The peninsula is a protected natural setting between land and sea that is situated between Nice and Monaco. We visit it frequently both in the summer and the winter because it is one of my favorite spots on the Côte d’Azur. Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat offers much more than just gorgeous beaches with turquoise water; the peninsula also has wonderful walking paths along the coast.
Even though this French Riviera location is less well-known than the great classics of Nice, Cannes, Monaco, or the villages of Eze and Saint Paul de Vence, it is one of the must-stops for me when traveling by land or by car. the Côte d’Azur vacation. The majority of these 14 suggestions for things to do in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat are free, which is good news for the wallet.
We go to this Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat beach every summer to swim, picnic, and enjoy the sun. It is our favorite. The idyllic location of the long, narrow beach is surrounded by some tall pine trees. The entire Anse des Fosses is visible from here, and thanks to its southern exposure, you can spend some time in the sun. It is quite quiet there because it is not as crowded as the other beaches. However if you want to really enjoy the Bay of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat then renting a boat is a must!
Tour de Cap Ferrat
You may learn about the geology, wildlife, and vegetation of the peninsula by taking this short hike around Cap Ferrat. The 1732-built lighthouse on the island as well as breathtaking vistas of Nice, Pointe Saint-Hospice, and Villefranche sur Mer Bay are seen along the way. You can find bathing coves on the peninsula’s western side. The old stone quarry where the climb starts and ends is just 200 meters from Fosses Beach. You will also find some of the most unique villas in the world on the cap!
A unique and cost-free summertime pastime in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is this. The Departmental Council of the Alpes-Maritimes, the town hall, and the SOS Grand Bleu organisation collaborated to build the underwater trail in the Baie des Fossettes. It gives you the chance to get to know the Mediterranean flora and fauna because it is open throughout the months of July and August.
You need to go to the Fossettes beach (see above) and have a mask and snorkel in order to find this underwater trail. On this 200-meter course, 5 buoys that range in depth from 0 to 3 meters have been placed. They each have an explanation panel that must be read underwater that describes the various environments, including Posidonia seagrass beds, stony bottoms, and sandy bottoms. You can recognize the fish that have crossed in the bay thanks to the plates.