Plage de la Gravette in August, our favourite of all Antibes beaches. It’s got character, Blue Flag status, with three freshwater showers, portaloos and lifeguards.
Gravette is an excellent beach with lots of character, calm waters protected by curving reefs, it’s about 10 minutes pleasant walk from the rail station via the port. Access is via an archway near the main portal in the old town wall.
A panorama of the central French Riviera seen from Plage de la Salis’ little marina wall.
From left you can see: Antibes’ port and some mega yachts; the distant, hideous ‘pyramids’ of Villeneuve-Loubet Plage; the low hills section of Cagnes-sur-Mer and St Laurent-du-Var; the sprawl of Nice; Mount Boron’s park; the start of east Riviera affluence at Villefranche-sur-Mer. Continuing out of the picture to the east as far as Italy are St Jean Cap Ferrat, Eze, Beaulieu, Monaco and Menton.
Note that Antibes-Juan-les-Pins(aka JLP) is a single civic area under the control of one Mairie. Beaches on this page are Antibes proper. If, however, you walk west for about 10 minutes you will arrive at Juan-les-Pins beaches. These sport fine sand but are mostly narrow and controlled by restaurants/hotels, so it’s pay time, though the public can walk within 3 metres of the waterline anywhere in France.
There is one large, pleasant public beach at the far west end of JLP’s strip.