Cap d'Antibes peninsula

Between prestige and preserved nature

Carte point par point

1 - At the start of the Cap d'Antibes, on the west coast, is a lovely small renovated harbor named le Port de la Salis. Built around early 20thcentury, this harbor can host 245 boats, as long as they are not more than 7 meters long. The small stone wall allows the dreamers to sit for a few minutes in front of said boats.

2 – In front of the harbor, starts le chemin du Calvaire (Pilgrim's path) who leads to the Garoupe wood and Garoupe plateau.
The Garoupe woods spreads over 9 hectares of dense and preserved vegetation. Property of the Littoral conservatory, it offers a shady place for relaxing and strolling into the wild.
A few meters up high and you will find the Garoupe plateau, a unique and not-to-be-missed place in Antibes Juan-les-Pins. It is also accessible by car, by following the Route du Phare (Lighthouse Road). There, you will find the lighthouse and the semaphore, property of the French Navy, the Peynet oratory, and the beautiful Garoupe Chapelle, listed by the French Historic Monument Society.

3 – A little bit down south, still west, the Garoupe bay, where one can fin various small private beaches, is one of the starts of the littoral path, named Sentier de Tirepoil. This area, property of the Littoral Conservatory, is protected. The path, a 5km loop, is easily accessible as long as you wear the right shoes (stairs prevent wheelchairs and strollers to access the path).

4 – At the end of the littoral path, before starting the drive back, you will find the Villa Eilenroc and its gardens. Finalized in 1867 by the Dutch Hugh-Hope Loudon, its name is the anagramme of Cornelie, his wife. The gardens were realized a little bit late, in 1873, when the villa was bought by James Wyllie. The villa and its garden were bequeathed to the city of Antibes by its last owner, Mrs Beaumont, in 1982. A foundation was thus created and the city started a vast program of renovation for the building itself, but also for the furnitures and the gardens. In 2004, to finalized this project, the eco-museum is created and came to complete the olive grove and rose garden.

5 – On the John Fitzgerald Kennedy boulevard, going toward the east of the Cap, you will find the Villa les Chênes Vert, which hosted Jules Verne, who spent 6 winters there to rewrite his novels for theatre.
A little bit further, in the middle of a big park, stands the majestic palace l’hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. The Villa Soleil, built in 1869 by Hippolyte de Villemessant (boss of the French newspaper Figaro), hosts a lot of uninspired writers. Bought in 1887 by Antoine Sella who transformed it in hotel, it is actually his son, André, that gave from 1914 the establishment its mythical fame. Ever since then, every stars in the world have stayed there.

6 – The Graillon Tower is on a 2.2 hectares natural site belonging to the Littoral Conservatory, and is managed by the city of Antibes Juan-les-Pins. Its coastal fringe is listed Natura 2000. It hosts the l’Espace Mer et Littoral (Sea and Littoral Space)which has for vocation to make the natural wealth of the Mediterranean Sea and more specifically the Cap d'Antibes known by all. Open to public from June 15thto September 15th, the place presents many exhibits and eco-touristic animations.

7 – The villa Aujourd’hui is a modernist construction built in 1938 by the American architecte Barry Dierks, at the behest of Mrs Audrey Chadwick. Bought in the 50's by Jack Warner, it hosted Charlie Chaplin and Ava Gardner.

8 – In 1857, the botanist Gustave Adolphe Thuret bought a small piece of land at the gate of Antibes. There, he build a villa and planted plant species then unknown by all. Property of the state, the  botanic garden of Villa Thuret are managed by the INRA and still host a Study and Plants Acclimation Center. Listed “Remarkable Garden” in 2007, the garden Thuret has always fascinate scholars and people such as Georges Sand, who wrote un 1868 that it was “the most beautiful garden that she saw in her entire life”, or Gustave Flaubert. The park can be visited only during the week.