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A wealthy city with a prestigious past, loved by Greeks and Romans, but also the second city of the Alpes-Maritimes, Antibes Juan-les-Pins is all cities at once. While it has been able to preserve its exceptional heritage, its Vauban ramparts and the heart of its old town, it has also managed to retain the authenticity which is its raison d'etre, becoming a young and dynamic town where you feel at home. The writer Graham Greene was not wrong: "Of all the towns of the coast, this is the only one that has managed to keep its soul, and the only one I feel at home in."

Ideally located in the very heart of the Côte d'Azur, between Nice et Cannes, the city of "Joie de vivre" so dear to Picasso has become one of the most prized destinations of the "French Riviera". Flush with the sea, it cultivates its difference…

Stones gilded with the history of the ancient and picturesque Provençal city, the luxurious celebrity boltholes of Cap d'Antibes, the bustling, fine beaches of Juan-les Pins, its world-famous nightlife and cosmopolitan clientele, attracted by a unique ambience... A town full of temptations, Antibes Juan-les-Pins knows how to keep its promises.

Its economic development is based on business clusters focussing on resort, cultural and sporting tourism, trade and new technologies through the Sophia-Antipolis technological cluster.

An ambient unique, where a hundred worlds combine to make a destination like no other, between sweetness and a passion for life!
Promenade Amiral de Grasse.

Promenade Amiral de Grasse is unquestionably one of the most popular places in the old town. In the 19th century, Guy de Maupassant was in raptures: “I had never before seen anything so wonderful and so beautiful. The small town (...) extended into the open sea, in the middle of the immense Gulf of Nice. The great waves coming in from the ocean broke at its feet, surrounding it in a wreath of foam; and beyond the ramparts the houses climbed up the hill, one after the other, as far as the two towers, which rose up into the sky, like the two peaks of an ancient helmet.” Along the sea, the Promenade follows the path of the old parapet walk.

Provençal market.

The Provençal market on Cours Massena displays its richly stocked stalls every morning in a festival of scents and accents. The buildings along the market, one of the most renowned on the French Riviera, are very old and formed what was called “La Bourgade” in the Middle Ages. No. 21 was home to Massena, Napoleon I’s famous Field Marshal, whose wife was from Antibes. There, he had a shop selling soap and oil before he undertook his brilliant military career.

Port Vauban, first yachting harbour in Europe. The empire of the Sun and Sea displays its splendours along Quai Camille Rayon, known as “Billionaires’ quay,” where the world’s finest boats and mega-yachts contemplate the old town and the first crystalline foothills of the Southern Alps.

Hill and Beach of La Garoupe.

From the little Port de la Salis in Antibes, Chemin du Calvaire leads to La Garoupe Sanctuary. Since time immemorial, pilgrims have meditated in front of the little shrines evoking the “Way of the Cross.” Chapelle de la Garoupe is home to statues of Notre-Dame de la Garde and Notre-Dame de Bon-Port, in its nave, lined with votive plaques (ex-votos), most of them relating to the sea, like windows open on the history - major and minor - of Antibes.

On the plateau, an orientation table helps understand the exceptional 360° panorama from there. Just a stone’s throw from the little shrine of Notre-Dame-des-Amoureux, said to protect homes and families, inspired by Raymond Peynet's creation.

At the foot of the hill, the Bay of La Garoupe stretches nonchalantly, famous for the beauty of its beaches where the writer Colette loved to walk, marvelling at the “sand, sometimes cool, sometimes warm at her useless feet.”

From the beach, the Tire-Poil footpath runs along a multitude of small inlets for fishermen and sunbathers. Strollers walk past prestigious estates in this privileged space near “Billionaires’ Bay” including the famed Hôtel du Cap-Eden Roc, one of the world’s most luxurious.

Nature in majesty

A pristine coast and seabed, protected flora and fauna, preserved “greens lungs”... With Antibes-Juan-les-Pins, the majesty of nature is accessible to everyone.

In the heart of Cap d’Antibes, Villa Eilenroc, a plant conservatory, offers visitors its eleven hectares and its rose garden, with the fragrances and essences of thousands of roses created in Antibes-Juan-les-Pins.

Not far away, the park of Villa Thuret is “an immense ecological Cathedral“ founded in 1856 by the botanist Gustave Thuret, who used it to acclimatise many species unknown on our shores before then, which joined the very exclusive club of two hundred “Remarkable gardens,” a label granted by the Ministry of Culture sparingly to exceptional gardens open to the public.

