I did this walk on our last full day in Nice, so sorry I have only just got around to posting about it! Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a peninsula between the coastal villages of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Beaulieu-sur-Mer. It has some of the most expensive property on the Cote d’Azur outside of Monaco. For example, I posted about the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild a couple of years ago. The coastal path is public and circles the entire peninsula and takes about three hours to walk.
I began from the little port town of Saint Jean at Paloma Beach. Monaco is in the distance.
At Paloma Plage they were just setting up their umbrellas and beach chairs for the day.
It was quite early and very quiet and peaceful. Paloma Plage looks like a very nice sheltered spot to take a swim.
I headed east along the coastal path (Promenade des Fossettes) which begins at the end of Paloma Plage.
At this point the path is quite narrow but well paved.
All the way along there are little steps down into the water and on the other side of the path are gates leading into private properties along the coast.
You then round the path and can see out onto the Mediterranean.
You then have the option of heading back inland and up a steep pathway to a road which leads to Chapelle St Hospice, a small church named after the sixth century hermit Saint Hospitius who lived on this peninsula.
There is a giant statue of the Madonna and Child.
Inside there was an elderly gentleman at prayer so I tried not to disturb him.
The small churchyard cemetery.
I headed back to the coast and continued on my walk around the next headland.
This beach is called Plage des Fossettes.
Here you glimpse some of the beautiful villas behind the high walls and hedges.
From here the path becomes wider, the sun hotter and the landscape rockier.
The phare – lighthouse.
As the path winds around this part of the coast there are sets of stairs to climb and the path meanders up and down.
I was a couple of hours into the walk by this point, it was a good thing I had my water bottle and a snack with me.
Along this part the path is just beaten earth and there are some dizzying moments when you look down.
Looking back. Each time you round a headland you wonder if it is the last one, but they seem to keep coming!
Across the bay is Villefranche.
I had just about reached my destination!
After climbing a steep set of stairs you had back down again and finally, around the corner is the beach called Plage Passable.
To my great joy there was also a beachside restaurant! I drank my gin and tonic, with a white wine chaser (hey, I was thirsty!), as I had a pleasant lunch.
A perfect morning!