Beaulieu-sur-Mer Travel Guide
Beaulieu-sur-Mer means “beautiful place on the sea” in French. An accurate description. For one thing, Beaulieu-sur-Mer escaped the commercial over-growth in the French Riviera.
It is one of the smallest villages in the area. The lovely seafront gardens and groves pair perfectly with its laid-back ambiance. The sandy beaches and seaside walk are also big draws.
Let’s take a closer look at Beaulieu-sur-Mer: A perfect hideaway in the French Riviera.
Beaulieu-sur-Mer retains its architectural heritage from the belle epoque. Curvy turquoise balustrades and ceramic friezes decorate its grand villas.
Many royals and personalities visited this place of understated glamour. Queen Victoria fell in love with it. Lord Salisbury, Prime Minister to Queen Victoria made it his home. A Belgian king bought a large piece of woodland hills over-looking a bay. Gustave Eiffel, builder of the famous Eiffel tower, made it his winter retreat. He even designed many iconic buildings in the town.
Walking around will transport you back to its illustrious past with the traces of its historic and luxurious structures. Flowers with bright colors and graceful palms line the seafront gardens. Magnolia trees, parasol pines, and cypresses grow abundantly. The three main streets are sprawling with citrus trees bearing ripe fruits. There is also a grassy park with a century-old olive grove.
In a town where the rich greenery perfumes the air, creating a calm aura for all to enjoy, two gardens stand out from the rest. Le Jardin de l’Olivaie in Square Calmette has olive trees that show the trees close connection to the life of Beaulieu-sur-Mer. It is the site of Beaulieu’s Guitar Nights festival. Square Verdun faces Plage de Fourmis near the Casino and boasts many exotic species of plants and palm trees.
Where it’s located
|Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a seaside village between Villefranche-sur-Mer and Ezé in the Côte d’Azur / French Riviera. It is on the north-eastern end of the Cap Ferrat. It is 10 kilometers away from Nice. |
It covers less than a square kilometer (about 95 hectares). Tall grey slabs of rocky foothills surround it.
Beaulieu’s main sights
The two Beaulieu-sur-Mer beaches and the Promenade
The seafront has two separate beaches. Plage Fourmis , the smaller of the two, is on the south of the center. It gives a scenic view of the east coast of Cap Ferrat. The small port here has the same name, Port de Fourmis. Only small family boats and yachts docks here.
The other and the larger one is Plage Petite Afrique . This has a natural harbor and the most sheltered between the two. Locals also tell a story that the first banana tree in Europe is first planted here. Relax on the sandy beaches and soak up on the sun or go swim on its clear sea. Many resorts offer water or jet skiing, wind-surfing, and boat rides.
The shady seaside Promenade Maurice Rouvier leads directly to Saint-Jean-Cap Ferrat . Beside it is the Marina- Le Port de Plaisance. It has a very good reputation on an international scale. It offers pleasure-boating, with shops, restaurants, and bars.
Place Marinoni: Beaulieu-sur-Mer ‘s Main Square
There is also a daily morning produce market that offers fresh foods, fruits, and vegetables. On Saturdays, the market has goods for a different group of customers with handcrafted jewelry, handmade lavender soaps, leather handbags, silky tunics, and other ornate wares.
Casino and Cinéma de Beaulieu
High-rollers join the betting action while enjoying the concerts. The casino has slot machines and traditional table games. There is a restaurant inside overlooking the Plage des Fourmis. This outdoor terrace restaurant offers a southern Italian menu for lunch at a fixed price. The cinema is next to the casino has a high-end theater. It features a great international selection of films in their original edition.
Villa Kerylos (Museum)
Mosaics, marble, frescoes, and a collection of treasures from the 6th and 10th century decorate the interior of this ancient Greek villa . It transports visitors back to the ancient way of life of the Athenians. It got its name from Greek kerylos, a bird of good omen in the mythologies. It is now a museum open to the public.
Its location is in the rocky tip of the bay of Plage des Fourmis. Behind it are the cliffs of Eze. Facing the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is the villa’s garden overlooking the sea.
How to get to Beaulieu-sur-Mer
By air: Nice is the logical way since it has the airport. Beaulieu-sur-Mer is 6 kilometers west of Nice.
By train: It is on the TER line 4 that runs from Nice to Menton.
To sum it up
This wondrous Mediterranean resort village fuses antiquity and modernity. Everyone can find something to cherish from this French Riviera hidden hideaway of Beaulieu-sur-Mer.