Antibes, The French Rivieria

Antibes is a resort town between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur). It is known for its old town enclosed by 16th-century castle wall with the star-shaped Fort Carré. It has 25 miles of coastline and preferred destinations for French families.

Blessed with a mild climate and flourishing vegetation, Antibes is an important commercial flower-growing industry that includes roses, carnations, and other blooms. Besides the allure of sunshine and beaches, the town boasts an interesting cultural heritage. The medieval fortified castle in the Old Town was for many years the seat of a bishop and a holiday residence of the Grimaldi family.

Furthermore, Antibes is famous because of the Musée Picasso (Picasso Museum).   In 1946,  the city invited Picasso to use the newly restored castle as a studio where he completing several works that summer. The museum now has 245 of his paintings, ceramics, and drawings since its 1996 inauguration.

Lastly, Antibes is well-known for the Jazz à Juan festival which is held every July. The first such festival was a tribute to the famous Jazz musician who loved Antibes, Sidney Bechet. The festival has welcomed jazz legends since the 1960s including Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn.  “The repertoire of music reflects a great diversity of cultures such as American, African, Latin, and Cuban. Musical performances cover a wide range of styles from Cool Jazz and New Orleans Jazz to Gospel, Blues, Swing, Be-Bop, and Electro-Jazz”.  This musical festival offers tourists and locals a chance to experience the thriving jazz culture and heritage of Antibes Juan-les-Pins.

So let’s take a digital walk and discover Antibes.


Whew!  I had to take a break from walking

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