Perfectly unique

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a privileged destination

The peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat became a popular resort at the end of the 19th century.
Arid and rocky land, it was initially home to only a few small fishermen's and farmers' houses grouped around the church and the port under the name of the hamlet of Saint-Jean and was part of the commune of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

In 1876, the Compagnie Générale des Eaux created an artificial lake of 6800 m3 in the middle of a park planted with trees, fed by the Vésubie river, with an island and a waterfall.
It is thanks to this water that the peninsula is covered with a denser and more diversified vegetation.
From then on, Cap-Ferrat became a privileged place of excursion for the families of Nice who came by horse-drawn carriage to picnic under the pines and olive trees or to have lunch in one of the restaurants that appeared near the port.


POrt of the French Riviera

The port of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat


Recommended routes 

From the village to the Point Saint Hospice :
Duration - 2h
Discover the village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, its marina and its shops.
The large dike at the end of the old port offers a pleasant walk and allows a unique view on the village and the cliffs of the canton.

Extend the discovery of the peninsula by a walk along the path of the Pointe Saint Hospice.
A slight detour will allow you to admire the Saint Hospice chapel and its imposing statue of the "Virgin and Child".
Below, you will find the Belgian military cemetery, a reminder of the soldiers who died in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat during the First World War and the marine cemetery.

Go back to the village along the coves of Fossettes and Fosses.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild & Pathway :
Duration - half a day
Come to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild for a unique visit!
Let yourself be seduced by the wonderful world of this Belle Époque palace.
Allow about two hours for the visit of the Villa and the gardens.
Complete your discovery of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat with a walk around the Pointe Saint Hospice or the Maurice Rouvier promenade.


The interior of the Ephrussi de Rothschild residence

The interior of La Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild


Culture & Nature :
Duration - One day
Start your morning with the discovery of the Saint Hospice point, its pedestrian path, its chapel and the "Virgin and Child".
Discover the Belgian military and marine cemeteries.
Back to the village to visit the shell museum on the Lindbergh quay.

Take a lunch break in one of the many restaurants in the village and in the harbor before going on the Tour du Cap-Ferrat trail.
End your day with a visit to the Villa Rothschild and its beautiful gardens

Museum and heritage


Cocteau's art object

Photo Credit Santo sospir


- Villa Santo Sospirthe villa tattooed by Jean Cocteau
- The museum of shells: The largest Mediterranean collection of shells visible to this day
- the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild its gardens, one of the jewels of the French Riviera
- The Saint Hospice chapel, once a very important place of pilgrimage
- The lighthouse and the semaphore, a unique panorama
- The marine cemetery, the COEXIST fountains, the Saint Jean-Baptiste church and the old port


What to see on the Cote d' Azur

Museum of shellfish in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Visit St Jean le musée

the most beautiful shells in the world


Walking trails

Land side
- THE MAURICE ROUVIER WALK : From Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (Village) to Beaulieu-sur-Mer - Duration 20 min
- THE TOUR OF THE POINTE SAINT-HOSPICE du Centenaire or Cros deï Pin beach - Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (Village) Pointe Saint-Hospice Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (Village) Duration 40 min
Sea side
- LE TOUR DU CAP FERRAT LEVEL : Chemin de la Carrière Le phare Plage de Passable Return to the village - Duration 2h


Outside photo of St jean Cap ferrat ©ville-de-sjcf

Exterior photo of St jean Cap ferrat


The beaches and the underwater path are not to be missed

The beaches of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat are a call to peace and relaxation.
Nestled all around the peninsula, they offer a variety of panoramas on the open sea, the bay of Beaulieu-sur-Mer and the cliffs of Èze or the famous harbour of Villefranche-sur-Mer.
It is not uncommon to find bathers along the paths, at the bend of a cove or large flat rocks.


Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat the peninsula

Photo of St Jean cap ferrat ©THIERRYBBOSTUDIO


© : ThierryBBOstudio
Artistic path SOSNO - © Ophelie Seban
Artistic path SOSNO - © Ville de SJCF