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Antibes Tourism and History

Antibes was the ancient Greek city of Antipolis which was renamed Civitas Antipolitana when annexed by the Romans. Today Antibes is part of the French Riviera or otherwise known as the Côte d’Azur. It covers a number of distinct areas, including: Antibes, Port Vauban and the Yacht Club d'Antibes, Cap d'Antibes, Juan-les-Pins , Golfe-Juan, and southern parts of Sophia Antipolis.

Antibes, in the 1860s, was a fortified maritime town in Southeastern France. The seaport town of Antibes has managed to keep its historic monuments because it was fortified. In the 1900s its ramparts were destroyed and a new town emerged. Situated on the French Riviera, Antibes used to be the only large town that stood between Nice (20 km) and Cannes (12km), which is famous for the Cannes Film Festival.

Juan-les-Pins was founded in 1882. The towns of Antibes and Juan-les-Pins were so close to each other that they merged into a single municipality. A train tip from Antibes to Juan-les-Pins takes two minutes; on foot it takes 25 minutes. Although the two towns are neighbors and partners, they have very different characteristics. Antibes has the largest yachting marina in Europe. It was built in the 1960s. Antibes also has a quaint old village with narrow winding streets. You can find restaurants and shops along the narrow streets as well as a Provencal food market where you can buy local fruit and produce.

Juan-les-Pins is a beach resort. If you like the water you can choose from a variety of activities like diving, water-skiing, swimming, boating, or fishing of any type. During the summer, restaurants set out lounge chairs and serve meals at tables on the sand, just feet from the sea, and you can party into the morning hours all summer long.

Jazz à Juan, is a music festival that draws some of the biggest names in jazz like Charlie Mingus, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, and Ella Fitzgerald. The festival takes place each July in a park above the Mediterranean. A fireworks competition lights up the sky once a week for a month.

Visitors come to Antibes for the history, climate, and its natural beauty. The surrounding countryside produces an abundance of flowers. Perfume is still produced commercially in nearby Grasse.

The Town of Grasse is about seventeen miles away from Antibes and it produces over two-thirds of France’s natural aromas. The lifestyle on the French Riviera takes some getting used to. Shops, post offices and municipal buildings close from noon until 2:30 or 3, making errands difficult outside of morning and evening hours.

If you fly to the Nice Airport you can take a bus to Antibes. The journey takes about 40 minutes. The currency used is the Euro.

The best times to visit is spring, summer, and autumn. If you choose to go in the winter, then stay at Antibes, as Juan-les-Pins is fairly deserted. During the winter months Antibes thrives and its restaurants, shops, and markets remain open year-round. You can shop for mushrooms, winter vegetables, and fresh olive oils in Antibes’ markets. The food and wine is spectacular and very reasonably priced. It takes about an hour to reach the ski slopes from Antibes.



  • Centre of Antibes town Location: Place Audiberti, 06600 Antibes. Type: brocante, bric-a-brac. Size:60 stalls. Open from Thursday to Saturday 9am to 6pm.
  • Alternative markets Location : Port Vauban, Antibes. Type: salon/upmarket antiques. Size: 150 stalls. annually, normally over five days, 9am to 5pm.
  • Antibes, Marche à la Brocante Location: Place Nationale. Frequency: Saturdays, 7am to 6pm.





  • Bataille de fleurs (month of June)
  • St. Jean’s Festival
  • St. Pierre’s Festival (July)
  • Festival of Notre-Dame de Bon Port (Our Lady of the Good Port)
  • Jazz à Juan (July’s Jazz Festival)
  • Festival of Vendages (September)
  • Chestnut Festival (November)
  • Christmas Log Cake (December)

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