Les Pirates in Juan-les-Pins – Aarrgh!

signWith earlier-than-usual hot, sunny weather in the area, I started feeling the need for sand between my toes.  So it was that I decided to have lunch at a beach restaurant, where some of the tables and chairs were actually on the sand, about 30 feet from the sea.  


As I wiggled my toes in the sand, I also enjoyed the delicious lunch, sea views, surrounding ambiance, and after lunch stroll along the shore – a delightful place for a Sunday lunch!

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Juan-les-Pins, a commune of Antibes, is well-known for its jazz festival (July 2014 schedule), nightlife, and its casino, just to name a few.

Must-see suggestions (as listed on Tourism Office site):

  • Port Gallice overlooking the bay of Juan-les-Pins
  • the château of Juan-les-Pins (Rudolf Valentino’s former villa)
  • the Belles Rives hotel with its original furniture dating from the 1930s.
  • the villa “La Vigie”
  • the Juana hotel. Designed in 1931, its façade is a listed historic building.
  • the Gould pine grove, where Ray Charles and Miles Davis made their European debuts and where you can see stars’ handprints set in the ground…
  • the many “art deco” buildings.
  • the legendaray fine sandy beaches where waterskiing was born.
  • the Exflora park offering all the freshness of 330 plant essences


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Antibes-Juan-le-Pins Fireworks

“It’s good news for everybody in Antibes-Juan-le-Pins this August. The weather in July wasn’t good enough for their annual fireworks so the mayor has re-scheduled the glorious sight. Go along with the other 10,000 odd spectators to the beaches and the restaurant terraces to see the sparkling pyrotechnic display reflected in the dark waters of the Mediterranean.”

  • August 8th, 15th, 18th at 10pm over the bay of Juan-les-Pins
  • August 14th at 10pm on the Ponteil and La Salis beaches in Antibes
  • August 24th at 10pm on the beach of the Fort-Carre, Antibes
  • (Source: About.com)