Scattered alongside St. Tropez, Nice and Cannes on the French Riviera, are more towns that lure the rich and the famous. The top preferences of these caviar-and-champagne crowds include Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Beaulieu-sur-Mer.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is known not just for its luxurious properties but equally so for its delightful climate. Beaulieu-sur-Mer is not far behind in glamor among its celebrity residents and visitors.
A different world
Cap-Jean-Ferrat, Image Kerschbaumer’s at en.Wikipedia
The view along the coastal road illustrates why composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, among others, choose to live here. One outstanding house not to be missed is Villa Ephrussi.
The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, also known as the Villa Ile-de-France, is a mansion filled with the treasures of the Baroness Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild (over 5000 works of art and a priceless collection of lamps, carpets, and furniture) that is open to the public.
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Image Berthold Werner, Wikimedia
The Baroness had also created 9 gardens with their own themes that dazzle visitors, including the Spanish, Florentine, Japanese, Lapidary, Muses and Rose gardens.
While in town, there are other things to see and delight in, including the Chapelle St Hospice, Tour St Hospice and the Cap Ferrat lighthouse.
The 3 beaches (Cro dei Pin, Paloma and Passable) offer some of the very best in water sports. There are also cultural summer events to complete a perfect vacation at Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.
Beaulieu-sur-Mer seen from Saint-Hospice, Image Johannes Fasolt, Wikimedia
Located between Nice and Monaco, the town has its share of celebrity residents and guests. There is even a park of 100 olive trees not far from the beach, an elegant, quiet and peaceful place.
The moneyed class troop to Beaulieu-sur-Mer for its blue waters, its climate, and the many places to savor its top gastronomic delights. Others may add a historic touch to their visit with Villa Kerylos in mind.
Villa Kerylos, Image Christophe Recooura, Wikimedia
The mansion is a beautiful replica of the luxury and beauty of a noble home in Ancient Greece. Designed with modern amenities and comfort, it houses precious frescos, mosaics, and antique furniture pieces.
While in town, visit the Sacré-Coeur church, the St. Michael’s Anglican Church and the La Rotonde. When walking around to marvel at the sights, simply follow the Maurice Rouvier promenade (going to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat), or the Vallon de la Murta or the Chemins des Serres.
Aside from its opulent offerings (top hotels and restaurants, yachting and other sports) the place is also a cultural city with major festivals (“Les Nuits Guitares”, “Les Violons de Légende”). Like most places on the Côte d’Azur, the fun never stops at Beaulieu sur Mer.