Juan Les Pins is a major tourist attraction town in the commune of Antibes, south of France. The town takes you to a completely different level of exploring the world. The town was originally used in ancient times to protect its inhabitants from the passing sea voyagers. Presently, the town boasts of narrow alley streets, filled with souvenir shops and eateries.
A number of breath taking sights and activities exist around the town. They include Antibes Old Town which has historic streets and a market open every day from morning to midday. There is also the Cap d’ Antibes luxury villas situated on the Mediterranean coast. For the best views, one can walk along the paths of the well maintained Garuope Beach. You can also visit the Marine Land Park which has sea animals such as sharks, penguins and dolphins.
Hotel Ibis Styles
Lying just 200 meters from the Mediterranean beaches, this top quality hotel offers excellent accommodation services to its guest. Its located 15 kilometers from the Nice airport. It’s the ideal place to discover the marvels of Cote d’Azur and the culture of inhabitants. The hotel guarantees guests of comfort, excellent customer services at a low price ensuring that their visit is perfect.
Types of Rooms in Ibis Styles Hotel
Ibis Styles has rooms which are designed using eco-friendly materials. There is a central switching system which controls the energy saving light bulbs. All the beds have luxurious and comfortable mattresses. The rooms are cleaned with environmentally friendly cleaning products. You also get served by multilingual staff.
Standard Rooms with 1 double Bed – The room has a bed measuring 160cm by 200cm, with relaxation pillows and a duvet. There is also a 26 inch LCD flat screen with connectors for a personal computer, iPod, games consoles and MP3 Player. The television package with main channels. There are also hair dryers and shower in the bathroom. Air conditioner, a heater, operator and auto wake up calls and a telephone are also in the room.
Standard Room with Two Beds – The room has two twin beds measuring 90cm by 200 cm, relaxation pillows and duvets. For your entertainment, there is a 26 inch LCD flat screen television set with all the main channels, air conditioner and a heater and a single bathroom.
Standard Family Suite with 1 Double Bed and 1 sofa for 2 – The room accommodates two adults and 2 children. The bed is 63 inches wide with relaxation pillows and duvets. There is a double sofa bed for the young ones, 26 inches LCD television, operator and auto wake up calls, high speed internet and bathroom fitting; hair dryer and shower.
Standard Room with a Single Bed – The bed measures 140 cm by 200 cm and has relaxation pillows and a duvet. The room has 26 inch LCD television set, a TV package with main channels and a bathroom with hair dryer and shower fittings.
Services and Facilities at Ibis Styles Hotel
Breakfast- The breakfast is developed and served by a nutritionist. It constitutes a squeeze of fresh orange juice, ham, Emmental cheese, whole meal bread, hot drinks and fruits of your choice.
Sports Facilities- A fully equipped gym, jet skiing and pedal boats at the local beach.
Facilities for the Disabled- There are wheelchair access paths and reduced mobility facilities.
Free morning dailies.
Free fast speed internet access/ Wi-Fi
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Antibes is small, picture -postcard, scenic seaside destination located between Cannes and Nice on the Mediterranean shore. This town has been built on the remains of the ancient trading port of Greece, Antipolis. It still has an air of the 16th century and prevails all over its narrow streets, old port and markets (vegetable and flower markets) and has been a destination for many eminent men including the 20th centuries most famous artist Pablo Picasso , Max Erns, novelist Graham Greene and Nicolas de Stael. It is also the biggest and luxurious Mediterranean harbour with provisions for over hundred yachts. It is also known hub among the musicians and music lovers, thanks to its jazz festival every summer. It has around eighty thousand inhabitants and is the second to the largest town in Cote d’Azur.
Antibes are well connected and easy to reach which makes it insanely popular among travellers all around the globe. Nice-Cote d Azur Airport is equipped with modern amenities and has two terminals. It is ideally located at around 10 miles at the north east of Juan-les-pines and 4 miles towards the south west of Nice. The airport is an extremely busy one, having around ten million passengers every year and has over 100 international services. Nice-Cote d Azur Airport can also easily reached using local transportation (both buses and taxis).However the country is best enjoyed by taking train. It would allow you to admire and appreciate the beauty at its natural best.
