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Antibes, a Historic Town on the French Riviera

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A May 2002 trip to Antibes by Tolik

Château Grimaldi Photo, Antibes, France More Photos
Quote: Antibes, a picturesque town on the French Riviera, is one of the most interesting places on Côte d'Azur. We specifically booked a unit at Marina Baie des Anges resort May 18–25 because the 55th Cannes International Film Festival was held at this time.

Antibes, a Historic Town on the French Riviera

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Overview

Château Grimaldi Photo, Antibes, France
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Long-time resident Graham Greene said that Antibes was the only town on the French Riviera that hadn't lost its soul. The picturesque town was founded by the Greeks. Then came the Romans. During the Medieval times, the town was a part of the Savoy’s County, but the Grimaldi of the Monaco ruling family somehow managed to build a castle here (today it houses the Picasso Museum). The town was fortified, and visitors can still see the ramparts in and along the sea. Eventually Antibes joined France in the 15th century, and famous Fort Carré was built on the seashore. The fantastic blending of mountains, cliffs, sea, and sky has been the primary draw of the French Riviera throughout the ages....Read More

Marina Baie des Anges

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Hotel

Marina Baie des Anges Photo, Antibes, France
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Best Things Nearby:We stayed in a small resort town Villeneuve-Loubet, halfway between Nice and Cannes. Actually, there are two Villeneuve-Loubets: at the confluent river Loupet Mardaric, the old town of Villeneuve-Loubet sits atop a little hill, while the new city spreads out right to the Mediterranean. The resort is on the modern one, called Villeneuve-Loubet Plage. Visit to the old town is a must. Half of the old Villeneuve-Loubet is covered in forests (century-old oaks, maritime pines, mimosas), making it the most wooded of all the seaside towns. The typical Provençal old town will show you the real roots of this town, with its tiny streets, flowered balconies, façades in the ...Read More

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Marina Baie des Anges
Villeneuve-Loubet Plage
Antibes, France

Old Town Tour & Port Vauban

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Attraction | "Antibes Old Town Tour"

Old Town Tour & Port Vauban Photo, Antibes, France
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Millennia ago Antibes (or Antipolis, as the Greeks used to say) was the most important settlement in the area. The ancient Greeks already used the safe natural harbor that the rocks of the coastal mountains provide here founding in 5th century BC a trading post near the already existing settlement of the Ligurians. The Greeks were great artists and craftsmen; their art influenced Romans (and eventually ourselves). Antibes, however, also saw her share in other artists, among which Monet and Picasso are some of the more modern. To explore this amazing town you will need a map, take one from the Tourist Information Center at the station. We start our tour from the harbo...Read More

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Old Town Tour & Port Vauban
Antibes
Antibes, France

Cap d'Antibes Walking Tour

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Attraction | "Antibes Walking Tour Part II"

Cap d'Antibes Walking Tour Photo, Antibes, France
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The Château Grimaldi watchtower probably did not change a lot from the medieval times (the castle was built in the 12th century). Inside the Château you will find the world famous Picasso Museum (open 10am – 12pm, 2pm – 6pm; €4.60, prepare to stay in queue for 30 min – 1 hour depending on the weather). The castle itself belonged to the Grimaldi family until the 18th century. Even if you don’t like the Picasso’s style, the view of the coast from the tower is worth the admission. The Amiral de Grasse boulevard offers you splendid views along the coastline stretching to the East, with in the view Nice airport and the town itself. You will have a very nice view on the Old Antibes and the ram...Read More

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Cap d'Antibes Walking Tour
Le Cap d'Antibes
Antibes, France

Château Grimaldi / Picasso Museum

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Attraction | "Picasso Museum"

Château Grimaldi / Picasso Museum Photo, Antibes, France
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The Château Grimaldi was built in the 12th century, and it was a residence of Monaco's ruling family until the 18th century. In 1946 the castle’s curator offered use of the château’s vast chambers to Picasso as a studio. Pablo Picasso came to the French Riviera after his war years in Paris and stayed nearby in a small hotel at Golfe-Juan. Four months of intense work produced 80 ceramics, 44 drawings, 32 lithographs, 24 paintings, 11 oils on paper, 2 sculptures, and 5 tapestries inspired by the sea and by Greek mythology. As gratitude, he donated all works completed during his stay. The first Picasso museum in the world was born. And these paintings are really worth a look. "La Joi...Read More

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Château Grimaldi / Picasso Museum
Château Grimaldi
Antibes, France

Garoupe

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Attraction | "La Garoupe"

Garoupe Photo, Antibes, France
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Just South of Antibes is the Cap d’Antibes - the rocky, wooded peninsula stretching into the Mediterranean Sea. La Garoupe is the highest point on the peninsula. A trip to the Chapelle de la Garoupe is an unforgettable experience. Starting at the end of the Baie de la Garoupe, this walk is a charming and wild little path going around the Cape. Between the sky and the sea, you will see on your right magnificent gardens and luxurious villas, on your left the blue Mediterranean sea with nice creeks and beautiful rocks on which waves break. On the top of the hill, we found the Sanctuary de la Garoupe (an old holy place with chapel and monastery). This place has been a spi...Read More

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Garoupe
Cap d’Antibes
Antibes, France

Jardin Thuret

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Attraction

Jardin Thuret Photo, Antibes, France
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Cap d’Antibes is a symbol of the luxury life on the French Riviera. On our way to the Jardin Thuret, we passed countless villas and houses of the obviously quite wealthy. Year round, the Cape’s climate and unsurpassed beauty have attracted the rich and the royal as a retreat from the rigors of northern climes. Places there have security gates; I guess that most property owners do not bother to rent out their houses. On the Cap d’Antibes, one can find several green and beautiful gardens; the most popular one is the Jardin Thuret. It was created by Gustave Thuret in 1856 on the slope of La Garoupe hill to acclimatize numerous tropical plants. If you would like to see some exotic pla...Read More

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Jardin Thuret
62 boulevard du Cap
Antibes, France