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Fort Carré in Antibes // In pictures

Fort Carré, Antibes France

Towering behind rows of boats in Antibes’ harbour, Fort Carré looks out over the Côte d’Azur. The fort was built in the 16th century to protect the border between France and the neighbouring county of Nice and saw its share of battles. After Nice became part of France it was declassified and used as a sports college for soldiers, who used to abseil down its walls, before opening to visitors. It’s claim to fame is that Napoleon was imprisoned there during the French Revolution, but you might recognise it as the villain’s lair from Bond film Never Say Never Again. Fort Carré means square fort, but it’s actually star-shaped after military architect Vauban added extra defensive walls. It’s not until you get up close (unless you’re arriving at your superyacht by helicopter) that you can see the four pointed bastions. We headed inside through the only tiny wooden door and climbed up to the battlements. The inside is mostly empty but the walls are a perfect vantage point, with Antibes on one side and Nice across the Baie des Anges on the other.

Fort Carré in Antibes
Fort Carré in Antibes
Fort Carré in Antibes
Fort Carré in Antibes
Fort Carré in Antibes
Fort Carré in Antibes

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6 Comments

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    Darlene
    September 21, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    It looks amazing. Hope to visit one day. Great photos!

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      Lucy
      September 22, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      It’s a beautiful stretch of coastline – I was expecting the beaches but the old town bits were a nice surprise.

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    Tanja
    September 22, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I like Antibes. I’ve visited it in 2010 but I haven’t visited this fort.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      September 22, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      It made a good afternoon trip, the building itself is quite minimalist but the views were fantastic.

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    aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes
    September 22, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Looks absolutely stunning there Lucy and all that sunshine….would kill for some blue skies at the moment
    x

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      Lucy
      September 22, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      The weather was so good – four days of constant sunshine and 28 degree temps, I didn’t want to leave (sadly my weather luck didn’t last though and just had constant cold and rain in Amsterdam!) x

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