The headland of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a peaceful haven. Its walking trails which run along the seaside for 12 kilometers are a great way to discover the coast.
Promenade Maurice Rouvier
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (village) - Beaulieu-sur-Mer
Length:1.3 km (one way) - Depart from: opposite the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Town Hall.
Parking : Place du centenaire or plage « Cros dei Pin Beach ».
Duration: 20 minutes
The Maurice Rouvier trail begins in front of the town hall and offers a panorama of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat bay, the marina, Cros deï Pin beach, and the Pointe Saint-Hospice which leads to Saint-Hospice’s Chapel.
On the hills to the right lie the picturesque villages of La Turbie and Eze, and below lies Cap d'Ail. The last headland on the horizon is in Italy. The Place David Niven was named in memory of the great actor who loved St Jean up until his death. The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild can be reached by taking the small path to the left.
This shady path leads to the Fourmis bay, with the Greek Kerylos Villa on the right (now a museum). After the final bend lies the beach at Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Les Fourmis harbour; on the left is the 5-star Royal-Riviera hotel, a jewel in the crown of the French Riviera.
Note: fully tarmacked with no steps, this promenade is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchair users.
Tour of the Pointe Saint-Hospice
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (village) – Pointe Saint-Hospice – Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (village)
Length: 1,8 km - Departure from: Paloma beach or Jardin de la Paix
Parking : place du Centenaire or Cros deï Pin beach (harbour beach)
Duration: 40 minutes (1 hour including a visit to the Chapel)
This educational trail explores the coastal heritage of the Saint-Hospice headland. It has been listed for its 6 observation points.
Walk alongside the harbour, past the Voile d’Or hotel, and continue towards La Paloma beach from where you can access the seaside footpath. Go down a few steps to see the bay that comprises La Scaletta, Beaulieu, Eze Bord de Mer and Cap d’Ail. Eze Village and La Turbie can be seen on the hillside. Continue to the Pointe Saint-Hospice and on your left you will be able to see Monaco, Cap Martin and Italy.
The path snakes around the coastline through rocky landscapes carved out by salt and spray, with the sea to your left. Take a right onto the Edmund Davis path that leads to the St Hospice path, at the end of which lies an 11th century chapel, a bronze statue of the Virgin (1904) and a Belgian cemetery dating from the 1914-1918 war.
Retrace your steps to rejoin the Edmund Davis path that leads to the seaside, turn right and go past the Pointe du Colombier, cross the pine forest and rejoin Avenue Claude Vignon. Turn left onto Avenue Claude Vignon that runs alongside Les Fossettes bay followed by Les Fosses, where you will see the former communal washhouse, before arriving back at the village centre via the Passage des Fosses.
Tour of Cap-Ferrat
Chemin de la Carrière - Lighthouse- Passable beach - Return via the Tourist Office
Length: 4.8 km - Departure from: Chemin de la Carrière (quarry)
Parking: Place du Centenaire or Cros deï Pin beach
Level: Medium – Not recommended for those with a fear of heights
Duration: 2 hrs
From the Place du Centenaire, go up the shopping street then turn left after the bank onto Avenue Claude Vignon. The La Carrière path begins 50 metres after the bowls pitch. Stones used in the construction of the Port of Monaco (1896-1906) were extracted from this quarry.
The path hugs the coastline, passing below the Cap-Ferrat Grand Hotel with its Olympic pool (built to the former standard of 33 metres in length), before reaching the lighthouse and Pointe Malalongue. On a clear day, there is a fabulous view across to the Nice headland and l'Estérel from the foot of the lighthouse. You are now on the western slope of the peninsula. There are a number of coves between you and Passable beach which faces Villefranche harbour with its citadel dominated by Mont Alban castle.
The walk ends with a few steps. Turn left to reach Passable beach, go up the steps to reach the Passable path which leads to Avenue Denis Séméria. Turn right, go in front of the Tourist Office and continue along Avenue Denis Séméria which leads to the village.