Antibes and the ramparts, seen from the lighthouse
of the Cap.
Next to Le Cap d'Antibes,
the old city of Antibes offers many points of
interest: The Château Grimaldi et Musée Picasso,
the Marché Provençal, old streets of Antibes,
the harbor, the Fort Carré... see below
for each of these.
|- The Old Antibes
and the ramparts.
You will enjoy walking on the
animated streets of Antibes. A nice ride to do
is to take the "Le petit train"
(the little train), place des martyrs de la résistance,
going though the Pedestrian streets,
the Provençal Market, the Old Antibes, the Port
Vauban, The Ramparts, Juan les Pins Beaches, Juan
les Pins Pinewood, and Illette.
| The animated streets in
the old Antibes
The Tour Sarrazine, Old Antibes
- The Château
Grimaldi and Musée Picasso.
- Place Mariejol, Antibes, 04 92 90 54 20,
- From June 1st to September 30th: open every
day from 10 am to 6 pm except Mondays and Holidays,
- From October 1st to May 31st: open everyday
from 10 am to 12 am and 2 pm to 6 pm except Monday
details on The Musée Picasso
The Château Grimaldi was build
on the former Greek Acropolis in the 16th century.
It was bought in 1925 by Antibes municipality,
restored, and became a Museum. Picasso was invited
and stayed there 6 months in 1946, working like
a lot. When he left, he gave all the work he did
there to the museum, which was further renamed
the Picasso Museum. Museum collection then continued
to enriched with further works of Picasso, and
paintings or sculptures of other artists such
as Léger, Atlan, Germaine Richier, Ernst, Picabia,
Miro, Modigliani, Hartung, and Nicolas de Staël.
Both Hartung and Staël lived in Antibes.
- The Marché Provençal
i Cours Masséna,
Antibes, every day from 6am to 1pm.
This is a French Provence Market
where you will find all typical products from
Provence, South of France, and even Corsica !
such as condiments, dozens of different sorts
of olives, flowers, fishes, delicatessen... in
a very typical atmosphere. This market has been
held in Antibes for centuries and centuries.
- The Cathedral.
i Rue de la Paroisse,
behind The Musée Picasso.
The Cathedral was build in the
12th Century on the site of the Roman temple of
the Goddess hunting Diane. It has a 12th century
roman choir and an 18th century baroque nave.
You will admire a magnificent portrait of Jacques
Dole (1710) and another one of Brea (1515).
details on the Cathédral (French Site)
- Musée de la Tour
i Cours Masséna,
Antibes, 04 93 34 50 91, open Wednesday, Thursday,
and Saturday afternoon.
The Tour Gilli is a remaining
of the medieval enclosure of the city. The Gilli
family, a family of fishermen, lived there for
more than a century and a half. It was then bought
by Antibes municipality in 1980. It holds a museum
of the popular arts and crafts of the 18th and
- Le Fort Carré.
i Route du Bord
de Mer (R.N. 98), Antibes.
The "Fort Carré" (square
fort) was build in the 16th century and then perfected
by the famous architect Vauban. Its design was
so good that it has never been taken...One of
the nicest old castle of the region.
- History and
Archeology Museum (Bastion Saint-André).
i Bastion St André
(On the ramparts), Antibes, 04 92 90 54 35. Open
every day from 10am-12am and 2pm-6pm except Monday,
Holidays and November.
This museum was originally a
fort built by Vauban. It holds antiquities as
old as from the 13th century b.c., from the Antibes
site and from ships which wrecked offshore. All
the Antipolis History can be seen here.
- Peynet Museum
i Place Nationale,
Antibes. 04 92 90 54 30. Open every day from 10am-12am
and 2pm-6pm except Monday and holiday.
This museum holds drawing of
the famous drawer, Peynet. He lived in Antibes
- Juan les Pins
i Jardins de la
Pinède, Square Gould, Avenue Guy de Maupassant,
Bd Charles Guillaumont.
Juan les Pins Coast, on the west coast of Le
You will enjoy walking in the animated streets
of Juan les Pins, especially in Summer, where
most of the people like to go out late in the
evening. Private beaches are available all along
the Boulevard Guillaumont, with many restaurants
on the beach itself, for lunch or dinner.
The coast towards the Cap d'Antibes (Bd Baudoin,
Bd du Maréchal Juin, Bd J-F. Kennedy) is worth
- Submarine Seeing
i Le Visiobulle.
Starting from Ponton Courbet, Bd Guillaumont,
06160 Antibes Juan les Pins. Open from Easter
to September, every day, Phone: 04 93 67 02 11,
04 93 34 09 96.
Underwater view through Glass-Bottom
hull. Admire marine flora and fauna of the sea
around Le Cap d'Antibes. From the deck, enjoy
the beautiful coast and places inaccessible by
i R.N. 7, Antibes.
Open every day, all year.
This is the largest marine zoological
park in Europe, with more than 1 million visitors
every years, admiring dolphins, sea lions, sea
elephants, penguins, killer whales, pelicans,
seals, sharks and other exotic fishes.