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Antibes

The tiny fortified town of Antibes, over 2000 years old, is one of the best known places in the Côte d'Azur. No wonder, it boasts beaches, museums and night clubs, so it's bound to cater to all tastes.
It was founded as a Greek / Roman settlement some time in the 4th century BC. The original name of Antipolis was given due to it's position opposite to Nice, across the bay.
Situated between Nice and Cannes, and adjacent to Juan-Les-Pins, it is well known for its medieval ramparts, the luxury yachts moored in its harbour, and its lively town centre.
It's a beautiful place to for a leisurely stroll on a summer's afternoon, and evening.

View on the old town of Antibes View on the old town of Antibes
View on the old town of Antibes View on the old town of Antibes

Town centre

A quiet little street in the old town of Antibes A quiet little street in the old town of Antibes

There's plenty to see in the old town centre. Apart from the cathedral and Grimaldi castle, there is lively daily Provençal market, from 6am to 1pm, in cours Masséna.
In the same area there is a daily arts and crafts market, in the afternoon.
In the evenings there is usually a lot of entertainment, and streets are crowded with tourists, including families enjoying the summer evenings until well after midnight!


Harbour

Fort Carré Fort Carré

One of my favourite views is the view you get in winter and early spring, from the centre of the old town, overlooking the harbour, Fort Carré and the mountains in the distance, covered in snow.

Chateau Grimaldi / Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum, Antibes Picasso Museum, Antibes

Chateau Grimaldi was owned and inhabited by the Grimaldi dynasty, from Monaco. The Grimaldi family lived in the chateau from the late 14th century onwards.
In the 18th and 19th century the building was home to various government departments.
In 1925 the building is bought by the town of Antibes and transformed into the current Grimaldi Museum.
Picasso spent a lot time here, and gifted several of his paintings to the museum.

Cap d'Antibes

Cap d'Antibes coastal walk Cap d'Antibes coastal walk

Just outside the village, a few kilometers to the south is the Antibes peninsula, called Cap d'Antibes.
Home to some of most luxurious villas on the Côte d'Azur, it is also a a haven of peace and greenery, with beautiful pine trees lining the streets.
You can walk around the eastern and southern coastline (about an hour and a half round trip of easy walking), starting at Plage de la Garoupe.

Here's an impression from one my walks on the Cap:

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