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Antibes is a Mediterranean resort in the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France.

Located on the Cote d’Azur between Cannes and Nice. Named Antipolis—meaning across from (anti) the city (polis)—by the Greeks, who founded it in the 4th century BC .The town of Juan-les-Pins is in the commune of Antibes and the Sophia Antipolis technology park is northwest of it.

Sports : Sport is an important part of the local culture the town hosts the National Training Centre for basketball. The Jean Bunoz Sports Hall hosted several games of the FIBA EuroBasket 1999. The city is home to Olympique Antibes, a professional basketball team of France’s top division LNB Pro A, which plays its home games at the Azur Arena Antibes. Music : There is a jazz Festival, Jazz a Juan, in July.

Access : Coordinates: Both Antibes and Juan les Pins have train stations on the main Nice-Cannes line . By car : From the A8  exit at the Antibes exit (junction 44) and then taking the winding road down to Antibes. Alternative : the coastal roads (RN98 and RN7) from Cannes and Nice- Cagnes sur Mer
by bus : regular bus service (number 200, 1.5€) between Cannes, Antibes and Nice: there is a stop Place Charles de Gaulle in downtown Antibes. Alternate bus option is the “250 express”: faster (takes the highway), more comfortable (not a commuter bus), stops directly at the terminal if you’re going or coming from the airport, but also much more expensive (9€): bus stop is just above the train station. There is a 200 and 250 express about every 20 min.
By Plane:  The Nice airport is the closest airport to Antibes. It is not a relatively long drive from the airport to Antibes: 25 min when there is no traffic

Highlights :

  • Beaches : There are 48 beaches along the 25 km (16 miles) of coastline that surround Antibes and Juan les Pins.
  • Museums : Archaeology Museum , This museum sits atop the Promenade Amiral de Grasse in the old Bastion St Andre, a 17th-century fortress. The museum’s collection focuses on the classical history of Antibes. Many artifacts, sculptures and amphorae found in local digs and shipwrecks from the harbour are displayed here. The views of the sea and mountains from the promenade are spectacular.
  • Naval Museum of Napoleon : Housed in a 17th-century stone fort and tower, this museum presents a collection of Napoleonic memorabilia, paintings and naval models. Several wall paintings show historic moments in Napoleon’s reign and there are also pieces of his clothing including one of the hats he wore.
  • Picasso Museum : 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, two sculptures and five tapestries.
  •  La Tour Museum : 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.
  • Absinthe Museum : The Absinthe Museum is located in a basement in the Roman foundations of Old Antibes. It is dedicated to the manufacture and appreciation of this green liqueur.
  • Old town and covered market , The port , Marineland , Jazz Festival , Fireworks

Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities / trekking

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