Saint – Jean – Cap – Ferrat is a fairytale peninsula with wonderful beaches, tasteful restaurants, luxury residences and interesting museums, located between Nice and Monaco at the French Côte d’Azur.
If you’re visiting Monaco or Nice, Saint – Jean – Cap – Ferrat is a perfect one-day getaway from the crowded cities to enjoy and relax on the beach, buy some souvenirs and eat in romantic beach restaurants.
What took my breath away was one of the jewels of the Côte d’Azur – an amazing palace of Italian Renaissance inspiration – Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The Villa was built by Baroness Béatrice, the daughter of the wealthy banker and major art collector Baron Alphones de Rothschild. After her father died she inherited an enormous amount of money and decided to build a winter residence at the fairytale place of Saint – Jean – Cap – Ferrat. What makes the villa really astonishing is its architecture, seven beautiful gardens with flowers and plants from all over the world and its unique position on the top of the peninsula so no matter where you look from the terrace, you will have a view over the blue Mediterranean Sea. It’s easy to imagine waking up in a sunny bedroom with a view over a beautiful garden in front of you, a view over Monaco on your left and Nice on your right side. The Baroness really was a lucky lady.
The entrance fee is €15, but it’s worth every cent. It takes hours to explore and you can fully enjoy spacious rooms and magnificent gardens.
At the peninsula you also shouldn’t miss the very unusual but unique collection of over 6000 shells at the Seashell Museum (Musee des Coquillages).
By walking around the peninsula you will find a lot of beautiful beaches. There are two beaches that are both private and public – the Passable and Paloma beach.
Facing east, in the afternoons the Paloma beach is in a shade, but provides a wonderful view over the bay and cliffs of Éze all the way to Monaco. In the evenings the restaurant at Paloma beach becomes a very lovely place for couples to spend a romantic evening with candlelight, the stars above them and the reflection of the moon in the sea.
Both beaches have restaurants, bars, indoor and outdoor showers, changing rooms, deck chairs and diverse offer of summer sports such as jet skiing, water skiing, kayaking, pedal boating, wakesurfing, tubing etc.
There are also other beautiful public beaches such as Cros deï Pin, Less Fosses and Les Fossettes.
How to get to Saint – Jean – Cap – Ferrat? If you’re going by car, be careful because in the summer could be very difficult to find a parking space. The easiest way is to get a bus from Nice, that way you wouldn’t need to worry about your car and can take a careless walk around the peninsula.