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Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com Last Friday I shared my Amsterdam travel guide, and today (as promised)– I’m recapping the French portion of our vacation. We hopped on a quick flight from the Netherlands to Nice and enjoyed some time in the French Riviera…. Antibes, to be specific. This charming seaside town was my favorite. It’s quaint, charming, quiet, and so perfect- especially in the fall. When I say I want to renovate a beach house someday, this is exactly the kind of town I envision! Click through to see where we stayed, what we ate, what we did, and get my recommendations for all things Antibes.

Where We Stayed…

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com I found the cutest seaside cottage via Airbnb. I’m linking the listing for anyone who is interested! This place was perfect and accommodated four couples comfortably.

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com The decor and aesthetic was right up my alley- very well thought out and curated for the location. Speaking of location… that was the best part about this place! We were able to walk everywhere (my preferred exploration method when traveling).

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com We were a few walking minutes away from the beach, local restaurants, grocery stores, and about a 10 minute walk from Old Antibes. We walked everywhere, but there was parking available at the villa- it’s super safe and gated.

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com Did I mention this place also has a private pool? I didn’t want to leave! It was fun to relax out here with friends, charcuterie, and good wine. Ahhhh, is it possible to teleport back to vacation? I was living my best life there.

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com Don’t worry guys, I had friends helping me drink that bottle of rosé- they’re just on the other side of the pool. Ha!

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com Basically, this villa was incredible and a very lucky Airbnb find. We had an amazing time staying here and I hope someday we can return.

What I Packed…

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com Packing for this trip was kind of tricky because it was chilly and drizzly in Amsterdam, and France was on the warmer side (although still rainy at times). The weather in October is kind of unpredictable, so you really have to be ready for anything. As you can tell from the above image, my friends and I layered up, so we could shed layers as the weather warmed throughout the day. I’ll link my necessities below…

Remember my bestie and neighbor, Emily? Maybe her modern kitchen will jog your memory! She was on the trip too. It’s funny because everyone thinks we’re sisters because we kind of look alike. She is the queen of fashion and fun outfits.

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com

What We Ate…

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com The food in southern France is literally a dream come true. You can find a little bit of everything… traditional French food, fresh seafood, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Italian, etc

  • Cafe Kanter // This place was so good, we ended up eating here twice!
  • Le P’tit Cageot // The Google reviews did not lie about this one- it is 100% worth the visit. I’m already dreaming of going back!
  • Cafe Clemenceau // To be honest, the cute bistro tables and charming facade led us to this place one afternoon. Therefore, we only ordered aperol spritz cocktails and shared an appetizer.
  • La Phenicia // This restaurant is incredible! It was the most delicious Lebanese food I’ve had. I wish we would’ve discovered it sooner, so we could’ve gone once more before vacation ended.
  • Marché Provençal // You can’t go wrong with an old world street market. I’ve never had better food! We stocked up on veggies, cheese, bread, and all of the local goods to make dinner at our Airbnb.
  • Le Pimm’s // Emmett and I got caught in the rain and ended up at this place by accident. It ended up being the best place to have a drink, share a plate, and watch the rainstorm outside.
  • Margot Coffee // This spot was conveniently located very close to our airbnb, so we ended up here for coffee and breakfast each morning. We loved conversing with the shop owner and her family each day!
  • Royal Beach Club // This one was another convenient spot due to location, but most of all- I loved sitting right on the water. We had brunch here one day and the food and atmosphere were wonderful!

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com An Antibes travel tip… if you know French, use it! When shopping in Amsterdam a few days prior to our flight to France, a shop owner complained about people in the French Riviera not speaking English and sarcastically wished us luck. I was actually pretty excited to feel more immersed in French culture… and I speak French- so I was eager to brush up on my second language. I’m no expert, but I translated for our friends, ordered food, asked for directions / recommendations, held conversations, and felt confident speaking French with the locals. They obviously knew I was American (with a terrible accent), but I think they appreciated the fact that I tried. Everyone was incredibly friendly and I hate that this region sometimes gets a bad or rude reputation. That was not the case at all, in our experience!

