Festival International de l’Image sous-marine & de l’Aventure – Juan les Pins

Starting today, and finishing on Sunday 07 December, the International Festival of Underwater Images and Adventure is a family-friendly event about promotion and preservation of marine and undersea life.

image: festival-mediterranea.com

image: festival-mediterranea.com

The theme this year is ‘The shark: Dangerous or in danger?’ and there are various attractions including film screenings, photography exhibitions (including competition photos), information stands, conferences and fossil collections.  Special displays will include the Red Sea and Marco Polo’s journey.

image: festival-mediterranea.com

image: festival-mediterranea.com

The film and photo competitions attract entrants from around the world, and local schools are invited to the event to discover and learn about the ocean and it’s preservation.

There will be around 200 photos in competition at the event (image: festival-mediterranea.com)

There will be around 200 photos in competition at the event (image: festival-mediterranea.com)

How to get to the Festival International de l’Image sous-marine & de l’Aventure

The main exposition is at the Palais des Congrès, 60 chemin des Sables, 06160 Juan les Pins.

The venue has underground carparking (pay parking with Interparking) and there is a large hotel next door with around 340 carpark spaces also. Or you can try your luck on the surrounding streets.

The Juan les Pins train station is an easy 5-minute walk from the venue.  From Antibes, you can travel via Envibus numbers 30 or 31 that stop outside the Palais.

The Palais venue is accessible for persons with reduced mobility, and the underground carpark has designated reduced mobility spaces and elevators to the ground level.

Fossil display (image: festival-mediterranea.com)

Fossil display (image: festival-mediterranea.com)

What time does it open?  How much does it cost?

Friday 05 December: Opening hours are 10am-8pm.

Saturday 06 and Sunday 07 December:  Opening hours are 10am-6pm.

Admission fee is  €8 per adult (or €10 for 2 days entry)/ €6 for kids 6-15 years, tourism professionals, and family rates applicable for 2 adults and minimum of one child / Free entry for kids under 6 years of age

Official website:  www.festival-mediterranea.com

Facebook page: https://fr-fr.facebook.com/FestivalImageSousMarineEtAventureMediterranea

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Precious gems, crystals and fossils in Juan les Pins – Salon des Minéraux

I have always had an affinity with stones and crystals having collected them not for their reputed healing benefits, but for their beauty.

I have been given polished rose quartz and hematite necklaces, rough-cut amethyst which sat on my desk at work, and a plate-shaped sliver of Tiger’s Eye with it’s own ornamental stand.  One of my favourites is turquoise with it’s bright blue and coppery hue.

beautiful blue of turquoise (image: Wikipedia)

beautiful blue of turquoise (image: Wikipedia)

What is the difference between a crystal and a gemstone?

Crystals are scientifically a solid substance in which the molecules, atoms or ions are arranged in an orderly repeating pattern extending to all three spatial dimensions.

Gemstones are pieces of attractive minerals (often called semi-precious or precious stones) which when cut or polished are used to make jewellery and other items.  Some rocks (lapis-lazuli) and organic materials (amber) are not minerals but are often considered as gemstones as they are also used to make jewellery.

Confused?  Don’t be – because from 19 September – 21 September 2014, you can admire many precious gems, crystals and even fossils at the Salon des Minéraux in Juan les Pins.

vibrant amethyst (image: mineral.net)

vibrant amethyst (image: mineral.net)

What is the Salon des Minéraux?

The Salon des Minéraux in Juan les Pins (in French it has the very descriptive official name of ‘9ème Bourse aux Minéraux Fossiles Gemmes et Bijoux’) will bring together scientists, gem experts and collectors for a public display that includes:

  • Fossils dating 300 million years
  • Jewellery-making
  • Displays and sales of precious gems and stones including diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds
  • Pedagogic workshops

How do I get to the Salon des Minéraux?

The exposition is at the Palais des Congrès, 60 chemin des Sables, 06160 Juan les Pins.

The venue has underground carparking (pay parking with Interparking) and there is a large hotel next door with around 340 carpark spaces also. Or you can try your luck on the surrounding streets.

The Palais venue is accessible for persons with reduced mobility, and the underground carpark has designated reduced mobility spaces and elevators to the ground level.

location map of Palais des Congrès, Juan les Pins

location map of Palais des Congrès, Juan les Pins (map copyright antibesjuanlespins-congres.com)

What time does it open?  How much does it cost?

Opening hours are 10am-6pm.

Admission fee is  €6 per adult / €3 per child

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General information – ANTIBES Tourist Office / JUAN LES PINS Tourist Office

Due to the renovation of the façade of the Grand Hotel building that housed the main Antibes Office de Tourisme, the office is now in a new location.

Grand Hotel Antibes at place de Gaulle that previously housed the Office de Tourisme (image: Wikimedia)

Grand Hotel Antibes at place de Gaulle that previously housed the Office de Tourisme (image: Wikimedia)

Previously, you could find the Office de Tourisme here at street-level at place de Gaulle, current from May 2014 it is now located at 42 avenue Robert Soleau (nearer to the train station).

The opening hours are:

September to June

Monday to Friday 9am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-6pm

Saturday 9am-12pm and 2pm-6pm

Sunday 9am-1pm

July and August

Open every day from 9am-7pm

There is also a satellite Tourist Office in Antibes Old Town at 32 boulevard d’Aguillon.

In Juan les Pins, the only Tourist Office used to be on the seafront (boulevard Charles Guillamont). From the last quarter of 2013, this office has moved and is now situated in the Palais des Congrès centre, 60 chemin des Sables, 06160 Juan les Pins.

All Tourist Offices are accessible for persons with reduced mobility.

They have local maps, transport timetables, flyers of sightseeing tours and offer advice on transportation and attractions.

Their official website is www.antibesjuanlespins.com

 

General Information – Juan les Pins Tourist Office

With the new Palais des Congrès (Conference centre) opening in Juan les Pins, the tourism office has now permanently closed at it’s prior waterfront location and is now located onsite at the Palais.

Juan les Pins Tourist Office (Office du Tourisme et des Congrès)

Previous address:  51 boulevard Guillamont,, 06160 Juan les Pins

New address: 60 chemin des Sables, 06160 Juan les Pins

New phone number: +33 04 22 10 60 01

Email:  accueil@antibesjuanlespins.com

(The Antibes tourist offices are unchanged)