Cap d’Antibes peninsula

The Cap d’Antibes (Cape Antibes)  is a peninsula of the town of Antibes, located between Cannes and Nice, in the Alpes Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. It attracts every year many tourists who come to enjoy this holiday resort and hike.

Facing the Mediterranean Sea, Cap Antibes looks wild. Cliffs and creeks border the peninsula of Cap d’Antibes. While strolling in the picturesque alleys of Cap d’Antibes, you will appreciate its charm with its pines and beautiful villas such as the villa Sous Le Vent, the castle of La Croë…

Property of the “Conservatoire du littoral”, it is classified as a Natura 2000 area. The Cap d’Antibes is home to various plant and animal species. This exceptional site really developed in the XIXth century. Well-to-do tourists built superb villas there. Since then, the Cap d’Antibes has become world-renowned and every year it attracts many visitors as well as personalities from the cinema and the arts.

Discover nature

The wilder beaches of Cap d’Antibes are less crowded than those of Juan les Pins. The beach of Salis is great to relax or to practice snorkeling and observe the fish. The beaches of Les Ondes and La Garoupe are just as pleasant, although relatively narrow.

A trip to Cap d’Antibes will be an opportunity to observe the various birds that land near the coast, especially around the cove of Argent Faux. Nestled in the limestone cliffs, peregrine falcons sometimes settle in Cap d’Antibes. If you are lucky, you may be able to see dolphins not far from the coast in the early morning or early evening.

Head inland from the coast to visit the gardens of Villa Thuret. Numerous Mediterranean plants cover the 3 hectare-park and invites you to go for a relaxing walk.

Cultural visits

The Garoupe is the highest point of the Cap d’Antibes. The plateau offers an exceptional point of view on the surroundings. You will find there the lighthouse culminating at 103 meters, the Notre-Dame chapel, classified Historic Monument and sheltering a prestigious collection of ex-voto, a viewpoint indicator. You can also eat there.

Nature lovers will enjoy strolling in the Garoupe woods which extends over 9 hectares where holm oaks, Aleppo pines, olive trees and laurels thrive.

The visit of the villa Eilenroc is also a must-see during your stay in Cape Town. The residence was built for a rich Dutchman. It then became the property of a rich couple who organized prestigious receptions there before the villa was bequeathed to the town of Antibes Juan les Pins for the purpose of exhibiting works, organizing receptions and welcoming important guests.

The Naval and Napoleonic Museum is located in the Tour du Graillon on the tip of Cap d’Antibes. It houses a collection of paintings, sculptures, engravings and memorabilia of Napoleon, ship models… From the top of the tower you will get a breathtaking view of Cap d’Antibes.

Activities

Discover the Cap d’Antibes differently by renting a kayak or a stand-up paddle. Go by yourself to enjoy the sea or go with a guide to enjoy the view of Cap d’Antibes and discover the marine fauna and flora. The sportspersons will be able to try the different water sports at the Cap d’Antibes such as water skiing, wakeboarding, towed buoy…

Snorkeling lovers will enjoy the underwater trail “La baie des milliardaires” of Cap d’Antibes (The billionaires’ bay). It is a protected maritime area and conceals treasures to be discovered. From the sandy beach “Baie des milliardaires”, put on your flippers for a hike in the sea. Up to 4 meters deep, you will be able to observe lobsters, posidonia, Sarpa salpa, Phycis phycis or yellow gorgonians.

On land, the hiking trails will allow you to walk around Cap d’Antibes. Walk along the sea, the cliffs and the creeks and enjoy the beauty of the landscape. The Sentier du Littoral (Coastal Path), also known as the Tirepoil Path, is about 5 kilometers long and makes it possible to walk around Cap d’Antibes, crossing small beaches and ports such as the Olivette, where colorful traditional fishermen’s boats are moored. Allow about 2 hours of walk. You will get a breathtaking view of the Lérins islands and the Mercantour peaks.

To cool down, bring your towel and your swimsuit. You will be able to settle down on one of the beaches that you will cross along the way.

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