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Antibes in the Cote d'Azur

  • By SilverTraveller Jenjens

    99 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon

  • Sep 2012
  • Husband

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My husband and I spent 5 days in Antibes on the Cote d’Azur in September and I would thoroughly recommend it. After flying to Nice (using my airmiles) we got a bus directly to the centre of Antibes and from there we got a taxi to our hotel, the Hotel de la Place, which although not cheap, was very comfortable, stylish and welcoming. We decided to make full use of our five days, so after exploring Antibes the day after our arrival and on our last day, we took the train and bus to Cannes, St Paul de Vence and Juan les Pins, on subsequent days.

Antibes has an enormous amount to offer in the way of shops, restaurants and cafes, plus an excellent market, beaches, museums (including the Picasso museum), a cathedral, and a large port …. in fact there is something for everyone. There are excellent transport facilities with trains going to most of the big towns and cities in the area and many local buses at very cheap rates (1 euro per journey). One thing to be careful of, though, is the fact that, depending on which type of train one is getting, the cost varies, with a TGV train costing considerably more than a TER train. We bought tickets to go to Cannes paying the TER rate, but then we missed the train and rather than wait an hour for the next one we caught the TGV train. We did not realise that if we had been stopped by a ticket inspector we would have had to pay the extra amount. Another thing one has to be aware of if the fact that all tickets have to be validated before boarding the train, as is the case in Italy.

Cannes was a fascinating experience with a beautiful seafront and beautiful cars, houses and people – as one might expect of the host of the annual film festival. We went on a ‘petit train’ tour of the area and were able to admire the views from the hills above the town. We did the same in Antibes and Juan les Pins, and had we seen one in St Paul de Vence, we would have gone on that too. As it was, we spent our day in St Paul wandering round the myriad winding streets and looking at the various arty shops, plus visiting the modern art gallery – Fondation Maeght – in the afternoon; and of course enjoying a Croque-Monsieur and salad with a carafe of wine whilst watching the locals play boules in the cafe opposite the very expensive restaurant La Colombe d’Or where the rich and famous go – sadly this did not include us!

I would love to go to Antibes again -  or in fact any of the places nearby, but I would have to save up as sadly it is not cheap.

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