Heritage Trail in Juan les Pins

The French Riviera has some amazing old buildings ranging from palace hotels along the Croisette in Cannes, to Belle Époque mansions in Cap Ferrat and Art Deco apartments lining the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

For a while now, I’ve been intending to look into the history of some of these beautiful architectural gems located in my own neighbourhood – Juan les Pins.

Juan les Pins grew in popularity from the 1920’s when it became fashionable as a resort town for wealthy aristocrats and a place to be seen by artists, writers and the movers and shakers of the Belle Époque and Jazz Age.


This free Heritage Trail covers 17 places of interest and architectural landmarks of Juan les Pins related to the eras of Belle Époque, Art Deco and/or the Jazz Age.

I have designed it to include major places of interest that are as accessible as possible.

Numbers 1-16 are situated on flat, paved pavements and entirely accessible for families with baby buggies/strollers, and wheelchair-bound tourists – Please note: one place of interest, number 17 Château de Juan les Pins is situated on a steep paved residential street and there are no pavements.

Numbers 1-16 on this Heritage Trail are suitable for:

poussette    Families with baby buggies/strollers (Familles avec poussettes)

wheelchair   Wheelchair-bound tourists or those with reduced mobility that need to avoid stairs (Personnes avec fauteuil roulant ou avec mobilité réduite)

Duration: 40 minutes – 1.25 hours

Juan les Pins Heritage Trail : Art Deco, Belle Époque & Jazz Age

Juan les Pins Heritage Trail : Art Deco, Belle Époque & Jazz Age

  1. Villa Al-Djezair, 1 boulevard Charles-Guillaumont

Built in 1922 by Cannes architect Ernest Truch, it is one of the best preserved examples on the Côte d’Azur of Moorish architecture. The style showcases the orientalist references: Minaret, cupolas and domes, terraces lined with battlements and merlons, latticework and Arabic decoration. The garden is planted with exotic species. The villa’s name was inspired by the original owner’s vacations in Algeria.


  1. Juan les Pins railway over-bridge, avenue Amiral Courbet, Juan les Pins

Example of Art Deco decoration with geometric columns and floral designs – artist unknown.


  1. Palais Beau Rivage, 16 avenue de Guy Maupassant

Built in the 1930’s and designed by Cannes architect César Cavallin, this building is now private residential apartments. The balconies, forged iron and geometric motifs on the façade are typical of Art Deco style.


  1. La Baigneuse, statue by Alphonse Grebel

Installed in 1940, the statue symbolises the beautiful life in Juan les Pins. Grebel also has other statues in the area ‘L’hymne au soleil’ at nearby Antibes les Pins beside Parc Exflora, and a sculpture of Andrè Capron in Cannes.


  1. Villa L’ile Verte, 21 avenue Maréchal Joffre

This villa was built in 1891 by architect Ernest Macé (who was the auctioneer of the plans of the new Antibes city in 1895), and is an example of seaside architecture of the Belle Epoque. The name ‘L’ile Verte’ is due to the large garden that surrounds the villa on three sides.


  1. Palais Mirasol, avenue Docteur Hochet

Built in 1926, the front door entrance is an example of typical Art Deco rounded design.

  1. Auberge du Pin Doré, 21 avenue du Docteur Fabre, Juan les Pins

Built in the 1920’s by French architects François Aragon and Edmond Copello, the building’s Art Deco and neo-Provencal facade boasts a wealth of ornamental features characteristic of these styles: large vases, wrought iron balustrades, round windows, round arched windows and geometrical decoration in sgraffito (wall decoration obtained by applying a light render on a dark background which is scratched with a point to obtain a design).

In the 1930’s, Auberge du Pin Doré hotel was a firm favourite with the British colony. It had a winter restaurant in the basement and the terrace, still visible today, served as a summer restaurant. Note: Look for the sgraffito decoration on the right-hand side entrance wall of one of the outbuildings that depicts the date it was built in Roman numerals: 1926.


Auberge du Pin Doré welcomed the Blue Lagoon Orchestra Jazz Band and other guests for the Jazz à Juan festival. Today, the building houses a mixture of private residential and holiday rental apartments. The exterior of the building was repainted in 2012 with façade murals to replicate the previous hotel.


