Bastide de la brague
55 Avenue Numero 6, la Bastide de la Brague, Antibes, 06600, France
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Tommy in the Breakfast Room
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Bikes in Antibes area
We'll be in the area for a week in late spring and would prefer not to rent a car. We'll be staying at Les Jardins d'Ulysee (near Thalazur) which seems to be a bit remote by some standards. How practical would it be to rent bikes to get around town? What about using bikes to visit neighboring places (Cagnes especially)? My partner is in good physical shape (he's a runner) and I am willing but not particularly athletic. Any recommendations?
RE: Bikes in Antibes area
Hi. We spent a week at the Gardens of Ulysses. It's very nice but the traffic in the area is horrendous. We were there in July (World Cup win and Bastille Day / lots of fireworks) but we've been back as late as November and it is still bad traffic. I'm from Los Angeles so I know bad traffic. Believe me, the Riviera is the worst.
Bicycles would be wonderful! We walked as many places as we could. There's a shortcut down to a little strip mall with a Petit Casino (grocery store) that we used regularly. At the end of the strip mall is a boulangerie that has marvelous roasted chicken. You can walk to the Mediterranean too.
You can easily bike into Antibes which is a really nice town. The Old Town is wonderful. Don't miss the Picasso Museum and be sure to look at the views out the windows. Vallauris has Picasso's War & Peace which is worth a trip too. There is bus service in the area although it's as slow as the traffic. Bikes were passing us all the time. (That would be you!)
It might be worth getting in shape so you can do it. It can get pretty hilly just a mile inland. As a matter of fact, les Jardins d'Ulysee are up a pretty steep slope if you are out of shape.
Cagnes is a pretty long bike ride unless you ride regularly and you will be dodging that nasty traffic. You might consider the bus for that one. If you use the bus, be sure to visit St. Paul de Vence above Cagnes.
We had a car and used it for sightseeing, just not around the Mediterranean. Once you are inland a mile or so, the traffic disappears. (Magic!)
On bicycles, ride down to Juan les Pins and Golfe Juan. We enjoyed the beach at Golfe Juan. If you get there early, you'll have it to yourselves.
You've got time, get out your bike and get used to it. The Riviera is a great place for a bike and you will make better time than the cars. There is also excellent train service along the Riviera you should check out.
Have a great trip. The views from the side and back rooms at Jardins d'Ulysee are fabulous! (Oh yes, their washing machines take forever.)
Travel Tips for Antibes
Les voiles d'Antibes
At the beginning of June takes place in Antibes a meeting of classic yachts. Yawl, Sloop, Ketch, they are all beautiful and they compete in fierce races during 5 days.
Being in Antibes at that period allows you to enjoy the signt of these beautiful yachts.
Good Fish and Seafood
The restaurant is big and the ambience is great, even though the age average of customers is over 40. My husband and I have already been here twice, once for lunch and another time for dinner.
Fish and seafood are expensive, especially if you come for dinner.
Service tends to be a bit slow on Sundays due, so you have to be patient. I think the best deal here is to come for lunch and order the set-menu for 19 Euros.
If you like mussels with fries, they have a 18 Euros all you can eat deal (only in the summer until end of August).
Musée Picasso at the Château Grimaldi in Antibes
The most known sight in Antibes may be the Chateau Grimaldi (Picasso Museum) which was originally built in the 12C on a terrace overlooking the sea. It now showcases an impressive collection of Picasso's paintings and ceramics.
The Château Grimaldi was build on the former Greek Acropolis in the 16th century. It was bought in 1925 by Antibes municipality, restored, and became a Museum. Picasso was invited and stayed there 6 months in 1946, working like a lot. When he left, he gave all the work he did there to the museum, which was further renamed the Picasso Museum. Museum collection then continued to enriched with further works of Picasso, and paintings or sculptures of other artists such as Léger, Atlan, Germaine Richier, Ernst, Picabia, Miro, Modigliani, Hartung, and Nicolas de Staël. Both Hartung and Staël lived in Antibes.
Chateau Grimaud - Musee Picasso
Landmark Chateau Grimaud houses a fine collection of works by Picasso - who generously donated them to the town after painting for several months in Antibes as a guest of the Chateau in 1946.
The collection includes over a hundred paintings - many discovered to be painted over older works stored in the basement that Picasso considered mediocre - iron cast sculptures and a large unusual collection of faces painted onto ceramic plates that I'm not sure would do much for your breakfast table.
The visitors include many earnest ladies with sketch-pads "doing art class", paying homage to the master.
Exporing the Fort
The best of visiting Old Antibes is exploring the narrow corridors the wind in and around the ancient Fort. Its not very big so slow down and take your time appreciating the old world architecture. If there is any credit I can pass along to people of ancient times was that they didn't believe in cookie cutter construction, you see architecture in this fort you will not see anywhere else in the world!
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