The classic shot of Antibes Old Town, also captured by Eugene Boudin in 1893. On the left an apartment block marks the start of Antibes’ new town, while the port is beyond the old town. The photo was taken from the bluff over Royal Beach.
Antibes Old Town Picasso Museum. Photo by Miniwark.
Le Musée Picasso is one of Antibes bigger attractions, established in the magnificent Chateau Grimaldi, right the coast with stunning sea views. The Chateau was established by the Grimaldi clan in 1608 – yes, those Grimaldis that still reign victorious in Monaco. The museum possesses 245 works by Picasso, many given by the man himself, as well as by his wife Jacqueline, tho’ I was not impressed. Lovely building but the Picasso collection, is, IMHO, almost totally inferior works.
The museum is open all year except on Mondays, 1st January, 1st May, 1st November and 25th December.
Winter opening hours from mid-September to mid-June are 10: 00 – 12: 00 and 14: 00 – 18: 00.
In the summer from mid-June to mid September hours are the same but there’s no lunch break! 10. 00 – 18: 00. Last entry at 17: 30.
This is a terrific walking town with just about everything from the port’s megayachts to the train station to Carrefour supermarket to the sandy beaches all within 15 minutes stagger.
But if boredom kicks in a fit tourist might consider a bike rental. There are plenty of shops nearby offering bikes and a ride around the Cap d’Antibes is an invigorating and interesting way to see how the other half live, or check out the horrors of Juan-les-Pins overdevelopment. Alternatively catch a convenient 1 euro bus ride (#200) to Cannes, Nice and many other destinations.