"Exploring Antibes" Antibes Things to Do Tip by Tolik

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by Tolik

Antibes was a Greek fortified town named Antipolis in the 5th century BC, and later a Roman town, and always an active port for trading along the Mediterranean.

Long-time resident Graham Greene said it was the only town on the French Riviera that hadn't lost its soul. The picturesque town was founded by the Greeks. Then came the Romans. During the Medieval times the town was a part of the Savoy’s County but the Grimaldi of the Monaco ruling family somehow managed to build a castle here (today it houses the Picasso Museum). The town was fortified and visitors can still see the ramparts in and along the sea. Eventually Antibes joined France in the 15th century and famous Fort Carré was built on the seashore. The fantastic blending of mountains, cliffs, sea, and sky has been the primary draw of the French Riviera throughout the ages. Its French name, Cote d’Azur or Azure Coast, epitomizes this beauty.

The Antibes area offers an incredible number of vacation activities. Our favorite included visiting the International Film festival, enjoying world class museums in Antibes, Nice and Biot, exploring beautiful Cannes and Nice, and visiting amazing Eze and Vileneuve-Loubet.

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  • Written Apr 24, 2005
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