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Jammin Juan-les-Pins

Post by Sharat | July 14, 2018 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Jammin Juan-les-Pins

Juan-les-Pins sits on the French Riviera right next to Antibes and both resorts are often combined and called Antibes-Juan-les-Pins. Juan-les-Pins itself only became famous during the early 20th century because many celebrities such as Ernest Hemingway and Charlie Chaplin used to visit. Its popularity has continued since those early days and during the summer it is an extremely lively summer resort complete with beaches and ocean during the day giving way to a nightlife filled with casinos, clubs and bars.

Beaches at Juan-les-Pins

Whilst the more historically inclined may prefer to visit Antibes instead, if you are a beach goer then Juan-les-Pins is the better choice. Check out the Plage de Gallice and Plage Epi Hollywood, both of which are small beaches located in the heart of town. They are extremely popular however large sections are private and off limits to the general public. If you want a longer beach head west where the main beach is located. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from on the beach in the centre of Juan-les-Pins and it is possible to obtain hotel accommodation very nearby.

Jazz festival of Antibes-Juan-les-Pins

The beaches in these resort towns serve as host to a jazz festival that spans ten days during the middle of July every year. This festival has been an annual event for the last half century and is the second most important jazz event in the world on the calendar. Over the decades it has attracted all the jazz greats ranging from Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. If you are a jazz fan then you will love the fact that some of these jazz greats have had their handprints preserved for posterity near the stage area. The festival continues to attract jazz legends to this day so if you are planning to visit, you could time your trip to coincide with the festival because it is a great time to visit.

juan les pins by mauro, on Flickr

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