From London, there are regular and direct flights to Nice airport and all major airports in Britain such as Leeds, Cardiff, Bristol and Edinburg. In case of choosing to travel by train, it is best to board a direct train to Nice from St Pancras International Station (London). Travellers unanimously suggest that the best mode to travel through the place is to walk around, since all the streets are pedestrianised and all major attractions are accessible.
Antibes is an extremely popular destination for tourists all around the world, which ensures that there are a lot of resorts and stays that are available at all prices. The top of the list has Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc which is considered to be the seat of luxury and is right above the sea. However there are a lot of options which could be considered including bed and breakfasts, which would take you away to 18th century. The best recommended high end hotels are:
Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc: It is known for excellence and luxury and is ideally located at the top of cap d’Antibes and offers utmost privacy in a 19th century place with ultramodern amenities.
Hotel Belles –Rives: It is a legendary resort which was the home of the great novelist Scott Fitzgerald, it boasts of a beautiful and ordinary setting with sheer luxury and elegance. The whole hotel is themed around 1930’s and overlooks the Mediterranean.
La Garoupe Gardiole: This hotel is in the most polished areas of the country side and is known for the delight and luxury it offers. The place is extremely charming surrounded by lush greenery.
The best recommended budget hotels are:
La Bastide du Bosquet: It is an 18 century house which is simple but elegant and is located between Antibes and Juan –les-Pins. It has been beautifully renovated to include more aesthetics and has good deals on group booking as well as bed and breakfast options. There are also great books to read and board games for children and families to enjoy.
Villa Plein Soleil: It is one of the excellent bed and breakfast in the area but has only few extravagantly spacious rooms. It is situated very close to the beach and the house is a beauty in in itself. It also houses a terrace garden and a common room to relax and have fun
Jazz a` Juan, the famous jazz festival of Antibes was initially held as a tribute and honour of Sidney Bechet, the famous musician. This inspired musicians across Europe to create and participate in music festivals across the nation. This was a revolutionary concept in music which brought about an overturn in the way even common people perceived musicians and Jazz. The music icons became accessible and the public became one with them through their mesmerizing performances. The festival was held under the century old tree facing the Mediterranean.
Antibes Juan les is often seen as melting pot which blends in many different trends of music together. There has been musicians who have performed there every year since its start in 1960.Right from conception the consistent festival is seen in as a landmark event, where often jazz history is made. It is also flocked by music lovers and critics and is often looked on by the media.
This festival reflects a wide array of programmes, styles as well as diverse musicians. They feature newbies who has become trend icons, popular singers who has been there all along, modern and classic jazz performers from all around the world: including Africa, Latin –America, India, Europe and France performing in different styles such as cool Jazz, hard Jazz, Jazz Rock, Latin Jazz, Electro _Jazz ,Blues and Swing. Some of the popular singers who has performed there are: Norah Jones, Jamie Cullum, Thomas Dutronc, Richard Bona and Roy Hargrove.
The festival takes place every year during July under the Pinede Gould gardens. The setting is quite magical with the roaring sea in the background and spectators watching it from the banks .There are also stands to watch it from apart from seats and the concert timing is from 8.30 pm and includes up to three different acts.
The harbour in Europe with the largest yachting port is in Antibes and is called as Port Vauban. It has about 2000 moors and also has provisions to accommodate boats and yachts that are bigger than 100 meters in length .It is not man made , and has been in use even before the period of Romans. Now it is mostly used by the local fishermen and is also a primary visiting place for the tourists.
The major attraction in the scenic tourist spot is the gigantic sculpture of a man who has been created entirely using alphabets. The installation exits, inviting all people’s attention at the end of the walkway near to the wall of Saint-Jaunme. Nomade, is a beauty in itself which cannot be missed at any cost. Many visitors experience the inviting nature of the sculpture which has a rare tempting and alluring quality, which makes people wander near it.
