Le Cap d’Antibes
The Cap d’Antibes is the holiday residence of the rich and famous, and it’s not difficult to see why. The rugged beauty of the Cap d’Antibes attracts tourists all year round. The “Cap” is literally the land that juts out into the sea between Antibes and its sister town Juan-les-Pins. The coastal road that follows the Cap is the scenic route to Juan-les –Pins, and it’s a great place for a walk or bike ride. The tour of the Cap takes around 2 hours to walk. The path follows the coast, becoming very rugged at some points, so walkers will need to take extra care, especially in windy conditions when the path by the sea gets very wet and slippery due to powerful waves. We definitely recommend you bring some good shoes to complete this walk!
Leave bustling towns to escape for an hour or two to the tranquillity of the Cap. There are plenty of peaceful spots where you can enjoy a picnic or sunbathe by the sea. It is also a popular spot for divers, as Mediterranean flora and fauna are abundant here. Try a class with a qualified instructor if you’re a beginner. If you just want a quick dip, enjoy clarity of the water, far from the pollution of coastal towns.
There are several private beaches along the Cap d’Antibes, if you want to relax on a sun lounger or hire a parasol for some shade from the midday sun. There are a few private beaches at La Garoupe. You’ll also find the Pavillon Beach restaurant in the La Garoupe area, if you want to enjoy a drink or a meal while you enjoy the sunset over the Cap.
Everywhere you look in this area you’ll see stunning views. One of the best is from the chapel Nôtre Dame des Amoureux situated at one of the highest points on the Cap. There is also a lighthouse here that, at night, can be seen from the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.
The Villa Eilenroc occupies a privileged spot on the Cap d’Antibes. This impressive villa was constructed in 1867 as a Mediterranean residence for wealthy Dutchman Hugh-Hope Loudon, the name of the villa honouring his wife. The villa has since passed hands several times, each owner leaving his or her mark on the villa and its gardens. It is open to visit on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, although it is closed in July and August.
The Jardin Thuret, is also situated on the Cap d’Antibes. The work of botanist Gustave Thuret in 1856 gave us this garden that is now used as a research centre as well as opening its doors to many tourists each year.
The Cap is easily accessed from either Antibes or Juan-les-Pins, by foot, car, bicycle or bus.