Antibes, home to the largest marina in Europe – Port Vauban, in terms of total yacht tonnage – is a picturesque yachting destination and the perfect place to start your French Riviera yacht charter. Originally a Greek trading outpost named Antipolis, Antibes is now one of the busiest yachting towns with good amenities, a well-serviced marina and plenty of attractions and sightseeing. 212 Yachts offer luxury yacht charter Antibes, or if you desire boat hire with or without a skipper or superyacht tender hire we can share our expert tips to make your Mediterranean yacht charter experience memorable.
Yachts for Rent in Antibes
212 Yachts have an extensive network of contacts within yachting so we can source the most current yachts for charter, offering our clients professional advice and up-to-date information. We believe it’s essential to match each and every client to their ideal yacht! We are happy to discuss your requirements whether you are seeking a crewed yacht charter in Antibes, a sailing vessel in Villefranche-sur-Mer or a day charter hire in Cannes.
Yacht Charter Antibes: The Top Things to Do During Your Charter
Antibes Old Town (Vieille Antibes) is reasonably small to explore so a day charter here is ideal if added onto a yacht charter from Cannes, St Tropez or Monaco.
There are a number of diverse museums including the Musée Peynet, Archaeology Museum, Musée de la Tour and Postcard Museum. The best known of Antibes’ museums is the Picasso Museum, located inside the restored Château Grimaldi that once belonged to the influential Grimaldi family who took royal posts in Cagnes, Monaco and Grasse.
The Picasso Museum is best reached by walking along the old remparts where you can get panoramic views of the town beach Plage de la Gravette, the superyachts berthed at the IYCA (International Yacht Club d’Antibes) quay at Port Vauban and 16th-century Fort Carré in the distance.
Antibes’ markets offer a glimpse into French life – the Marché Provençal at Cours Masséna is a lively market selling fruit, vegetables, flowers, cured meats, olives, herbs and hand-milled soaps; it is open daily except Mondays from September to May. Thursday sees the rue Lacan car park become a large clothing market, and also a small but interesting antiques / brocante market is hosted at place Audiberti on both Thursday and Saturday.
The district of Safranier at the western edge of Old Town has pretty cobblestoned streets with flower boxes, the ancient lavoir (wash house) and at number 8 Rue Bas-Castellet you’ll find the house that Nikos Kazantzakis, the author of ‘Zorba the Greek’ lived in. Don’t forget your camera on your yacht charter Antibes!
Suggested Restaurants and Bars in Antibes
Antibes has a good range of restaurants and bars if you’re seeking a meal or drink ashore. 212 Yachts can give suggestions for the latest bars to frequent, top restaurants or somewhere to relax with a quiet drink in the evening during your yacht charter Antibes.
Le Figuier de Saint-Espirit, located 5 minutes walk from Port Vauban, is hidden off the tourist path but worth finding. Awarded a Michelin star, Chef Christian Morisset focuses on precise cooking with immaculate presentation. They often have ‘2 meals for the price of 1’ promotions on their website; make a reservation for a table under the fig tree in the courtyard.
If you fancy a glass of wine try one of three distinctly different wine bars, all located within a few minutes from Port Vauban. Winebar, is the latest addition to Antibes nightlife and a chic bar with contemporary décor with highly knowledgeable bar staff. Café Brun is popular with a young crowd, has friendly staff and a funky décor with leather armchairs, bicycles suspended from the ceiling and great artwork. Ô6 Conceptstore Bar à Vins (6 rue des Palmiers) with vaulted stone interior and weekly live music is a good choice for an apéritif.
Le Carnet de Bord is a bistro-style restaurant where diners can choose from an inventive menu with specialties such as scallops with pumpkin, ginger and fennel or caramelised port fillet with girolle mushrooms and sweet potato. Ensure you reserve a table as the seating is limited.
La Tour Antique (4 rue de la Tourraque) situated a short distance from the remparts is ideal for a romantic meal. With less than 20 covers reservations are essential, as locals and tourists alike seek out this Italian restaurant. The menu is concise with 4 options for entrees, pasta, mains and desserts however you won’t regret dining there as the hospitable staff present quality food in a welcoming atmosphere.
