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Antibes, the city with rampart walls

Discover the old town

"Old street in Antibes. "The shadow spreads its water onto the children's foreheads." Max Jacob

Take the time to discover the old town

The Old Antibes is one of those fascinating town where at each corner, the past magnifies the present. In order to truly visit and appreciate the Old Antibes, one has to take his time. Take his time to wander in alleys, to carefully observe details hidden in facades and doors, to smell all the perfumes flowers have to offer, to have a drink on a sun-soaked pavement café or to eat an artisanal ice cream... and then, round the corner, you'll see the Mediterranean Sea... which can only make the white stones brighter.

From the Marine Gate, go through the Salters Ramp and enter the Old Antibes through one of the small alley on your right (horloge street or Saint Esprit street). Let fate decides of your destination, just look up, use side streets, wander and stroll untill you find the Cathedral. Take the staircase and discover the Grimaldi Castle, which hosts the Picasso Museum and that beautiful escape to the sea (Dor de la Souchère hill). Go through the Mariejol place and go through bateau street first, then Barques en Cannes street until you find the washtub and the faces hidden the walls. Enter the Safranier free commune between Tourraque street and Haut Castelet street. There you will find artists studios, the house where Níkos Kazantzákis live, and the villa Fontaine... you can then go back to the cours Masséna through Paveurs street then Pompe street (where you should, by the way, try the famous pissaladière). Have a break, enjoy your surroundings...

Discover the workshops and the small boutiques

Your next step should be to stroll through the shopping streets and discover that many shops and workshops sell treats and other goodies that won't leave you indifferent (rue Sade, rue Clémenceau, rue Thuret, boulevard d’Aguillon, rue James Close, rue de la République). Many restaurants will offer you to sit at a table on a hidden deck or in a hidden garden.

Toward the new city

Go back to the place Charles de Gaulle and its Haussmannian architecture, then walk down the Albert Ier boulevard. Play some petanque in the Elie Levy square, take a photograph on the roof of the Archeology Museum, and don't forget to greet Victor Hugo on your way back to the port through the ramparts. At the end of them, you will find the aesthetic Nomade, a letters laced sculpture made by Jaume Plensa. And across the harbor, the Fort Carré.