Cap Ferrat and Villa Ephrussi from Beaulieu-sur-Mer

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The walk starts in the busy Riviera town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, allegedly so named because Napoleon once described it as a 'beautiful place'. From here, we soon pick up the footpath which runs much of the way around the dramatic cape of Cap Ferrat. Passing a villa that once belonged to David Niven, we soon reach the very beautiful village of St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, where you would be forgiven for enjoying an early coffee break, then soak up the view back to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and up to the 'Village Perché' of Eze.

Refreshed, we can now continue round to the end of the headland, with its distinctive lighthouse (privately owned, unfortunately). The eastern side of the Cap Ferrat is characterised by sheer cliffs and the path is carved into them, making some stretches a little vertiginous.

At the head of the cape, we now find the Villa Ephrussi. I would strongly recommend a visit here – the gardens are beautiful, the views are magnificent and the collections in the villa are fascinating. Don't miss the musical fountains!

The walk continues to Pont-St-Jean, where you can catch the bus to return to the start, or to Nice, Monaco or Menton.

France - South of France - Alpes-Maritime - Cote d Azur

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Cafe, Good for Kids, Great Views, Museum, Public Transport, Restaurant, Sea, Stately Home, Tea Shop
08/10/2018 - chris summers

Did this walk on 8/10/18 from Nice.A few things have changed,you can take the 100 bus or No.81 the cost is now €1.50, or €2.30 on the train which is a smoother ride.We followed this walk instructions as far as point 18 (to the gardens) on the right and kept going forward on the road until we came to a small junction where you could turn right back to B sur mer.At this point my walking app said 6 miles and 2.5 hours.I would estimate another 0.5 mile and 20 mins back to the start point.Overall very nice walk with excellent views.

05/09/2011 - Fiona Dick

This is a terrific walk that we have done several times; it never fails to delight. Views are extensive - west to Monaco, out to sea and east to Nice. The path at the tip of the cape has been recently flattened and relaid so that you could do the whole thing in trainers. Beware the possibility of getting splashed in windy weather!