Antibes 

The Greeks founded Antibes over 2000 years ago with the name Antipolis. Shortly afterwards, it was incorporated into the expanding Roman Empire. Today it is the main Superyacht hub in South Eastern France, where most of the Crew Agents in Europe are located. It is a historic port, rich with culture that lies on the Mediterranean in the Côte d'Azur.

The Old Port, or Port Vauban as it is called, has always been the heart of the town, and today it is the largest marina in Europe. Yahcts of every size are catered to here, including the local fishing boats. There is the large yachts quay, which is called the International quay. You will also hear those in the industry refer to it as "millionaires row", a place where some of the largest yachts in the world can be seen at any one time berthed side-by-side. 

Not only will you find many crew agencies located here, you will also find crew uniform shops, ship chandlers and many other businesses dedicated to keeping these floating palaces running smoothly. Most shop owners speak English here, which makes it very easy for new crew members to get around and live here without having to learn an entirely new language; knowing the basics always helps. Being a Superyacht hub, there is always plenty of yacht crew in the area. Twenty-five percent of the town's population is under 25 years old.




Getting to Antibes

Antibes is a very popular destination for yacht crew and tourists alike, making it very easy to get to. Public transportation systems to and from the Côte d'Azur are well established and easy to use.

Depending on where you are flying from will dictate where in France you will arrive, but it will probably be Paris (Charles-de-Gaulle International Airport) or Nice (Aeroport Nice Côte d'Azur), which is the second busiest airport in France, behind Paris.

If your first stop in France is Paris, you can either catch a 1.5 hour internal flight down to Nice International Airport, which is the closest airport to Antibes at just 16 kilometers away. You may also opt to catch a high-speed train (TVG - Train a Grande Vitesse), from Terminal 2 at the Paris airport, which will take about 5.5 hours traveling though the French countryside. It is a journey well worth the time just for the amazing scenery.

If you fly directly into Nice you will find the bus station directly outside the front of Terminal 1. You will need to take bus number 200 to arrive in Antibes. You could also catch a train but you will need to take a 15 minute walk to reach the nearest train station. The directions to walk to the station are as follows:

  • Exit arrivals at Gate A1
  • Cross along the pedestrian way towards "Aréanas", under the RN98 Bridge
  • Cross Av. Lindbergh and turn left (Lycée Hôtellier Paul Augier)
  • Turn right (Bd. René Cassin) to the traffic lights
  • Cross to the left, under the SNCF railway bridge (Route de Grenoble), and then turn right (Av. Edouard Grinda)

Generally the trains are a more convenient way to travel than by buses, but there are sometimes delays and worker strikes, although not too often.

If you wish to catch a taxi from Nice airport it will cost you around €60.00 depending on what time of the day it is.


Things to See and Do

There is plenty to see and do in Antibes, and the surrounding areas, but your first stop should be the local tourism office (Office de Tourisme). Here you can pick up a map of the town, which will come in handy. You can also pick up bus and train timetables, along with information on places to stay and visit.


Fort CarréThe 16th-century Fort Carré is a massive fort that overlooks Port Vauban. From a birds eye view the fort resembles the shape of a star and you can visit inside on certain days for a small fee, but at anytime you can enjoy a leisurely stroll around it free of charge.


Musée Picaso The museum is an old castle that became inhibited by the Grimaldi family of Monaco in 1385. After Picasso visited the castle in 1946 he was given a part of the castle as a workshop. Today it is a museum showing numerous works, paintings and drawings. 


Old Town The Antibes 'old town' is something to treasure, take a walk around and get lost in the maze of historic avenues, full of boutiques and bars. It is something not to be missed when visiting this beautiful town. Be sure to take a map before you go.


BeachesThere are many, many beautiful beaches around Antibes and most of the them will be quite busy during the warmer months of the year.  The main beach, La Gravette, is just near Port Vauban. Then there is Royal Beach at Juan-Les-Pins which about 2kms from the centre. If you travel in either direction from Antibes along the coast you will find many beaches and amazing cliff walls.


KitesurfingWhy not try your hand at kitesurfing in your spare time while searching for your dream job. There are many great safe spots to take to the water around Antibes and Cannes. Learn the basics of the growing sport with a professional instructor to show you the basics. 


Rock ClimbingIf you are an avid rock-climber you won't be able to resist the limestone crag north of Nice, Saint-Jeannet. Further east in the hills north of Monaco there are a number of limestone crags with mainly single pitch sport routes. 


BasketballThere are outdoor public basketball courts on Blvd. Maréchal Foch which can be used to shoot hoops. Basketball is an important part of the local culture; the town hosts the National Training Centre for basketball.


Beach Volleyball There are a number of beach volleyball nets set up on the sand along Royal Beach in Juan-les-Pins during the warmer months. You will also find enclosed nets along the beach between Juan-les-Pins and Golfe Juan and also in Monaco. It is a very popular sport in this part of the world.


PétanqueThis very popular game is played everywhere in this part of the world. The goal is, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground, to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball. The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel. Similar games are Bocce and Bowls.


Travelling in Antibes


TrainTrains are easiest way to get around the Côte d'Azur. The system runs right along the coast and passes almost every major marina along the way. You can even catch a train on this line to a town named Ventimiglia, which is almost on the border of France and Italy, and simply change trains to make your way through the north parts of Italy.


