Gorges du Verdon is Europe’s “little brother” to Grand Canyon in the US with 1000 different hiking and climbing routes in a beautiful and spectacular landscape. Great range of opportunities by the river, like kayaking and rafting. Only 1.5 hour drive from Antibes to Gorges du Verdon. If you have time, stay overnight in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, a fantastic mountain village by the great lake.
A shorter trip, but which is also fantastic canyon experience, is the Gorges du Loup. Located near Gourdon and offers outdoor activities where you can cool down in the mountain clear and fresh water, or simply body surf with a bodysuit and helmet down river (organized tours).
Ski – there are actually many great ski resorts just over an hour’s drive from the Mediterranean, for example Isola2000 or Auron; 1.5 h run and 97 km north of Nice with 120km slopes, 46 slopes 1600-2900 m above sea level! read more here www.isola2000.com and here www.auron.com. Ski is open from the beginning of December till late-April. During Easter, we often go skiing a few days and lie on the beach when weather permits the other days – perfect Easter if you ask me!
Antibes is the perfect base for keen golfers as there is a number of excellent 18-hole courses in the immediate vicinity, for example, in Biot, Mandelieu, Grasse, Mougins, Opio, Valbonne and – only in the Sophia Antipolis park (15min), there are 3 golf courses. With a comfortable, dry and sunny winter climate, it is great to play in the south of France all year round. Prices and availability are also usually good.
See the link below for more detailed presentation of some of the courses:
Royal Mougins: 424, Avenue du Roi, Mougins, tel +33 4 92 92 49 69. Excellent golf course just north of Cannes. Not cheap, but lunches at the exclusive club is in a part of the package when you play: o))
Monte Carlo Golf Club: Route du Mont-Agel, +33 4 92 41 50 70. The view is not better than this, 900 m above sea level and the view of palaces in Monaco.
Golf School, Route d’Antibes, tel + 33 4 93 65 05 65. Near Biot find you great training!