Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has retained its uniqueness despite its reputation as a premium beach resort. The harbor in the town has a few shops, but if you want to go shopping, I recommend going to Nice, Cannes, or Monaco.
With the exception of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, which is classified as a historic monument and boasts lovely gardens, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is more of a destination for nature and outdoor sports than for culture. It should be noted that the peninsula contains some of the most beautiful coasts and beaches on the Côte d’Azur. If it’s raining, you’ll understand there’s no reason to go to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat!
La Paloma is the most popular beach in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. In terms of Instagram photos, it is among the top ten French beaches. It must be said that the setting in the middle of the forest is breathtaking. The beach faces east, with the cliffs and the settlement of Eze visible. A section of the beach is privately owned by Paloma Beach Restaurant, making it an ideal spot to anchor if you’re wanting to rent a boat for the day! Due to the peninsula’s lack of relief, the beach soon finds itself in the shadow at the end of the afternoon. Because of this, we like to visit Fosses Beach. However, it remains one of Saint-Jean-Cap-most Ferrat’s most beautiful tourist attractions.
Tower of Ponite Saint-Hospice
If you don’t have time to visit Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in its entirety, I recommend taking this stroll along Pointe Saint-Hospice. You will travel by some of the most beautiful beaches, and it is a magnificent overview of the sceneries of the peninsula. The dock in the hamlet acts as both the starting and ending point. The Saint-Hospice Chapel, a Historic Monument, may be seen from the route. If you skip the detour to the church, there is basically no difference in height, and you can walk farther in 1h30.
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Baroness Between 1907 and 1912, Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild built the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a Renaissance-style house on the cliffs of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Béatrice’s apartments, a patio with Verona marble pillars, and various opulent lounges with Louis XVI furniture, tapestries, china, and chinoiserie comprise the interior of the villa. The Baroness’s dining room houses one of France’s most significant porcelain collections.
The exterior of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild can also be explored due to its exquisite gardens. There are nine various architectural styles present, including a rose garden and French, Spanish, Florentine, Japanese, or exotic gardens. I recommend visiting in the spring or summer when the gardens are in full bloom.
In one of Beatrice’s previous dining rooms, a delightful restaurant tea room with a terrace overlooking the harbor of Villefranche has been put up for a sweet and savory break. The cuisine was developed by a chef, therefore the expensive prices are justified. Similar style villas with all the amenities and views you could want can be rented for the season.