Beaulieu-sur-Mer Tourist Attractions
Beaulieu-sur-MerBeaulieu-sur-Mer, highly regarded as a marina, lies in the eastern part of the Côte d'Azur, about halfway between Nice and Monaco. Protected from the north winds by ranges of hills, Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a popular summer and winter holiday resort. Abundant vegetation flourishes in the especially mild climate.
In Beaulieu sur Mer, the modern holiday seaside settlement of Petite Afrique (Little Africa) is protected by steep cliffs up to 300m/985ft high and has a good pebble beach.
Villa Grecque Kérylos
Villa Grecque Kérylos is constructed in the style of a 2nd century Greek palace. The villa is furnished and decorated entirely as it would have been in Ancient Greece.
Address: Avenue Gustave Eiffel, F-06310 Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France
Bay of Ants
The Baie des Fourmis (Bay of Ants), fringed by a palm-lined promenade, is picturesque. On a spit of land, which closes off the bay towards the northeast, stands the Villa Kerylos, an imitation of an ancient Greek mansion. This building, which since 1928 has been owned by the Institut de France, has a remarkably fine interior with marble and bronze work, mosaics and furniture of the finest materials. However, only a very small number of these objects are in fact antique.From the Baie des Fourmis the Avenue des Hellènes, the Boulevard Maréchal Leclerc and the fine Boulevard Alsace-Lorraine lead northeast to the well-equipped yacht harbor which is one of the best of its kind on the French Mediterranean coast.
When traveling to Monaco on one of the Corniches de la Riviera, the two-part settlement of Eze is to be found 4km/2.5 miles northeast of Beaulieu.
Eze-Village, the old refuge settlement, has a picturesque situation 427m/1,400ft up on a conical rock crowned by the ruins of a castle from which there are marvelous views; it is still surrounded by its 17th C. walls. In its narrow streets can be found many handicraft enterprises and perfumeries. This is where Nietzsche drafted the third section of his "Thus Spake Zarathustra" composition.Of interest are the Musée d'Histoire Locale et d'Art Religieux (local and religious art) and the Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs with modern frescoes by J. M. Poulin. The Jardin Exotique (exotic garden) offers flowering shrubs, cacti and a good view.
In the ancient ruins of the Fortress of Eze lies the Jardin Exotice, with over 400 types of plants. After WWII, the mayor of Eze and Jean Gastaud, founder of Monaco Exotic garden, created Jardin Exotic.The garden provides a panoramic view of the surrounding area and a place for visitors to contemplate.
On the coast, dominated by high cliffs, lies the fishing village of Eze-Bord-de-Mer. This place was already well known in ancient days and in more recent times has been developed into an important tourist center.
St Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
The friendly villa colony of St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is situated 4km/2mi south-west of Beaulieu on the promontory of the same name which extends far out into the sea. It has some excellent holiday residences and attractively laid-out gardens.To the east of the picturesque village center the Chapel of Ste-Hospice, with a bronze Madonna and a 16th C. tower, stands on the Pointe Ste-Hospice.
Jardins de la Fondation Ephrussi de Rothschild
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is located between Nice and Monaco. The palace is surrounded by famous gardens overlooking the Mediterranean. A series of compartmental gardens have been laid out in a variety of architectural and planting styles.Inside Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Baroness de Rothschild has brought together a collection of furniture, paintings and rare porcelain.
High above the sea in a magnificent park on the road towards Beaulieu can be found the Musée Ile-de-France, founded by Ephrussi de Rothschild. It houses a ceiling fresco by Tiepolo, paintings, furniture and other works of art from the 14th to the 19th C. from Europe and the Far East.
The most southerly tip of the peninsula is Cap Ferrat with its lighthouse - well worth the climb - and a statue of the Virgin Mary.
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