The Notre-Dame de l'Immaculée Conception Cathedral of Antibes was probably built on a shrine dedicated to Diana. The building was awarded the title of cathedral as for many years it was home to the Bishop of Antibes.
Although renovated throughout the centuries (the seventeenth, eighteenth and twentieth) the original building was built in the twelfth century, as proven by the square bell of the old lookout tower. The ochre cathedral facade was classified as an Historical Monument after the Second World War.
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.
Exflora Park is located in the Juan-les-Pins district, a few steps away from the Mediterranean sea. This 5 hectare park, open all year round and with free access, presents different aspects of the Mediterranean basin gardens from the times of Ancient Rome up until the exuberant Riviera of the nineteenth century. Here, the water reigns. Follow the trails, discover the waterfalls, fountains, ponds, pools, and the canals.
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.
For the town of Biot, ideally situated between Nice and Cannes and just a few kilometres from Antibes, success appeared in 1956 when a family company created "bubbled glass". In 1973, the Lechaczynski family took over this flourishing artisan business.
The Verrerie de Biot continues a strong tradition glassmaking in Provence, and won itself the "Living heritage business" label, an important recognition of its skills and creativity.
The Biot glassworks comprises several tourist sites in Biot that are extremely interesting: the halle des Verriers, the Glass Ecomuseum of Biot, the grand show room and the international glass gallery.