picasso in antibes
Picasso in Antibes, France

Any layperson endowed with common sense would never combine antiquity and modernity into a single concept. But legendary artist Pablo Picasso would never have let such an obvious oxymoron stop him, and neither did the museum bearing his name in Antibes. Therefore, until May 20, any visitor of the French Riviera can swing by the renowned resort town and enjoy the exhibit “Une moderne Antiquité : Picasso, de Chirico, Léger et Picabia en présence de l’antique” (A Modern Antiquity: Picasso, De Chirico, Léger et Picabia in the presence of the ancient world). At this exhibit, Greco-Roman sculptures and ceramics are confronted with 20th century’s masterpieces, highlighting not only the inspiration that these four groundbreakers of modern art drew from the ancient times, but also how they managed to reinvent and modernize classical art, in particular during the productive period between the two World Wars.

Once you’re done marveling at these fascinating artistic endeavors, be sure to check out the other attractions Antibes has to offer. With four other museums in addition to the Picasso Museum, you’ll be able to educate yourself on archeology, Napoleon, absinthe and local history. When you’re done sniffing up culture, it’s time to indulge in some leisurely downtime. You’ll be glad to learn that Antibes has no fewer than 48 beaches for you to choose from along the 25 km of coastline to Juan les Pins. For bucolic reverie, the Exflora Park, the Eilenroc Gardens or the Thuret Park will provide the necessary greenery and quietness.

Another priceless perk of Antibes is its convenient location between the two endlessly popular cities of Cannes and Nice. Those vibrant hubs are also where New York Habitat has plenty of fully furnished French Riviera vacation rentals designed to fit every visitor’s needs.

The closer of the two cities, Cannes can become your base by renting, for example, this 1-bedroom – Cannes Center – PR 339 with garden right downtown. A 10-minute walk from the Croisette, it is waiting for you in a hospitable residential neighborhood.

For a bigger party, we have a large 3-bedroom villa – Cannes – PR 406 offering complete modern comfort inside, and a convivial terrace, pleasant garden and majestic pool right outside your door.

If you decide on Nice – and who could blame you? – our hip studio – Nice Downtown – PR 1072 smartly maximizes its space, and you will not find yourself wanting for anything. Its prime location in the heart of the city will allow you to get around easily.

If you’re bringing company, our 2-bedroom apartment – Nice Old Town – PR 1082 is perfect for you. Right in the “Vieux Nice” (Old Town), it is also within easy walking distance from the Cours Saleya and its famous flower market, the no less famous Promenade des Anglais and, naturally, the beach.

Which city in the French Riviera would you most like to visit?