From the modest fishermen village to the cultural world-famous seaside resort
The First Tourists
Historians located the presence of the first occupants one century before Jesus Christ, The Ligurians. These transalpine people who dominated the western end of the known world of the time, settled on a promontory, the actual Le Suquet, and erected an oppidum or fortified camp. No archaeological vestige does attest to the occupation of the site by the Ligurians, but they were named barbaric by the Greek geographer Strabon. Turn and look to the sea to find traces of these early tourists.
The Lérins Islands
More than the seaside, the Lérins Islands attracts the covetousness of this maritime colony. Natural harbors for the sailors from the west they were originally called Léro and Lérina. Today the current names Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat constitute the last safe anchorage before Antipolis, the future Antibes. A campaign of excavations in the years 1970 and 1980 updated the richest archaeological deposit of the archipelago, exhuming the remains of the oppidum Vergoanum under the terrace of the Royal Fort in Sainte-Marguerite. Lérins, Léro, Lérina, are names which take root with Lêron and Lérine, two local entities venerated by the sailors of passage.