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Last updated: 27 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

In 1946, Picasso was invited to use the 14th-century Grimaldi Castle in Antibes – perched high on the one-time acropolis of the ancient Greek city of Antipolis – as a studio.

It was a happy period for the artist and in spite of a shortage of art supplies, he made do with what he could find, painting joyful Cubist scenes of fauns, nymphs and centaurs inspired by Greek mythology.

Now a museum, the castle’s collection shows the fruits of this era, its artworks infused with optimism and a Mediterranean colour spectrum.

Logistics

Price from: £7
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The nearest car park is Port Vauban. True art fans should download the factsheets (in English, French and Italian) from the website, which provide background to some of the key exhibits. The museum’s café terrace is a cool shady place for a drink, with views over Antibes.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays.

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