THE MUSE OF PICASSO
Once home to Picasso, Antibes is one of the most ideal destinations for tourists in beautiful Alpes Cote d’Azur, with its pastel-colored houses and splendid beaches. Having a historical background going as back to Iron Age, Antibes was firstly named Antipolis. Firstly, as a Greek, then as a Roman settlement, Antibes has much to offer with its unique atmosphere and is waiting for your exploration.
To be able to discover the historic fabric of charming Antibes, the Old Town would be an amazing place to start touring the city. Wandering through the narrow streets, while appreciating the view of well-preserved houses, boutiques, restaurants, and cafes will give you matchless joviality. You can stop by the open market Marché Provencal in Cours Massena between 7.30 and 13.00 (except Mondays), to get a hold of the delicious flavors at the end of your Old Town tour. It is possible to find fresh fruits, vegetables, olive oil, cheese, tapenade, jam, honey, and many more local fresh products.
Antibes also offers a cultural feast with a handful of museums or exhibitions to visit. Archaeology Museum, Naval Museum of Napoleon, Picasso Museum, La Tour Museum, and Absinthe Museum are just some of the extraordinary museums the travelers should visit. Especially the Château Grimaldi, built in the 12th century for the family that was ruling Monaco has been used as the Picasso Museum since 1966. Pieces of contemporary artists such as Joan Miro, Hans Hartung, and Fernand Leger are being exhibited in the museum today and waiting for the exploration of art enthusiasts.
Renowned with its spectacular beaches, Antibes also offers the opportunity to spend a fulfilling day at the beach. Along the 16 miles shoreline surrounding Antibes and Juan-les-Pins, the region hosts charming sandy beaches, secluded coves, and trendy beach clubs. While Plage du Fort Carre and Plage de la Fontonne mark pebbled beaches of Antibes, rocky coves of Antibes open a door to the hidden paradises of the city but if you are looking for a rather dazzling experience, the wide beaches of Juan-les-Pins with modern facilities and private beach clubs are what you are looking for.
Also famous for its marinas Antibes hosts some of the best ports in Europe such as Port Vauban, Port Camille Rayon, Port de Gold Juan and Port Gallice. Especially Port Vauban, the largest marina in Europe with 1642 berths, set in an exceptional arena combining the view of majestic Esterel mountains with the azure sea, offers high-quality cuisine right within the marina.
For an iconic night after you have enjoyed a delicious meal, do not forget to visit Bar Absinthe that has turned into the Absinthe Museum and learn how the drink “Green Fairy” is made. In the accompany of live music and exhibitions, you may also try some samples if you are brave enough!
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