Weekend in Antibes

A town where history and modern life merge together, giving it a unique character.

Landscape of Antibes

Have you ever visited the South of France? A very beautiful resort town called Antibes where there’s something always happening. A town where history and modern life merge together, giving it a unique character. In my opinion, visiting Antibes is a must.

Antibes has a lot of history. Antibes was built around five hundred years before Christ, near other big cities like Marseille or Nice (called Nikaia then). We can also find Roman ruins and relics in Antibes such as aqueducts, amphitheatres and other Roman buildings. During the sixteenth century, fortifications and a fortress called the ‘fort carré’ are built by Vauban a very famous Architect to protect the city. This evidence shows that Antibes has been here since a very long time.

In Antibes, there are lots of things to do. You can visit museums like the Museum of Picasso. You can also visit churches and even the ‘Fort Carré’, the famous fortress which is also kind of transformed into a museum, explaining Antibes’ history in depth and explaining the use of the fortress during the sixteenth century and other interesting stuff to know. And if you’re not into visiting museums or architecture, you can go and take a stroll behind the fortification of Antibes, facing the Mediterranean. There are places all over Antibes to take magnificent photographs especially near the fortifications and in the old part of the town which is also a must to see if you will be in Antibes.

You can taste Mediterranean fish and other Côte d’Azur specialities in restaurants all around the old part.

Fort Carré by night - Antibes

Antibes is separated into two major sections. There is the old part, including the ‘fort carré’, the fortifications and the old village. In the old part there is a yacht marina where millionaires park their boats. You should also take a stroll there. You will be nearer the sea and you can observe beautiful yachts. The other section in Antibes where is a more busy part so I don’t really suggest going there for a holiday. Staying in the old part will be perfect.

As you already noticed, Antibes is near the sea. You can taste Mediterranean fish and other Côte d’Azur specialities in restaurants all around the old part. This has a very nice atmosphere. Things you can eat in Antibes are the pissaladière, a pizza with a lot of onions and olives, socca, a kind of omelette made with chickpea flour and much more. You need to be there to see the variety of delicious food to be found there.

So, whatever you are going to do or eat in Antibes, it’s going to be good and unique. You will never find a city like Antibes. It has a special feeling to eat that other villages don’t.  

Nigel Baldacchino

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