Cannes, Antibes & Nice from Villefranche
Best of the French Riviera from the port of Villefranche! Cannes and Nice, two vibrant and beautiful but contrasting cities, plus the Provençal charm of Antibes.
A NOTE ABOUT DRIVING TIMES
Distances in this part of France are reasonable; figure a little over 2 hours of driving time with no traffic. In summer travel times will be slightly longer.
The cities of Cannes and Nice are just a short distance apart on the French Riviera but each place has a distinct vibe and architectural signature.
Between the two and also right on the sea is Antibes, its cobblestone streets, brightly painted shutters, fantastic Provençal market and abundant food shops forming the perfect French village scene. Art lovers will want to check out the Picasso museum, the Nomade sculpture on the Sainte Jaume bastion, and the art walk.
DETAILS: CANNES, ANTIBES & NICE from Villefranche
When most of us think of Cannes the first thing that comes to mind is the annual film festival, but Cannes holds many more things to entertain the visitor.
Now associated with the rich and famous, Cannes has come a long way since its origins as a fishing village and Roman outpost, but evidence of its ancient past can still be seen in the original neighbourhood of Le Suquet. As you climb the narrow streets and winding staircases you'll know you're in the old heart of the city. It's also a great place to enjoy birds-eye views of Cannes and the port stretching out before you.
Shoppers and wannabe-jetsetters will want to stroll amongst the palm trees in Le Croisette, where the palm trees, palaces and luxury boutiques are a testament to the sophisticated destination that Cannes has become. If your tastes lean more toward the tastes of the earth, a visit to Forville market will take you on a delicious journey through the products and atmosphere of Provence.
Once a quiet haven that attracted artists such as Picasso and Nicolas de Staël, Antibes is a lively resort town on the French Riviera. Nowadays it's hard imagine it as a Medieval feudal town that the Pope used as collateral on a loan he couldn't repay. After passing into the hands of the future ruling family of Monaco in 1384 it became the easternmost port of the Kingdom of France, where its important position resulted in the construction of fortifications that became Fort Carré, which is still in good condition.
Antibes is very pretty and very pleasant to stroll, with stunning views up and down the coast. Every day but Monday you can browse the Provençal market with its impressive selection of local cheeses, produce, seafood and meats. In local galleries you will find original works of art featuring paintings of local scenes.
In Baroque Old Town you'll get a sense of the splendour of the Belle Epoque, when the wealthy of Europe (particularly from colder climates) came south for the winter, building lavish homes and luxurious hotels. As you take in the Promenade des Anglais, Hotel Negresco and the Russian Church you're sure to relive the opulence of a bygone era.
Today Old Town is home to a vibrant farmers market in Cours Saleya, particularly known for its flowers of every colour and kind. Sample some local culinary specialties or go for a dip in the sea and you'll have experienced "Nissa la Bella" (as it was named in the 19th century) with all your senses.
CANNES, ANTIBES & NICE from Villefranche
DURATION: 8 hrs
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