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Crazy Cap Ferrat

Post by Sharat | November 14, 2017 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Crazy Cap Ferrat

Cap Ferrat is a Mediterranean peninsula located on the French Riviera very close to Nice. Whilst large portions of Cap Ferrat serve as home to the super-rich and their luxury villas, there are still a number of other attractions plus a lovely coastal path that tourists will enjoy. Cap Ferrat is said to be the second most expensive place in the world after Monaco and if you visit, you should begin with its main town Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat which is on the East coast of the peninsula.

Exploring Cap Ferrat

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrathas a harbour that is filled with small pleasure craft and the town’s centre is quite small. There is not much to see here, however you should check out the town’s houses which are painted in bright colours making it an extremely pleasant place to explore. If you head East of the town, you will find a small headland where one of the most popular beaches on the peninsula, Paloma Plage is located. There is also a small Chapel which has a huge statue of the Madonna standing right next to it that was added during the start of the 20th century.

Cap Ferrat coast walk

If you enjoy walking then there is a fantastic walk that you can take around the Cap Ferrat’s coast that measures about seven kilometres. If you are of the fitter kind you can even jog along the route. Most people choose to hike and they usually begin at either the beach at Passable or in Beaulieu-sur-Mer. You have the choice of walking in either direction be we recommend that you take the anti-clockwise route which will give you better views of the scenery.

The walk is easy

The walk is relatively easy because it is mainly flat but if you are doing it on a hot afternoon it can seem to take quite a long time particularly if you wander off to explore Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Make sure you carry plenty of water and something to munch on because once you leave town there are no shops or cafes. On the walk you will find yourself hemmed in by the sea on one side with the forested slopes on the other.

Spectacular scenery

The walk is extremely beautiful and there is some spectacular scenery to enjoy with views extending to Villefranche-sur-Mer and Beaulieu-sur-Mer. When you reach Cap Ferrat’s Southern-most point you will have passed by a lighthouse that was built in 1951 in order to replace a previous lighthouse that was built during the 19th century and destroyed during World War 2. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Grand Hotel which has some lovely gardens that are extremely pleasant to wander around. Whilst there isn’t that much to do in Cap Ferrat itself, we highly recommend that you visit just to experience the walk.

saint jean cap ferrat by Daniel70mi Falciola, on Flickr

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