  1. Palais Wilson, 120 boulevard Président Wilson

The Palais Wilson is a prime example of 1930’s architecture, built to the plans of Georges Dikansky, the architect of the nearby Hotel Juana and Le Grand Pavois.

He designed a building with roof terraces with views of the surrounding countryside, which was very open at the time. Its facades were decorated with beautiful mosaics, pergolas and detailed wrought ironwork.

Today, the building houses residential apartments and offices.

  1. Pam-Pam bar, 137 boulevard Président Wilson

Originally created in the late 1920’s by an American, today Pam-Pam is a busy Brazilian-themed bar to visit in summer for a cocktail or ice-cream sundae.

In the past, Pam-Pam welcomed many celebrities including Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Rita Hayworth, and many jazz stars held jam-sessions in the back room and on the street terrace.


  1. Hotel Juana, 19 avenue Georges Gallice

Designed in 1931, the Hôtel Juana, was built for Joseph Barale, a Russian industrialist, in the purest Art Deco tradition.

The hotel welcomed many celebrities, including Ella Fitzgerald, and it became one of the first air-conditioned hotels on the French Riviera.

Since it was built, the façade of this listed historic building has remained unchanged with the stucco decoration, wrought iron, fluting, columns, balconies and round arched windows.

Today, the hotel remains one of the flagships of Juan les Pin’s hotel industry.


  1. Hotel Le Grand Pavois, 5 avenue Saramartel, Juan les Pins

Hot on the heels of the Provençal, Le Grand Pavois hotel was built on the site of a villa that had belonged to a Russian national from Saint Petersburg.

The hotel, whose plans were designed by the architect Georges Dikansky (already creator of the Hotel Juana and Palais Wilson), opened for business in spring 1932.

The hotel was built in a rationalist style, very much in fashion at the time. It is reminiscent of the bows of an ocean liner, with the Art deco dining room done out in the same style.


  1. Jazz Walk-of-Fame, 20 boulevard Édouard Baudoin (square Gould), Juan les Pins

Located beside ‘La Pinède Gould’ (the site of the annual Jazz à Juan Jazz Festival), you can stroll along the walk-of-fame and see handprints of many jazz musicians including Sidney Bechet, BB King and Ray Charles who have played at the festival over the years, set into the pavement.


  1. Hôtel Le Provençal, boulevard Édouard Baudoin

In the Roaring Twenties, foreigners came to Juan les Pins for its climate and extravagant lifestyle and recognising the attraction of a seaside resort in the vein of Miami without the crowds, American millionaire Frank Jay Gould, the son of financier Jay Gould, a developer of American railways built Le Provençal in 1926.

At its opening, the hotel was considered extremely avant-garde with a tennis club, jetty, restaurants and luxury suites, and signalled a whole new era on the Côte d’Azur.

Le Provençal became hugely popular, especially with the Hollywood crowd, gaining a reputation as the ‘place-to-be’ in Juan les Pins, and a spot where the world’s celebrities and beautiful people came to party.

Over the years Edith Piaf danced in the ballroom, Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe are said to have lounged on the expansive terrace, and Ella Fitzgerald is remembered for having thrown open an upstairs window of the hotel to serenade the crowds below. At various times Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemingway propped up the hotel’s bar.

By the 1970’s its heyday was past, and in 1976 the hotel was shut for the last time. Its owner, Parisian jeweller Alexandre Reza, decided to close Le Provençal for a complete makeover, but the refurbishment never eventuated and the building was left to fall into ruin, remaining one of Juan les Pin’s most prominent unused buildings.

Development was restarted in 2009 and has been delayed numerous times. The hotel was bought by Cyril Dennis, a British-born, Monaco-based property developer who made his fortune by investing in London’s Docklands in the 1980s. His intention was for the owners of the luxury apartments to have access to concierge services, a luxury boat, helicopters, and a ski chalet in Courchevel.

It has since been resold to John Caudwell, a British philanthropist and billionaire of mobile phone fortune who is intending to build twenty to thirty luxury apartments.


  1. Villa Picolette, boulevard Édouard Baudoin

Built at the end of the 19th-century, Villa Picolette has a wealth of Mediterranean resort architectural features: a loggia at the top of the tower, a beautiful ornamental frieze depicting storks and ceramics on its façades.