In the heart of the new district of Antibes-les-Pins, Parc Exflora gathers on its 5 hectares the different expressions of the Mediterranean garden from ancient Rome to the exuberant Riviera of the 19th century.

Located at the gates to the city, the parks of La Valmasque, La Brague and Vaugrenier are protected natural areas to greet the public while preserving the environment.

Bastion Saint-André:

Of the twelve bastions which once punctuated the ramparts of Antibes, the only one to have survived is Bastion Saint-André, with its walls 3-metres thick. Today, it is the guardian of the remains, on land and under the sea, of the ancient town of Antipolis; the Bastion is now home to the Archaeology Museum, with collections of everything unearthed in excavations of the city and the surrounding sea.

The Cathedral:

The Cathedral, built on the site of a temple dedicated to Diana, was the Bishop’s See for several centuries. Many times sacked and destroyed by invasions and wars, the Cathedral was almost completely razed in 1746, when the city was besieged by Austrian troops. Rebuilt the following year by order of the King of France, its façade has regained all the subtlety of its polychrome decoration.

The Cathedral doors, by Jacques Dolle (ca. 1710), show Saint Sebastian and Saint Roch, both protectors against the plague in Antibes. There is also a splendid panel painting (1515) by the great painter, Louis Brea, from Nice.

Picasso Museum:

Built on the site of the ancient Greek acropolis, which later became a Roman castrum, mediaeval castle, stately home, before becoming the Picasso Museum, the Château Grimaldi of Antibes is witness for future generations to the prestigious past of the ancient city of Antipolis, nearly three millennia old.

After a meeting on the beach with Dor de la Souchère, Picasso accepted the curator’s offer to set up a studio in one of the rooms of the castle. He painted there for six months, and left almost all of those works to the museum. This gave rise to the first museum dedicated to the artist in his lifetime, on condition all the works he had donated remain there. He would often say that “to see the Picassos of Antibes, you must go to Antibes.”

In addition to the works made by Picasso during his stay in Antibes, the Picasso Museum also has many paintings by Nicolas de Staël, who also lived in Antibes.

In parallel with remarkable exhibitions and retrospectives, the acquisition of many contemporary works (by Léger, Atlan, Magnelli, Ernst, Picabia, Modigliani, Pagès) contributed to its worldwide renown.

Fort Carré.

Built on a rocky hill 26m above the Mediterranean, long a strategic point in the French defensive system, Fort-Carré has changed over the centuries. After having been the site of a Roman occupation, then an old chapel which became a watchtower, it was fortified ca. 1550 during the reign of French King Henri II. In 1567, four bastions completed this defensive complex, which was named “Bonnet carré” (square cap) and subsequently Vauban made a certain number of changes.

Fort Carré also offers an exceptional opportunity to discover the Mediterranean world. The hill on which its stands is home today to a true ecosystem, featuring many plant and animal species representative of the Mediterranean environment.

Musée Peynet et du Dessin Humoristique.

In the early 1980s, the idea of creating a Museum dedicated to the famous cartoonist and “father” of “The Lovers” was born in Antibes, where Raymond Peynet had chosen to settle. Enthusiastic about the project, the artist agreed to offer nearly 300 works which form a permanent collection reflecting the immense diversity of his long career, spanning over fifty years. With an exhibition on fellow cartoonist Jacques Faizant’s irresistible “Old Ladies”, the Museum acquired the name Museum Peynet et du Dessin Humoristique and added another 600 drawings to its collection to provide a fascinating journey through the twists and turns of history and its privileged witnesses, caricaturists and political cartoonists.

Bastion Saint-Jaume.

After having been a Roman temple, then a chapel, Saint-Jaume (Jacques in Provençal) witnessed the construction of a fortified tower, completely destroyed in 1683. Several decades later, the site became home to the Bastion des Constructions Navales, where Captain Cousteau’s famous Calypso was refurbished. Destroyed because it had become obsolete, the building gave way to a splendid area lighting up the prestigious fortified remains and the curtain wall, splendidly renovated, which now hosts many prestige events under the watchful eye of the “Nomad”, a giant sentinel by the Catalan sculptor Jaume Plensa.

• Saint-Bernardin chapel.

Built on a Roman site, on the boundary of the city at the time, the Saint-Bernardin chapel dates from the beginning of the 16th century. When the terrible plague epidemic of 1580 spared Antibes, some of the faithful wished to express their gratitude by offering the church the portal that is still in place today, dated 20 March 1581. One of the pediments shows White Penitents with their hoods, along with Lucifer’s head. Recently renovated, the chapel now hosts religious services and concerts. It has just been restored and displays a rich series of murals from the 16th and 19th centuries, as well as a splendid wooden altarpiece (18th c).

