Port Vauban, Antibes.
Antibes. Port Vauban in Antibes is the largest yachting harbour in Europe with over 2000 moorings and capable of accommodating yachts and boats in excess of 100m length. This natural port has been used since before Roman times, and is now the Mecca of luxury boats and yachts, and a local fishing fleet. It is well known for it's billionaire's pier.
In the Middle Ages, Port Vauban was fortified by Louis XIV's military engineer, Sébastien Le Prestre, Seigneur de Vauban. During the early 20th century, Port Vauban also provided habour to seaplanes and a local seaplane factory. Today it contains some of the largest and most expensive luxury yachts in the world, has a heliport and is surrounded by luxury shops, restaurants and hotels.
Antibes is a resort town in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. The Cap d'Antibes is the break between the Bay of Cannes to the south-west and the Baie des Anges to the north east. Old Antibes and the port of Antibes are on the mainland on the side facing the Baie des Anges, while Juan les Pins is on the Cannes side and the magnificent Fort Carré lies between the port of Antibes and the rest of the Baie des Anges. Although Antibes is best known for its coast, the municipality does stretch up the hills inland.
During the summer, the place is packed, primarily with French families. In the evenings, everyone is out at the many outdoor restaurants in the old part of Antibes and in Juan les Pins. A fun place for a relaxed vacation.
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