Apr 6th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Antibes, Quiet and Charming

I have visited many cities in France. Antibes is different. I have walked all along the streets in this city and found the peninsula studded with the villas and outdoor pools of the super-rich. This map will show you how the cape juts out into the Mediterranean and makes it an ideal place for senior travelers to view the magnificent blue water and the clean blue sky. It’s the Rodeo Drive of the French Riviera.

This old Mediterranean town has a quiet charm, unique on the Côte d’Azur. Its little harbor is filled with fishing boats and pleasure yachts, and in recent years it has emerged as a new hot spot. Senior travelers, if you’re in Antibes in the evening, you can watch fishermen playing the traditional French game of boules. If you have never played boules, also called petanque,  do try it, it’s lots of fun and very very French.

Antibes is a resort town in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. It lies on the Mediterranean in the Côte d’Azur, located between Cannes and Nice. Integrated to Antibes Juan-les-Pins, the technological park of Sophia-Antipolis is located northeast of the city. Antibes is a pleasing town, extremely animated, with one of the finest markets on the coast and the best Picasso collection in its seafront castle.

Historically, Antibes was founded as a 5th century BC Greek colony settled by Phocaeans from Massilia, called Antípolis (literally, the “city across”). Due to its naturally protected port, the town of Antibes has long been an important trading center.

The southern end of the Cap d’Antibes still has its pine woods, which hide some of the most exclusive mansions on the Riviera. In the evening, senior visitors goe out to one of the restaurants in the Old Town and Juan les Pins areas.

Open Markets, Flowers and Picasso Entice Senior Citizens

Do take in an open air market on one of your tours. Most often you will find they they are set up twice a week and right in the street making it easy for the locals and senior visitors to purchase supplies. Total animation and wonderful produce. The marketplaces are also full of flowers, mostly roses and carnations.  Pick yourself up a picnic lunch here and eat it on the beach.

TripAdvisor finds many things to do as well as flight deals, videos and a nice map on this site. One should call this a “beach area”… there are 48 beaches along the 25 km of coastline that surround Antibes and Juan les Pins.

In Antbes, you will find the world famous Picasso Museum that houses one of the world’s greatest Picasso collections: 24 paintings, 44 drawings, 32 lithographs, 11 oils on paper, 80 pieces of ceramics, 2 sculptures and 5 tapestries. Be prepared with your wallet around here as a Coke costs about 8 euros, the same as a gourmet lunch at a restaurant and the euro is about $1.40.

The Cote d’Azur, or French Riviera, is pampered by a nearly tropical climate. This is where the dreamland of azure waters and indigo sky begins, where balustraded white villas edge the blue horizon, evening air is perfumed with jasmine and mimosa, and parasol pines silhouette against sunsets of ripe gold.  It’s a totally cool area and well worth a visit, after all  it is on the French Riviera.  jeb

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