Poised between Cannes and Nice along the Côte d’Azur, Port Vauban’s generous natural harbor has been in use since ancient times; more recently, it has become a favored destination for the glitterati and the super-rich. Home to over 1,600 berths—each of which costs upwards of €1 million—the port enjoys a bustling summer high season, and offers enviable people-watching in addition to the picture-perfect Mediterranean views.
Port Vauban is just moments from central Antibes and it’s easy to discover independently. The port also features on bike tours of the coastal city, alongside other Antibes highlights, like Fort Carré and Musée Picasso. If you’re visiting from elsewhere on the Riviera, book a stress-free, full-day trip to explore Antibes and its port, as well as other hubs like Cannes, Monaco, and Saint-Paul-de-Vence.
Things to know before you go
- Complement your marina explorations with a dip at the neighboring Plage de la Gravette, a fully public beach with white sand and basic amenities.
- Head to the port’s glitzy Quai des Milliardaires to spy some of its most high-end vessels, as well as Spanish artist Jaume Plensa’s sculpture, “Le Nomade.”
- Port Vauban is located near Antibes’ traditional Marché Provençal; pick up fresh produce, cheese, and other delicacies here for a waterside picnic.
How to get there
Port Vauban is in the heart of Antibes and can be easily accessed on foot, by bike, or by taxi. If you plan to take public transport from another Riviera destination, it’s situated just steps from the Gare d’Antibes, the city’s main train station. Tours from other Riviera hotspots make transportation simple.
When to get there
Port Vauban is always open, although it is best visited during the summer high season, when the sun is shining and when the marina is full of spectacular superyachts and visiting A-listers. Head out early in the day if you want to avoid crowds.
Nearby Antibes Highlights
Antibes isn’t just a parking lot for superyachts: the Riviera hotspot is also rich in cultural and historical attractions. Head to the Musée Picasso to see an impressive collection of the Spanish Modernist’s works, stroll to the Musée d’Archéologie (Archaeology Museum) for another dose of culture, venture to the centuries-old Fort Carré, admire landmarks like the Antibes Cathedral, and more.