex-votos and a 14th century Russian icon. From here, moreover, you can admire a magnificent view over the entire Baie des Anges.