Antibes is one of the French Riviera’s most popular destinations and rightly so – it has amazing history, beautiful old buildings, interesting monuments, great restaurants, fantastic festivals, an award-winning market and it’s a photogenic place too!
Recently, I joined a tour with Antibes Free Walking Tours to discover the best of Antibes in a few hours and find out why this relatively new company is being talked about!
Why did I join the tour when I am a local?
I know A LOT about Antibes, however I was very interested in finding out what this tour offers visitors to the Côte d’Azur and how it shares insight about daily French life, the towns rich history, popular attractions and hidden areas of a destination that only a local would know.
My tour benefits
Whether you’re a solo traveller or visiting Antibes as part of a group, here’s my feedback on the benefits of taking this tour:
- Even though the tour is guided it moves at a good pace – it is not rushed nor too slow.
- The tour is fun and educational. Cédric has a great sense of humour and he knows so many facts and figures about Antibes. I have been on many tours around the world and it’s so great to meet a tour guide who is smiley and enthusiastic (which is not always the case in different cities!)
- A true representation of Antibes. I was listening very carefully and he was 100% correct with historic dates and places so you can be assured that he is giving an honest representation of the town.
- Chance to meet other travellers. One of the best thing about travelling is meeting other people. The day I joined in, other tour participants were from Sweden, Belgium, Canada and England.
- A good mix of locations included in the tour. The tour visits popular places as well as lesser visited places of interest and back streets. You get to see various areas of Old Town Antibes such as Marché Provençal (the covered market), Free Commune of Safranier, the remparts, Picasso Museum and the port.
- The opportunity to learn about Antibes in a few hours. I’ve done them all in various global destinations – self-guided walking tours, full day group tours that cram in 50 popular touristy spots (hello, London!), tourist trains, audio guided tours. This tour is the perfect antidote if you have limited time in Antibes.
- Not ‘salesy’ or pushy. I think it’s important to mention that this tour doesn’t feel like a directed crawl to various places that the tour guide gets a commission or backhander for taking people there. Cedric has a background in I.T but due to a lifestyle change he has realised his passion for tourism and sharing his love for Antibes. At no time did I feel obligated to buy or try anything along the way, it is a very relaxed yet professionally run tour. Cedric is personable and open to suggesting other places you can visit outside of joining the tour.
Who would suit this tour?
This tour would appeal to many different tourists with wide interests because it takes in so many aspects of Antibes. Whether you like food, history, art, natural landscapes or finding out about French culture you won’t be disappointed. Even for a local like me, I found it interesting and informative. Here is a snapshot of the kinds of travellers who I believe would enjoy this Antibes tour:
- Small groups – couples, families, friends
- Cruise ship passengers or yacht charter guests looking for an onshore excursion of a few hours duration that gives an overview of Antibes, its history and top places of interest
- Art or history enthusiasts (the tour includes information about some well-known attractions such as the Picasso Museum as well as lesser known spots such as Chapelle St-Bernandin and the Peynet Museum)
- People who like quirky facts (Personally, I really love tours that include quirky or surprising information. You’ll hear some fun facts about Antibes and France including the history of absinthe (pastis’ nemesis!), the evolution of the city’s remparts and famous people who visit the area).
What time is the tour?
The Antibes Free Walking Tours explores the heart of Antibes Old Town from Tuesday to Saturday.
Tours depart at 10.30am daily from Place de Gaulle, near the fountain in the square opposite Monoprix and last around 2 hours.
Note: The fountain isn’t operating on Thursday or Saturday due to the market, so just look for the guide in the red shirt. It’s recommended to reserve a place in advance.
How to book
You can find Antibes Free Walking Tours on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or drop them a line via their website.
I enjoyed the tour so much I have added reviews for them on TripAdvisor where I’m a Top Contributor with over 50 global reviews of hotels, resorts, restaurants and attractions and Wiki Places for Kids.
Disclosure: I was kindly invited to a Special Bloggers Day with Antibes Free Walking Tours to experience the tour myself. As I believe in supporting businesses who represent the Côte d’Azur to a high standard, I am listed as a Partner on the website. However, as always, this review is my honest interpretation of what was offered.