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 Highlights

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    NiceLife says…

     Beautiful villas and views of the golden triangle of the Riviera 

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     It gets really crowded during summer. 

  • In a nutshell
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     One of the charmest places in Côte D'Azur 

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Things to Do

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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....

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Chapelle St Hospice and the Madonna

    A short walk uphill from the port of St Jean brings you to the Chapelle St Hospice, and a Disney-esque towering statue of the virgin Mary.The hermit Saint Hospitius c. 580 lived at Cap-Saint-Hospice, between Villefranche and Beaulieu. According to Catholic history he girded himself with an iron chain, lived only on bread and dates, and was blessed...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Transportation

  • 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.

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  • 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:

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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Local Customs

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    Beach sign

    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!

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Off The Beaten Path

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    Rocky coastal path round the Cap

    by NiceLife Written Feb 1, 2004

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    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 tiniest glimpse of some of the wonderful villas that dot the Cap, high above you.

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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Sports & Outdoors

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    Roger, Wilko, over and out!

    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!

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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Favorites

  • 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...

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  • 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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  • Beach by the port

    Gravel public beach with shower and free WC (at your own risk!). There is a snack bar. No lifeguards here. Dogs are not allowed but you will see many around. The sea was really dirty the last time we have been to.

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