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There s not antibes much in the way of traditional cultural festivals in Antibes; most of the festivals focus on music and contemporary activities. If you are a foreigner and are planning to visit Antibes then the best way to get there would be to fly to the nearest airport, which is at Nice, and then make use of the train system. Coordinates: 43¬į34‚Ä≤51‚Ä≥N 7¬į07‚Ä≤26‚Ä≥EÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ43.580834¬įN 7.123889¬įEÔĽŅ / 43.580834; 7.123889 Antibes Antibes (Proven√ßal Occitan: Ant√≠bol in classical norm or Antibo in Mistralian norm) is a resort town in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. It lies on the Mediterranean Sea in the C√īte d Azur, located between Cannes and Nice.
It makes for a nice half-day stroll. The central church in Antibes was first built in the 11th century with stones used from earlier Roman structures. Jazz is still the specialty around here, and the Juan les Pins Jazz Festival is one of the best in the world. Antibes and Juan les Pins host a number of festivals, mainly during the summer months.
In the 10th century, Antibes found a protector in Seigneur Rodoart, who built extensive fortified walls around the town and a castle in which to live. The gardens with all their luxuriant vegetation lie thirty metres above the sea with a view across the bay of the Cap.
Guests who flocked there included Marlene Dietrich, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Winston Churchill. Fountains and ponds stretch along the terrace, making a waterway 500m long.
Things returned to a state of relative stability, but the small port of Antibes fell into obscurity. The area around Antibes finally emerged from its long slumber around the middle of the 19th century, as wealthy people from around Europe discovered the beauty of the place and built luxurious homes here. In 1926, the old castle of Antibes was bought by the local municipality and later restored for use as a museum. The interior houses some impressive pieces such as a Baroque altarpiece and life-sized wooden carving of Christ s death from 1447. This villa, set in a gorgeous forest at the tip of the Cap d Antibes peninsula, re-creates a nineteenth-century ch√Ęteau.
The main result was destruction and a long period of instability. For the next 200 years, the town experienced a period of renewal. Antibes‚Äô prosperity was short-lived, as the whole region fell into disarray for several centuries.
Music of all types, from live jazz to DJs spinning techno, can be found in the bars and nightclubs and there are a number of festivals and special outdoor concerts during the summer. In 43 BC, Antibes (or Antipolis, as it was then called) was officially annexed by Rome and remained so for the next 500 years.
From the Train station it is relatively easy to make your way around. This article incorporates text from the Encyclop√¶dia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain. Aiglun ¬∑ Amirat ¬∑ Andon ¬∑ Antibes ¬∑ Ascros ¬∑ Aspremont ¬∑ Auribeau-sur-Siagne ¬∑ Auvare ¬∑ Bairols ¬∑ Le Bar-sur-Loup ¬∑ Beaulieu-sur-Mer ¬∑ Beausoleil ¬∑ Belv√©d√®re ¬∑ Bendejun ¬∑ Berre-les-Alpes ¬∑ Beuil ¬∑ B√©zaudun-les-Alpes ¬∑ Biot ¬∑ Blausasc ¬∑ La Boll√®ne-V√©subie ¬∑ Bonson ¬∑ Bouyon ¬∑ Breil-sur-Roya ¬∑ Brian√ßonnet ¬∑ La Brigue ¬∑ Le Broc ¬∑ Cabris ¬∑ Cagnes-sur-Mer ¬∑ Caille ¬∑ Cannes ¬∑ Le Cannet ¬∑ Cantaron ¬∑ Cap-d Ail ¬∑ Carros ¬∑ Castagniers ¬∑ Castellar ¬∑ Castillon ¬∑ Caussols ¬∑ Ch√Ęteauneuf-d Entraunes ¬∑ Ch√Ęteauneuf-Grasse ¬∑ Ch√Ęteauneuf-Villevieille ¬∑ Cipi√®res ¬∑ Clans ¬∑ Coaraze ¬∑ La Colle-sur-Loup ¬∑ Collongues ¬∑ Colomars ¬∑ Cons√©gudes ¬∑ Contes ¬∑ Courmes ¬∑ Coursegoules ¬∑ La Croix-sur-Roudoule ¬∑ Cu√©bris ¬∑ Daluis ¬∑ Drap ¬∑ Duranus ¬∑ Entraunes ¬∑ L Escar√®ne ¬∑ Escragnolles ¬∑ √ąze ¬∑ Falicon ¬∑ Les Ferres ¬∑ Fontan ¬∑ Gars ¬∑ Gatti√®res ¬∑ La Gaude ¬∑ Gilette ¬∑ Gorbio ¬∑ Gourdon ¬∑ Grasse ¬∑ Gr√©oli√®res ¬∑ Guillaumes ¬∑ Ilonse ¬∑ Isola ¬∑ Lantosque ¬∑ Levens ¬∑ Lieuche ¬∑ Luc√©ram ¬∑ Malauss√®ne ¬∑ Mandelieu-la-Napoule ¬∑ Marie ¬∑ Le Mas ¬∑ Massoins ¬∑ Menton ¬∑ Mouans-Sartoux ¬∑ Mougins ¬∑ Moulinet ¬∑ Les Mujouls ¬∑ Nice ¬∑ Opio ¬∑ P√©gomas ¬∑ Peille ¬∑ Peillon ¬∑ La Penne ¬∑ P√©one ¬∑ Peymeinade ¬∑ Pierlas ¬∑ Pierrefeu ¬∑ Puget-Rostang ¬∑ Puget-Th√©niers ¬∑ Revest-les-Roches ¬∑ Rigaud ¬∑ Rimplas ¬∑ Roquebilli√®re ¬∑ Roquebrune-Cap-Martin ¬∑ Roquefort-les-Pins ¬∑ Roquesteron ¬∑ Roquest√©ron-Grasse ¬∑ La Roquette-sur-Siagne ¬∑ La Roquette-sur-Var ¬∑ Roubion ¬∑ Roure ¬∑ Le Rouret ¬∑ Saint-Andr√©-de-la-Roche ¬∑ Saint-Antonin ¬∑ Saint-Auban ¬∑ Saint-Blaise ¬∑ Saint-C√©zaire-sur-Siagne ¬∑ Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage ¬∑ Sainte-Agn√®s ¬∑ Saint-√Čtienne-de-Tin√©e ¬∑ Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat ¬∑ Saint-Jeannet ¬∑ Saint-Laurent-du-Var ¬∑ Saint-L√©ger ¬∑ Saint-Martin-d Entraunes ¬∑ Saint-Martin-du-Var ¬∑ Saint-Martin-V√©subie ¬∑ Saint-Paul ¬∑ Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tin√©e ¬∑ Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey ¬∑ Sallagriffon ¬∑ Saorge ¬∑ Sauze ¬∑ S√©ranon ¬∑ Sigale ¬∑ Sospel ¬∑ Sp√©rac√®des ¬∑ Tende ¬∑ Th√©oule-sur-Mer ¬∑ Thi√©ry ¬∑ Le Tignet ¬∑ Toudon ¬∑ Tou√ęt-de-l Escar√®ne ¬∑ Tou√ęt-sur-Var ¬∑ La Tour ¬∑ Tourette-du-Ch√Ęteau ¬∑ Tournefort ¬∑ Tourrette-Levens ¬∑ Tourrettes-sur-Loup ¬∑ La Trinit√© ¬∑ La Turbie ¬∑ Utelle ¬∑ Valbonne ¬∑ Valdeblore ¬∑ Valderoure ¬∑ Vallauris ¬∑ Venanson ¬∑ Vence ¬∑ Villars-sur-Var ¬∑ Villefranche-sur-Mer ¬∑ Villeneuve-d Entraunes ¬∑ Villeneuve-Loubet . On 25 May 1999 the town was the first in the department to sign the State Charter of the Environment, planning environment conservation projects the and respect the quality of life.
The train station at Antibes is in the centre of town located close to the Antibes town centre. Twenty five percent of the town s inhabitants are under the age of 25. Antibes enjoys a Mediterranean climate. There are 48 beaches along the 25 km of coastline that surround Antibes and Juan les Pins. This museum sits atop the Promenade Amiral de Grasse in the old Bastion St Andre, a 17th century fortress.
Many different people ruled over Antibes until France finally took control. As the Greek Empire fell into decline, it began incorporating the small towns into its empire. The superb collection of trees and exotic plants, and the rich earth, provide many opportunities for learning, and the cross-fertilisation of plant species that grow on the mediterranean coast. The old lighthouse of Antibes provides one of the best views in the region from its lofty hilltop.
Its current fa√ßade was constructed in the 18th century and blends Latin classical symmetry and religious fantasy. Pablo Picasso came to the town in 1946 and was invited to stay in the castle.
