A Brief Overview of Cap d'Antibes
One of the French Riviera’s most prestigious stretches of coastline, the Cap d’Antibes has been luring visitors for years with its exceptional beauty. The scenic peninsula was discovered by the British and Russian aristocracy during the 19th century, and the wild and untouched countryside of the Cap d’Antibes quickly became the place to build a luxury villa on the French Riviera. During the early 20th century, the Cap d’Antibes became one of the most exclusive resorts in the world. Hollywood stars vied with well-known artists and writers to snap up the exceptional properties all over the peninsula and to be seen on its fashionable beaches. The Cap d’Antibes’ greatest claim to fame is probably inspiring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel ‘Tender is the night’, but it’s also played host to an incredible roll-call of well-known figures from the literary and artistic worlds over the years. From Ernest Hemingway to Dorothy Parker, Ella Fitzgerald to Charlie Chaplin and hundreds more besides, the Cap d’Antibes has a long and glamorous past filled with fascinating stories of the great and the good.
These days the Cap d’Antibes is just as spectacular, with a selection of some of the most luxurious properties to be found anywhere on the French Riviera. Belle Epoque palaces are hidden in the centre of leafy parks, while dazzling contemporary villas overlook the dramatic Mediterranean coastline. Busy Juan-les-Pins and Antibes are just a short walk away, but the Cap d’Antibes remains refreshingly authentic. This is after all, where traditional fishing boats are moored next to some of the world’s most lavish villas, and where local fishermen cast their lines from the shore in front of beautifully manicured gardens. Although the golden age of the 20s and 30s might be firmly in the past, today the Cap d’Antibes is just as well-known for its glorious climate, idyllic surroundings and glittering parties held throughout the summer season. Secluded and stunning, the Cap d’Antibes is one of the most beautiful jewels in the French Riviera’s crown.
Once you decide to move to the Cap d’Antibes, you’ll love the selection of lively restaurants and bars along the peninsula, while the rocky beaches and coves will provide the perfect backdrop for endless summers spent outdoors on the French Riviera. Neighbouring Antibes has a fantastic daily market in its old town plus a great selection of boutiques if you feel like doing some serious shopping. And there are plenty of hip bars and clubs in and around the port area if you fancy a big night out. Just a couple of hours by car or a short helicopter ride, you’ll find the Southern Alps for skiing or snowboarding during the winter season, plus of course that all-important apres-ski. In summer, St Tropez and Monaco are just a short hop along the coast if you fancy some serious beach action or want a change of (beautiful) scenery for the day. Life in the Cap d’Antibes is as enchanting as it is prestigious, once you invest in real estate here, you’ll wonder how you ever managed to live elsewhere.
Living in Cap d'Antibes
Cap d’Antibes might be a lovely spot for a vacation, but it’s also a fantastic place to live. Get a feel for the good life when you invest in luxury property on the Cap d’Antibes, whether you’re planning to relocate to France or purchasing a holiday home for the whole family to enjoy. Life here is chic and laid back, enjoy a stroll around the peninsula, sunbathe on the legendary Plage de la Garoupe or simply relax in the comfort of your own garden with a good book and a glass of rosé.
The Mediterranean climate means never having to worry about the weather, and it also opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to leisure activities. In summer, enjoy a wide range of exciting water sports get into beach yoga, or take to the hills to hike some of the glorious French Riviera countryside. Alternatively, you could go mountain biking, pony trekking or paragliding up in the mountains behind Cap d’Antibes, there are so many options you might need to clear your diary for the foreseeable future once you move here. In the cooler winter, months make the most of Cap d’Antibes’ close proximity to the Southern Alps, and fly or drive to one of the local ski stations for some powder action. With guaranteed snow and blue skies all season, winter has never been so much fun!
Right on your doorstep in the Cap d’Antibes, you’ll find the legendary Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Beloved by the jet set since the roaring 20s and with a reputation for glamour and impeccable service, this is the place for afternoon tea, a sunset cocktail or an evening meal when you live in the Cap d’Antibes. Follow in the footsteps of Hollywood legends Elizabeth Taylor and Rita Hayworth and drop by for a game of tennis or a relaxing treatment in the exclusive spa to enjoy a little of the Eden-Roc magic for yourself.
The Cap d’Antibes may be small, but there are plenty of places to eat out on the peninsula. Discover chic beachfront restaurants overlooking the Mediterranean or dine on ultra-fresh seafood in cosy local bistros. If you enjoy fish don’t miss the Restaurant de Bacon which serves the finest bouillabaisse on the Cap, while the Pavillion Beach restaurant has an incredibly tempting selection of gelato, ideal for cooling off after a long day at the beach.
When it comes to culture, the Cap d’Antibes has just as much to offer as its bigger neighbours along the coast. History buffs will love the Naval and Napoleonic Museum set in the gardens of the Tour du Graillon at the very tip of the peninsula. The former defence post has an impressive display of items from the the Napoleonic wars while the ten-acre park is the perfect place to catch some sun. On the Boulevard du Cap you’ll find the Jardins Botaniques Thuret, founded by the acclaimed botanist Gustave Thuret in 1865. The botanical gardens are now an official INRA site where you can discover over 2500 types of tropical trees and shrubs from all over the world. Take a picnic lunch with you and eat it on the grassy slope facing the Mediterranean, the view alone is worth a visit. If you’re looking to capture a little of the Belle Epoque glamour, don’t miss the Villa Eilenroc and its stunning gardens. The villa was designed by Charles Garnier who also designed the Monaco Opera House just down the road, and it’s a lovely example of Belle Epoque architecture. The parklands around the villa are full of Mediterranean flowers and trees, but the piece de resistance is the gorgeous rose garden in the centre with its adjoining scent garden. There’s no prettier, or more fragrant garden anywhere on the French Riviera!
