Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Travel Guide

  • View from the Rothschild Gardens
    View from the Rothschild Gardens
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  • Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild from the Gardens
    Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild from the...
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  • Cap Ferrat peninsula, viewed from Beaulieu
    Cap Ferrat peninsula, viewed from...
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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Things to Do

  • Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild,St Jean Cap...

    The area weather closeness to the ocean and retreat inland has brought many notables here to build huge homes. Some of these are told here in the tourist office of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat particular one we are close to is the Villa Ephrussi...

  • The Rothchild's Villa Ephrussi - Gardens

    Baroness Ephrussi de Rothchild's gardens are in truly the most perfect setting on the med. Seven seperately themed gardens allow you to wander away from the Villa into a new pleasure at each turn. Here a Japanese garden, there a spanish garden, alongside a full French Provencale garden..It is said that Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild considered the...

  • Villa Ile de France (The Rothschild...

    Perfect in pink, the villa of the Baroness Ephrussi de Rothchild straddles the centre of the main spine of Cap Ferrat. Bequeathed to the French National Trust, the fee for entry will allow you a glimpse of what can be acheived when both immense wealth and good taste come together.Having seen off Leopold King of the Belgians to buy the parcel of...

  • Niven Place

    Walk the promenade Maurice Rouvier from Pont St Jean to around the promentory about 1 Km to "brush past" the sugar pink villa that is Villa Socoglio - or La Fleur du Cap - actor David Niven's home until his death in the early 1980s.Subsequently Nivens widow became one of Monaco's Princess Grace Kelly's circle of confidants, until the princess's...

  • Promenade Maurice Rouvier

    The best way to enjoy the magic of Cap Ferrat is to stroll the Promenade Maurice Rouvier, from the Royal Riviera Hotel - Beaulieu Baie de Formis side of the Cap, an easy kilometre, to the beach and yatching harbour of St Jean.This red tarmac walkway is named after a former Maire of Cap Ferrrat, probably the most priviledged job on the planet. This...

  • Visit the Gardens of the Rothschild...

    The gardens were the reason we visited the villa. I'm a garden fanatic. You tour the villa (or not) and enter the gardens where you have great photo ops for both fountains and villa. There are often traveling art exhibits in the gardens and that is fun. They have recently started a fountain show that occurs every 20 minutes. The fountains are set...

  • The Zoo

    This charming zoo offers some relief from the relentless opulence of the Cap. Unusual for todays "modern" zoo - instead of earnest education and politically correct environmentalism - Cap Ferrat zoo has just old fashioned chimpanzees tea parties , goats, flamingoes, zebras, crocodiles and fun things that amuse adults and children alike. The...

  • Visit the Rothschild Villa

    Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild spent years collecting things for her villa at St. Jean Cap Ferrat and it is now open to the Public along with the gardens. It is definitely well worth the trip. If time is limited, I would visit the gardens first, but the villa and gardens are both lovely. There are often visiting art exhibits both inside and out....

  • Hidden stairs to closed neighborhood...

    Perhaps you know that people like Tina Turner och Michael Flatley lives above Villefranche. But it is (almost) impossible to get there, because there's a big gate that encloses the entire area. But during my latest trip to the Riviera I visited the garden center nestled in against to mountainwall a few hundred meters west of the gateentrance. From...

  • Visit the Cap Ferrat

    Some of the most oppulent and expensive real estate on the planet can be found on the elongated peninsula of Cap Ferrat, seen here from the old Fort on Mont Alban above Nice. Home at one time to King Leopold of the Belgians and the Congo, the Rothchilds, wealthy American industrialists and socialites, Agnelli of Fiat, Somerset Maugham, Charlie...

  • Sir Norman Foster's House with "Sails"

    With trademark originality - his other world-class designs include London's City Hall, the wobbly-blancmange tin next to the Tower of London, and the voluminous new Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok Airport. - modern giant of corporate architecture Sir Norman Foster built his home up on the sea-facing far side of Cap Ferrat.Eschewing faux-Belle Epoch or...

  • Ile-de-France Villa & Museum

    This museum offers a chance to visit one of the Côte d'Azur's most legendary villas- built by the Baronne Ephrussi de Rothschild. The Baronne died in 1934, leaving the stately building and its magnificent gardens to the Institut de France on behalf of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. In addition to the villa itself, the Baronne donated the 18th-century...

  • Port Nouveau

    I definately recommend having lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants in the Port Nouveau. The village of St. Jean Cap-Ferrat is rather small, but there are a lot of nice terrace café-restaurants; most along the port. The port, like many along this part of the coast, was once a small fishing port that's evolved into a somewhat larger yacht...

  • Somerset Maugham's La Mauresque

    When King Leopold of the Belgians lived on the Cap he built a villa for each of his three mistresses and one for his confessor, to be always on hand. The confessors role was probably to excuse his petty infidelities rather than his rape of the Congo. No matter because the Congo continued to be raped by its own corrupt African leaders long after his...

  • King Leopold II of the Belgians

    The annotation on this farewell momument to King Leopold II (1836 - 1909) of Belgium and the Congo is from "quelques amis....". This was one gentleman you would not want to call a friend. The wealth that enabled him to buy up parcels of the Cap came from his ruthless exploitation of the "Free State of the Congo" which he created as his own personal...


Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hotels

  • Belle Aurore

    49, Ave. Denis Semeria, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel L'Oursin

    1 avenue Denis Semeria, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Brise Marine

    58 Avenue Jean Mermoz, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 06230, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Restaurants

  • Villa - Gardens - Views - Food

    If you are visiting the Rothschild Villa & Gardens, there is a tea room in the conservatory. You can eat outside weather permitting and that might be quieter. The Villa is a popular tourist attraction and the buses arrive and disgorge tourists who all want (or need) to eat at the Villa. Large groups of people of any nationality tend to be noisy so...

