On the programme of your excursion
Arrival at Antibes train station
From Antibes train station you will head for the marina, which is one of the most important in Europe. You will go along the quays and admire the many boats, until you reach the junction of the Saint-Roch peninsula. This is where Fort Carré was built, on a rock rising 26 metres above sea level. Its walkway rises to 43 m and offers a 360-degree panoramic view.
Discover the Marine Gate and Cours Masséna
For centuries, the Marine Gate was the only gate opening on the port while the ramparts surrounded the city of Antibes.
Your visit will continue to Cours Masséna, where the Provençal market of Antibes is held each morning.
You will find there the flowers, fruits and vegetables which give the Provençal markets their charm. In front of the market, there is a bust made by the artist Léopold Morice in 1891, which represents General Championnet. After having participated in various campaigns of Napoleon Bonaparte, the general resigned to settle in Antibes, where he succumbed to typhus in 1800, and rests at the foot of Fort Carré.
Passing by the cathedral of Antibes
This cathedral was built on the site of an ancient Greek temple, of which only the choir of the old Romanesque cathedral survives. Its portal represents St. Roch and St. Sebastian, the two patron saints of the city of Antibes. The cathedral also houses the famous altarpiece of Our Lady of the Rosary by Ludovic Bréa, dating from 1515. The altarpiece, a world-famous work, is a vast fresco painted on large wooden panels.
To finish your excursion, you will take the direction of the Picasso Museum, located in Grimaldi Castle. Founded on the ancient acropolis of the Greek city Antipolis, the castle was the residence of bishops in the Middle Ages, then the Monegasque family from 1385, which gave it its name. The house then became that of the governor of the king, then a city hotel, and finally a barracks around 1820.
Rehabilitated as a museum from 1925, the castle saw its destiny change with the arrival of Picasso in 1946. At the invitation of the curator, the genius Picasso installed his studio there for a few months, and created 26 paintings and 43 drawings that he offered to the museum on his departure. There are also works by Léger, Picabia and Staël in the museum.