Juan-les-Pins

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Juan-les-Pins
Town
Evening view on the Mediterranean Sea from Juan-Les-Pins
Evening view on the Mediterranean Sea from Juan-Les-Pins
Juan-les-Pins is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Juan-les-Pins
Juan-les-Pins
Location within Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Juan-les-Pins is located in France
Juan-les-Pins
Juan-les-Pins
Location within France
Coordinates: 43°34′16″N 7°06′34″E / 43.57111°N 7.10944°E / 43.57111; 7.10944Coordinates: 43°34′16″N 7°06′34″E / 43.57111°N 7.10944°E / 43.57111; 7.10944
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
DepartmentNice Arms.svg Alpes-Maritimes
ArrondissementGrasse
CantonVallauris-Antibes-Ouest
MunicipalityArmoirie ville fr Antibes.svg Antibes
Elevation10 m (30 ft)
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
Postal code06600
 
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Juan-les-Pins
Town
Evening view on the Mediterranean Sea from Juan-Les-Pins
Evening view on the Mediterranean Sea from Juan-Les-Pins
Juan-les-Pins is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Juan-les-Pins
Juan-les-Pins
Location within Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Juan-les-Pins is located in France
Juan-les-Pins
Juan-les-Pins
Location within France
Coordinates: 43°34′16″N 7°06′34″E / 43.57111°N 7.10944°E / 43.57111; 7.10944Coordinates: 43°34′16″N 7°06′34″E / 43.57111°N 7.10944°E / 43.57111; 7.10944
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
DepartmentNice Arms.svg Alpes-Maritimes
ArrondissementGrasse
CantonVallauris-Antibes-Ouest
MunicipalityArmoirie ville fr Antibes.svg Antibes
Elevation10 m (30 ft)
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
Postal code06600

Juan-les-Pins (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɥɑ̃ le pɛ̃]) is a town 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 km from Nice Côte d'Azur Airport.

It is a major holiday destination popular with the international jet-set, with casino, nightclubs and beaches,[1] which are made of fine grained sand, and are not straight, but instead are cut with small inlets.

La Baigneuse by Alfonse Grebel on Ave. Guy de Maupassant

History[edit]

Situated west of the town of Antibes on the western slope of the ridge, halfway to the old fishery village of Golfe-Juan (where Napoleon landed in 1815), it had been an area with lots of stone pine trees (pins in French), where the inhabitants of Antibes used to go for a promenade, for a picnic in the shadow of the stone pine trees or to collect tree branches and cones for their stoves.

The village was given the name Juan-les-Pins on 12 March 1882. The spelling Juan, used instead of the customary French spelling, Jean, derives from the local Occitan dialect. Other names discussed for the town include Héliopolis, Antibes-les-Pins and Albany-les-Pins (after the Duke of Albany, the fourth son of Queen Victoria).

The following year, 1883, it was decided to build a railway station in Juan-les-Pins on the Paris-Lyon-Méditerranée (PLM) line that had been there since 1863.

Exterior of Juan-les-Pins train station.
Railway bridge on Ave. Amiral Courbet, Juan les Pins

In 1926, the famous Hotel " Le Provençal " was opened and received guests like Charlie Chaplin, Lilian Harvey, Jack Warner and Man Ray.[2]

Le Provençal currently being renovated as of 2013

Jazz à Juan[edit]

Cultural references[edit]

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. The song was featured in Wes Anderson's, "Darjeeling Limited".

"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 11 Upton Sinclair novels.

In Charles 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.

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Twin towns[edit]

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