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Antibes

About Antibes:

Antibes is the second-most populated city in the Alpes-Maritimes department. In the heart of the Côte d’Azur, well-situated at the foot of crystalline foothills of the Southern Alps and just a few minutes from the international airport of Nice-Côte d’Azur.

An exceptional patrimonial legacy in the heart of one of the most beautiful sites in the Côte d’Azur, Europe’s largest port and largest business hub, a preserved coastline and sea floor, protected fauna and flora, seaside tourism, quality cultural and sporting events occurring throughout the year, a premier European science and technology park unequaled for Research and Development, but also for environmental integration… a pro-active policy concerning large-scale, well-equipped facilities (creation of a new conference center, a new auditorium, etc.)

Known around the world for having “invented” water skiing in the summer of the 1920s, ideally located on a jewel of a peninsula, Antibes Juan-les-Pins, bathed in the intense blue of the Mediterranean, offers visitors its 25 km of coastline replete with fine sand beaches, sunny little coves, exceptional areas for snorkelling and beautiful stretches of water.

All the pleasures of the sea await you: swimming, restaurants on the beach, water skiing, scuba diving, sailing, wind surfing, canoeing, parasailing… 2640 hours of sun per year, a preserved coastline and sea floor, gardens and green spaces which are true oases… Here you’ll find nature in all its majesty, in the heart of a coastline known as “Blue Pavilion,” thanks to its policy combining tourism development with environmental protection.

Antibes has no airport of its own, although Nice’s is only 15 miles (24 km) away. If you really must fly in to Monaco, you can go by helicopter from Nice in just six minutes. If you’re not expecting a big win in the casino though, you can settle for a taxi and/or a train. A direct taxi will take up to about 45 minutes. The more leisurely and best value option is to take the train from Nice railway station, giving you an eyeful of some gorgeous coastline along the way.

What to do in Antibes:

Espace Mer et Littoral:

The Sea and Shore Space is dedicated to teaching visitors about the natural riches of the Mediterranean, and Cap d’Antibes in particular. Activities have been developed to make it an eco-tourism site.

The Graillon battery is set on a 2.2 hectare natural site belonging to the Conservatoire du Littoral, managed and led by the Antibes-Juan les Pins commune. Its coastal fringe is a designated Natura 2000 site.

 

Bastion Saint-Jaume:

Fantastically built against the vaulted ramparts inherited by Vauban, which long housed a defense tower that protected, along with the fort, the Saint-Roch cove against pirates and other enemies.

Having seen the end of the Crusades and the sea movement in Antibes, the space retains its authenticity, under the curatorial watch of the impressive “nomad” of Sculpture, Jaume Plensa.

 

The Garoupe chapel:

It houses Notre-Dame de la Garde and Notre-Dame de Bon-Port, whose nave is papered with mainly marine votive paintings, offering so many windows into the varied history of Antibes, both small and great.

On the stage, a viewpoint indicator allows you to better understand the magnificence of the point of view from which you gaze. Nearby is the tiny oratory of “Notre-Dame des Amoureux protégeant les foyers” (Our Lady of Lovers Protecting Households), created by Raymond Peynet.