What is so attractive for its visitors in the town? First of all, it's mild climate and the beauty of the local nature, in the middle of which one can feel good, that calms, soothes and inspires. A paradise on earth is literally immersed in a Mediterranean and tropical vegetation, bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, from all sides (except for a small isthmus that connects to the mainland). The coastal area with beautiful sandy beaches and picturesque cliffs, eucalyptus and odorous branched umbrella pines (lat. Pinus pineaodorants), extends to the water over several tens of kilometers. Walks along the coastal walking trails is an indescribable pleasure and health benefits. A wonderful climate with curative air, infused with the sea breeze and pine needles smell, prevails here. The tranquility and silence are not broken, but the cicadas (a symbol of Provence!), as well as by the cries of seagulls.
Another advantage of the resort is that there is something to see and do, and if you wish, you can quickly access cultural and tourist centers of the region.
During your visit to Cap-Ferrat, be sure to take this opportunity to stroll the streets of the town, visit the ancient Chapel of Saint-Hospice (Chapelle de Saint-Hospice), which traces its history from the eleventh century, and acquired its final appearance after reconstruction during the seventeenth and the eighteenth century. The town is also proud of its flagship of the nineteenth century, built by order of Emperor Napoleon III, and the unique Museum of Shells, which exhibits about 4500 items. Luxurious villas with stratospheric prices as well as luxury hotels in Cap-Ferrat catch the eye. For holiday lovers on the beach, four beaches are open; the most famous of them is the Paloma Beach. Not far from the Bay of Villefranche, on an area of 2 hectares, there is a beautiful zoo - le Parc zoologique du Cap Ferrat - where, amidst lush flora, it houses over three hundred animals. These are both local animals and the animals that have been brought here from other parts of Europe and Africa.
For many centuries, the port, where schooners of local fishermen stopped, has played special importance to the fishing village. Today, pleasure boats and the numerous luxury yachts are moored there. By the way, you can rent a yacht and travel freely with the wind along the French Riviera.
Oddly enough, this place, seeming favorite by nature itself for a perfect rest, did not become widely known until the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century. The fashion for Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat was introduced by King Leopold II of Belgium (roi Léopold II de Belgique), who in 1902 built a luxury villa for his mistress Caroline Lacroix, which he often visited. It is known that at the end of his life, the king anyway is married to the lady of his heart. Now the villa is called Villa La Leopold.
In the early twentieth century, most of the lands of the peninsula belonged to the Belgian royal family, which has led to a high level of standards in the construction and arrangement of green areas on the Cape: luxury villas of a refined style were built, and gardens and lush parks were organized around them. Rumors about a new «paradise» on earth were quickly spread throughout Europe and America, and the rich and famous from around the world started coming there to rest and build. At first, there were the representatives of royal houses of Europe. Thereafter, the stars of world cinema, politics, arts, business and sports have become used to come there. Among them, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, the actors Charlie Chaplin, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Gregory Peck, the artist Jean Cocteau, the dancer Isadora Duncan, the singer F. Chaliapin, one of the founders of «Microsoft» Paul Allen, composer E. Lloyd Weber and many others.
The postwar films The Red Shoes and To Catch a Thief (1948, 1955) were shot in the town.
It is known that from 1926 until his death in 1965, a remarkable writer, author of the famous novel Theatre, Somerset Maugham, lived at Villa Moreschi (Mauresque). We know that a leading politician, the Prime Minister of Great Britain Winston Churchill came for a visit to the writer during World War II. And here's a new turn of history, today the most expensive seaside resort villa, Mauresque (at a cost of 49 million euros!) belongs to a Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash. His neighbor and the proud owner of a super-expensive luxury real estate in Cap Ferrat has become another Ukrainian S. Lyovochkin.
A particularly remarkable and beautiful location on the peninsula, which is a must to visit during your stay in Cap Ferrat is the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (other names – See Palace, or Musée Île-de-France). In addition to its beauty and chic, the Villa is interesting for its intriguing history and personalities who participated in its appearance. We know that it was built in 1912 by Baronness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, the wife of the oil tycoon and famous banker Maurice Ephrussi, who came from a well-known merchant family in the city of Odessa. The Villa is built in the center of the peninsula on a hilltop from which а magnificent panoramic view is opened. The Villa is decorated in the style of Italian Renaissance palace art. The Villa is surrounded by seven diverse and exquisite landscaped parks with a total area of 7 hectares. These are the French, Florentine, Spanish, Japanese and Exotic Park, etc. The visit of them leaves strong emotions and unforgettable memories.
The Villa Île-de-France (or Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild), its gardens and art collections were bequeathed to the Academy of Fine Arts of the Institut de France (Académie des Beaux-Arts de l'Institut de France) in 1934 by the Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild.
Today, the Villa houses the National Museum (Musée national), which opens its doors to the public. The stunning architecture, romantic decoration, and luxury terraces with sea views, all this amazes all and remains in memory for a long time. The museum exhibition includes an unusual old furniture, tableware, figurines, unique paintings and tapestries, works of outstanding masters from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century.
Nowadays, the Villa - Palace is also used for various social events, especially for the Ball of Flowers (Bal des Fleurs), unique in its beauty and enchanting.