Antibes (Port Vauban)

S/V Goldcrest
David & Lindsay Inwood
Sat 25 Jun 2011 16:00

We had yet another still, hot day to do the 17nm to Antibes, so we had a protracted lunch stop anchored on Cap Ferrat.  The bay would have been nice & sheltered from any winds (some chance!) but we were instead buffeted by the wakes of passing super-cruisers.  Apart from these super-scale monsters (we’ve just seen one 370ft long with a 70ft sailing yacht on its deck!), all of a sudden it feels like we’re back in the Solent, judging by the number of boats dashing around.  Actually it’s nothing like the Solent really – water you can swim in (avoiding the jellyfish), dawn to dusk sunshine and it is HOT!


Cap Ferrat anchorage:


Antibes is another humungous port.  We got lost just trying to find the harbour office, then lost again trying to find the berth they let us have for the night.  We had a lovely meal out in a courtyard in the old town (how does French food taste so great at such modest prices?) then wandered round the port area and came across a folk band and dozens of locals dancing (very like a ceilidh) – we think they were celebrating midsummer.


An unusual giant sculpture overlooking the port: