The 'Peninsula of Billionaires' - Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

FORTLOC Staff 03/20/2024
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Image: Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

While Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has a long and rich history, it is perhaps best known for being the location of Villa Les Cèdres (Villa Les Oiseaux), a 19th-century villa that was once the most expensive residence in the world. Built in 1830 and once owned by King Leopold II of Belgium, the 14-bedroom villa was sold to Ukrainian Billionaire Rinat Akhmetov by Campari Group in 2019.

Things to do in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Whether you're looking for a peaceful, relaxing getaway or something a little more adventurous, there are a few things to indulge in during your visit to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Image: Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

History, art, and horticulture lovers visiting Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat must schedule a visit to this stunning villa-turned-museum. It is home to numerous historical artifacts, traditional artwork, and nine breathtaking thematic gardens.

Address:   1 Av. Ephrussi de Rothschild 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 

Stroll through Port de Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

The Marina of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat has numerous shops, eateries, and galleries. However, the stunning views surrounding the port and the serene atmosphere are perhaps the best reason to visit this area during your trip. Conchology fans should stop by Muséum du Coquillage (the Seashell Museum) to explore the collection of seashells on display. You could also start a yacht cruise here to other destinations along the Mediterranean coast.

La Venus Bleue

Image: La Venus Bleue

While you're at the port, be sure to look out for the blue sculpture, La Venus Bleue (the Blue Venus) by French sculptor Alexandre Joseph Sosnowsky.

Visit the beaches.

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is home to numerous stunning beaches, which boast panoramic views of the landscape and the Mediterranean Sea. Popular activities at these beaches include kayaking, paddleboarding, and windsurfing. Plage Cros deï Pin, just north of Port de Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, is the largest beach on the peninsula. It’s a good option for families, as it has a play area for kids.

Others include Plage des Fossettes, located close to Fontaine Coexisit (‘Coexist Fountain’), erected to promote coexistence between people practicing different religions. Snorkeling is a popular activity here as the waters offer a variety of marine life to explore.

Plage de la Fosses is located in the southern part of the peninsula. It is famous for the panoramic views of villas on the peninsula and the old Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat quarry.

On the west side of the peninsula, you have Plage de Passable which has wonderful views of Rade de Villefranche-sur-Mer (Bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer). It’s popular for its waterfront restaurant, where you can enjoy delectable Mediterranean cuisine.

Walk along Chemin des Douaniers

If you're up for a challenging hike, you should take a walk along Chemin des Douaniers (customs officers' path). Starting from the east end of the path, it takes you around the perimeter of the south side of the peninsula through different beaches and ends on the west side.

There's no shortage of interesting stops along the path, but one worth noting is right below Phare du Cap Ferrat (Cap Ferrat lighthouse). It offers an opportunity to get a close-up view of the 18th-century lighthouse, which isn't directly accessible to the public. It's also a great place to stop and relax as it has another 'Coexist Fountain'.

Once you arrive on the west side of the peninsular, you're rewarded with a sublime view of Rade de Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Explore the nearby towns and villages

Anyone taking up temporary residence in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat should seize the opportunity to visit the popular neighboring towns and villages, which include:

Villefranche Sur Mer

Image: Villefranche Sur Mer

Where to Stay

Staying on the Peninsula of Billionaires warrants the very best accommodation with no compromises. You can choose from one of two 5-star hotels on the peninsula:

Hotel Royal Riviera

Hotel Royal Riviera

Image: Hotel Royal Riviera courtesy of LHW

While different tastefully furnished rooms are available, if you want to spoil yourself, you should opt for the one-bedroom suite within Villa l'Orangerie. It offers more privacy and a spacious living area with a total living space of 188 square meters. If that isn't enough, you can expand the suite to include two additional bedrooms.

Address:   3, avenue Jean Monnet,06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat  

Grand Hotel Du Cap Ferrat

Grand Hotel Du Cap Ferrat

Image: Grand Hotel Du Cap Ferrat courtesy of Four Reasons

There are numerous rooms and suites to choose from, including the top-of-the-line Grand-Hotel and Penthouse suites. Those looking for a little more privacy can select one of three villas available with as much as 550 square meters of living space with four bedrooms and two staff rooms. Surely, there can't be a better way to enjoy the Peninsula of Billionaires.

Address:   71, Boulevard du Général de Gaulle, 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 

Fine Dining on the Peninsula

When it's time for delectable cuisine, you'll find wonderful options for French, Mediterranean, and international dishes on the peninsula.

La Table du Royal

Address:   3, avenue Jean Monnet,06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 

La Table du Royal

Image: La Table du Royal courtesy of LHW

Le Cap

Address:   71, Boulevard du Général de Gaulle, 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 

Le Cap

Image: Le Cap courtesy of Four Reasons

Le Quai 28

Address:   Quai Virgile Allari, Port de Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 06230 

Jasmin Grill and Lounge

Hotel Royal Riviera's Jasmin Grill and Lounge is one of the highest-rated restaurants on the peninsula. Specializing in traditional French cuisine and international dishes, this poolside restaurant overlooks Baie des Fourmis in Beaulieu Sur Mer to guarantee spectacular views while enjoying your meal. The outdoor kitchen has an authentic tandoori oven to ensure delivery of delightful Indian cuisine.

Address:   3, avenue Jean Monnet,06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 

While the Peninsula of Billionaires isn't quite as famous as the Nice or Monaco, with no shortage of things to do, luxury accommodation, and fine dining experiences, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a very worthy French Riviera destination.