Antibes and Juan-les-Pins

If you have a look at a map of the Cote d’Azur, you could be forgiven for thinking Antibes and Juan-les-Pins were one and the same as it seems as if travel agents have stuck them together to produce somewhat of a sprawl between Nice and Cannes on the Cap d’Antibes peninsular. They are two completely different towns of course, as you will see for yourself when you have seen the 16th century ramparts and Greek origins of Antibes then compare them with art deco elegance that is Juan-les-Pins.

Both towns are bursting with character and will delight any visitor, it isn’t really a problem if you cannot decide in which to stay either as while they are not exactly joined at the hip, they are a very short distance apart. Considering how popular Antibes is and the fact that it is one of the most popular resorts on this coastline, there are very few hotels, Juan-les-Pins has much more to offer, but renting a flat for the duration of your stay can be very cost effective, plus gives you the freedom to explore the area fully.

If you want a more relaxed and laid back holiday then Antibes should be your choice, as the town revolves around its cafe culture where you can sit for hours watching ancient French men the colour of walnuts playing boules on the sea front. Juan-les-Pins has more of a buzz to it which youngsters on scooters flying around. A beautiful town indeed, this may be more appealing if you travelling as a family and have teenagers with you.

This is one of the most beautiful areas in all of Europe, and with easy access to such hot spots as Nice, Monaco and Cannes, these neighbouring towns are the perfect base for exploring the coast, and getting in some star spotting in the glamorous resorts.