For a relaxed ambiance, Pimm’s Bar on rue de la République is a fantastic place to sit with a pastis or chilled glass of rosé and watch the passerbys, and to sample the best patisseries head to Pâtisserie Cottard (8 boulevard Dugommier) or Aux Délices Antibois (12 rue de la République).
Yacht Charter Antibes: Shopping Opportunities
For yacht charter Antibes clients, the area has a diverse range of stores retailing everything from souvenirs to Marseillaise soaps to homewares and luxury accessories.
For gifts, head to rue Aubernon, rue Thuret, place Nationale and rue James Close where you’ll find shops with displays of jewellery, paintings, gadgets, children’s toys, homeware and fragranced body products.
For fashion, wander along rue Georges Clemenceau, rue de la République or the top of boulevard Wilson.
Food connoisseurs should stroll along rue Sade with it’s boutiques filled with gourmet food products and premium kitchenware. We recommend Fromagerie L’Etable (1 rue Sade) who are one of the French Riviera’s best cheese suppliers, Maison Bremond 1830 (4 rue Sade) stocks artisan vinegars and conserves, Amalthé (12 rue Sade) has beautiful tins of tea blends or stop into Oliviers & Co (13 rue Sade) for exceptional olive oil.
If you’re seeking an artwork or bespoke piece of jewellery, head along the streets near the Picasso Museum for the small galleries or rue des Bains.
Monoprix is Antibes’ answer to a department store; combined with a supermarket you’ll find it located at place de Gaulle, 10 minutes walk from the Antibes train station. Here you will find women’s, men’s and kids fashion, accessories and beauty.
After 7 years of yacht charter experience, 212 Yachts know the best locations to visit during your French Riviera motor or sailing yacht vacation. Our suggestions for other places to go when visiting on your yacht charter in Antibes:
Cap d’Antibes – The Cap d’Antibes headland west of Antibes is home to some of the French Riviera’s priciest real estate and spectacular views from the plateau of the Chappelle de la Garoupe.
Yachts anchor at Plage de Garoupe where there are a number of beach restaurants and a scenic coastal pathway weaves past the villas and rocky coves.
A popular spot for anchoring is the cove of Baie des Milliardaires and l’Argent Faux below the historic Villa Eilenroc, or day charters can stop off at the beautiful Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc for lunch at the Eden-Roc Restaurant or Eden-Roc Grill and Bar.
Juan les Pins – Home to the annual Jazz à Juan Jazz Festival, Juan les Pins was a playground for the rich and famous from the late 19th-century when socialites, writers and singers used to come there to party.
Today, it’s a busy summer resort with some of the French Riviera’s best examples of Belle Époque and Art Deco buildings, lively bars and a good range of toes-in-the-sand beach restaurants.
Close to Port Gallice, yacht charter Antibes clients can take a leisurely lunch at one-Michelin star restaurant Les Pêcheurs at the Relais & Châteaux Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel and don’t miss visiting the Hôtel Belles Rives for a cocktail F. Scott Fitzgerald would have been proud to sip on.
Lérins Islands – A good choice for a day charter, the Lérins Islands sit a short distance off the mainland and offers a relaxed pace from the resort towns. Île Saint-Honorat, is a pleasant island to visit with a medieval fortress, abbey and walking trails – you can even buy liqueurs and wine from the monks that live on the island! Île Sainte-Marguerite is famous for it’s prison cell where the Man in the Iron Mask was once kept and the maritime museum has a small collection of undersea and archaeological finds. Afterwards, book lunch or dinner at beach restaurant La Guérite, open seasonally our yacht charter clients enjoy dining waterside with marvellous views across the bay.
212 Yachts offers both small boat rental and luxury yachts to rent from all ports on the French Riviera. We hope you have enjoyed our recommendations for the best sightseeing, restaurants, bars and places to shop in Antibes! Please contact us today to discuss your next yacht charter Antibes, or a yacht charter elsewhere on the French Riviera.