When you come to Antibes for your French lessons, don’t forget to see the sights and check out the spots which truly define this town.
Antibes is first and foremost about its splendid beaches, which are renowned throughout the world. Those who love fine sandy beaches should check out Gravette, close to the old town, not far from the town walls. If you prefer pebbles, try Fontonne which is after Fort Carré as you head towards Nice.
Located in Cours Masséna, not far from the Cathedral and opposite the Town Hall, the market bewitches the senses and awakens the appetite with its scents that are immediately evocative of the South of France. Here you will find merchants selling, among other things, local vegetables, meats, cheeses and fish.
Here you can visit the Garoupe Chapel, as well as the lighthouse bearing the same name. Up at the Sanctuary, you can enjoy an outstanding view of the town and surrounding area. Known throughout the world for its magnificent villas and the luxury Cap-Eden-Roc hotel, this is a perfect spot for a family walk or a morning jog.
Did you know that Port Vauban is Europe’s largest marina? If you want to check out some huge yachts, take a stroll around Quai des Milliardaires, you will find plenty! Every year, fans can also admire unique sailing yachts at the Voiles d’Antibes regatta held in June.
Take a trip to the Château Grimaldi, which Picasso used as a studio in 1946. Here you will find numerous paintings by the artist, as well as drawings and ceramic works. From the top of the museum, there is a unique view of the port and town walls.
This monument is perhaps the one which most defines Antibes. Contrary to what its name might suggest (carré means ‘square’), it is in the shape of a star. Built in the sixteenth century, it was improved by Vauban, architect to Louis XIV. So, for your French course in France, Antibes is a perfect choice if you’re looking to combine cultural discovery with language study!