Port Vauban, Antibes

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Port Vauban is a French yachting harbor located in Antibes on the French Riviera. Originally a natural harbor in use since before the Roman Empire, the port was fortified by Sébastien Le Prestre, Seigneur de Vauban, later Marquis de Vauban, King Louis XIV's military engineer.

Port Vauban now serves as the home of the Yacht Club d'Antibes and is the largest marina (in terms of total tonnage of the boats and yachts moored there) in the Mediterranean Sea. Some of the world's largest and most lavishly appointed yachts have Port Vauban as their home port, including Russian oil businessman Roman Abramovich's 86 m Ecstasea and his gift to fellow Russian businessman Eugene Shvidler (Le Grand Bleu). Co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen's yacht Octopus is a regular visitor to the harbor.

In the early part of the 20th century, Port Vauban also accommodated numerous seaplanes and a seaplane manufacturer.

As of 2012, typical rates for a berth in Port Vauban are between €1m to €1.4m.

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  • This is the place to come if you want to see yachts, some of the most expensive in the world reside right in Port Vauban, when I lived in Antibes I visited daily to see what new boats came in. It is.....  more »
  • This was the largest boat, birthing area we had ever seen. The large ones were worth looking at, as they belonged to very wealthy people, and just the sheer luxury was amazing.  more »
  • It's a beautiful experience and being able to see the skyline of Nice makes the views all the more breathtaking. To my mind, the best time to visit it would be during the time of Fete National/ Bastille day. That's when one gets to see the spectacular fireworks going off at a distance in Nice. It makes for awesome viewing and long lasting happy memories.
  • One of the best marinas in France. Good internet from the port, option to rent an electric bike free from port if you r with yacht, nice city, museums, beaches just under the old town, nice pubs and food. Great local market every morning with all kind of fresh food. Very close to Nica and Cannes.Just loving it.
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