BusBuses are a very reliable way to get around in Antibes and the surrounding areas. It may take you longer to get there than the trains, but there are less delays. There are bus stops all around the area and you can pick up a bus timetable from the Office de Tourisme in the city centre. 


Car France has an excellent road and motorway network, so hiring a car is an ideal option. You will find a few small, local businesses that hire cars and also the larger companies such as Europcar and Hertz. But beware, that there are lots of road tolls to pay. The cost of motorway travel for a car without a trailer is about 1.00 for 10miles. Or you can stick to normal roads and avoid motorways with tolls altogether. 


ScooterHiring a scooter is a great and economical way to get around if you can afford it. It costs around 160.00 for the week, or you can also hire on a daily basis. Usually, you will find that a helmet is included in the hire price. 


Bicycle Bicycle hire is the way to go for the health conscious. What a great way to get around and see the sights and check out the beautiful luxury Superyachts in port, while getting some exercise in the sunshine. You can check out the local papers for bicycles to buy or you can hire one for as little as 70.00 for the week.


Taxi Taxis are available to catch from Nice Airport to Antibes for around €60.00 depending on what time of the day it is. The telephone numbers are: 

Antibes: +33 (0)4 9367 6767

Nice:      +33 (0)4 9313 7878


Bars & Restaurants


Blue Lady PubA popular hangout amongst Captains and crew alike is the Blue Lady Pub. It is located in the heart of the town and it has been run by the Gilles family since 1988. It is a real institution for Superyacht crew and tourists alike, somewhere you can get a hearty breakfast or hear some great live music while enjoying a pint. There have been many an interview between Captains and crew at the Blue Lady. 


Irish Hop Store Another great bar to visit and network with likeminded individuals from the yachting industry is at the Irish Hop Store, which is located only a short 5-mintute walk from the Blue Lady Pub. They serve a delicious English breakfast and you can party the night away with great live music.


L'Enoteca Tapas BarThis modern looking Tapas bar is a great place to relax and unwind. They have a wide range of French and imported wines that partner well with their delicious Tapas menu. There are some great artworks hanging from the walls and the atmosphere is warm and sophisticated. The bar is just around the corner from the Hop Store.


The Drinkers Club - In Antibes has great live and recorded music playing from all genres, from soul to rock, reggae, RnB and Latin. This bar attracts a great variety of people from all walks of life but it is a favourite hangout of Superyacht crew. They have three large screens that show live sporting events. The bar is located a few doors up from L'Enotea. 


Absinthe Bar AntibesThe Absinthe Bar in Antibes is a must see for those visiting the town. This unique and warm bar is set in a 'cave', and houses a big old grand piano, which is used by a guest performer on most nights. There is a hat rack upon entering and guests are encourage to pick their style of hat to wear in the name of fun and there are many different types of Absinthe to try and the bar staff will make you feel welcome. The bar is small and cosy and it fills up fast so be sure to get there early.



General Information


Supermarkets and MarketsThere are many small convenience stores around Antibes and a few major supermarket chains so you will never go without. The two major supermarkets are Carrefour and Casino. 

A great market to visit for farm fresh produce and gourmet items is the covered market in the heart of old Antibes, Marché Proveçal. You will find spices, fresh seafood, arts and crafts, olives, fresh fruit and vegetables, and many other wonderful things.

There is a fantastic little store called Geoffrey's - The British Supermarket in France. They have a huge range of British, Australian and New Zealand, American and South African products for those who are missing the comforts of home. You can buy magazines, newspapers, and even rent DVDs in English. They also have a range of other non-food products. They are located right next door to the Blue Lady Pub. 


Hairdresser - A great English speaking hair salon for women and men in Antibes is The Cutting Shop. They also have beauty and massage services and the staff are very experienced.

7, Rue Thuret, Antibes

Tel: 04 9334 5555

contact@thecuttingshop.fr


Square Foot Self Storage for Crew -  If you find yourself with too much stuff and not enough room then Square Foot Self Storage in Antibes can help. They can provide lockable storage facilities or you can just rent a shelf space, which is enough room to store 4 suitcases, a set of golf clubs and a snowboard.

Chemin de la Romaine, Biot

Tel: 04 9365 6257

www.squarefootselfstorage.com


DoctorsThis English-speaking doctor is MCA approved for ENG1 Medicals and is highly recommended amongst yachting crew. 

Dr. Mechtild Lefebvre 

Tel: +33 (0)4 9293 0770

69 Blvd. Wilson, Juan-les-Pins


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This father and daughter team both speak excellent English. Serge is well known for his knowledgeable diagnosis.

Dr. Serge and Dr. Magali Nicastro

Tel: +33 (0)4 9333 3255

110 Chemin du Puy, Antibes


Dentist This English-speaking dentist in located 2.5 km from the centre of Antibes.

Tel: +33 (0)4 9361 2179

5 Blvd. Pinéde, Juan-les-Pins


Hospital Antibes Hospital La Fontonne

Tel: +33 (0)4 9724 7777

Route Nationale 7, Antibes


Emergency NumberThe emergency number to dial all over Europe is 112 from any mobile or landline.

The telephone number for Port Vaubn is +33 (0)4 9291 6000




Nearby Must See's: Villefranche-sur-Mer, Monaco, Eze-sur-Mer, Cannes, Grasse, Juan Les Pins, St. Tropez, Marseille.



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