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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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Described by visitors as "enchanting" and "lovely," the Old Town of Antibes, or vielle ville, is filled with quintessential cobblestone streets, small storefronts and charming cafes. Many past visitors said you should set aside half a day to get lost among Old Town's charming alleyways, stopping for a delicious crepe and some entertaining people-watching as you please.

Within the Old Town, you'll also find several other attractions, including the Picasso Museum, the market and Fort Carré.

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