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IMG_1456 - 2013-04-17 at 09-04-18I 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.

IMG_1452 - 2013-04-17 at 09-02-56I began from the little port town of Saint Jean at Paloma Beach. Monaco is in the distance.

IMG_1453 - 2013-04-17 at 09-03-11At Paloma Plage they were just setting up their umbrellas and beach chairs for the day.

IMG_1466 - 2013-04-17 at 09-07-30It was quite early and very quiet and peaceful. Paloma Plage looks like a very nice sheltered spot to take a swim.

IMG_1455 - 2013-04-17 at 09-04-15I headed east along the coastal path (Promenade des Fossettes) which begins at the end of Paloma Plage.

IMG_1485 - 2013-04-17 at 09-16-27At this point the path is quite narrow but well paved.

IMG_1479 - 2013-04-17 at 09-13-50All 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.

IMG_1491 - 2013-04-17 at 09-19-25A snorkeler.

IMG_1499 - 2013-04-17 at 09-23-20You then round the path and can see out onto the Mediterranean.

IMG_1525 - 2013-04-17 at 09-42-18You 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.

IMG_1526 - 2013-04-17 at 09-42-47There is a giant statue of the Madonna and Child.

IMG_1528 - 2013-04-17 at 09-45-28Inside there was an elderly gentleman at prayer so I tried not to disturb him.

IMG_1529 - 2013-04-17 at 09-46-20The small churchyard cemetery.

IMG_1541 - 2013-04-17 at 10-03-08 (1)I headed back to the coast and continued on my walk around the next headland.

IMG_1557 - 2013-04-17 at 10-17-04This beach is called Plage des Fossettes.

IMG_1553 - 2013-04-17 at 10-15-08Here you glimpse some of the beautiful villas behind the high walls and hedges.

IMG_1592 - 2013-04-17 at 10-46-05From here the path becomes wider, the sun hotter and the landscape rockier.

IMG_1620 - 2013-04-17 at 10-56-31Sailing boats.

IMG_1613 - 2013-04-17 at 10-54-53The phare – lighthouse.

IMG_1666 - 2013-04-17 at 11-13-19As the path winds around this part of the coast there are sets of stairs to climb and the path meanders up and down.

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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.

IMG_1695 - 2013-04-17 at 11-28-20Gorgeous views.

IMG_1697 - 2013-04-17 at 11-28-59Along this part the path is just beaten earth and there are some dizzying moments when you look down.

IMG_1719 - 2013-04-17 at 11-39-15Looking back. Each time you round a headland you wonder if it is the last one, but they seem to keep coming!

IMG_1742 - 2013-04-17 at 11-52-53Across the bay is Villefranche.

IMG_1745 - 2013-04-17 at 11-54-36 (1)I had just about reached my destination!

IMG_1748 - 2013-04-17 at 12-00-55After climbing a steep set of stairs you had back down again and finally, around the corner is the beach called Plage Passable.IMG_1755 - 2013-04-17 at 12-15-01

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.

IMG_1756 - 2013-04-17 at 12-46-41A perfect morning!

 

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