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Antibes marina

Antibes, together with its associated area of Juan les Pins and the Cap d'Antibes peninsula, is arguably the wealthiest enclave along the whole Cote d'Azur in France, with some of the most imposing and beautifully sited villas. Formerly host to such luminaries as Pablo Picasso and Graham Greene, residents would probably agree with Greene that Antibes is one of the few towns in the Cote d'Azur which has not completely lost its soul. Apart from the large marina, the town attractions include a Picasso Museum, an excellent covered market and a Romanesque cathedral with a beautiful mediaeval altarpiece. For the energetic, there are also some wonderful walks around the Cap d'Antibes peninsula. For dedicated beach bunnies, there are reportedly a total of 48 beaches within easy reach of Antibes and Juan les Pins. There is a huge but busy marina in Port Vauban, the old harbour of Antibes, and another, smaller marina at Port Gallice near Juan les Pins on the west side of the Cap d'Antibes peninsula.


Antibes is mercifully free from the worst of the mistral, which tends to blow down towards Corsica from the Gulf of Lion. However, it can get up to F6-7 on this coast during a strong mistral. The usual diurnal wind during the summer is a light to fresh SW seabreeze, which blows from mid-morning until evening. Occasionally there will be a fresh land breeze during the night, but more often conditions are calm.

Sources for Weather forecasts:


M15 Marseille to San Remo
British Admiralty
1998 Nice to Livorno incl. Gulf of Genoa
2246 Cap d'Antibes to Cap Ferrat





Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


On the approach to Port Vauban, Fort Carre, the large fort on the hill above the port, is very conspicuous. Closer in, the port beacon marking the end of the breakwater will be easily identified. Entry to the port is from due north.


Antibes is a port of entry/exit to France.

For entrance details see France.


Port Vauban marina

Call Port Vauban marina on channel 9 to negotiate a berth before entering the harbour. The capitainerie can be contacted also by telephone:

+33 (0) 492 91 60 00 or

The capitainerie itself is situated on a projecting spur to the left about 300 meters from the entrance, past the megayacht berths of the International Yacht Club, at the entrance to the inner harbour and close to the fuel berth. Some yachts report that the staff here are occasionally less than helpful; to compound matters, it can be a very long walk round to the capitainerie, depending on where visiting yachts are slotted in.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Port Vauban Marina has a total of 2400 berths, spread around the hemisphere of the old port. Although one of the largest marinas along this coast, berths are still hard to come by at some periods in July and August, and an early arrival is advised unless you have reserved a berth (see above). There are no designated visitors' berths and the capitainerie will slot you in wherever there is space (which can be a long way from the facilities, which are at the capitainerie).
  • Port Gallice On the west side of the Cap d'Antibes peninsula, near the town of Juan les Pins, there is a further marina, Port Gallice (details needed).


Depending on wind direction, there are anchorages on both sides of the Cap d'Antibes, in the Golfe Juan on the west side, or in the Anse de la Garoupe and Anse de la Salis on the east side. The anchorages can be weedy, however, and it is important to ensure your anchor is through the weed before venturing ashore.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

As arguably the leading yachting centre along the Cote d'Azur, Antibes is well supplied with all marine services, including chandlery, sailmakers, stainless steel fabrication, paint works etc (details needed)


Two yards in Port Vauban, where boats of up to 45 tons can be lifted. All repairs can be undertaken. The yards are on the south side of the outer harbour, opposite the megayacht moorings.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel berth next to the capitainerie
In the marina
In the marina

Things to do ashore


One of Antibes' chief attractions is the 16th century Chateau Grimaldi, in which Pablo Picasso stayed for six months in 1946, creating numerous paintings and drawings as well as ceramics. On departing, he left all his work in the castle, which the municipality then turned into the Picasso Museum. Today, it represents one of the finest collections of the artist's work. Next to the museum is the cathedral, which contains a beautiful mediaeval altarpiece surrounded by intricately painted scenes. Also worth visiting for the view from the ramparts is the Vauban-designed Fort Carre, on the spur of Saint-Roch overlooking the port. An absolute must is a stroll along the megayacht berths of the International Yacht Club of Antibes at the north side of the harbour, where you will see jaw-droppingly palatial superyachts as big as deep sea ferries. If you take your wife, make sure you handcuff her to you before setting out ...

Antibes attractions
Town beach, Antibes
Old town, Antibes
Provencal market, Antibes

Grocery & Supply Stores

  • Good grocery shops in the town.
  • Excellent traditional Provencal covered market every morning in Cours Massena.


  • L'Elephant Bleu, a Thai restaurant in the street just inside the ramparts overlooking the port, was very good in 2002 - s/y Athene of Lymington.




In the town.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Several outlets in the town.

Garbage Disposal

Bins around the marina and at the capitainerie.


List transportation (local and/or international.)


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See France.


We welcome users' contributions to the Wiki. Please click on Comments to view other users' comments, add your own personal experiences or recommend any changes to this page following your visit. We laid up for the winter of 2002-03 in Antibes and found we could access virtually everything we needed from the several chandleries and marine suppliers in the town. However, we wished we had lifted out at the larger of the two yards, which had a travel hoist. We used the smaller one, Chantier Carotini, lifting out with an alarmingly creaky crane - s/y Athene of Lymington.

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