Cap d'Antibes

The forested peninsula between Antibes and Juan les Pins, the Cap d'Antibes is a very prestigious part of the French Riviera between Nice and Cannes. The cap was made famous to Americans by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemmingway.

A smattering of quaint beaches and seaside walking paths can be found along the cape, as well as exclusive properties hidden behind security cameras and luxuriant vegetation; dwellings such as Château Thénard, the summer residence of Grand Duke Nicholas (cousin of the last Russian czar, who died here in 1929); the Chateau de la Croë, neighbor to the Villa Eilenroc and situated on the Southernmost tip of the cape, was constructed in 1927 in strict Victorian style. La Croë was the residence of the Duke of Windsor in 1938 and later, Kind Edward VIII of Great Britain.

Perched on the cape hilltop are the historic Église Notre Dame de la Garoupe and the Garoupe lighthouse, the Phare de la Garoupe, from which a 360-degree breathtaking panoramic view from Nice to Cannes is found, including a view of the Southern Alps in the distance.


The walking trail, Sentier Touristique Tirepoil, around the eastern portion of the cape.


The walking trail around Cap d'Antibes affords views unattainable by car.


The Plage de la Garoupe on the cape sits at the entry to the walking trail Tirepoil. The small sand beach offers a tiny public section amidst the private beaches which provide mattresses, parasols, and access to the bar, restaurant, & restrooms.


Jeff and Karen test the waters at Plage Garoupe.


It's cool, but refreshing!


The mini harbor, Port de l'Olivette, on the western side of the cape.
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Villa Eilenroc was built in 1867 by Charles Garnier, designer of the Paris Opera House. Eilenroc has been home to such figures as Belgian king Leopold II, Egyptian king Farouk, Aristotle Onassis and Greta Garbo. During the summer nights, classical music performances are held on the majestic grounds.


Villa Eilenroc hosts the Antibes Génération Virtuoses classical music fesitval


Piano concerto featured as part of the Antibes Génération Virtuoses festival series

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