Location

Location

In the heart of the Côte d’Azur, admirably located next to the crystalline foothills of the Southern Alps, a few minutes from the Nice- Côte d’Azur International Airport, Antibes-Juan les Pins has, with its 25 kilometers of coast, one of the vastest coastal fringes of France.
Modern and dynamic, as shown by Sophia-Antipolis and its cutting edge technological poles, endowed with a prestigious past, AJLP knows how to remain a city where each and every one can live, a city of the future and a particularly dynamic present. 

history & culture

The rich history of Antibes Juan-les-Pins spans through the millenia. Ligurians, Ionians, Phoenicians and Etruscans knew of this exceptional area, even before the Greeks installed a trading post there in the 5th Century BC.
Filled with privileges by the Romans, a pontifical and royal city, the last French stronghold before the County of Nice and Italy, Antibes occupied a highly strategic position. Louis XIV entrusted its development to Vauban who undertook the plans of the new ramparts and made new arrangements to the Fort-Carré developed by Henri II.
The Twentieth Century would give the opportunity of an exceptional expansion for the city. After the annexation of the County of Nice by France, the creation of the Alpes-Maritimes Department and the demolition of part of the old ramparts which prevented any further modifications of the city.
The astounding technological changes, such as the railroad and the automobile, the creation of the beach resort of Juan-les-Pins and the prodigious touristic development of the Côte d’Azur, made the ancient Antipolis, Alpes-Maritimes’ second city, rich in its exceptional past and future.    

Antibes and arts

From the beginning of the 20th Century, painters and writers have made of the Antibes peninsula an incomparable crossroads of modern art: a true cultural garden.
Long before the 1900’s, the beauty, the calmness of the pine forests and the beaches of Antibes have attracted many renowned visitors. Bonaparte had spent time there. George Sand and Flaubert, Maupassant and Jules Verne had gone there to write, and the masters of impressionism – Monet, Dufy, Boudin – set down their easels there as well… And a little later, Camille Flammarion and Anatole France settled in. Moreover, others such as Picasso, Picabia, Man Ray, Chagall, Nicolas de Staël and Hans Hartung eventually came to Antibes. And we could not exclude other famous writers and poets, especially the Americans in the 20’s (Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, Hemingway…), and also Europeans (Tristant Tzara, Louis Aragon, Jean Cocteau, Jacques Prévert, Graham Greene,…).

Jazz Festival

City of arts and artists, Antibes Juan-les-Pins holds throughout the year numerous special events which can appeal to even the most demanding public. Starting with “Jazz à Juan”, the first European international jazz festival, which celebrated, with magnificence, its 53rd anniversary in July 2013.