This permanent installation is the work of the famous Catalan contemporary artist Jaume Plensa who is focuses on Paris and Barcelona. Plensa is regarded as a pioneer of contemporary art and has degree in art from Barcelona, the place where he is originated from. He has a wide array of sculptures and pieces of art to his credit and specializes in cast iron installations employing creative inclusion of sound, language and light. Nomade was in installed in 2007, and exists in a magic harmony with the recently restored bastion (Saint-Jaume). This work of art draws thousands of visitors to the coast, and visitors come to admire and thereby get mesmerized by this enormous human figure made out of alphabets , looking on to the depth and beauty of the Mediterranean Sea.
This is a heritage spot situated in the outskirts of Antibes. This fort also known as Fort Carre` d’ Antibes was built in the 17thcentury and is in the shape of a star with four bastions(arrow-head shaped). It is believed that this fort was actually built by Romans around 1565 as tower in modification to a chapel that already existed. However, in 1565 Henry III took over the place and added 4 bastions to it and thereby called it as the squared fort or Fort Carre.
The fort in addition to the beautiful architecture and infrastructure holds a lot of historical significance as Napoleon Bonaparte was imprisoned there during the French Revolution, after overpowering Robespierre. This fort is also significant during the annexure of Nice in 1860.The Fort is quite close to the harbour, with a triangular entrance protruding from the wall leading on to a narrow bridge which directs into the insides of the fort.
The fort is located on a rock which is 26m above the sea level with a 43 m high walkway and promises a panoramic vision. It also has a beautiful and vast (4 hectare) ecological park which is filled with the flora and fauna from all around the Mediterranean. The Fort remains opened from Tuesday till Friday at 12:30 till 4:00 Pm .On the Weekends it opens at 10. The cost of the guided tour is included along with the entry free and occurs in a duration of half an hour. In the months of August and July the timing shift from11 to 6 and there are special packages and workshops scheduled for school and group visits .More information is available on the website.
The Museum Picasso is one of the widely visited places in Antibes which was formerly known as Chateau Grimaldi. It is believed to be built on the foundations and remains from the ancient town, Antipolis. In 1608, the Grimaldi family took hold of the building and monopolized it under their name till 1702. However in 1946, it was converted into a museum and Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest artist of the 20th century lived there for 6 months. The museum was later renamed to honor the great artist as the Picasso Museum and it is the first one in the history to do so.
Picasso has donated many of his works to the museum (most noted are his paintings “La Joie de Vivre” and “The Goal”). Later the museum acquired many works after the artist’s death including 6 etchings,2 ceramics,10 drawings,4 paintings along with the earlier collection of 60 etchings,6 carpets and 3 paper works. All these are put on display which draws a lot of art admirers to come there and appreciate the greatest modern artist.
The artist stayed on the second floor of the now museum and he is said to have promised the then care taker that he would beautify the walls as a thank you note. One of the most iconic painting La Joie De Vivre (1946) is said to reflect his time spent in Antibes. It showcases the Roman Greek heritage as well as the artist’s mental frame work.
The painting is featured in the second floor of the museum now, which was the artist’s studio then. Another intriguing feature of this particular painting is the kind of materials that the artist used while staying there. It is believed that, Picasso could not get art materials in the small village then and he had to employ the materials which he had procured locally. This museum is a must visit to the art lovers and tourists who are visiting Antibes.
The Marineland of Antibes is one of the biggest sea themed aqua park which was founded by Roland de La Popye in 1970. It is spread over 26 hectares and includes Marineland Resort, a three –star hotel, Aqua splash which is a water park, Kid’s Island which is a park for children , a dolphinarium and a marine zoological park. It actually is owned by a multinational company based in Spain and has its major stake holders from Britain. It is one of the most popular and visited attraction of that province and houses Orcas/ Killer whales which is the largest member of the oceanic dolphin family. Marineland is one of the two dolphinarium which houses Orcas in Europe and statics indicate that 1.2 million people visited the park in 2014.
It has a lot of aquatic shows filled with performances of both human and animal performers including polar bears, dolphins and orcas. It is quite well organized with a queue system and has a separate fees structure. The park also houses snack bars and cafeterias which are not very expensive. However it could be time consuming, and you could include it in your plan if you are visiting Antibes for a long holiday and also especially if you have children. You could avail more information on the park from their website or catalogues that are widely available in the area.