The villa is one of the oldest houses in Juan-les-Pins and is featured on numerous period views of Juan les Pins, especially on vintage travel posters and postcards.


  1. Hôtel Belles Rives / Villa Saint-Louis, 33 boulevard Édouard Baudoin

The history of the Hôtel Belles Rives started in 1925 with Francis Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. The American writer and his wife were staying with friends in Cap d’Antibes and seduced by the charm of the place, they decided to move into the Villa Saint-Louis, a seaside residence surrounded by pines.

The villa was built by Nice architect Charles Dalmas (who also built the Carlton in Cannes and Palais de la Méditerranée in Nice). It was there that they lived and regularly received friends such as Rudolf Valentino and Ernest Hemingway.


In 1929, a Russian named Boma Estène travelled to Paris to meet with the villa’s owner, an elderly French widow. He proposed the idea to transform Villa Saint-Louis into a hotel. With his wife Simone, from a dynasty of hoteliers, owners of the Hôtel Splendid in Antibes they turned this charming little villa by the water’s edge into the Hotel Belles Rives.

Between 1930-1931, Cannes architect César Cavallin added a wing and two floors to the establishment which then had 44 rooms. It was the Niçois designer Victor Gillino, designer of the furniture at the Palm Beach and Cannes Casino, who applied his talent to the interior design of the rooms in the new establishment, using a blend of precious wood and innovative forms.

After the Second World War, architect Maurice Guilgot modernised the Belles Rives by building a beach. The current owner Marianne Estène-Chauvin (third generation of the Estène family) acquired the hotel in 2001.

The hotel is elegant and furnished in 1930’s style and décor sympathetic to the time of Fitzgerald.

If you visit the Hôtel Belles Rives, try one of their two signature cocktails at the Fitzgerald Bar – the Hemingway (rum, grapefruit juice, lime and cherry liqueur) and the Gatsby (gin, lychee liqueur, violet syrup and Perrier).


  1. Villa La Vigie, next to Hôtel Belles Rives. 30-37 boulevard Édouard Baudoin

Not to be confused with villas of the same name in Monte-Carlo and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, this neo-medieval style villa was built in 1912 by an eccentric American.

It was painted by Picasso in 1924 as seen from the Chêne Roc Villa where he set up an artist’s studio in a garage across the boulevard.

Villa La Vigie, Picasso

Villa La Vigie, Picasso

The villa was purchased in 1928 by Frank Jay Gould, and his wife Florence Gould received the celebrities of the era including Jean Cocteau, Charlie Chaplin, even Estée Lauder at her famous lunches.

In 1956, widening of the boulevard lead to demolition of an annex and Florence Gould asked for a reconstruction sympathetic to the Hôtel Belles Rives to be built on the plot of the Chêne Roc Villa to give two contiguous dependencies a homogeneous look.


  1. Chateau de Juan les Pins (known as Castle of the Crouton), 62 chemin du Crouton

Built in 1860, the chateau was the residence of Queen Emilie of Saxony. It was acquired in 1914 by an American perfume manufacturer, Richard Hudnut, and his adopted daughter, Natacha Rambova and his son-in-law Rudolph Valentino chose to reside there in the summer.

A local Antibois architect Henri Logut purchased the property and subdivided the garden in 1951, then the chateau itself in 1954. A loggia was built in 1980 to take advantage of the garden and views.


Other places of interest in the local area (Note: These are not numbered on the Heritage Trail map):

Villa La Calade, 61 passage du Diable, Cap d’Antibes

The distinguishing feature of this villa is its colour. It was built in 1937 by the Cannes architect César Cavallin. It was built on principles of functionalism favoured by the architects at the time and was inspired by the ocean liner style: portholes, tubular hand rails, masts, etc.

Villa Aujourd’hui, 1546 boulevard Maréchal Juin, Cap d’Antibes

Villa Aujourd’hui was built in 1938 for a wealthy American, Audrey Chadwick, by the American architect Barry Dierks (1899-1960) who spent his entire career on the French Riviera. The villa follows the curve of the road, and is situated next to Port de l’Olivette, a small harbour that berths traditional fishing boats (pointus).

It is one of the most beautiful modern houses in the region with simple forms and minimal lines, The house was bought just before 1950 by Jack Warner, co-founder and chairman of Warner Bros, and guests included a host of Hollywood notables such as Charlie Chaplin.

Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, boulevard John F Kennedy, Cap d’Antibes

Built in 1870 in the purest Napoleon III style at the initiative of Auguste Villemessant, founder of Le Figaro, as a place for convalescing artists and writers to stay, it was first named La Villa Soleil before becoming the mythical Hôtel du Cap in 1889.

Celebrities and royalty were quickly charmed by the place with guests over the years including Russian royalty, Sir Gordon-Bennett, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Douglas Fairbank, Mary Pickford, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, the entire Kennedy family, Gary Cooper, Marc Chagall, Madonna, Tom Cruise, Robert de Niro, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and George Clooney.

If the hotel looks familiar, you’d be right – it’s a popular filming location and has featuring in 1971 Bond movie ‘Diamonds are Forever’, 1986 film ‘Under the Cherry Moon’, and Dior’s beautiful ‘Miss Dior’ commercial starring Natalie Portman. Today, high profile stars flock here during the Cannes Film Festival and the regular gala events. It is one of the finest examples of luxury hotels on the French Riviera.


Villa Les Chenes Verts, 152 boulevard John F Kennedy, Cap d’Antibes

Built in 1866 by architect Auguste Abeille for Adolphe d’Ennery, a Parisian playwright well known in the theatre world at the time. He spent all his winters there, receiving his friends such as Rochefort and Auguste Villemessant, director of the Figaro.

Jules Verne also visited him and stayed there every winter for a number of years, during which time he worked on the theatrical adaption of his novel ‘Around the world in 80 days’.

Villa Hier, 374 avenue Mrs L.D Beaumont, Cap d’Antibes

Designed by Barry Dierks for Anthony Edgar Somers in the first half of the 20th-century. Villa Hier was used as Michael Caine’s character’s house in the movie “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”.


Villa Eilenroc, 460 avenue Mrs LD Beaumont, Cap d’Antibes

Built in 1867 to the plans of Charles Garnier who had just built the famous opera houses in Paris and Monte-Carlo, the Eilenroc villa was commissioned by the former Governor of the Dutch East Indies, Mr. Hugh Hope Loudon. Its name is an anagram of his wife’s name, Cornélie.


The new owner in 1873, Scottish philanthropist James Wyllie, surrounded himself with talented gardeners who transformed the rocky terrain and scrubland around the Villa into 11-hectares of gardens with traditional species from the Mediterranean landscape.

The villa was also owned by Louis and Hélène Beaumont (today, their legacy remains in the naming of the road the villa is located on), who hosted fabulous parties with guests including Zelda and F Scott Fitzgerald who continued their champagne soirees just below the villa at the water’s edge – you can walk along the public Sentier du Littoral coastal path and see the swimming area and grotto with a stone-cut bar.


In the 1980’s, Mrs Louis Dudley (L.D) Beaumont donated her property to Antibes to create a foundation in her name to welcome prestigious guests. The villa has been used as a location for numerous films:

  • Under the Cherry Moon (1986) starring Prince and Kristin Scott Thomas (the Sharon residence)
  • Une chance sur deux (1998) by Patrice Leconte starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon and Vanessa Paradis
  • Les Kidnappeurs (1998) starring Elie Kakou and Elodie Bouchez
  • Karl Lagerfeld’s 2011 short film ‘The Tale of a Fairy’ for Chanel
  • Woody Allen’s ‘Magic in the Moonlight (2014)’ starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone

The Roseraie rose garden is very well known and open to the public seasonally with many rose varieties; there is an annual ‘Senteurs au Jardin’ open day for the public as well. The Antibes council also planted an olive grove to mark the 21st century, and to guarantee its eternity 54 olive trees were planted in the year 2000 symbolising the residents of Antibes born in the first month of that year.


Château de la Croe, Cap d’Antibes

This exceptional château in the Victorian style was built in 1927 for an English aristocrat Sir William Pomeroy Burton to the plans of architect and interior designer Armand Albert Rateau.

The Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII of England) abdicated his throne in 1936 in order to marry Wallice Simpson, and they leased the property in 1938, renovating the chateau to the highest standards with the finest furniture, silver and porcelain.

Past owners have included the shipping magnates Aristotle Onassis and Stavros Niarchos.

