The Picasso Museum, part of Antibes-Juan les Pins' Museum was founded on the ancient acropolis of the Greek town of Antipolis. Up until the beginning of the seventeenth century, the castle was inhabited by theGrimaldi family.
In 1925, the castle was bought by the town of Antibes and transformed into a history and archaeology museum. Only in 1966 was the museum named Picasso and became the first museum dedicated to a living artist.
During his time spent in Antibes, Picasso realized many works (paintings, drawings, tapestries, and ceramics): the collection given by the artist to the town forms part of the museum collection.
This collection will be completed by numerous donations and acquisitions by the town.
Discover the aquatic world of the Espace Marineland on the Mediterranean shore a few kilometres from down town Antibes-Juan-Les-Pins. This amusement park presents shows featuring marine mammals (killer whales and dolphins), sea lions and raptors. .
Aside of the show, you can enter the world of sharks through a 30 metre tunnel and discover the ocean floor with its gallery of aquariums.
Marineland also has a Marine museum, which includes collections belonging to the former founder of the place, Admiral Poype de Vertrieux. .
This year, the Marineland celebrates its 40th birthday. To mark the occasion, come and discover new shows and the exhibition which retraces the marine zoo's evolution over the years.
Picasso’s Man with a Sheep, which he considered to be one of his major works, welcomes visitors.
The artist worked in ceramics in two different ways. First, he decorated traditional shapes like pitchers, plates or other, more unusual objects.
Then, he decided to create the shapes himself and produced bold contours like the ones found on the Big Bird, Black Face (1951) vase or on his owl-shaped pitchers.
He used recurring motifs from his paintings, from bullfights to animals and still lifes, and applied them with various methods, including cutting, application of an engobe and enamel.
This was another area where Picasso introduced technical innovation by using white pastes; he also adapted the linocut process.
You can’t come to Cannes without walking along this mythical promenade: the Promenade de la Croisette. Carlton, Grand Hôtel (now Malmaison), Ritz... the palaces carry on until the end of the Croisette where the legendary Palm Beach casino awaits you.
Walk in the footsteps of your favourite stars in the shade of the palm trees.
Stand with the luxury establishments behind you and the sea, sun and horizon right in front of you. Even if you don’t set sail aboard a yacht, you'll certainly be charmed!
In 1615 the île Sainte Marguerite, one of the Lérins Islands that lies opposite the bay of Cannes, passed to Charles de Lorraine, duke of Guise who gave it to Jean de Bellon: thus began the construction of the fort Royal.
After war was declared with Spain, Cardinal Richelieu ordered further work to be carried out in order to protect the Provence coast. The Spanish took the fort in 1635 and continued its construction.
Toward the end of the 17th century, the fort became a State prison, and hosted three companies of invalid soldiers, who were allowed to marry, and who founded a civil population on the island.
In 1712, Vauban redeveloped the fort royal of île Sainte Marguerite, fortifying it. Until the 20th century, the building remained in use as a state prison and even incarcerated famous prisoners including the Man in the Iron Mask.
Today, the fort royal on île Sainte-Marguerite houses the Cannes Sea Museum.