Originally a fishing village, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a seaside town with an ideal location, much sought after for its calm air. The Cap, situated to the far south, has given its name to the whole Peninsula, which shelters on one side the harbour of Villefranche and, on the other, the Baie des Fourmis of Beaulieu. For those interested in villas, museums and gardens, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, like the rest of the region, has plenty to offer, often in the most enchanting surroundings.
Also worth visiting: the village of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, the port, St. Hospice’s Chapel, dating to the 18th Century, the Black Virgin.
A road, entoured by the most luxurious properties, covers the length of the peninsula, 14km in total, the sea on one side and the pine trees on the other. A series of seaside footpaths make it possible to walk completely around the Cap (between 1 ½ and 2 hours walk) or simply to walk from the village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to Beaulieu-sur-Mer (approximately 30 minutes).
The Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa and gardens
This property, bequeathed to the institute of France by the Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild in 1934, arises from the most unique of locations.
Situated within 7 hectares of gardens, the Villa directly overlooks the sea. It was built at the beginning of the Century, in the style of an Italian palace, in order to provide a fitting home for the various collections gathered together by the Baroness de Rothschild.
Furniture from the Renaissance and the 18th Century can be found next to Flemish tapestries from the 16th Century, the most exceptional porcelain collections and impressionist paintings.