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St Jean Cap Ferrat

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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Celebrities, royalty, artists, politicians and wealthy industrialists are among those who have found themselves seduced by the charms of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. The town is located in Southeast France, about 6 miles out of Nice and is often seen as the apex of the French Riviera's "golden triangle", which also comprises Beaulieu and Villefranche. Although you can't count on brushing shoulders with stars, the attractive seaside town enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with very little rainfall during the summer months. Some say that being European, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has more history and culture to offer than preeminent places such as Beverley Hills and Malibu. Indeed, it has character and soul, with beautiful beaches, but one of the downsides is surely that it becomes very crowded in summer.

To see

You could walk along the Promenade Maurice Rouvier, named after a former mayor of Cap Ferrat. It stretches from the Royal Riviera Hotel to the beach and harbour, and along the way you'll discover the late actor David Niven's former residence.
In the vicinity you will also find co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen's villa, Maryland; walk past the entrance and you'll notice a sign which bears the warning: "Chien Méchant" so make sure your curiosity doesn't get the better of you!

To do

For art-lovers, keen gardeners and those who are culturally-minded, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is an Italian-style villa which contains an extensive collection of paintings, porcelain and furniture. It was Béatrice de Rothschild who decided to build the pink-tinted palazzo and the construction was completed in 1912. In 1933, one year before her death, she left more than 5000 works of art to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. The villa is open to public visitation all year round. The gardens are seemingly the highlight of visits to the villa and there are nine of them: the rose, the exotic, the provençal, the Japanese, the stone, the Florentine, the French, the Spanish and the Sèvres gardens.

pros

  • +  Beautiful coastline.
  • +  Upmarket, chic holiday destination.

cons

  • -  Expensive.
  • -  Can become extremely crowded during the summer months.

To think about

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat was once exclusively the home to the rich and famous, with only royalty being able to afford to holiday there. Described as unrelentingly opulent, the small southerly town is a steadfast option for sun seekers as well as those looking to indulge.
As for reaching Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat by plane, the nearest airports are Toulon-Hyères, Nice-Cote d'Azur and Marseille-Provence.

To avoid

You may have seen the site of the zoological gardens in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat guidebooks or online, but unfortunately they are currently closed.
Avoid run-ins with the authorities by only parking your car in designated parking areas. Furthermore, note that barbecues and dogs are prohibited on the beaches, although you will catch many people flouting these rules, allowing their pets to swim and sunbathe on the shoreline.

To try

With its coastal location, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat's cuisine is mainly based around seafood. Dishes to try include sea bass in lime, cod in garlic sauce as well as wild boar and beef fillet cooked with foie gras. Le Cap is the main restaurant at the Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat.

To bring back

A stay at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat might burn a rather large hole in your pocket; after a stay in an upscale hotel and dining out, you might not have very many pennies to bring back with you!

Weather St Jean Cap Ferrat

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in St Jean Cap Ferrat . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to St Jean Cap Ferrat so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in St Jean Cap Ferrat , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather November
Overall rating 28/100
  • Temperature indicators 0% Very cold

    Maximum temperature not to exceed 16°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 54% Showers

    Showers - averaging between 2.5mm and 3.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 50% Sunny intervals

    Cloudy with sunny intervals (40% to 60% cloud cover).

  • Swimming indicators 36% Chilly

    Sea temperature between 18°C and 20°C. Wind speed between 7 mph and 18 mph.

  • Wind indicators 68% Light wind

    Light winds (between 6mph and 12mph).

  • Humidity indicators 70% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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