- Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Tours Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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For a 360-degree view of Antibes (and a dose of military history), head to Fort Carré. Commissioned by France's King Henry II in the second half of the 16th century, this fort was built for defense purposes, but was later used as a prison (Napoleon Bonaparte was briefly held here), as well as military barracks.
Standing 85 above sea level on the Saint-Roch peninsula, the fort is popular among shutterbugs and history buffs. Along with the incredible views, travelers can also learn about the history of the fort and Antibes, as well as what life was like for soldiers during that time.
The fort is open year-round. Though hours change seasonally, it welcomes visitors Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30, 5 or 6 p.m. Tours, which usually span 90 minutes, are offered in English and French. Admission costs 3 euros (around $3.50). The fort sits just north of Old Town.
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