In 1980’s, the chateau suffered from a fire that damaged the house and surrounding trees and it was left as a derelict shell to squatters.

Château de la Croe is currently owned by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who carried out a large scale program of renovations over 4 years commissioning the likes of landscaper Peter Wirtz, considered to be one of the masters of the genre. The property has a roof-top pool with garden and sea views, an underground restaurant, gym and cinema room.

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Mojitos & music at the Juan les Pins Jazz Festival

Today, I visited the concert venue for the popular Jazz à Juan (Juan les Pins Jazz Festival) which begins this Friday (11 July) and has nightly concerts until 20 July 2014.

Jazz à Juan (logo image reproduced by official website)

Jazz à Juan (logo image reproduced by official website)

The concert location at Pinede Gould is a lovely setting under the pine trees looking out across the Mediterranean towards Île St-Marguerite and towards Cannes and the Esterel mountains. It’s a magic place for listening to music as the sun sets.

Pinede Gould, Juan les Pins Jazz Festival

Pinede Gould, Juan les Pins Jazz Festival

The festival line-up this year includes:

  • Nile Rodgers who is scheduled to appear the opening night with The Family Stone so get your dancing shoes ready!
  • George Benson
  • Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke duet
  • Booker T Jones
  • Joss Stone is no stranger to these shores and brings her powerful, soulful voice to the Pinede Gould on Wednesday 16 July.
  • Saturday 19 July will be another night to get your dancing shoes out. Start with a Cuban mojito at one of the nearby bars then head to the festival as Pedrito Martinez and Orquesta Aragon are sure to inject a little Cuban spice to your night.
  • My personal favourite, Jamie Cullum is making a return to Juan les Pins, and I highly recommend him as a live performer, he is energetic and interacts with the audience.  The French are renown for clapping when they enjoy music; let’s change this, this man deserves no-holds barred dancing.
  • The most anticipated concert night is Gregory Porter and Stevie Wonder – tickets sold like hot cakes! Did you manage to secure a ticket?

My Jazz à Juan tips:

– First visit to the festival and/or Juan les Pins? There is a Jazz Walk-of-Fame outside the concert venue set into the pavement where stars who have played at the festival over the years have left their handprints in the concrete. Includes: B.B King, Ray Charles, Keith Jarrett, Little Richard and more. Do the tourist thing and line up your own paws for size comparison. I can confirm mine are smaller than B.B. Kings.

Jazz Walk-of-Fame, Juan les Pins (image: Wikimedia)

Jazz Walk-of-Fame, Juan les Pins (image: Wikimedia)

– Take cash in small denominations for the bar at the concert venue. You can buy a beer or wine to enjoy during the concert. There are food vendors but unless they have upgraded the selection then you are limited to hot dogs, paninis and baguettes.

– There are accessible toilets at the concert (Portaloos), or before the concert stop for a drink and use the bathroom at one of the many adjacent bars or restaurants. The Pinede park also has an automated accessible public pay toilet (50 centimes) that you can use prior/after the concert.

– If you have restricted mobility, the ground surface at the concert venue is flat. The ticket booth and entrances are flat and concrete-paved, and inside the venue the ground surface is hard dirt so it’s manoeuvrable for wheelchairs.

– In conjunction with the main concerts at the Pinede Gould, Thursday 17 July sees a series of multiple free jazz concerts throughout Antibes and Juan les Pins. Over 200 musicians will take to the streets and emphasise why being in the region during Jazz Festival time is so exciting. Antibes locations for the free concerts are place de Gaulle and boulevard d’Aiguillon. Juan les Pins locations include petite Pinede near the main concert venue and the seafront promenade du Soleil.

Juan les Pins Jazz Festival

Juan les Pins Jazz Festival

How to get to the Juan les Pins Jazz Festival:

By car: Coming from Antibes, travel down boulevard Président Wilson and Juan les Pins is easy to locate. The nearest pay carpark to the venue is under the Palais des Congrès.

By bus:

  1. Bus 200 from Nice or Cannes direction: Alight at stop ‘La Regence’ in Juan les Pins, and then follow avenue Amiral Courbet to the seafront; at the seafront continue walking left to the venue.
  2. Bus 30 or 31: Alight at stop ‘Palais des Congrès’ in Juan les Pins, cross the road and walk across the park with the pine trees to the venue.
  3. Bus 1: Alight at stop ‘Pin Doré’, follow boulevard Baptistin Ardisson until you pass the Palais des Congrès, then you can cross the road and walk through the park with the pine trees to the venue.

