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Antibes Juan-les-Pins

An exceptional peninsula

Antibes Juan les PinsLocated in the Alpes Maritimes, the town of Antibes Juan-les-Pins is divided into several districts including, to name only the most famous, Antibes itself, the Cap d'Antibes and Juan les Pins. Antibes gave its ancient name, Antipolis, to a major area of activities, Sophia Antipolis, located on the town of Valbonne, where companies are grouped research and development in the field of new technologies.


Remparts VaubanAs evidence of its ancient origins, Antibes boasts some magnificent remains of the Roman era. The city is supplied with water by two aqueducts, whose aqueduct Fontvielle which takes its source in Biot and along the coast. A second aqueduct, the aqueduct said the Bouillide or Clausonnes takes its source in the town of Valbonne.

Excavations in the old town of Antibes have also allowed the discovery of structures habitat well preserved and showing a certain luxury. Among them, the most monumental garden are those of the presbytery of the street Clemenceau. It shows a level comparable to that of Gallo-Roman domus.

The modern age has brought Antibes be separated from the department of Var in 1860, to train with the county Nice department of Alpes-Maritimes: this explains why the department of Var is the only department french bearing the name of a course of Water that does not cross. The town of Antibes Juan-les-Pins, is the second largest town in the department by its population.

In 1880, the current location of Juan-les-Pins was "discovered" by the Duke of Albany, son of Queen Victoria. At that time, Juan les Pins was a forest of pine trees lined with sandy beaches idyllic. Juan-les-Pins had its glorious days in the years 1920, when the Americans brought a certain style of life is relaxation, sunbathing on the beach, and ... jazz. The success was immediate. Any European youth in search of fun and the most famous American stars of the day, as Frank Jay Gould, Jelda, Scott Fitzgerald and Douglas Fairbanks, were accustomed to go to Juan-les-Pins. It was the beginning of the roaring twenties. After World War II, the exuberant atmosphere of Juan-les-Pins resumed again, it became the "European New Orleans".

Tourism in Antibes

Phare de la GaroupeYou probably come in Antibes for its beaches, its fabulous overlooking the Mediterranean. Indeed, Antibes is located on a site geographically remarkable as the city benefits from the advancement of a peninsula extending into the Mediterranean Sea. The Cap d'Antibes identifies the peninsula formed by a hill calanquered with pine and maritime dominated a lighthouse, lighthouse Garoupe. The site attracts many personalities from the world of cinema, mainly at the Cannes Film Festival, which raises awareness of places.

Antibes enjoys 25 km of coastline, shared between the cracks, pebble beaches or fine sand. What delight and welcome summer visitors who can enjoy all the usual water sports: water skiing, jet-skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, diving or fishing in any genre. Most important magnet for tourists boating, Antibes boasts five ports, including Port Vauban, which is nothing less than the greatest pleasure port in Europe!

Musée PicassoDo not miss when you stroll to visit the Picasso Museum, which occupies the Grimaldi's Castle in Antibes. In 1946, Pablo Picasso had the opportunity to install its workshops at the castle, then in 1957, he officially received the title of "Honorary Citizen of the town of Antibes." In 1966, Chateau Grimaldi became quite naturally the Picasso Museum, where there are approximately 245 works by the artist.

See also, Fort Square, built under Henry II and improved under Louis XIV by Vauban. It is owned by the City of Antibes since 1997 and opened to the public since 1998. It is classified as an historic monument.

Another point of interest famous : Marineland, a marine park and a dolphinarium founded in 1970 in Antibes, on the Mediterranean coast, on the road to the seafront of the French Riviera.

Jazz Festival

Juan-les-Pins enters the great history of Jazz on July 7, 1960, the date of the inauguration of the "First International Festival of Jazz". This event was created by Jacques Souplet in collaboration with Jacques Hebey. This unprecedented event brought together orchestras from 13 countries come from all corners of Europe in the hope of being designated as the best training Jazz. Given the enormous success of the Festival, the Pinewood Gould continues to host each month of July the most famous musicians, and the most enthusiastic fans!

Sydney BechetSidney Bechet was so impressed by the beauty of the place they are married in 1951, during an absolutely crazy day where orchestras in the streets, celebrities and journalists worldwide mixed and danced. Sidney Bechet played them even for the first time the air "In the streets of Antibes", one of his greatest pieces.

Pictures of Antibes Juan-les-Pins

Fort Carré d'Antibes Le Port Ruelle du vieil Antibes Une villa Plage Antibes Orques au Marineland

Around Antibes Juan-les-Pins

Cannes - Iles de Lérins - Grasse - Nice - Mandelieu - Menton - Côte d'Azur - Saint Raphaël - Fréjus - Roquebrune-Cap-Martin - Beausoleil - Monaco - Beaulieu sur Mer - Saint Jean Cap Ferrat - Villefranche sur Mer - Vallauris Golfe-Juan - Vence - Saint Paul de Vence - Cagnes sur Mer

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