Visit of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Between land and sea, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is much more than a luxurious seaside resort on the French Riviera. The village has many things to offer including the sublime Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and a magnificent nature full of surprises with sumptuous panoramas.
Take advantage of your stay in Nice to visit one of the most beautiful villages of the French Riviera: Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. From the Best Western Hotel Lakmi Nice, the village is easily accessible by train to Beaulieu-sur-Mer or by bus 15.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a pretty fishing village located after Villefranche-sur-Mer, is known for its crystal-clear waters and all the magnificent villas there, including the sublime Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.
The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Overlooking the bays of Villefranche and Beaulieu-sur-Mer, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a must-see during your visit to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Also called Villa Île-de-France, it is considered to have the most beautiful gardens on the French Riviera.
Inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild was built in 1912 on the initiative of Baroness Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, and bequeathed to the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France in 1934.
This magnificent palace takes you back in time and transports you to an idyllic universe under the radiant sun of the French Riviera. What could be more pleasant than strolling through its 9 gardens and extraordinary salons? When you arrive at the villa, first discover its beautiful pink architecture, then enter the vast patio before strolling through the floors. Outside, stroll the pathways of the 9 gardens with fountains, patios, ponds and more. One thing is for sure, this history-filled villa is a sight to behold.
You can enjoy a sweet and savory break in the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild's tea room restaurant, set up in Beatrice's former dining rooms and a terrace overlooking the sublime bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer.
In July and August, every Monday and Tuesday from 8pm to midnight, the villa organizes its famous Nocturnes de la Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The program includes musical and visual performances, an exceptional meal in the restaurant opened for the occasion or a basket meal to be enjoyed in the gardens. For a romantic dream setting, this is THE place to be!
Until the end of the 19th century, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat was only a small hamlet of fishermen belonging to the commune of Villefranche-sur-Mer. But with the development of winter tourism on the French Riviera, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat became the flagship destination of many rich families and celebrities.
Despite its reputation as an upmarket destination, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat retains its authenticity thanks to its small cobbled center, its old port and its seaside walking paths.
Start your visit of the village by the Chapel of Saint-Hospice, classified as a historical monument, then continue to stroll in the center to take a break towards the port.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is also known for its sublime beaches on which it is so pleasant to bask in summer. Their transparent waters invite you to try snorkeling to admire the marine life of the coast. There are 5 well-known beaches in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, each offering its own advantages: the Plage de Passable, the Plage du Port, the Plage La Paloma (which is among the most Instagrammable beaches in France), the Plage des Fossettes and the Plage des Fosses.
Finally, lovers of hiking and especially of breathtaking landscapes are in paradise in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat since many seaside trails are accessible to all.
Visiting Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the sumptuous Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, you will see all that the French Riviera has to offer. Also discover the perfect weekend itinerary in Nice to complete your dream stay on the French Riviera.