Sunday, 9 July 2017

11 Days in Antibes, Cote D'Azur


If you follow me on Instagram you'll have been subjected to some serious holiday spam while I was away in the South of France a couple of weeks ago. I did a round up of my top five places we visited here and promised that I'd do some more in depth posts about my favourites. I thought it would make sense to start with Antibes, which is where we were based for the full eleven days we were in France. Personally I thought it was the perfect place to be based because it was more chilled out and relaxing than a big and busy city, but it was lively enough for there to be things to do and see whenever you wanted. I've also got a new video on my YouTube channel today, which is a day in the life from one of the days we spent chilling in Antibes.

My favourite thing about Antibes was how quickly it started to feel like we lived there rather than just staying there. I think it helps when you're staying in an Airbnb rather than a hotel because it's your own little place where you can cook your own food and make into a little home for your time away (even if said home is horrendously hot and stuffy because you booked somewhere without air conditioning - nice one Amy). Although there was plenty to do and lots to explore, I loved just wandering the streets of old town in a morning before buying fresh croissants from the boulangerie to take back to the apartment and eat on the balcony. It'd be a nice life wouldn't it?

Things to do:

Beaches - Obviously one of the main attractions of the South of France is the beaches and Antibes doesn't disappoint on that front. There are a few different beaches in Antibes, but our favourite was a small pebbled one surrounded by the old town walls. It was cute, never too busy and felt a little like something out of Game of Thrones with the surrounding walls. There are sandy beaches too if that's more your thing, although personally I found it a welcome change to not find sand in my shoes for days afterwards.


Old Town - We stayed in old town and it was just the cutest. The buildings are all pretty colours, there are lots of nice little bars and the streets are cute and narrow. It's the perfect place for just wandering round dreaming of one day owning a house with shutters on the windows or for grabbing a bite to eat or drink. The atmosphere is chilled out but lively both during the day and in the evening. During the day you can wander round the market (more on that in a moment) and to a boulangerie and then in the evening there are plenty of restaurants to suit everyone's tastes.




Walk the cap - This was probably one of my favourite things that we did (and not just because we got engaged while doing it although I guess that makes my memory of it slightly biased), but the walk is so worth doing. It takes about an hour and a half to two hours depending on whether you're stopping a lot to take pictures or not (we did) and you walk all along the cliffs right next to the sea. The path is mainly manmade so very safe (there are barriers too don't worry) although I'd recommend trainers for sure as there are some rocky areas. The views are stunning and we did it in the evening, mainly so that it wasn't too hot, but it also meant that we saw the sun setting which was just beautiful.







Marche Provencal - In the centre of the old town there is a big covered market selling fruit and veg, fresh fish, flowers, herbs and spices and heaps of other goodness. It's a bit more expensive than the supermarket, but there's just something very French about wandering out and buying fresh food to eat every day isn't there? It's on every day and once it's closed it's transformed into outdoor seating for the surrounding bars and restaurants. I can highly recommend the olive tapenade (I came back to England and bought some from Sainsbury's straight away but it is NOT THE SAME).


Harbour - There's a nice little walk you can do through and around the harbour and the town hall (which is a very impressive building). I think you can actually walk as far as Biot on the footpath, but we didn't make it quite that far! The harbour is very pretty and it's a good opportunity to pick out which luxury yacht you'd like when you win the lottery.



Museums - There are a few museums in Antibes. We went to two - the Picasso Museum and the Peynet Museum. If you're into art they're both well worth a visit and if you're not they provide a nice fully air conditioned break from the heat and the sun! Out of the two I'd recommend the Picasso Museum as there was more to see and there was also a little promenade outside with some stunning views and some cacti that the plant lady in me was extremely envious of.


Wander - Just wandering around the streets is something I love doing everywhere because it means you really get to see and explore a place plus you stumble across interesting things you might not otherwise have seen. Antibes has the cutest streets and a gorgeous sea front so it's a great place to just wander, soak up all the atmosphere and sunshine and snap away at all the pretty coloured houses and streets.



Have you ever been to Antibes?

Amy x
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28 comments

  1. Antibes looks amazing! Great idea to stay in an airbnb, they can be so comfy!

    Ash | www.liakadatravel.com

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    1. It was a great place, I'd definitely recommend it! Yeah I would definitely stay in an airbnb again :) xx

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  2. What a beautiful spot to visit! I don't think we have any stone beaches here in Australia, lots of sandy ones though! :) I liked all of your photos, especially the sunset ones, they are breathtaking! Worth visiting just for those sunsets alone I think! :)

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. The sunsets were incredible! There were sandy beaches here too, but the stone ones made a nice change! xx

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  3. I have been there for a school trip before getting to Canner and I remember how typical it was! Worth a visit for sure!

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

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    1. We didn't visit Cannes, but next time we will! xx

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  4. What a beautiful place! I hope you had a great time (:
    I'm following you!

    CM | XIII.

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    1. We had such a great time thank you, it was a lovely place xx

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  5. Oh wow! I seriously feel like I need to go to the south of France right now! I've been desperate too for ages, and after these photos, I'm already walking lol!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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    1. Yes book a trip right now haha, it's so nice! xx

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  6. I've been loving your Instagram holiday updates! For me, one of the best things about exploring a new place is checking out their museums and galleries - the Picasso Gallery sounds amazing! Visiting Antibe is definitely on my bucket list now!

    Abbey 🌸 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. The Picasso Gallery was great! I think you'd love the whole Riviera area, it's gorgeous! xx

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  7. Your holiday pictures from Antibes are stunning.
    I will going to south France in a couple of weeks to and I am really looking forward it.
    Have a beautiful week.

    Love, Esther
    https://lifestyle-tale.com

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    1. Thank you! Aw I hope you have an amazing time, I'm sure you will :) xx

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  8. What a beautiful looking place and wonderful pictures, I'll make sure to check out the video too!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Hope you enjoy the video, thank you lovely :) xx

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  9. Ohmygosh this looks so amazing. Those photos are absolutely gorgeous, and it looks like you had a wonderful time. I'm jealous haha!


    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

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    1. It was such a beautiful place, the photos don't do it justice! xx

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  10. Amazing photos! That place is lovely :)

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

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    1. It was so lovely and the photos don't even do it justice! xx

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  11. Ah, such a beautiful area! That sunset view is absolutely stunning, and there really is no going wrong with beaches in the South of France, right?! Loving that satin cap on you by the way Amy!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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    1. Thanks lovely! I don't feel like you can go wrong with anything in the South of France! xx

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  12. Ah what a gorgeous part of the world! Looks like you had a wonderful time
    Lyndi

    www.stylecalling.com

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    1. We had such a lovely time thank you babe! xx

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  13. It's so gorgeous there! Have a great day.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. It is isn't it, I absolutely loved it! xx

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  14. I've always wanted to visit the Cote D'Azur and your pictures make me want to visit even more. The sunset ones are particularly stunning and I can see why it was the perfect break for you to get engaged - congratulations Amy!!
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much lovely, you should definitely visit, I couldn't recommend it more :) xx

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