Antibes-Juan-les-Pins is characterised by its 25km coastline offering a wide range of marine landscapes: inlets, rugged rocks, sandy beaches and shingle beaches. It offers a great choice of activities in the sea and in the area of water sports, beginning with water skiing (which originated in Juan-les-Pins), parascending, diving, etc.

It should be noted that the local beaches fly the Pavillon Bleu (blue flag) for the fine quality of the water and the city’s commitment to environmental preservation. For aficionados of sailing, Antibes-Juan-les-Pins offers several nautical clubs among the most active in France.

Shopping in the city streets, sun-drenched lunches or romantic dinners, exploring picturesque villages in the hinterland, sipping a drink on a lively café terrace, playing games on the beach and engaging in water sports, visiting Marineland, a unique site in Europe where killer whales, dolphins, sharks, sea lions and polar bears greet visitors and put on a show day and night... There is no lack of exciting activities. Three other centres of attraction are near Marineland: Adventure Golf, Ferme du Far West and Aquasplash.

Throughout the year, Antibes-Juan-les-Pins offers real firecrackers of cultural events: International Jazz Festival in the Pinède of Juan-les-Pins, Opera Festival, Génération Jeunes Solistes, International Bridge Festival, Méditerranea - International Festival of Undersea Images and Adventure, “Art Fair” Antiques Fair, Voiles d’Antibes... And for those who enjoy trying their luck, Eden Casino and La Siesta offer the joys of temptation to visitors every day...


The Foundation’s property comprises a remarkable architectural ensemble in the midst of a large park of ancient olive trees, comprising a villa, the respective studios of the two artists and outbuildings.
The Foundation is home to over sixteen thousand original works (canvases and drawings) and prints (engravings and lithographs) representing all eras of the two artists.
It is also home to the entire output of the photographer Hans Hartung (negatives, contact sheets, pictures of the time and contemporary shots).
It is open to the public for visits by arrangement, or during artistic events.


Pay a visit to the prestigious Antipolis of Antiquity, founded in the 5th century B.C. by the Phoceans and later a major centre of Roman culture. Archaeological collections recall the town's daily life and trading activities.


Permanent and temporary exhibition of several thousand post cards from all eras and countries. Introduction to the history of the post card with a demonstration of shaped cards and pull out cards with every guided tour and with commentary.


A museum for lovers of romanticism who will be delighted by the world of the famous loving couples drawn by Peynet.


While searching for a studio, Pablo Picasso came across the Château Grimaldi and decided to work there in 1946. He completed dozens of works that he later donated to the Museum. You'll also see works by Ernst, Magnelli, Picabia, Balthus, Atlan, Hartung.


One of the first acclimation gardens on the Riviera, the Parc Thuret was created by biologist Gustave Thuret in 1857. Today, the property is managed by the National Agronomic Research Institute (INRA). Every year, 150 to 200 new species of trees and bushes of Mediterranean or sub-tropical origin are studied here.


Splendid 11-hectare park with an extraordinary variety of trees. These gardens with luxuriant vegetation stand some 30 metres above the sea and offer a panorama on the Bay of the Cape.


The different aspects of Mediterranean gardens are presented in this 12.5-acre park.


Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Plateau is the largest church of Antibes.

Its magnificent doors were created by the Antibes sculpture Jacques Dolle in the 18th century.

In particular see La Vierge du Rosaire by Louis Bréa (around 1513). It is the only complete "Vierge du Rosaire" surviving to date. Around the image of Mary are the 15 “Mysteries of the Rosary” - joyous, painful, glorious. Under the panels of her great mantle, held apart by two cherubs, all humanity is sheltered, a ritualistic image of the Vierge de Miséricorde. Also, she is holding Child the Saviour against her, and both of them are extending the Rosary to mankind, granting their prayers…


This defensive building was once a circular tower dating back to 1550 on the site of the Saint-Laurent Chapel. Its construction was perfected under Vauban's command and adapted to the evolution of fire-arms and military siege techniques. Today, the Fort is classified as an historic monument.


This villa, built in 1867, was designed by Charles Garnier, architect of the Paris Opéra. The owner of this "folly" named it Eilenroc, the anagram of his wife's first name, Cornélie. The splendid 11-ha park features an extraordinary variety of trees.

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