Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has maintained its originality while being known as a luxurious beach resort. The marina in the village is home to a few businesses, but if you want to go shopping, I suggest traveling to Nice, Cannes, or Monaco.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is more of a destination for nature and outdoor sports than for culture, with the exception of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, which is registered as a historic monument and has beautiful gardens. It must be acknowledged that the peninsula has one of the most picturesque coastlines and beaches on the Côte d’Azur. You’ll realize there’s no reason to travel to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat if it’s raining!
The most popular beach in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is La Paloma. It ranks among the top 10 French beaches in terms of Instagram photos. It must be acknowledged that the location in the middle of the forest is stunning. With the cliffs and the village of Eze visible, the beach faces east. A portion of the beach is private with it being taken up by Paloma Beach Restaurant, a perfect location to anchor at if your looking to rent a boat for the day in Monaco area! The beach soon finds itself in the shadow at the end of the afternoon due to the peninsula’s little relief. We favor visiting the Fosses beach because of this. But it continues to be one of Saint-Jean-Cap-most Ferrat’s stunning tourist attractions.
Tower of Ponite Saint-Hospice
I advise you to at least take this stroll around Pointe Saint-Hospice if you don’t have time to explore Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in its entirety. You will pass by some of the most picturesque beaches and it is a lovely summary of the peninsula’s landscapes. The port in the middle of the village serves as both the starting and finishing point. The Saint-Hospice Chapel, designated as a Historic Monument, is visible from the path. There is essentially no difference in height if you don’t take the detour to the chapel, and you can walk farther in 1h30.
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild constructed the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a palace in the Renaissance style, between 1907 and 1912 on the cliffs of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. The villa’s interior is divided into Béatrice’s apartments, a patio with Verona marble pillars, and numerous luxurious lounges with Louis XVI furniture, tapestries, porcelain, and chinoiserie. One of France’s most valuable porcelain collections may be found in the dining room, owned by the Baroness.
Due to its magnificent gardens, the exterior of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild can also be explored. Nine different architectural styles, including a rose garden and French, Spanish, Florentine, Japanese, or exotic gardens, are all present. I suggest going there in the spring or summer when the gardens are in their peak of bloom.
A charming restaurant tea room with a terrace overlooking the bay of Villefranche has been set up in one of Beatrice’s former dining rooms for a sweet and savory break. The exorbitant pricing are justified by the fact that a chef created the menu. Similar style Villas can be rented for the season in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat with all the amenities and views you would ever need.