Antibes is a popular tourist resort and a port, with an excellent climate, luxury hotels, and sandy Mediterranean beaches. Formerly Antipolis, a trading post established by Greeks in 340 BC, the city and port were Roman settlements prior to being controlled by the powerful Grimaldi family of Genoa between 1384-1608.
The 16th-century Grimaldi Chateau still remains, serving as a gallery devoted to Pablo Picasso's work. The painter lived and worked here in 1946. From here tourists can visit Monte Carlo and Cannes. Also nearby is a picturesque hillside village named Grasse, overlooking the Riviera coast. Here is also the world capital of perfume at House of Fragonard and further on Chateau de Gordon, the famous mountain fortress featuring hanging courtyard gardens.