An impressive old stone building that is placed in height all the way on the edge of the Saint-Roche Peninsula and it offers exceptional panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea which surrounds the beautiful French Riviera.
It was built at the 16th century upon Romain ruins making this place great for discovering an exciting history and witnessing the view across the harbour. It is classified as strategic site for the town of Antibes as it was used as a defense and to monitor the border with the city’s rivals, the Duke of Saovy which ruled the County of Nice back then. The Fort Carré was attacked multiple times by the army of the Duke of Savoy and outsiders but it was never brought down to the ground as the city would improve it every time after the attacks.
During the French Revolution, this fort was also used to imprison Napoleon. The fort was also used in a military context as a gathering center during the World War, thus you can see a monument known as ‘Poilu’, a statue which is dedicated and honours the soldiers who died for France during the First World War.
Fort Carré was then bought by the City of Antibes in 1997 and officially opened to the public in 1998. The perfect place to discover its fascinating architecture, environment and history. You might even recognize this fort from James’ Bond film Never Say Never Again.
The Fort Carré is located on the Saint-Roch peninsula, by the seaside road and is built on a hilltop rock. It is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm, make sure you book your reservation in advance!