Antibes Juan Les Pins Jewel of the Cote d’ Azur French Riviera

In the attractive city of Antibes Juan les Pins, there’s plenty to seduce sun lovers, entertain music aficionados, entice sports enthusiasts and satisfy history buffs.

Antibes Juan les Pins, between Nice in the east. Nestled between Nice in the east and Cannes in the west is Antibes. It’s a place where the astounding azure Mediterranean, humming with opulent yachts, 2,000 year old ramparts and a charming old town, surrounded by a pine-fringed craggy coastline.

From the working harbour Port Vauban that predates the Roman Empire, and down Rampe des Saleurs, are places for visitors to orient themselves to the Antibes of old. Stroll the narrow streets and squares – rue de l’Horloge or rue Saint-Esprit, for instance, are moments from the Mediterranean and its magnificent vistas.

What to visit in Antibes

For travellers with a taste for history, a trip to the Musée d’Archéologie d’Antibes is one to earmark. Once a military stronghold built by renowned military engineer Vauban in the late 17th century, the museum explores how various visiting peoples left their mark on Antibes over the centuries, such as the Ligurians, Greeks and Romans. Another charming stopoff is Chateau Grimaldi, home to the Musée Picasso and the beautiful opening to the sea. This is where Picasso, in late 1946, created many fine works, sketches and paintings.

Attractive small boutiques and workshops are never in short supply. Try rue Sade, rue Clémenceau, rue Thuret, boulevard d’Aguillon, rue James Close, or rue de la République. Take a terrace table or hunker down in a hidden garden for some time out and local cuisine.

Antives active, Footvolley anyone?

Antibes FOOTVOLEEYPINEDE OSCAR
Antibes FOOTVOLEEYPINEDE OSCAR

At Juan Les Pins, sports fans can catch international footvolley teams (France, Brazil, Italy, Paraguay and many others) competing on the sand of Pinède Gould. Originating in Brazil in the 1960s, footvolley has much in common with beach volleyball except it is played with the feet and a soccer ball.

Antibes Footvolley OSCAR
Antibes Footvolley OSCAR

Antibes, Buoyed by Nature

The rich, varied landscapes and dramatic cliffs of the Côte d’Azur are ideal for adventurers of all kinds, whether travelling solo or in groups. Kayakers, canoers and stand-up paddleboarders can get out on the water with The Paddle Center at Cap d’Antibes, on Port Gallice, and experience Antibes (External link) from a different perspective. Or, further afield are the Lérins Islands or the Corniche d’Or.

Antibes PHOTO ANTIBES kayak
Antibes PHOTO ANTIBES kayak

Antibes, The Immersive mediterranean Sea

For travellers seeking something more immersive, Antibes offers some interesting dive sites, which are particularly pleasant from May to November when the water warms and visibility is good. La Formigue, Les Iles de Lérins and the Cap d’Antibes are the main dive sites to investigate here. For waterskiers, the popular seaside resort of Juan Les Pins is well worth a visit. It’s been a popular waterskiing destination since the late 1920s when its first nautical club was founded, largely thanks to the deep pockets of US billionaire Franck Jay Gould.

Thank you for the music

Prestigious and influential annual jazz festival (External link) Jazz à Juan could not celebrate its 60th birthday in 2020, but it will celebrate it in 2021 - as well it should.

In with the new

Slow down and watch the world go by from the centre of Antibes in Place Charles de Gaulle and take in its Haussmannian architecture. Next, walk down the boulevard Albert 1er. Play a game of petanque on Élie Lévy Square, take a photograph from the roof of the Musée d’Archéologie, and don’t forget to greet Victor Hugo on your way back to the port via the ramparts. At the end you will find the very beautiful Nomade, a lacy sculpture by Jaume Plensa, made of letters of the alphabet and standing a monumental 8 metres high so that visitors can go inside. And across the harbour, Fort Carré.

Further Information
Office De Tourisme Antibes Juan les Pins
www.antibesjuanlespins.com (External link)

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