If you fancy an after dinner walk with a difference, head down to the Route du Phare and stroll among the pine trees until you come to the lighthouse and little chapel of Nôtre Dame des Amoureux hidden away amongst the forest. The chapel has some lovely paintings and statues including memorials to ships that were lost in the area and supposedly the site it was built on has been used for spiritual worship since the 5th Century. The lighthouse is also open to the public, and it’s well worth climbing the steps to the viewing platform at the top as it boasts some of the best views on the peninsula, from the Iles de Lérins right down to the bay of Antibes. Local legend claims that the green light of the lighthouse was the model for the infamous green dock light in the Great Gatsby, another of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Riviera-inspired novels.
For a far less literary but much more energetic walk, check out the Chemin des Contrebandiers or Smugglers Path. Starting from the Chemin de la Garoupe, the Smugglers Path winds all around the peninsula along the rocky coastline. With the Mediterranean on your left and your neighbour’s gardens on the right, make your way around the headland along the rocky path until you come to the Anse de l’Argent Faux beach. A reward for making it all round the peninsula, this beautiful beach is completely unspoilt and is the perfect place to watch the sun go down over what the locals call ‘Billionaires Bay’.
Thanks to its great location, the Cap d’Antibes is an easy drive away from Monaco, Cannes and Nice. Enjoy a day’s shopping in the city, or a big night out with friends in one of the French Riviera’s VIP clubs. If you feel like a weekend away, Italy and Corsica are both a short hop from the Cap d’Antibes, while in winter you’re only a couple of hours away from some of the best powder in Europe, up in the Southern Alps. There’s so much to do and see in the region that we predict your only problem will be finding enough time to fit it all in. Start looking for a property in Cap d’Antibes today and get ready for the start of a fabulous new French lifestyle.
Properties for Sale in Cap d'Antibes
Located in 1,400m² of manicured gardens, this spectacular property on the Cap d’Antibes is a rare find. This luxury Cap d’Antibes villa combines the stylish charm of early twentieth-century architecture with the chic sophistication of modern interior design and was styled by an award-winning designer. Comprising a main villa and a separate studio ( perfect for the in-laws!), the property’s accommodation consists of 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. The 15m infinity pool, spa, and entertainment room are just some of the selling points of this outstanding pad, which is only a short stroll from the beach, what more could anyone ask for?
This outstanding domaine on the Gulf of Biot is an incredible real estate opportunity. A regal country house with all the comforts of a family home, the property is located close to the Cap d’Antibes. Outside, the collonaded exterior leads to traditional French gardens, sun-drenched terraces, a swimming pool and large olive grove. Indoors, the house which was designed by celebrated architect André Svetchine, has 12 bedrooms, 3 entertainment rooms, spacious living and dining rooms, staff quarters and its very own private nightclub in the basement. With so much on-hand at home, you might just decide that staying in is the new going out!
This beautiful mas on the Cap d’Antibes combines traditional charm with modern comfort. Built in classical French style, a stone facade and wooden shutters characterise the outside of the property, while the contemporary interior is nothing short of spectacular. In purchasing this property, you’re buying more than just a house, you’re also purchasing a unique lifestyle on the exclusive Cap d’Antibes peninsula, a truly priceless commodity. Enjoy the extensive grounds, escape the summer heat in the outdoor pool, or simply admire the panoramic views over the Mediterranean, this house has it all.
Investing in Cap d'Antibes Real Estate
Cap d’Antibes property is a safe choice for a smart investment, whether you’re looking to live in the area or buying Cap d'Antibes real estate with a view to let it out. As lifestyles go, this is a pretty good one. Here are some of the top reasons to invest in luxury real estate in the Cap d’Antibes:
The region. The Cap d’Antibes is perfectly placed for exploring the rest of the French Riviera. Antibes is just a 5-minute helicopter ride away from Cannes and only 15 minutes from Monaco and St Tropez. Head up into the mountains or down the coast to discover the area, or go farther afield and spend time in Italy and Corsica, the options are endless.
The beaches. Blessed with some beautiful coastline, the Cap d’Antibes is ideal for beach lovers. Sunbathe in hidden coves and swim in sheltered inlets just a short stroll away from your luxury property.
The social life. Neighbouring Antibes and Cannes host world-class events all year round. Take advantage of your location in the Cap d’Antibes to enjoy front row seats to the best the French Riviera has to offer.
The restaurant scene. Antibes has a great selection of places to eat ranging from Michelin-starred restaurants to local bistros. Every meal out is one to remember when you live in the French Riviera.
- The location. The Cap d’Antibes is one of the most select areas on the French Riviera. Property here has exceptionally strong resale and rental potential thanks to the exclusive nature of the peninsula.
The Purchase Process in France
With our help, buying a property in Cap d'Antibes is relatively straight forward. To help you understand how it works, we've visualised the buying process in the following infographic:
Highlights of the Social Calendar
Social butterflies will love living in the Cap d’Antibes, as there’s always something going on. Here are some of the highlights of the social calendar for this part of the world:
- Antibes: Pain, Amour & Chocolat Festival ~ February
- Juan les Pins: Classic à Juan ~ March/April/May
- Antibes: Antiques Show ~ April
- Antibes: Côte d’Azur Rally ~ May
- Cannes: International Film Festival ~ May
- Antibes: Les Nuits Carrées ~ June
- Antibes: Voiles d’Antibes competition ~ June
- Antibes: Deantibulations Show ~ June
- Juan les Pins: Jazz à Juan Festival ~ July
- Juan les Pins: Sucre & Chocolat Exhibition ~ November
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