About a month ago we attended a friend's wedding in Cap d'Antibes. Everything was absolutely glorious, the ceremony, the setting, the food, the speeches and the post-wedding sunday-chill out to recover from all the previous night's drinking. The definite highlight for me was the perfectly executed "Dirty Dancing" dance by the glamorous couple!
Cap d'Antibes is located on the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) in-between Cannes and Nice. Antibes was founded in the 5th century by the Greeks of Phocaea as a trading post called Ἀντίπολις, Antípolis (literally, the "city across"). Since the mid 19th century the region has been a magnet for Hollywood royalty, artists and literati including Monet, Hemingway, Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Cary Grant & Sophia Loren.
SLEEP at the minimalistic Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel for modernist chic, at Hôtel Belles Rives which was the original villa that Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald stayed at, or at the super glitzy Hotel du Cap Eden Roc for major indulgence.
WALK along the spectacular Sentier du Littoral (aka Sentier Tirepoil) footpath, which stretches about 5 km along the outermost tip of the peninsula.
SEE the island of Ile Sainte Marguerite with it's natural reserve, old fortress prison and peaceful beaches. The Picasso museum, housed inside the Grimaldi Castle, at Vielle Antibes. Jardin Thuret (Thuret Garden) filled with subtropical plants and established by botanist Gustave Thuret, who first introduced the palm tree to the French Riviera. Villa Eilenroc, designed by Charles Garnier, the creator of the Paris Opera.
SHOP at the famous antiques market in the Cours Saleya in Nice on Monday and promenade down La Croisette at Cannes and spoil yourself with new designer dresses.
EAT & DRINK at Les Vieux Murs for fine-dining and yacht-spotting, Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit for a bit of romance, Mamalu for a more informal setting and excellent pasta, Restaurant de Bacon for sophisticated seafood, Bar de la Plage for excellent cocktails by the beach.