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Around Cap Ferrat

  • Nice, Cote d'Azur, France

Last updated: 15 March, 2024

Starting at the quarry used to build Monaco’s port, this beautiful 4.8km circular path follows the wild, rocky southern tip of Cap Ferrat, and lasts around two hours. You’ll pass several highlights of the peninsula, including the fabulous Grand Hotel du Cap, the picturesque Cap Ferrat lighthouse, and the wave-splashed Pointe Malalongue.

By the sandy, foliage-framed Plage de Passable beach, cross east over the peninsula onto Avenue Denis Semeria (past the Villa des Cèdres and its botanical gardens, once home to notorious Leopold II of Belgium), and on to St-Jean.

Rolling Stones fans can gaze at Villa Nellcote, where the album Exile on Main Street was recorded: from the Plage de Passable, turn left on Avenue Denis Semeria and walk 1km to Avenue Louise Bordes. For an easier stroll in the area, there’s a pretty 3km walk from Paloma Beach to the 11th-century chapel of Saint Hospice, following the eastern protrusion of the coast just south of St-Jean.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around
Duration: 2-3 hours

Getting there & doing it

Two great lunch stops: known for its affordable fresh fish, the Restaurant du Port faces bobbing boats in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Or, for a treat, reserve a table for lunch at one of the three elegant restaurants at the legendary Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, now run by  Four Seasons.

When to do it

The Cap is accessible year-round, but the balmiest walking weather is from March to October. Set off early in the summer months to beat the heat. Avoid busiest July and August if you can.

Destination guides

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Nice

  • Cote d'Azur, France

Long strip of beach and blue sea with city behind

Destination guide

The buzzing, art-filled, foodie capital of the French Riviera, with a charming, Italian-influenced historic centre. The ideal base for a first-time visit to the Cote d’Azur, and home to the world-renowned Nice Carnival.

Cannes

  • Cote d'Azur, France

View of the beach and seafront in Cannes

Destination guide

Sister city of Hollywood and host of the famous film festival, Cannes, with its palm-lined La Croisette, golden beach and five star hotels oozes cinematic and pure Riviera glamour.

French Riviera

  • Cote d'Azur, France

View of boating marina and the town on hills behind

Destination guide

Money, glamour and bombshell looks: this beach-trimmed stretch of French coast offers decadent hotels, lounging in beach clubs, fine restaurants and world-class art.