Beautiful villas and views of the golden triangle of the Riviera
It gets really crowded during summer.
One of the charmest places in Côte D'Azur
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
1 avenue Denis Semeria, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
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58 Avenue Jean Mermoz, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 06230, France
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3 Ave Jean Monnet, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 06230, France
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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...more
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...more
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.more
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:more
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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!
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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!
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...more