Antibes/Juan les Pins
Antibes, or Antipolis as the town was called in ancient times, has gone from being an important trading colony, a Roman city, an Archbishopric in the Middle Ages, to finally become the modern metropolis it is today. Antibes is the county Alpes-Maritimes’ second largest municipality, with its approximately 80 000 inhabitants - a figure that rises to 200 000 during the summer season! The town is situated along the coast, between Cannes and Nice, in the natural port behind the Cap d'Antibes headland.
On the other side of the cape is Juan-les-Pins, a very popular seaside resort, which has almost completely merged with Antibes. Antibes is a popular tourist destination, especially among Scandinavians, who appreciate the town's authentic charm. Stroll along in the old town, make a purchase at the large antique market, visit the covered Provençal food market Masséna with all its wonderful aromas and flavours giving you the illusion of being in an ancient souk.
Admire the luxury yachts from all around the world, moored at Port Vauban, that has been recently renovated and expanded with a grand square. Visit the impressive fortress Fort Carré from the 16th century, recalling Antibes’ former glory. Other worthwhile museums are the school museum, the postcard museum and the Picasso museum. Antibes, proud of its maritime heritage, hosts several exhibits, such as the Antibes Yacht Show and Les Voiles d'Antibes, as well as several off-shore regattas.
Apart from the tourist industry, the largest employer in the area stays the technology park of Sophia Antipolis, France's own Silicon Valley. The train station, situated on the railway line Marseille-Vintimille, makes it easy to move around in the region. You can access the airport in Nice, or Cannes in the other direction, in half an hour by car. The town boast many beautiful beaches, and this immediately brings to mind the seaside resort of Juan-les-Pins. Juan-les-Pins is known for its animated nightlife with many popular and busy restaurants, discos and nightclubs, as well as for its lovely sandy beaches. This was indeed « the place to be” during the glitzy eighties, but today many of the private beaches are more accessible. You can rent a beach chair for the day and order lunch and a cocktail while you are sunbathing. This is also the setting of the famous music festival Jazz à Juan, which takes place in July every year. The town is constantly expanding, we have many different objects to propose here and especially several new constructions. Antibes is the town «où il fait bon vivre»; where it feels good to live!
If you want to know more, please visit the Tourist Board's website: http://www.antibesjuanlespins.com/en