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Fort Carre picture in Antibes
Fort Carre picture in Antibes
Fort Carre picture in Antibes
Fort Carre picture in Antibes
Fort Carre picture in Antibes
Fort Carre picture in Antibes

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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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#1 Old Town 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 ... Read more » LightFieldStudios / Getty Images

#2 Musee Picasso This museum, which hangs nearly 250 of Picasso's works, is actually a former castle, the Château Grimaldi. The artist ventured upon it in 1946 and started using it as ... Read more » stocknshares / Getty Images

#3 Beaches One of the main reasons to take a French Riviera vacation is to enjoy the beach. Some resorts stake out some private sand for their patrons, but you can also ... Read more » StephanHoerold / Getty Images

#4 Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes A popular walk for both locals and visitors, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes is a narrow coastal trail that hugs the water, affording incredible, unobstructed views of the ... Read more » Aurea Moemke / EyeEm / Getty Images

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Old Town picture in Antibes
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Beaches picture in Antibes
Hike picture in Antibes
Marche Provencal picture in Antibes
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Fort Carre picture in Antibes
Old Town picture in Antibes
Picasso Museum picture in Antibes
Beaches picture in Antibes
Hike picture in Antibes
Marche Provencal picture in Antibes
Garoupe Lighthouse picture in Antibes
Fort Carre picture in Antibes

Have your camera ready when wandering Old Town to capture its charming, quintessentially European architecture. LightFieldStudios / Getty Images

The Picasso Museum, which hangs nearly 250 of Picasso's works, is actually a former castle, the Château Grimaldi.  stocknshares / Getty Images

One the main reasons to plan a trip to Antibes? The beach, of course. StephanHoerold / Getty Images

A popular walk for both locals and visitors, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes is a narrow coastal trail that hugs the water, affording incredible, unobstructed views of the sea.  Aurea Moemke / EyeEm / Getty Images

One of the best markets along the Cote d'Azur, the Marche Provencal offers everything from seasonal vegetables to French cheeses to fresh meats, as well as Provencal-style cuisine and local olives, herbs and oils. stocknshares / Getty Images

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For a 360-degree view of Antibes (and a dose of military history), head to Fort Carré. Sergio Pitamitz / robertharding / Getty Images

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