Antibes offers winding cobbled streets and traditional buildings, with a picturesque old town that will fulfill your curiosity for hours on end. Home to Europe’s largest marina, Port Vauban, there is no better way to see this place than on a luxury boat! Here are some of the top destinations you could visit when starting your boat rental here.
Vieille Ville – Antibes Old Town
By far the most famous area, Antibes’ old town is steeped in history and culture. Wander through the quaint little streets, exploring the boutiques, patisseries and fromageries as you go. Art-lovers are drawn to the Picasso Museum, housed in 14th Century Château Grimaldi. Visit here for an exclusive collection of Picasso’s work, left to the museum in exchange for his 6 month stay in the castle! Even if art isn’t your thing, come here to see the magnificent seascapes at the top of the tower. Take a trip to the Marché Provençal and spend some time exploring the local delicacies of lavender, savon de Marseille and herbes de Provence. They have an impressive range of spices and flowers here that form a sea of colour. Pick up a few pastries or a baguette from one of the bakeries and head on down to Port Vauban, there’s plenty more to explore at sea!
A Journey East: Destinations
Cruise eastwards in your luxury boat and admire the superb superyachts harboured in Port Vauban. You will witness some unbeatable views of Le Fort Carré, one of Antibes’ key landmarks. The fort was originally built in the 16th Century and was essential to defending the town throughout the French Revolution and other historic moments. Just east of here you will reach Pointe Balayé. This area offers spectacular views of the Alpes-Maritimes, you can even see snow cover as late as May! In the distance is Villeneuve-Loubet’s UNESCO protected pyramid apartments, they are certainly eye-catching! This is also the perfect spot to get close-up views of aeroplanes landing at Nice Airport as you cruise.
As you carry on your journey you will be greeted by the city of Nice and it’s sea of terracotta roofs. The Bay of Angels sweeps round and allows you to see a clear view of the old town and Castle Hill, the city’s most historic areas. You could dock here in Port Lympia and take a stroll through the beautiful vielle ville. Place Masséna is the main square and feautures stunning architecture and the famous Fontaine de Soleil. Have lunch at one of the old town’s many independent restaurants, lining the winding streets of colourful buildings before returning to your luxury boat to continue the adventure!
Nestled in between NIce and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is the beautiful Villefranche-sur-Mer. A quieter alternative to Antibes and Nice, Villefranche is home to wide beaches and picturesque buldings. The ideal place to anchor and have a picnic. If you want to explore on shore, take a trip to Chapelle de Saint Pierre, a stunning church famed for its unique architecture. if you’re hungry, Mayssa Beach is a highly recommended French restaurant. Pull up a chair here and enjoy some local cuisine while gazing out onto the bay.
Just east of Villefranche lies Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. This small town is buit into the greenery between Nice and Monaco. As you cruise around Pointe de Saint-Hospice, try and catch a glimpse in the distance of the famous Rothschild Villa! Featuring a mansion and nine bespoke gardens, this land has become Cap Ferrat’s most famous landmark. There are lots of coves around here created by the jagged cliffs and views of the Alpes-Maritimes that will take your breath away. Anchor your luxury boat here to get some amazing holiday pictures!
Ah Monaco, the home of sophistication and designer goods. This is the perfect stop if you’re craving a taste of the high life. Browse some of the biggest superyachts as you drift into Port Hercules, with the grandeur of Monte-Carlo towering over you. Dock here to explore the world-famous Monte-Carlo Casino and Hotel de Paris in the centre of Place du Casino. You could spend hours here browsing the desginer shops along the pavillion. For lunch, head to Hotel Hermitage. There is a terrace here which serves excellent food and wine, all experienced with a beautiful view of Port Hercules and the surrounding cliffs.
A Journey West: Destinations
If you choose to go west on your luxury boat, you will be greeted by the delights of Cap d’Antibes. Much like Cap Ferrat, this area is more of a wild landscape, featuring impressive rock formations and hidden coves awaiting your exploration. The Baie des MIlliardaires (bay of billionaires) is filled with wildlife, This is an ideal picnic spot where you can be at peace with nature. Continue your journey west and follow the enormous bay of Golf Juan, with beaches which seem to be never-ending.
Cruising past Pointe Croisette will lead you to Port Pierre Canto. Drop anchor here and take in the views from Square du 8 Mai 1945. Here you can see the entirety of Baie de Cannes and all of the luxury hotels it is home to. If you want explore some more, stroll along the Croisette to experience beautiful views of Cannes’ old town. Have your photo taken on the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals and follow the footsteps of decades of movie stars and celebrities. If you fancy something to eat, Salsamenteria di Parma is in the heart of the old town. Offering excellent wine and Italian food, the restaurant is a great representation of the beautiful mix of Franco-Italian culture in this part of France.
A popular destination of choice for many on a luxury day boat is the Lérins Islands! Île de Sainte Marguerite is the largest of the two and is home to beaches, forest and some beautiful restaurants. La Guerite offers beachside seating where you could eat a gourmet meal while enjoying the breathtaking views of Cannes and Mandelieu-La Napoule. Ile de Saint-Honorât is home to 21 monks. Anchor here to see their beautiful monastery which leads into the sea, and to explore the stunning vineyards which surround it.
The Corniche d’Or
Branching from Théoule-sur-Mer to Marseille, the Corniche d’Or offers some of the most spectacular views on the Mediterannean. The coastline is well-known for its jagged red cliffs and breathtaking natural beauty. Cruise westwards to Rade d’Agay, where you can anchor under the Massif d’Estérel and take in the wonderful surroundings. This area is a local favourite for swimming, as you can float in the calm waters sweeping the bay.
The ideal place to indulge, Saint-Tropez is an essential stop on any luxury boat trip. Anchor in the bay and watch the biggest boats and superyachts drift in and out of the harbour. Renowned for its beaches, this would be an ideal location to sunbathe and watch the world go by. There are also a number of designer boutiques here to fulfill your curiosity, La Guerilier is just off of the harbour and serves exquisite seafood, making for an amazing meal before you head back out on the water!
The Most Popular Options for Boat Rental Antibes
212 Yachts have hundreds of luxury boat rentals and day yacht charters from Antibes. We are the industry leaders in day boat rental in the region and have an additional team that are experts in longer yacht charters on the Mediterranean.
The below are some of the most popular Antibes day yacht charter options, but please note that we have many more options on offer!
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There are endless possibilities when starting your boat rental in Antibes, and we can help create an itinerary that suits your tastes. Search our yachts to find the ideal choice for you.
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