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The best Things to do in Antibes France
Antibes is located in between Nice and Cannes, and you can get here directly by the train from Nice in just twenty-five minutes. Antibes is a great choice for a day or an afternoon out. Here you can avoid the major crowds but still experience the culture, scenery and beaches that makes the Riviera so popular. Let’s go explore!
Antibes was founded in the 4th century BC by the ancient Greeks, and it was called Antipolis. For a long time it was on the border of the French and Savoy territories, and was heavily fortified. Louis XIV’s military engineer, the Marquis de Vauban, completed the work in the 16th century with the magnificent Fort Carré.
View of the harbour
Speaking of Vauban, he gives his name to the largest marina on the whole Mediterranean. A whole host of millionaires moor their luxury yachts here in Port Vauban, including Russian businessman Roman Abramovich. For a berth here in the port, you’re going to need to fork out over one million euros.
There are an impressive 2,000 moorings here. The marina has the capacity to hold boats more than 100m long, and you can see them all just strolling through.
Plage de la Gravette
If you’re disappointed that Nice doesn’t have a sandy beach, why not come to Antibes? The Plage de la Gravette is beautifully located at the foot of the old fortifications.
Antibes’ Old Town is surprisingly large and wonderfully preserved, immaculately laid out for you to discover. Not only are there a wide variety of restaurants and bars, Antibes is also famous for its walk-in galleries and artists’ workshops.
Art lovers get a wonderful surprise here in Antibes at the Musée Picasso, where the second floor houses his collection. Picasso moved to the Riviera in 1946 and produced most of the paintings in the collection in one season.
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