Antibes & Golfe Juan
Antibes and Golfe Juan, set respectively just West and East of the Cap d'Antibes peninsula, each have their own distinctive character; both are attractive destinations for Superyachts.
The Mediterranean town of Antibes has an interesting history stretching back thousands of years. Greek seafarers first began turning the southern corner of the ‘Bay of Angels’ into a trading post known as ‘Antipolis’ - meaning 'the city opposite'. The town has retained much of its ancient charm, with a wonderful climate and scenery attracting thousands of tourists each year. There are 48 beaches along its 25km of coastline. Inside the ramparts is the ‘Old Town’ of Antibes, with its quaint narrow streets, food and flower market.
The marina itself, is home to some of the world's largest yachts. Its 1,600 moorings make it Europe's largest pleasure port. The ancient ramparts contrast with high tech, multi-million dollar floating homes. The IYCA (International Yacht Club of Antibes) can accommodate many of the largest Superyachts around, and is frequently full. Currently, Port Vauban is having a major facelift and extension with the aim of being the best and most ecologically advanced marina in the Med by 2022. Antibes is bustling with suppliers of every product a yacht might need. This ‘mecca’ for yacht crews, offers a large English speaking social scene with numerous bars and restaurants.
Between Antibes and Golfe Juan is the trendy beachside town of Juan-les-Pins, affectionately known as "JLP" among yachties, where the hottest bars and night clubs as well as the softest white sandy beaches can be found. As densely populated in summer as St.Tropez, it is a great spot for people watching, and tourists flock their for the jazz festival.
Less than 15 minutes from Antibes by car and situated between the Cap d'Antibes to the East and the Cap de la Croisette to the west, Golfe-Juan is a delightful seaside resort that offers superb views of the Lérins Islands and of the Cap d'Antibes. It boasts roughly 1km of narrow sandy beach extending in a shallow curve, lined with tall, elegant palms.
The protected bay of Port Camille Rayon is a natural shelter from inclement weather, and many yachts choose Golfe-Juan as their ‘winter home’. It was on the beach of Golfe-Juan - on March 1st 1815 - that Napoléon Bonaparte landed, following his escape from exile on the island of Elba and gave the order to march first towards Cannes and Grasse, to arrive finally in Paris: the route taken by Napoleon as far as Laffrey, is now famously known as the "Route Napoléon" and is signposted from the centre of Golfe-Juan.