One of the biggest draw factors for Antibes is the weather, which means sailing in this city can be done between mid-spring to mid-autumn. As with any location in the Mediterranean, summer months see a large influx of tourists which may make it more difficult to book a space in the marina for your chartered yacht. Temperatures reach the high 20s in the summer, perfect for topping up your tan. Winds are gentle at this time of year, making sailing an equally pleasant experience. If you want to escape the crowds, you could always choose to rent in Antibes during autumn months. This time of year sees enviable temperatures, and the water is also warmer which makes a swim or snorkel all the more appealing.
Antibes’ Port Vauban, located in the Bay of Saint-Roch, is one of the most important marinas of the French Riviera. Thanks to its modern infrastructures and environmentally friendly approach, Port Vauban holds the European Blue Flag award. As well as its “Billionaire’s Quay” that welcomes some of the most beautiful yachts in the world, the port also accommodates many pleasure boaters. It is a very pleasant port of call, which offers all the facilities and services that you may need. It is an ideal starting point to charter a boat and explore the Lerin islands, Saint-Tropez or Porquerolles and Port-Cros, located only 50 nautical miles away.
One of the most iconic French historical figures is the focal point for this well-established museum in Antibes. Sailors may find particular interest in this marine-centred exhibition where artefacts and displays convey the historical importance of Napoleon’s most prized possessions. Even more appealing is the museum’s location, on the edge of Cap d’Antibes. With magnificent views and intriguing historical insights, this museum is a must-see for anyone chartering a yacht in this region of the French Riviera.
If you want to see incredible natural beauty complimented by the superb French sun, then why not spend a day or two in the Lérins Islands? Any sailing trip to Antibes should include a visit to at least one of these exquisite hotspots, where seclusion and tranquility are the main pull factors. If you choose to dock your chartered yacht in île Sainte-Marguerite, you will be immersed in an island steeped in tradition and covered in over 150 hectares of luscious green vegetation. île Saint-Honorat is a smaller yet equally appealing haven, perfect for swimming, a quick bite, or a sample of the island’s renowned wines. Return to Antibes for the bustling nightlife but enjoy the serenity that these islands offer.
Although Spanish by nationality, Picasso’s residence near Antibes meant he was more than delighted to establish an art exhibition in this centuries-old castle. Today, a diverse and thought-provoking collection of artworks is on proud display, with some famous pieces including The Keys of Antibes sure to impress anyone who visits. This museum has the distinction of being the initial museum dedicated to the work of Picasso, and as such is a truly fascinating stopping point for those who charter a yacht in Antibes.
This magical corner of Antibes is often overlooked due to the preference to take in the majestic views of the coast and the yachts in the marina. However, the true charm of the city is palpable here with the cobble streets and intriguing installations like the fountain. The small corner of the city is home to a pretty restaurant that is perfect for an evening meal before returning to your boat for another day of sailing. Perhaps one of the more intimate parts of Antibes, its appeal is evident from the moment of stepping foot in the area.
Something more unusual that you will not find everywhere on a yacht charter holiday – a bar dedicated to the iconic drink of the French Riviera. Antibes’ quizzical attraction is an essential visit to become immersed in a culture unlike anywhere in France. Although it may not look luxurious from the outside, it is an immensely popular drinking ground for both residents and tourists in Antibes. Just make sure you can find your way back to the marina after your selection of drinks!
Antibes’ closest airport is found in the larger neighbouring city of Nice which offers a range of major international routes to both European and American destinations. In order to get to your yacht charter destination, airport transfers both private and public can take you. Alternatively, bus and train links from the airport can bring you to the sailing hotspot. In fact, you can choose train as your mode of transport to Antibes as the city is well-connected to a variety of French cities.
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