Antibes Honeymoon Guide

Rub shoulders with the rich and famous in sun-kissed Antibes on a romantic honeymoon holiday on the French Riviera.

Discover the charming town of Antibes – a perfect honeymoon destination on the French Riviera for newlyweds and couples enjoying a romantic getaway.

Best beaches in Antibes

Antibes offers a choice of more than 48 beaches along the 25km (16mi) of coastline that surround Antibes and Juan les Pins, including the following…

Plage de la Gravette

This small but wide crescent of golden sand is a public beach that nestles beneath the huge stone ramparts of the old port.

It is perfect for families with small children as the calm water is sheltered from waves by a small breakwater.

Plage de la Salis

Unwind on this crescent of golden sand that shelves gently into the blue Mediterranean.

This public beach offers unbeatable views of Old Antibes, just a 20-minute stroll away. Behind the tree-fringed boulevard lies a choice of hotels.

Plage de Juan les Pins

In nearby Juan les Pins, this narrow, 2km-long golden-sand beach is divided into many sections that are a mix of both public, private and hotel run beaches, all shelving gently into a large bay.

The palm-tree fringed beach offers numerous hotels, cafés and restaurants all within easy walking distance of the beach. For clean golden sand, try the beach section opposite the Garden Beach Hotel or Hotel Belles Rives.

Facilities include parasols, sun loungers and water sports activities.

What to do and see in Antibes

Explore the narrow traffic-free streets and pretty squares of the historic Old Town. From the medieval ramparts, marvel at the huge super-yachts moored below on ‘Millionaires' Quay' in Port Vauban.

Then stroll inside the 16th century Fort Carré and visit the Cathedral d’Antibes, built on the site of an ancient Greek temple and noted for its 12th century bell tower.

At the Musé Picasso in the Chateau Grimaldi, admire a sublime collection of Picasso's paintings, lithographs, drawings and ceramics, all done when he lived and worked at the museum in 1946 perfect for art-loving honeymoon couples.

Out of town, see more than 1600 species of plants in the stunning 3.5ha gardens of the Ville Thuret. Stroll the 11ha landscape park at Villa Eilenroc, one of the most beautiful villas located on Cap d’Antibes and check out the charming Chapelle de la Garoupe, which sits near Le Cap d'Antibes.

From here you can enjoy panoramic views along the coast and walk along a 2.7km-long Sentier de Littoral, a coastal pathway from Plage de la Garoupe to Cap Gros, the cape's south-easternmost tip.

Where to stay in Antibes

Antibes offers a good choice of accommodation options including the following hotels…

Royal Antibes - Luxury Hotel, Résidence, Beach & Spa
Location: 16 Boulevard Marechal Leclerc, Antibes
Rating: 4-star
Ave nightly price: AUD210per room
Description: Royal Antibes - Luxury Hotel, Résidence, Beach & Spa provides free access to Les Cinq Mondes Spa, steam bath, fitness center and sauna and 2 restaurants with views of l’Ilette Bay. It is on the pedestrian promenade, which in 3 minutes, leads to the historic quarter, castle and Provençal market. This property includes suites, apartments and other rooms with a city view. An LCD TV and a minibar are featured in every type of accommodations at Royal Antibes. All accommodations are contemporary in style and some suites have magnificent sea views. The Italian-inspired Café Royal serves meals throughout the day. During the high season, Royal Beach features a terrace with sea views and offers Mediterranean cuisine. A private beach is available with an extra cost. The 24-hour front desk can inform guests about Cannes, just a 20-minute drive down the coast. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.

Hotel Baie des Anges by Thalazur
Location: 770 Chemin des Moyennes Breguieres, Antibes
Rating: 4-star
Ave nightly price: AUD164 per room
Description: Hotel Baie des Anges by Thalazur is a 12-minute drive from the center of Antibes. It features an outdoor swimming pool, a terrace and free Wi-Fi access. With modern-style decor, all the air-conditioned rooms are serviced by an elevator and feature a flat-screen TV and a telephone. The private bathrooms are complete with a bathtub, a hairdryer and free toiletries. A buffet breakfast is served every morning at the hotel, free for children under 12 years old. L’Angelus, the hotel’s restaurant, serves traditional cuisine. Guests can enjoy a hot tub and a steam bath. The property includes a 24-hour front desk and private parking lot. A shuttle service to and from Antibes Train Station is also available for an extra fee.

La Place
Location: 1 Avenue Du 24 Aout, Antibes
Rating: 3-star
Ave nightly price: AUD156 per room
Description: In the heart of Antibes, Hotel La Place is a 10-minute walk from Port Vauban and the sandy beaches. It has air-conditioned and soundproof rooms with a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. A buffet breakfast is served daily from 7:30 am to 11 am on the terrace. Hotel La Place is just 9.7 km from Cannes and a 15-minute drive from Nice-Cote d’Azur Airport. Antibes Train Station is just over half a kilometer away.

Note: Nearby Juan-les-Pins offers a larger selection of hotels, especially in the 5-star range.

Best time to visit Antibes

The best months to visit Antibes (and the French Riviera) are during May, June and September when it’s still warm, around 27°C (81°F).

And you have the opportunity to avoid the crowds, noise, traffic jams, high prices and scorching heat of July and August when temperatures often soar beyond 35°C (95°F).

The French Mediterranean coast has the driest climate in France, with the most rain falling in spring and autumn.

For more information: on weather in Antibes and the French Riviera

Getting to Antibes

Antibes is located in southeastern France on the Côte d'Azur between Cannes and Nice.

Situated on the east coast of Cap d’Antibes, Antibes is around 2.5km (1.5mi) from Juan-les-Pins, 16km (10mi) to the east of Cannes and 20km (12mi) to the southwest of Nice.

The most convenient route to Antibes is by air to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE), located 7km (4mi) southwest of Nice city centre, and about 20km (12mi) to northeast of Antibes, a 20 minute car or taxi ride.

Alternatively, high-speed TGV rail services to and from Gare d'Antibes, the town's main railway station, offer connections to Nice, Cannes, Marseille, Paris and several other destinations. Paris to Antibes is about 5 hours 50 minutes.

Known as the Côte d’Azur in France, the French Riviera stretches for around 160km (99mi) along the southern Mediterranean coast of France, from St Tropez to St Jean-Cap Ferrat, along the way encompassing the elegant resorts of Cannes, Cap d'Antibes, Juan les Pins and Nice.

For more information: How to get to Antibes

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Latest update: Antibes Honeymoon Guide: 8 May, 2022