Crowned by a citadel cutting an imposing figure against the backdrop of the French Alps, Antibes Juan-les-Pins is a corner of paradise, ideally located at the heart of the French Riviera between Nice and Cannes. Bright sky, azure sea, dazzling sunshine 300 days per year… The town has earned the right to fly the pavillon bleu flag for its high quality bathing water. Visitors are spoilt for choice between water skiing or parasailing, diving or fishing, sailing or bathing…
Antibes Juan-les-Pins is home to one of the longest coastlines in France, spanning 25km. As well as the many sandy beaches, hidden creeks lie in the woodland of Cap d'Antibes and the town has five harbours including Port Vauban, the biggest yachting harbour in Europe.
Open all year round, the Picasso museum is located next to the cathedral, a stone's throw from the Provencal market bursting with colour and fragrance, and a short walk from the flowery paths of the Safranier district, at the heart of Old Antibes.
Antibes Juan-les-Pins hosts a wide variety of annual events including the sailing regatta Voiles d'Antibes, the Antibes Yacht Show and of course the famous Jazz à Juan festival in mid-July, which began back in 1960 making it the longest running jazz festival in Europe.
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Open all year round, the château Grimaldi, today renamed the Picasso Museum, is a real treasure trove of paintings, drawings and ceramics. Many of the works were done in autumn 1946 when the artist used the castle as his studio. Picasso was strongly influenced by the Mediterranean Sea and the town's Greek origins (Antipolis was founded in 300 BC) and as he himself put it: "If you want to see the Picassos of Antibes, you must come to Antibes to see them".
This coastal walk, the Painters' Trail, enables visitors to admire enamel copies of paintings by artists such as Claude Monet, in the very spot where they placed their easels. Beautiful outdoor activity, all year round and at no cost. More details are available at the Antibes Juan-les-Pins tourism office & convention bureau.
On this rocky promontory 26 metres above sea level, overlooking the Saint-Roch cove, a fort composed of a central round tower and four pointed bastions was built in the 16th century by order of French King Henri II. It occupied a strategic place in the city’s defence system until 1860, when the Comté de Nice was annexed to France.
Coastal path "sentier de Tire-poil"
Enjoy stunning panoramic views from this beautiful, 3,7km path around the tip of Cap d'Antibes. Steps are hewn into the rock, leading up and down along a coastal path lined with Mediterranean vegetation and offering glimpses into the beautiful gardens of nearby properties. More details available at the Antibes Juan-les-Pins tourism office & convention bureau.
Jazz in Juan
Each year in mid-July, come and enjoy this 10 day festival! Launched in 1960 as a tribute to Sidney Bechet, all the greatest jazz performers have played here including Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and more recently Keith Jarrett, Diana Krall, Sonny Rollins... In addition to the main stage concerts in the Gould pine grove, with the sun setting on the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop, the fringe festival in the streets and at participating hotels and restaurants ensures a musical atmosphere throughout the town. An event not to be missed!