Formerly called « Antipolis », Antibes is a fortified town builded by the Phocaeans during the Vth century before Christ. Thereafter, it has been influenced during the Roman period and the Middle Ages. Because of it location, Antibes still has been important for commercial exchanges along the Mediterranean sea. All these things led to a population and culture mixing through the centuries, which let an exceptional heritage. The Antibes old town is still intact so we can discover its bastions which extend until the sea, in front of the port and the “fort carré”, dating from the XVIth century. Besides, the old city has a lot of little streets to explore, differents kinds of restaurants affordables, and a several number of crafting and souvenirs shop.
The Picasso Museum is hosted in the Grimaldi Castle, an historical monument which has been inhabited from 1385 by the Grimaldi family. Then, the castle turned into a fire station from 1820 to 1924, before being owned by Antibes in 1925, to become the Grimaldi museum.
Picasso moved to the French Riviera from 1945 and set his own shop inside the Grimaldi castle with the permission of Romuald Dor de la Souchère (archeologue and foreign languages teacher). Enthousiastic, Picasso started to achieve a lot of works! It’s only from 1966 that the Grimaldi castle became the Picasso museum, suggesting people to discover more than 245 works of the artist and others works which own artists of the XXth and XXIth centuries.
This museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm (There is no interruption from the 15th of june to the 15th of September). The price is only 5€ !
Port d’Antibes “Quai des milliardaires”
The Antibes old port was the heart of the greek « Antipolis », but had also a strategic importance during the Middle-Age. Nowadays, the “Vauban” port is known to be the biggest marina in Europe, with 1500 places and the possibility to accommodate ships taller than 50 meters. This place is also known thanks to it “quai des milliardaires” where are often docked some Yachts which are among the most beautiful and the biggest of the world. There you could see the “Octupus” of Paul Allen, the “Aquarama III” of Roman Kopine, or the “Kingdom 5KR” of the saoudian prince Al Walid Ben Talal and many others! Don’t miss the actuality to find out which Yachts are wainting for their owners in one of the most famous dock in the world…
Go to discover Marineland, a waterpark hosting sea animals coming from all over the globe (polar bears, penguins, multicolored fishes, sea lions…)! Enjoy the “shark tunnel” which is 30 meters long and the show in which orcs, dolphins and sea lions will amaze you with their skills. Marineland is open from mid-february to the end of September, from 10 am to 6 pm. Price for adults: from 39€ / Price for 3-12 years old: from 32€. Receive a discount for all reservations online. Feeling like have extreme sensations? Come and enjoy Aquasplash, the biggest aquatic parc of The French Riviera with 22 giant waterslides, a wave swimming pool, the pirate island…! Aquasplash is opened all days from mid-june to the beginning of September, from 10 am to 6 pm. Price for adults: 25,90€ / Price 3-12 years old: 19,90€. You hesitate between both parcs? Choose the combined pass Marineland + Aquasplash valid 1 or 2 days, from 39€
The « Fort Carré » is a fortress dating frome the XVIth century, builded under the rule of Henry II in order to watch the boarder with the Comté de Nice, which owned to the duchy of Savoie. That impressive structure in shape of star was settle on a rock which is at 26 meters above the sea: this is the Saint-Roch peninsula. It’s also the place where Napoleon was imprisoned before the fall of Robespierre. Unfortunately, the inside of the “Fort Carré” isn’t opened to the public but you could enjoy the great stroll along it. Besides, this historical site has been a sport and military centre during the first part of the XXIth century. The stadium located at the foot of the fort welcomed a quarter-final of the football world cup in 1938! Don’t miss this place full of stories!