‘Calm, luxury and voluptuousness’: these words ideally describe this cape near Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer.
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The old fishing village became a holiday haven in the early 20th century, with the arrival of wealthy foreign families, who built vast estates, like Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Many artists chose to stay there: Jean Cocteau decorated Villa Santo Sospir.
An 8km coastal footpath offers exceptional panoramas. Beaches and creeks are an invitation to relax, while a wide range of water sports make it ideal for sportier stays.
Sights: the port; Sainte-Hospice chapel (11th c) with a giant bronze statue of the Virgin Mary; Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its theme gardens; Musée des Coquillages; le musée Goetz-Boumeester ; Villa Santo Sospir.
• the road winds among luxurious estates between the sea and pine grove for 9 miles around the cape.
• it is possible to walk around the cape on foot by following the trails (1 1/2 to 2 hours) or reach Beaulieu-sur-Mer from the village of Saint-Jean-Cap-
Ferrat (approximately 1/2 hour).
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- Coastal area around Nice