Antibes Luxury Yacht Charter Guide | French Riviera
Charter a luxury yacht in Antibes and Port Vauban to discover the French Riviera in style with family and friends this summer, or for a corporate events
Both an ancient Greek and Roman fortified town, Antibes originally was the only large town between Italy and Marseille. Today Antibes is a bustling French Riviera port town and is also home to the biggest marina in the West Mediterranean and some of the most stunning superyachts. The recent announcement of the new harbour remodel, "Project Vauban" puts it at the forefront of infrastructure and promises charterers a modern and culturally integrated yachting destination.
Situated between Nice and Cannes, Antibes is the perfect port to begin your luxury crewed motor yacht charter in the French Riviera. All within close proximity, a week on the water will see you flocking to Cannes' glamorous boutiques and dining at the finest resturants, sampling Monaco's lavish casino scene, and relaxing on the sundrenched sands at the St Tropez beach clubs. Whilst the French Riviera is beautiful, Antibes' position makes venturing into the Italian Riviera a wonderful addition to your luxury motor yacht charter.
The two most notable landmarks in Antibes are the Chateau Grimaldi, which today houses the Picasso Museum as well as several others, and the imposing Fort Carre, with its extensive ramparts. Antibes offers charming town squares and cobbled streets teeped in history, excellent museums, sandy beaches, a wide variety of restaurants - in short, there is plenty to do for everyone.
Port Vauban, the main port of Antibes, is the largest pleasure port in Europe, offering 2400 berths. It's home to an impressive range of superyachts, Mangustas, Benettis, Rivas, Sunseekers and Princesses, but also sports a strong sailing culture. We recommend a walk along the superyacht quay, where you are almost guaranteed to see several of the world's top 100 largest superyachts. It has recently been announced that the port will undergo a 25-year project to make it yet more the yachting hub of the Western Mediterranean.
Cap d'Antibes, a craggy peninsula jutting out into the Mediterranean just west of the town, is home to many exclusive villas and the famous Hotel de Cap Eden Rock, the hotel of choice for the rich and famous in the Cote d'Azur. Maybe better to anchor offshore and pull up for lunch at the famous Eden Rock restaurant, or why not consider the beautiful Keller Plage restaurant in the bay of Cap d'Antibes. For inspiration on which resturants are a must-experience for a wide variety of tastes and atmosphere, our experts have put together a popular Cote d'Azur restaurant and bar guide.
You will find the beach town of Juan-les-Pins on the west side of Cap d'Antibes, a charming French seaside resort offering sandy beaches, plenty of restaurants and a vibrant nightlife known for its jazz scene - of which the annual Jazz à Juan Festival takes place. A variety of laid-back beach clubs line the coast here, offering the chance to unwind, moreso than those in Cannes. Have a look at our beach club guide for a wide array of options.
Antibes is the perfect port to begin your French Riviera charter, be it for a weekly French Riviera motor yacht itinerary, 7 day sailing catamaran vacation or day charter to Monaco or St Tropez. It has every type of boat available, excellent facilities and is central to all of the attractions of the French and Italian Riviera. Discover our itinerary of both the French and Italian Riviera combining both of these beautiful destinations for a mixed array of activities and scenery.
We have a number of itineraries available to match your charter needs. If you would like gorgeous cliffs, rock formations and nature in all of its glory, you'll want to head south to explore Esterel, St Tropez, Cassis, and the Porquerolles National Park. If it is the sun, shopping and the glamour of the French Riviera that attracts you, then Cannes, Monaco, St Tropez will deliver. Alternatively the Italian Riviera's colourful hillside town of Portofino is one to lay eyes upon.
Below, you will find a sample itinerary from Antibes that gives you a little bit of both for a luxury cruising vacation on the French Riviera.
Antibes Luxury Yacht Charter Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive afternoon Nice Cote d’Azur airport, transfer to your Yacht berthed in Port Vauban, Antibes
Day 2: St. Tropez for lunch at Club 55 and a day at a private club on the famous Pampelonne Beach
Day 3: Porquerolles for swimming, biking, and enjoying the peace and quiet. Dinner at Le Mas du Langoustier
Day 4: Iles Lerins for relaxation, seeing Cannes, and the cell of the Masked Man
Day 5: Villefranche to see the beautiful port and explore the old town
Day 6: Monaco for sightseeing and a try at the Casino
Day 7: Nice for a visit to the old town before transferring back to the Airport
You'll certainly come home with memories to last a lifetime! We also have personalised a luxury 4 day itinerary for those looking for the finest areas available on the French Riviera.
Our Charter Experts are on hand to plan many types of specialty charters, such as aboard a classic sailing yacht (we'll even set up a mini regatta for you), corporate entertainment cruises, and a wide variety of team building and celebration events. With such close proximity to Cannes, we suggest stepping onboard in Antibes should you wish to attend the MIPIM or the Cannes Film Festival.
Our Charter Experts have an unrivalled knowledge of the French RIviera and expertise of the boats' Captains and their crew, therefore only reccommend the absolute best yachts suited to you and your group. Discover our Antibes charter yachts and contact us for a bespoke proposal.