Juan Les Pins

Juan-les-Pins is a town and a health resort and spa in the commune of Antibes, in the Alpes-Maritimes, in southeastern France, on the Côte d’Azur. It is situated between Nice and Cannes, 13 kilometres (8 mi) from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport.

It is a major holiday destination popular with the international jet-set, with casino, nightclubs and beaches,which are made of fine grained sand, and are not straight, but instead are cut with small inlets.

Cultural references

Peter Sarstedt famously mentions Juan-les-Pins in his 1969 UK number one hit, “Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)“; a portrait of a girl who becomes a member of the Euro jet-set. The song mentions that the girl spends her summer vacations in Juan-les-Pins.

“Golfe Juan” is the name of a pointillist painting done by Paul Signac, a French neo-impressionist, in 1896.

Juan-les-Pins is prominent in Sartre’s The Reprieve, the second volume of his Roads to Freedom trilogy.

The area is also the home of Lanny Budd, the protagonist in eleven Upton Sinclair novels.

In Charles R. Jackson‘s novel The Lost Weekend, the main character, Don Birnam, mentions a holiday in Juan-les-Pins. In Alan Furst‘s novel “Kingdom of Shadows”, protagonist Nicholas Morath, his Argentine girlfriend Cara, and assorted friends spend early June 1938 in Juan-les-Pins.

Distance between different locations

The distance between Juan les Pins and the airport in Nice is about 22 km, Antibes about 3 km, Cannes about 13 km. From Juan-les-Pins to Central Nice is about 30 km and to Monaco about 50 km.

The Beach

Juan-les-Pins has some of the longest and widest sandy beaches on the French Riviera. Many of the beaches are private beach clubs where you pay a fee of about 15-25 euros/day to get access to a sun bed and parasol. These clubs also have nice beach restaurants.

Get to the beach from the apartment:

Walk on the left side of the pool until you reach a large gate, go out through the gate, take to the right and go straight ahead. After a while you will see parking spaces and you will also see a tunnel under the railway on the right side of the parking. Take the tunnel and you are on the beach.

Juan Les Pins

Walk to Juan Les Pins:

Go out the same way as the “Road to the Beach”. Follow the road, after about 10-15 minutes you arrive at the village. The center of Juan Les Pins is quite compact with a lot of restaurants and several clothing stores.

Area in general:

Food, etc.:

There is a good grocery store in the area. It is located in the square opposite of Mc Donalds. On the square there are a few restaurants which are OK.