Saint Jean Cap Ferrat lies on the peninsula next to Beaulieu- sur- mer and Villefranche-sur-mer and extends to Cap Ferrat in the French Riviera. It is located at about 10km from Nice and Monaco and is often called “Presqu’île de rêve”.
The region is characterized by its tranquility and its warm climate which have made it a renowned destination worldwide and offers its visitors the charm of a delightful and well-preserved area on 282 hectares of peninsula. Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is considered as the favorite holiday destination amongst the European aristocracy and attracts many international millionaires. It is a real oasis on the Côte d’Azur and offers more than 300 days of sunshine per year.
The region is dotted with numerous beaches and paths by the seasides which provide delightful walks while passing the many luxurious villas and magnificent gardens. The area has also a rich cultural and historical past and all these reflect in the various places that are worth a visit like the Saint Hospice Chapel, the Ephrussi de Rothschild villa-museum and the numerous ‘’Belle Époque’’ villas.
During a yacht charter trip in the area, the first thing you will see on your route is the famous lighthouse of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat which is a major attraction in itself. There is also the Semaphore (or the coastguard station) which is worth seeing. It is owned by the Marine Nationale (the French Navy) and controls the movements of shipping in the area and keeps a watch out for fires starting along the coast.
The Old Harbor of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is worth a visit while sailing in the area, it lies in the centre of the village. The new harbor can accommodate up to 500 boats.
During your visit in the town, you will have the opportunity to visit the famous Seashell museum which is unique in Europe. Yacht charter enthusiasts can visit the nautical center which is located near the Cro Dei Pins, a public beach. The center offers a wide range of initiation and also more advanced courses for several water sports including sailing catamarans, kayaks and windsurfs.
You can also enjoy some footpaths around the area by starting the stone quarry of La Carriere. From the Place du Centenaire, you can walk up the main street and turn to the left towards the Claude Vignon Avenue. The path follows the coast of Saint Cap de Ferrat, you will pass in front of and below the Grand Hotel du Cap and its Olympic size swimming pool, before you reach the lighthouse and the Pointe Malalongue.