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A Brief History of Antibes

Updated: Jul 4

Antibes has always had magnetism- attracting visitors from all over the world throughout the course of history.

Originally a Greek colony known as Antipolis in the 5th century BC, Antibes later became a part of the Roman Empire in 43 BC, remaining an important Gallic trading point for five centuries.

Following the fall of the Roman Empire, Antibes continued to receive attention from the likes of Louis XI who took the city under his wing; the city was also multiply fortified through the centuries. In the 19th and 20th centuries, European tourists began to build a slew of luxury homes on the Riviera, and artists such as Pablo Picasso were equally inspired by Antibes’ unique landscape and exceptional climate.

Since then, Antibes’ many dazzling beaches and various events such as the renowned ‘Jazz à Juan’ Festival, which was founded in 1960, have enabled the city to thrive and grow as a holiday destination.

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