This lovely image was taken from the coastal path which goes right round the peninsula. The pink house below the tree is the David Niven villa. Cap Ferrat is an exceptional place and one of the most lovely on the Mediterranean coast. The coastal path is signposted for 14 km and divided into 3 parts : the tour of Cap Ferrat, the pine-forest and the Maurice Rouvier walk which links Saint Jean Cap Ferrat to Beaulieu. At the tip of Cap Ferrat, you will find one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, the “Grand Hôtel du Cap” which is set amidst a stunning garden.
Saint Jean Cap Ferrat has a zoological park which houses 300 animals which live in semi-freedom amongst the Mediterranean and tropical vegetation. You will discover crocodiles, big-cats, exotic birds… amongst others.
You can also wander along the port, opposite the wharf where a number of restaurants have shady terraces.
You can visit one of the most beautiful villas on the peninsula which is open to the public and is like a palace from “One Thousand and One Nights” : the Villa Ile de France. This mansion is decorated with the treasures of the baronness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild.
More than 5000 works of art are displayed, together with an impressive collection of furniture, lamps and carpets and the most wonderful afternoon coffee and lemon meringue tart.
The gardens of the villa are surrounded by the sea. The Baronness Ephrussi de Rothschild was inspired by her travels to create 7 gardens designed around several themes… Spanish, Florentine or Japanese…garden of the Muses, garden of the Lapidary, the rose garden… impeccable walk-ways, palm-trees and rare fragrances surround this paradise. Cap Ferrat is also known for the luxurious properties nestled amongst lush vegetation. Discretely built and protected from prying eyes, they often include a private beach and locked gate-ways.
This is a little corner of paradise that I long to visit again.
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