Antibes, France

Hi everyone… I’m back! It’s been quite a few weeks since I last posted, but I have finally sat down and decided that I will upload a blog post today (I hope!). I’ve been busy with uni and just life in general, but now I’ve almost come to the end of my Easter break and it’s time to get back into a routine again so I thought where better to start than writing a new blog post?!

Last week, I travelled to the South of France with my family. This area is very special to me and always will be as it was basically a home away from home for me growing up. My grandparents used to own a holiday home there and up until I was about 16 years old, I visited every year (sometimes more!). I’ve spent lots of time there over the years and have so many childhood memories with my family.

We stay in Biot, which is an ideal location as it is within walking distance of the sea, the train station and buses so it’s so easy to get around without having to rent a car. It is easy to get to Nice, Cannes and Monaco which means that there are so many different places to explore.

Antibes is one of my favourite places in this area and is only 15 to 20 minutes away on the bus which is handy. I always love visiting Antibes and it was great to go back and see all the familiar sights and do the things that we used to do when we were younger!

Through the cobbled streets of the traditional town, the beach is the best place to head! Even in mid-April, it was busy with people sunbathing and enjoying the sunshine. It isn’t too big but it’s always popular as it is an ideal place to go in the sea when it’s warm and really easy to get to. It is also a sandy beach which can be difficult to find in the South of France. As you can see in the photos, the rocks going out into the sea are perfect for swimming out and jumping in! Next to the beach is the marina where there are lots of expensive yachts, which are always fun to look around.

If you aren’t keen on visiting the beach, the covered market is another great place to go. It is mainly food such as fruits and vegetables, cheese and olives but it is really nice to have a look around. There’s always some tasters too, which are nice to try! One thing that you have to try is ‘Socca’. Right at the end of the covered market, there is a little stall which has a wood fired oven and a man and woman who sell this speciality made from chickpea flour, olive oil, water and salt. It’s 2,50 euros per piece and is something different that is really worth a try.

Picasso spent a lot of time in Antibes, so much so that they have a museum dedicated to him. I had never visited it before, so we decided to take a look around. It was very interesting and a great location to look at some of his, and others’, artwork. It isn’t be the first thing that I would recommend doing in Antibes but it is great for a rainy day or even if you fancy adding a little bit of artistic culture to your visit.

The second time we visited Antibes on this trip, we ate lunch in the square which was really nice. There are lots of restaurants to choose from, but they all serve really similar things so it doesn’t matter too much where you end up sitting. Like almost everywhere in France, most restaurants do a fixed-price lunch menu and a plat du jour which means that it can be a lot cheaper than eating out in the evenings but the same good quality French food. My dad and I had mussels but everyone else had steak, as that was on the fixed-price lunch menu, and it was all delicious! The atmosphere of sitting out in the sun on the square is lovely and definitely something that is worth doing at least once during a visit there!

Especially during the summer, picking the right ice cream shop is essential. We found two places which I really would recommend to anyone. Chao Benji is on the way down to the beach and something that I have never really seen before. They put fresh fruit on to a freezing metal worktop and mash/chop it up until it turns into sorbet! It was so refreshing, delicious and very popular. They had a variety of flavours from strawberry mojito (with an optional rum shot on top if you’re feeling like it) to pineapple and banana. Gelateria Del Porto has been in Antibes for a while now, but we had never visited before. Every time we walked past, it had much longer queues than any other ice cream shop and we just had to find out why. So, on our final visit to Antibes we tried it and I could tell why people always queued up for it. I had one scoop of passion fruit and one of white chocolate and you could really tell that it was freshly made with really nice ingredients. There are so many flavours and a few had sold out when we went, so definitely go and give it a go! If you aren’t an ice cream fan, another place worth mentioning is All Things Good. They do great smoothies, fresh juices, cookies and bubble waffles and it’s all gluten free!

Thank you for reading and hopefully it won’t be too long before I post another blog! As always, comment if you have any questions or if you’ve visited, or are thinking about, visiting Antibes!

Bethan x

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