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The city of Antibes

Antibes is also called "Antibes Juan-les-Pins. The city has a rich historical past and architectural. Its many museums, cultural and historic sites scattered across the city testify to these 2'600 stories that make its authenticity.

Antibes is one of the passages forced the legendary Côte d'Azur. The city was very appreciated by artists such as Jacques Prévert, Jacques Audiberti, Graham Greene, Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet who found a source of inspiration in Antibes. The city is also the first port of Marina of Europe and one of the European centres for the industrial production of flowers.

The history of Antibes

In Roman times Antibes is a privileged place of trade and the passage in the Mediterranean. In the 11th century, Antibes is the theatre of the departure of the first crusade. In the 14th century, the Grimaldi accessing the lordship of Antibes.

Border town with the County of Nice, Antibes suffered in the 16th century by numerous assaults, including those of Charles Quint. Following these attacks, Henri II undertaking work of Antibes fortifications, including Fort square building. The long military history of Antibes ends with the annexation of the County of Nice, until then Savoy to France in 1860.


The old town and the ramparts remind the rich history of Antibes whose authenticity is one of its strengths. It is through the small typical alleys and squares that we discover Antibes.

  • The square fort is a fort military built under the reign of Henri II in the 16th century. It located on the peninsula Saint-Roch, built on a rock rising to 26 metres above the sea. Perfected by Vauban, the set consists of a central tower and four bastions.
  • The religious heritage of Antibes is very rich. These include the Church of the Immaculate Conception who was a cathedral in the middle ages, the Church of our Lady of la Garoupe (14th century) famous for its numerous ex-votos, the Holy Spirit Chapel and Tower Grimaldi (12th century) and the chapel Saint-Bernardin (16th century).
  • Port Vauban is the largest harbour in Europe. He is best known for its «billionaires Quay» where are frequently docked the most beautiful yachts in the world.
  • The Garoupe Lighthouse is one of the most powerful lighthouses of the Mediterranean coast.
  • Also to see: the dirty Castle where stayed Bonaparte and his family, the maison des associations, former Herbalism, and place national.

The Picasso Museum

Pablo Picasso is the opportunity to install his workshop at the chateau Grimaldi in 1946. He produced most of the paintings, drawings and sketches that are exposed in the Museum. They are very Mediterranean-inspired.

In 1957, Picasso officially received the title of "honorary citizen of the city of Antibes. In 1966, the chateau Grimaldi became the Picasso Museum. You can admire about 245 works of the artist, but also the paintings of Nicolas de Staël, Fernand Léger and Hans Hartung and sculptures by Germaine Richier and Joan Miró.
Museum Picasso - Château Grimaldi, 06600 Antibes - Tel. 33 (0) 4 92 90 54 20

Other museums in Antibes

  • The archaeological museum is installed in the Bastion Saint-André, military fortification built by Vauban. It presents the collections of archaeology of Antibes and traces the history of the city in antiquity.
    Museum of archaeology of Antibes - Bastion Saint-André, 06600 Antibes, Tel. 33 (0) 4 93 95 85 98.
  • The Tower museum traces the history of Antibes. Are referred to important moments in its history. The art of living day-to-day in 1900 is traced with paintings, costumes, tools, written, photographs, objects and documents. Museum Tower - 1 rue de l'Orme, 06600 Antibes - (0) 4 92 90 54 28 tel.33.
  • The archaeological museum is located in fort Saint-André. 4000 years of Antibes history traced through the finds of archaeology, land or underwater. See a copy of the head of Silenus, a lead sarcophagus and a reconstruction of a Roman ship. Bastion Saint-André, 06600 Antibes - Tel. 33 (0) 4 93 95 85 98.
  • The Peynet Museum and this cartoon almost 400 works of famous designer Raymond Peynet (1908-1999 It was installed in Antibes in 1950. Are presented lithographs, drawings in pen, watercolors, gouaches and sculptures. Musée Peynet and cartoon - Place Nationale, 06600 Antibes - Tel. 00 33 (0) 4 92 90 54 30.

Botanical parks

The Botanical Garden of villa Thuret is labeled "remarkable Garden". On an area of 4 hectares, it presents a remarkable collection of exotic plants and trees, including coconut palms of the Chile. Also various species of Palm trees, mimosas, eucalyptus and cypress among 3,000 species of open air.
Botanical Garden of villa Thuret - 90 road Gustave Raymond, 06160 Antibes - Tel. 33 (0) 4 97 21 25 00.

Antibes has several remarkable gardens, Villa Eilenroc is a French exception of neoclassical style home located in the middle of a park of 11 hectares in edge of sea, cap d'Antibes. The field of coconut trees, acclimatisation Park has many tropical plants.

Marineland in Antibes

Marineland in Antibes is the largest marine animal park in Europe. His show of dolphins, killer whales and sea lions is renamed. The main giant pool has a depth of 11 metres, it can accommodate about 4'000 people.

A transparent tunnel located in the basin of sharks, rays and other exotic fish to enter safely into the marine world. The Park is also equipped with a beautiful marine zoo with tropical fish, seahorses, sea turtles, lion, pelican, Flamingo, Penguin, skate and polar bears.
Marineland Antibes, 306 avenue Mozart-La-Brague 06600 Antibes - Tel. 33 (0) 8 92 42 62 26.

Useful information :

Address :
06004 Antibes

Good to know :
Tourist Office of Antibes Juan Les Pins 11 Place Charles de Gaulle, 06601 Antibes Tel. 33 (0) 4 97 23 11 11

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