The best spots for a pre-concert drink:

  • Le Crystal – A Juan les Pins institution, great for people-watching
  • Le New Orleans – Jazz-themed bar across from the Pinede park
  • News Caffé – Newly opened at the Palais des Congrès with plenty of outside seating. They have Wifi too.
Le New Orleans jazz bar, Juan les Pins

Le New Orleans jazz bar, Juan les Pins

Looking for something fun to do before a concert?

  • Tuk Tuk Azur can customise a sightseeing tour for you. Take in the scenery on the Cap d’Antibes, then stop at a bar in Juan les Pins for a cocktail before the concert. Book in advance to secure your spot as availability is in demand to the popularity of the festival. Bookings via www.tuktukazur.com

(I have no sales or commission affiliation with any of these companies, all opinions are my own)

Official Festival website: www.jazzajuan.com

Like what you see here? Please share my blog post on Facebook, retweet on Twitter, comment below etc and I’ll share the love back. There may be a mojito involved or I may potentially bribe you for a Jamie Cullum or Stevie Wonder ticket but I’ll appreciate it anyway.


Sightseeing – ANTIBES/JUAN LES PINS (11 July 2013, free jazz concerts)

On Thursday 11 July, there will be a number of free evening jazz concerts to signal the start of Jazz à Juan (the Juan les Pins Jazz Festival).  It is a nice opportunity for some family time strolling in Antibes and Juan les Pins in the warm evening, or alfresco dining combined with listening to free jazz.

All concert locations are on flat ground (paved surfaces) so accessible if you have a baby buggy/stroller, or are wheelchair bound.

Here is the programme for the various locations in Antibes old town, and Juan les Pins:

ANTIBES: all concerts held simultaneously and are between 7pm-8pm

Les Haricots Noirs (Brazilian batucuda percussion and funk band), at the Marché Provençal and Place Nationale

Sax Appeal (jazz, soul, rhythm and blues), place Audiberti

Fanfare Trouble-Fête (marching band), Bastion St-André and Jardin d’Ilette

New Scat (traditional jazz), place de la  République by the carousel

R-SAJ Band (rocksteady ska acoustic jazz), by the Porte Marine near Café bar du Port

Gugus band (percussion, rhythm and blues, jazz, juggling and theatre, swing), corner of boulevard d’Aguillon and rue Thuret where the tourist information office is located

Tuxedo Jazz Band (New Orleans jazz), place du Safranier

JUAN LES PINS:  all concerts held simultaneously and are between 9.30pm-10.30pm

Sax Appeal (jazz, soul, rnb) and marching band, Ilot de l’Esterel

Fanfare Trouble-Fête (marching band), rue Dautheville

New Scat (traditional jazz), Ponton Courbet, boulevard Guillaumont

R-SAJ Band (rocksteady ska acoustic jazz), Ponton Hollywood, boulevard Baudoin

Gugus band (percussion, rnb, jazz, juggling, swing), promenade du Soleil where Le Ruban Bleu restaurant is located

Tuxedo Jazz Band (New Orleans jazz), avenue Guy de Maupassant

If you would like to know more about the musicians playing at the Jazz à Juan, the full festival programme and ticketing information is found at www.jazzajuan.com






Jazz à Juan (Juan les Pins Jazz Festival) is an annual music festival held at Pinède Gould in Juan les Pins.  This year’s billing includes Tom Jones, Sonny Rollins, Kool and the Gang and Norah Jones. The setting is lovely – right on the seafront surrounded by palm trees, pine trees and a great vista of the ocean.  The site is flat and there is admission for ground-floor seating, so it is accessible.  Toilets are accessible and there are kiosks selling food and drinks.

As well as paid-admission tickets, the festival has free concerts whereby musicians wander the streets of Juan les Pins and Antibes stopping to play on street corners, terraces and squares.  Last night, as I ate dinner at a beach restaurant in Juan les Pins we listened to the distant sound of ‘New Scat’ and the ‘Street Warmers’.  

Tonight, at 7pm there is free music along the waterfront promenade in Juan les Pins.  I may see you there!