Self catering holidays
In 1946, Pablo Picasso moved into the Château des Grimaldi in Antibes. After his stay in this wonderful working space, he bequeathed 23 paintings and 44 drawings to the city of Antibes. Thus, the Musée Grimaldi became the Picasso Museum.
You can admire the works by the artist such as La Joie de vivre, Satyre, faune et centaure au trident, Le Gobeur d'oursins, La Femme aux oursins, Nature morte à la chouette et aux trois oursins and La Chèvre. Other modern artists are represented in the Picasso Museum.
Among them, Arman, Ben, Calder, César, Ernst, Klein, Modigliani and Picabia.
After the Second World War, Pablo Picasso chose to live and work on the French Riviera. His strong attachment to the Mediterranean coast led him to spend time in Antibes, Cannes and Mougins, and before this at Vallauris (known for its pottery industry) where he was to stay from 1948 to 1955.
As well as a significant body of works in ceramic, the artist's stay was marked by several major paintings realised during this time. The museum exhibits two important works, War and Peace in the chapel. Each year the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions on certain themes.
Built in a checkerboard formation, to a very precise plan at the Abbey of Lérins (on the island in the bay of Cannes), the old village of Vallauris is surrounded by houses packed so tightly together that they served as ramparts.
And to reinforce the defence, each corner of the square is protected by a tower. In days gone by, the two streets in the village linked the two gates to the village at opposite sides.
In the village of Vallauris, you can follow the route which takes you on a tour of the churches and chapels, as well as visiting the Château de Vallauris, one of the rare Renaissance châteaux in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.
This village beside the Juan gulf is the most active centre on the Côte d'Azur when it comes to ceramic works of art and pottery. Many illustrious people have come here to admire the beauty of this place, including Jean Marais, Picasso and even Napoléon.
Embark on a tour of the seven seas at Marineland Antibes-Juan-les-Pins. Prepare for some amazing encounters during this family outing at the Aquarium and the Musée de La Poype. Visitors can discover dolphins, killer whales, sharks, polar bears, penguins and sea lions!
It's even possible to spend some quality time with them. Discover the marvels of the ScubaPro experience: well equipped and protected by a transparent acrylic cage, thrill seekers will be plunged into the underwater world of the sharks. Marineland also makes it possible for dreams to come true and children will be able to swim with the dolphins. Kids can also get to know the playful and mischievous Sea lions.
The spectacle is provided by the animals at Marineland and they and their keepers assure some fine performances for your viewing pleasure.
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.