Nice to Monaco in a nutshell
Beaulieu Sur Mer
Hugging the coastline between Nice and Monaco, Beaulieu sits next to the historic fishing port of Villefranche.
The building of spectacular villas became very much the fashion during the early part of the 20th century. These grand Belle Epoque style villas – which combine spectacular coastal positions with incredible architecture and world-class interiors - now rank among the most desirable properties in the world. A wonderful legacy of fine white villas set in beautiful gardens dot the coast of Beaulieu-sur-Mer.
This fashionable resort, sheltered by wooded hills, has long been regarded as one of the warmest spots on the Riviera. A haven of peace, expect refined old-world glamour.
Well-located this strip of coastline offers access to countless hobbies including walking, water sports, golf, fishing and cycling. During the spring and summer months the local calendars are alive with exhibitions, festivals and concerts. There are no shortages of fine restaurants, cafes and boutiques – a busy Saturday morning market adds a true Gallic flavour. If you need a little spectacle and glamour the nightclubs and casinos are nothing short of legendary.
By air: distance from Nice International Airport 15.8km
By sea: Port de Beaulieu is a moderate capacity port
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Sumptuous and beautiful Cap Ferrat is undoubtedly one of the most expensive areas to buy property in the world.
The most famous villa on the Cap is the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild built high on a hill with spectacular sea views on each side.
The peninsula extends gracefully into the azure waters of the Mediterranean, enviably well-positioned between Nice and Monte Carlo. Yet for all its sophistications it remains remarkably peaceful and unspoiled - there is a discreet air of gentility to Cap Ferrat which contrasts pleasingly with the great dining, fizzing nightlife and impressive casinos within easy reach.
By air: Nice International airport 17.3 km
By sea: Port St Jean Cap Ferrat has 560 moorings
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Perched on a rock 1,410 ft above the sea the ancient village of Eze, with fabulous views over St Jean Cap Ferrat, offers the quintessential Côte d'Azur experience. Bougainvillea-wrapped villas lead down labyrinthine streets towards the Mediterranean.
The alleys and streets of Eze are lined with boutiques, artists’ studios and tastefully restored houses adorned with colourful flowers. Most streets afford views of the mountains or the sea. This quaint, isolated hamlet happily delights in all she surveys.
By air: Nice International Airport - 28.7km
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Villefranche Sur Mer
Beautifully located, Villefrance-sur-Mer, sits between Nice and Cap Ferrat. A medieval seaside village with strong residential appeal.
A busy town in a busy part of the Côte d'Azur. Among many attractions are its long sandy beaches, terraced cafes and restaurants. The old town is particularly delightful with narrow ancient cobblestone and brickwork streets and passages linking shady squares and picturesque churches. All the pretty streets here lead to the seaside.
Villefranche, despite its enviably glamorous and cosmopolitan location, has managed to retain its authentic village atmosphere. And a thriving local community will preserve this traditional village way of life for generations to come. A busy year-round calendar of event coupled with regular markets makes this a very appealing place to live.
By air: Nice International Airport - 14.2km.
By Sea. The bay of Villefranche is one of the deepest natural harbours in the Mediterranean ideal for even the largest of ships.
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All distances are approximate
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