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Antibes Juan-les-Pins is a twin town separated by the Cap d'Antibes. I booked an apartment at the Hapimag Antibes (see review), a nice resort. Antibes has a charming vieille ville with old streets, bars and terraces, a perfect setting for an agreeable evening. It also has a giant collection of boats, from small sailing boats to multi million luxurieus pleasure yachts; I never saw so many ships together, not even in Monaco or in Rotterdam...
Antibes became heavily fortified over the centuries, notably by Vauban (17th century), who built the main port and Fort Carré where Napoleon was temporarily imprisoned. A pleasant stroll along the quai des Milliardaires gives a good picture of the ports and fortifications. Other notable sights include the Place du Rèvèly with the Saint Esprit chapel, the cathedral and the old Grimaldi castle, which houses the Picasso museum. Near the Saint André bastion locals play with their balls (a game of pétangue). Around the cape - dominated by a small lighthouse - and very close by the sea runs a path which is a nice alternative way to walk from Antibes to Juan-les-Pins. In summer Juan-les-Pins offers a great nightlife.