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Cannes Beach.
Cannes Beach.
Sunny Antibes.
David in the French Riviera, taking time out.

Vive Le France - Riviera Drive

Thursday, February 21, 2002
Tucked in between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera is the ancient village of Antibes, with beautiful beaches and glorious views.

Tucked in between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera is the ancient village of Antibes — or more correctly, Antibes Juan les Pin. The two towns are three kilometres apart but are in fact officially joined.

Antibes is just 20km from Nice, but between the dense traffic and winding road, it can take an hour to drive. However, it's worth it for the Mediterranean views.

In the 5th century BC, Antibes was a Greek fortified town named Antipolis, before becoming a Roman town. It has always been popular and active, not only with locals but with people from all over the globe.

Antibes' seafaring history spans thousands of years, and it is not surprising to see hundreds of luxury yachts moored there, their passengers enjoying the guaranteed 300 days of sunshine each year. It has free, sandy beaches, and beach clubs where you have to pay, but it is more than a playground for the wealthy.

A stroll from the multi-million-dollar marina through an ancient gate transports you back in time. The Old Town, "le vieil Antibes", is an authentic, unspoiled, cobblestoned village that has survived tourist development and has the dignity and atmosphere of its past. To get the most out of your visit, the Maison du Tourisme has as much information as you need. It is easy to see why people such as Picasso have been going to the tiny walled city since the late 1800s to find inspiration, while others have been going there to achieve an all-over tan.

It has some wonderful delis and, apart from Mondays, the Antibes Provençal Market is open, with a great array of produce. A comparatively easy way to see all the towns dotted along the Côte d'Azur is to rent a Vespa. These little scooters are inexpensive to hire, easy to ride and are perfect for zipping in and out of traffic and up and down narrow back streets. Once you are in the area, it's very tempting to visit Cannes, Nice, St Tropez and the Principality of Monaco.

Hotel Juana was built in 1930 by Joseph Barache, and this art déco hotel is still run by his family. It is listed as a monument and students of architecture frequently visit to admire its beauty. Its Swiss lift is an antique museum piece, fitted with sophisticated and modern engineering. It takes guests to the accommodation floors where rooms are elegantly decorated with air conditioning, electric blinds, and a safe. The bathrooms are made of precious marble and Italian, handmade tiles.

Juana's sandy beach in the Bay of Juan-Les Pins faces the Lérins Islands, and it is beautiful in the early morning, perfect during the day and offers colourful sunsets over the Esterel red-cliff mountains. Beach facilities include beds, mattresses, cabins, umbrellas, showers, drinks and refreshments. There is also a white marble pool, solarium and a pool house bar.


France's south-east coast.


Qantas has an exclusive special for Getaway viewers to Paris. Return economy airfares are $1399 from the east coast, Adelaide or Perth. This offer ends on Monday, August 6, 2001 for travel from October 1 to November 15, 2001 and from January 14 to February 28, 2002.
Hotel Juana has rooms starting at $300 per double per night.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Maison de la France
(French Government Tourist Office)
Ph: (02) 9231 5244
Fax: (02) 9221 8682
Hotel Juana
La Pinese — Avenue Gallice
F-01610 Juan Les Pins France
Ph: 0011 33 4 9361 0870
Fax: 0011 334 9361 7670
Antibes Tourism:
Qantas: 13 13 13

For a safe and healthy journey, talk to the travel doctor: 1300 658 844 or visit
Vaccinations: Tetanus/Diphtheria and Measles if under 30 years and no previous booster. A small kit for treatment of cuts, scratches, coughs and colds is available in all Travel Doctor clinics. Take plenty of protective 30+ sunscreen. Beware when crossing roads, traffic travels in the opposite direction from Australia.

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