  • Pleasant Italian restaurant facing the...

    Italian, mediterranean and sea food served. We came here for lunch. I had the menu (18 Euros): caprese salad, Veal Scallop and ice-cream. My husband ordered a pizza (Reine: 13 Euros), unfortunately it seemed to be a frozen one. Service was quick. The Italian owners were very corteous, but other than that, nothing special about the place or the...

  • Gourmet Legend

    Michael Winner writes endlessly about it, Andrew Lloyd Weber tells everyone about it. Its renowned among prestigious awards for over a decade. And it was Fermeture Exceptionelle when I turned up. Another time maybe.


Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Transportation

  • How to get in and out St Jean Cap Ferrat

    The best here is by car from Nice. On the Autoroute A8 from Nice/Cannes get off at exit/sortie No 50 promenade des Anglais,and from Italy sortie/exit 58 direction Monaco-Ezeroute plannerwww.viamichelin.comtraffic one I like By train from Nice Ville station TER direction de Monaco-Menton,Stop/ arrêt: "Beaulieu sur Mer" , then bus...

  • TAM buses to Cap Ferrat

    Served by a single infrequent bus service from Nice (TAM new Route 81, not Sundays), accessible on foot either from Pont St Jean or Beaulieau on the Nice-Monaco bus line (TAM Route 100 euro 1.30).Be prepared for long gaps between services, and an early close to the last bus.

  • Getting to the beach near the port by...

    If you plan to go to the beach near the port and it is NOT on a Sunday or holiday, you can take the bus number 111 and get off at the "Mairie" bus stop.IMPORTANT: Very infrequent service, so always check the bus timetable beforehand.Check the bus schedule on the web site below:


Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Local Customs

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    No Barbecues or Dogs on the beach!

    by Elainehead Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Before you arrive at the beach, you will this huge warning sign. Okay, you won't see any bonfire or barbecues but you will certainly see dogs on the beach...not only "sunbathing" with their owners but sometimes you will catch them "swimming" too!

    Oh, watch out where you walk... yeah, dog crap!

    Beach sign
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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Warnings and Dangers

  • Extreme Wealth Warning

    What the security man doesn't want you to see - from the coffee-table book " The Villas of the Riviera - Magnificence and Majesty on the Cote d'Azur" by Shirley Johnston (text) and Roberto Schezen (photos), Thames and Hudson (currently out of print). The magnificent exterior and pool of Villa Maryland of Cap Ferrat, owned by Paul Allen, co-founder...

  • Security

    Sadly the most beautiful and prestigious villas are aggressively guarded to ensure no-one enjoys them. The owners are hardly if ever there and it is made clear that you are not welcome! This is as much as you are likely to see of the beautiful Villa Maryland, owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. The location for many select private parties...

  • Caution - naked men

    At the furthest seaward end of the Cap, in among the moon-like landscape, we passed four or five men on their own, "sunbathing" (for lack of a better word) in the nude. Some mostly middle-aged men were posing on the rocks at the sea edge, some on the grassy slopes, some just standing, seemingly oblivious to the fact they were stark naked while you...


Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Off The Beaten Path

  • Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild,St Jean Cap...

    I want to complement the tip on the villa Ephrussi de Rothschild exteriors with photos from the interior here.You have beautiful rooms from the Chinese to the porcelains, this is the property when i met my wife she works for the designer house in Paris who renovated and we still have the brochure of it!Some description of the Inside because its a...

  • Chapelle de l'Hospice, St Jean Cap...

    another nice historical building found picture during my trips in the area. This one has the peculiarity of been purchase by the chocolatier Meunier the parcel of land where a big black Virgen stood near the chapel since 1903. It was tranfered away by Meunier in 1937.A bit of history I likeAccording to tradition, and reported in the Historia...

  • Walk the cap (2- 3 hours)

    For the more advenurous, walk the coast footpath which runs around the entire length of the Cap from St Jean. Allow two to three hours, and wear stout shoes as some sections are rock-strewn and involve a little clambering up and down. The windswept tip of the Cap offers splendid views towards Beaulieu and Eze sur mer. On your way you will get the...


Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Sports & Outdoors

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    by NiceLife Updated Dec 3, 2006

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    Sunday afternoon, the ultimate team sport, three planes enjoying swooping over Cap Ferrat, swing over the Med, up over the perched villages, and then back eventually for afternoon tea no doubt in Monaco. Boy racers in the sky.

    The planes are actually "Canadairs" - water carrying anti-forest fire babies that are deployed usually in the Var in Summer, when disagruntled wanna-be firefighters turn pyromaniac. But the training sure as hell looks fun!

    Roger, Wilko, over and out!
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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Favorites

  • The sea and harbor of Saint Jean Cap...

    One of the highlights for me is to be near the ocean, a harbor, a port, from birth I have try to follow this tradition. I have been blessed with many opportunities and even today I am only 30 kms from the ocean.However, when traveling I do the same as much as possible. There is no reason not to stop by the harbor of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in this...

  • Birds of a feather

    As in many things in life, sometimes its the small details that make a place special.I have no idea what this little fellow is, but he's cute and he has an A-list address - Cap Ferrat. Red beak, yellow waistcoat and vivid green coat. Drawn to the eaves of many of the exclusive villas these green little cuties are in abundance here, and you don't...

  • Walking path to Beaulieu-sur-mer

    Right above the beach near the port, there is a path that leads you to Beaulieu-sur-mer. It's a nice way to enjoy the nice scenery and beautiful houses along this path. Watch out when you walk, it's also a dog's path...


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