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St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Beaulieu

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Days 9-10
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The eastern Côte d'Azur is arguably the most glamorous area along the coast. Cap Ferrat has long been the playground of the sapphires-and-sunglasses set, and has some of the most spectacular villas in France, the best of which are open to the public.
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  • Architecture


  • Explore Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu, an eye-popping mansion built in classical-Greek style by an amateur archaeologist who loved Greece. If Odysseus had a mansion it would look like this.
  • Visit the impressively beautiful Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Cap Ferrat, once owned by an eccentric baroness. Built in neo-Venetian style (with some ocean-liner touches!), the villa is stocked with beautiful antiques and is surrounded with seven themed gardens.
  • Walk along Cap Ferrat's coastline promenade to peek at the chichi villas, swimming in tropical flora and perched over the sea.

Side Trips

  • Visit the eagle's-nest village of Èze, which has unrivaled coastal views and watercolor-pretty streets.

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