Best attractions in Antibes

 

Antibes is the second largest resort city (after Nice), located on the Cote d'Azur, in the Provence region. The city got its name from the ancient name Antipolis, which means "the city opposite". So it was called by those who founded it in the 6th century BC. sailors. Initially only a colony of present-day Marseille, due to its position on the important route from Rome to Gaul, Antibes turned into the largest city in the region, for a long time - the only fortified point from Marseille to Italy

 

 

Antibes old town

 

Antibes old town

 

Old Antibes, surrounded by strong medieval walls and crossed by numerous lanes and squares, is a delightful place to stroll. The vibrant city market, Marché Provençal, is the beating heart of old Antibes. It is covered with a 19th-century cast-iron roof and filled with numerous stalls that sell olives, cheese, vegetables, tapenade and other Provencal goodies until about 13:00. On the outskirts of the old city, amazing panoramas open up that stretch to Nice and deep into the snow-capped Alps. In that part of the fortress wall, from where Verdun Square is visible, you can take a walk and imagine yourself in the place of a medieval warrior controlling a cannon.

 

 

 

Picasso Museum in Antibes

 

Picasso Museum in Antibes

 

Picasso once said: "If you want to see the works of Picasso created in Antibes, you must see them in Antibes." The 14th-century Grimaldi Castle served as Picasso's studio from July to December 1946, and currently houses a unique collection of his works and interesting photographs of the artist himself. The variety of his creations - lithography, painting, graphics and ceramics - confirms the versatility of Picasso's talent as an artist. The museum also has a room dedicated to Nicolas de Stael, another artist who has made Antibes home.

 

 

 

Fort Carre Antibes

 

The Fort Carre Antibes

 

Fort Carré is a fortress, a landmark located in the northern part of the territory of the city of Antibes in France. Napoleon Bonaparte was temporarily imprisoned in this fortress in 1794.

The fortress in Antibes began to be built from the central tower in 1550 under Henry II. Then, four arrow-shaped bastions were attached to it, which were called "Antibes", "France", "Corsica" and "Nice". This fortress was considered very powerful and reliable for its time. The construction of Fort Carré was completed in 1565 in Antibes.

The building is located in the northern part of the city, the fortress was built in the form of a four-pointed star. In the 18th century, Vauban, Minister of War of Louis XIV, took up its fortification. The French marshal Vauban did this in order to protect Antibes from attacks by the Berbers. His actions concerned not only Fort Carre, but also other fortifications of the city. The main task was to make it difficult for ill-wishers to get close to the city.

 

 

 

Botanical garden Jardin Botanique de la Villa Thuret

 

Botanical garden Jardin Botanique de la Villa Thuret

 

In the city of Antibes on the French Riviera, tourists should definitely visit the incredibly beautiful Thuret botanical park with many unique exotic plants. This park was founded in the 19th century, in 1857, but even today it surprises guests with its beauty. Today, the Thuret Botanical Garden in Antibes covers an area of ​​​​about four hectares, on which about 3,000 species of trees grow, brought from five continents. Here you can see huge trees, the trunk of which cannot be grasped by a person, as well as unusual shrubs from Africa, Chile, and Mexico. In addition, on the territory of the Thuret Botanical Garden in Antibes, tourists can visit a delightful rose garden with magnificent fragrant flowers. It is known that many wealthy people try to buy a villa near Thuret, so that in the evenings there is an opportunity to walk in this fabulous garden. The Thuret Botanical Garden in Antibes, which survived its creator, even became the hero of films and literary works by French authors. For example, George Sand, in her Notes of a Traveler, called this park the most beautiful of all the gardens she had seen.

 

 

 

Bastion St-Jaume Antibes

 

Bastion St-Jaume Antibes

 

Bastion Saint-Jome in Antibes is one of the historical sights of the city, located next to the port of Vauban. In the Romanesque era, this place was first a chapel, then a temple, and in the Middle Ages a fort was erected on earthen embankments, which for several centuries protected the Bay of Saint-Roch from enemy attacks. In the 17th century The fortress was completely destroyed, and in the XX century. a shipyard was built here, where the legendary ship "Calypso" by Jacques-Yves Cousteau stood. Today, next to the bastion, there is an unusual openwork sculpture "Wanderer" 8 m high, created by the Catalan Jaume Plensa and consisting of huge letters of the Latin alphabet.

 

Tourists often use the train or transfer from Nice to Antibes, for getting to the center of the city.

 

 

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