Antibes is renowned for rose production, and rose bushes line the path leading to the sea. A representation of a Moroccan house pays homage to the painter MAJORELLE, creator of the beautiful blue garden in Marrakesh.
Since 1870 the glamorous white-walled Hotel du Cap on the French Riviera has been one of the most storied and luxurious resorts in the world. Further on, Islamic gardens are featured, with an orange grove where the ground is patterned with terracotta irrigation pipes similar to those in the celebrated Seville Cathedral in Spain.
Bequeathed to the state by his heirs, the Jardin botanique de la Villa Thuret is now managed by the INRA (National Institute of Agronomic Research). In the style of Proven√ßal gardens of the 18th century, there is a maze with sculpted hedges.
The luxuriance of the exotic garden and palm grove is reminiscent of the belle √©poque, when English gardeners succeeded in planting flowers that bloom in winter, the season when the aristocracy visited the Cote d Azur. When he departed Picasso left a number of his works for the municipality.
The views of the sea and mountains from the promenade are also spectacular. Housed in a 17th century stone fort and tower, this museum presents a collection of Napoleonic memorabilia, paintings and naval models. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton conducted an affair and honeymooned there. There are many yachting harbours which provide moorings for a range of ships ranging from fishing vessels to full sized yachts. The Theatre Antibea, Theatre des Heures Bleues and Caf√© Theatre La Scene sur Mer all offer a variety of performances from orchestra music to dramatic plays.
Roman artefacts such as aqueducts, fortified walls and amphora can still be seen today. When the Roman Empire fell apart in 476, various barbarian tribes took their turn at Antibes. The vegetable gardens and orchards in the Arsat are planted in hollows as in Morocco to protect them from the sun and maximise shadow and humidity.
The owners and their staff are happy to talk you through the process and teach you to appreciate the distinctly green liqueur like a fine wine. The Exflora Park is a five hectare garden open to the public. The area was transformed into a glorious garden through the patience and talent of Jacques Greber, landscape architect and consultant to the Great Exhibition in New York in 1939.
Several wall paintings show historic moments in Napoleon s reign and there are also pieces of his clothing such as one of the hats he once wore. This museum houses one of the world s greatest Picasso collections: 24 paintings, 44 drawings, 32 lithographs, 11 oils on paper, 80 pieces of ceramics, 2 sculptures, 5 tapestries, and 2 penis sculptures. This small museum in the centre of town brings the contemporary history of Antibes to life through its exhibit of costumes, tools, photographs and other objects used by the local people. From its basement location within the Roman foundations of Old Antibes, the Absinthe Museum is a must-see for any visitor to Antibes. Over the period of his six month stay Picasso painted and drew as well as crafting ceramics and tapestries.
The Romans turned Antipolis into the biggest town in the region and a main entry point into Gaul. The inhabitants of Antibes stayed behind their strong city walls as a succession of wars and epidemics ravaged the countryside.
By the end of the 15th century, the entire region had fallen under the protection and control of Louis XI, the king of France. He was commissioned by Mr Beaumont to create this luxuriant park of 11 hectares.
Integrated to Antibes Juan-les-Pins, the technological park of Sophia-Antipolis is located northeast of the city. Antibes was founded as a 5th century BCE Greek colony settled by Phocaeans from Massilia. In another area, the winter garden contains plants that flower in winter, such as mimosa and camellias. Villa Eilenroc was built on a rock in the middle of a virtual desert.
To get here, you must walk about one kilometre up the Chemin de Calvaire from the Plage de la Salis. Many artifacts, sculptures and amphorae found in local digs and shipwrecks from the harbour are displayed here.
Planted with traditional mediterranean species such as marine and parasol pines, Alep and Canary pines, Cyprus, oaks, olive trees, arbutus, lavender, thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus, ficus, etc., as well as three km of pittosporum hedges, a whole part of the park has been created with plants found in the Antibes area in 1920. In 1857, Gustave Thuret discovered the wonderful, unspoilt Cap d Antibes and bought five hectares of land where he built a villa and began the creation of a glorious park. The castle has since officially became the Picasso Museum. Sport is an important part of the local culture, the town hosts the National Training Centre for basketball.
A little further on is the Theatre de Verdure, inspired by Italian gardens, and a panoramic viewpoint with a glorious view of the sea and the Iles des Lerins. Due to its naturally protected port, the town of Antibes has long been an important trading centre.