Fun Activities…

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com There was no shortage of fun activities and things to do in Antibes…

  • Picasso Museum // Per usual, I ended up finding an art museum! This one was beautifully curated and I loved seeing so many Picasso pieces under one roof- I’d highly recommend.
  • Marché Provençal // I already mentioned this in the food section- but the open air market is worth a visit! You can find everything from food, art, baskets, soaps, wine, and all sorts of wonderful local goods. It’s just a fun shopping experience!
  • Sail the Mediterranean // Our crew rented a private sailboat yacht (complete with a captain, Frederick, to chauffeur us around) for an entire day! It was nothing short of magical. We prepped a picnic and plenty of food & drink to take along. I love the water (remember, I’m a Scorpio!) and we spent the day taking in the landscapes at sea. Our friends also got engaged on the boat while we were docked in between two 13th century castles! It was certainly a day to remember. Did I mention our pal DROPPED THE ENGAGEMENT RING OVERBOARD and dove in after it? There is a video, but I wouldn’t want to violate their privacy for the world to see. Haha! I’m trying to convince them they should have the wedding in France, so we can all go back.
  • Archaeology Museum // Another museum we visited was the archaeology museum. It was packed with Greek and Roman artifacts and historic items from the people who left their mark on Antibes. It was pretty fascinating… then again, I’m a history nerd. For 3 euros, it was well worth it.
  • Take in the View // One of my favorite parts of the trip was just sitting with my girlfriends, sharing a bottle of champagne while taking in the view of Old Antibes. The water was moody, the town was a beautiful sight off in the distance, we had our drinks in hand, and a picnic in our packs…. then a rainbow appeared! It was just one of those moments that I’ll cherish forever. Sometimes stopping to do nothing in a special place is better than anything else, you know? I’ll drop the photo below…

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com I gained a lot of design inspiration in France. From the doors to the moody color palette, I took many images and collected so much creativity from visiting this special place. Fall is the off season, but I think I prefer this time of year. There were no crowds, no waits, and the entire city was glistening from the rain. I also loved layering and rolling with whatever the weather dealt us. It felt like we had the seaside city to ourselves.

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com Sailing was another highlight for me- and not just because our best friends pledged their love to one another. I hadn’t been on the Mediterranean since living in Italy. I used to captain a boat for my friends and cruise around the Amalfi coast. I had forgotten how beautiful the rocky shoreline and water color is.

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com Last image, I promise… I told Emmett and his best bud Brant (Emily’s husband), that this photo felt like an advertisement. I snapped it of them while I was dangling my feet in the water and they were taking in the view.

Antibes (French Riviera) Travel Guide - roomfortuesday.com My only regret is that we didn’t have more time in France on this trip. We’ll definitely be back sooner rather than later because there is so much more I want to experience and explore in this area! Has anyone visited Antibes or the French Riviera? Would you like to visit this region? I’d love to hear in the comment section below. I know travel guides aren’t the norm for me, but I’ll be back with interior and home-related posts next week!

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  • Reply
    Peggi
    November 8, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Gah!! OK. Antibes just shot to the top of my trip list! This place looks absolutely enchanting. Unfortunately, our trip will be in June (probably), so I imagine it will be far more crowded. Would that deter you? But, possibly more amazing than France… you speak French and can captain a boat? You really are a lovely magical unicorn! Happy Friday, friend!

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      Sarah
      November 8, 2019 at 7:56 am

      It’s such a magical place! I’m glad we were able to experience its beauty. I’m guessing June will be crazy busy. Some of the locals told me that you can’t even see the sea (ha!) because boats are so jam packed during the touristy season. I’m assuming the city would be similarly busy, but you never know. I’d wait and save it for another trip and go in the off season :) It will be less expensive then too! You’re cracking me up. I took 7 years of French, so I can get by alright. It was certainly fun to practice! As for the boat, I used to have my boating license, but I’m pretty sure I let it expire. Random things. Have an amazing Friday and a wonderful weekend Peggi!

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    Amelie
    November 8, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    I’d never expected to see Antibes on your blog! My mother lives there – we even shot a music video around town for one of her albums (https://youtu.be/vT4Gyg2EIgc, you’ll recognize the Vieil Antibes!).
    I don’t have much advice except for branching out around the city; there’s a medieval harbor only 20min away, all kinds of historical forts and castles, the prison island where the Iron Mask is said to have lived… and Cannes, of course.
    I’m glad you enjoyed the city!

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      Sarah
      November 12, 2019 at 8:39 am

      Ah, that’s amazing! We did walk to the harbor, which was very cool. I wish we had more time! 4 days just wasn’t enough. Next time, we’ll rent a car and explore the entire Riviera- it’s stunning. Thanks for the tips Amelie! xo

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    Beth
    November 11, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Oh, I love the riviera! I studied abroad in Cannes years ago and know the area well; this is making me want to return! And yes, I agree that in my experience the French have been lovely and really appreciate anyone who makes an effort to speak French!

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      Sarah
      November 12, 2019 at 8:47 am

      I wish we would’ve had more time so we could’ve explored Cannes! Next time :) What a wonderful location to study abroad, Beth!

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    Ardith
    November 11, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    It sounds and looks like a magical trip, gorgeous Sarah. So glad you all had the opportunity to share it together. Cheers, Ardith

    • Reply
      Sarah
      November 12, 2019 at 8:49 am

      Thanks Ardith! We had a wonderful time and made the best memories :)

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