If you are still deciding on which of the many luxury villas in the French Riviera
to stay at this summer, this overview of the 5 Caps of the French Riviera should help make up your mind. Each Cap is exclusive, enjoys breathtaking sea views and is home to stunning properties, but what are the attractions nearby, and why might one be more desirable than another?
The following is a breakdown of the 5 Caps of the French Riviera, reviewed from west to east on a map of the French Riviera:
Comparing the 5 Caps of the French Riviera
This forested peninsula lies between Antibes, with its charming old town, vibrant Provençal market and Picasso Museum, and Juan-les-Pins, a chic resort with lively nightlife.
Its sandy Plage de la Garoupe has stunning sea and mountain views, while the Plage des Ondes
benefits from crystal clear water, making it ideal for snorkelling. For ultimate Riviera luxury, there are two private beach clubs, the Plage Keller
and Plage Joseph
The Sentier du Littoral coastal walk is a great way to take in the sights of this elegant Cap on a sunny day. Alternatively, the Bord du Mer
coast road passes the famous Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc
and many beautiful private villas, perfect for those who prefer to sightsee from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.
Popular restaurants include Restaurant Bacon
, famous for its incredible Bouillabaisse, and the Michelin-starred La Passagère
, which specialises in fresh seafood.
Cap de Nice
Further east on a map of the French Riviera, this exclusive hillside area lies just beyond Nice's old port, yet feels a world away. It's perfect for escaping the city bustle, yet benefits from easy access to Nice's airport, restaurants, shopping and world-class museums.
There are two excellent seafront restaurants, Coco Beach
and La Réserve
, and neighbouring Mont Boron is forested with footpaths and a heart-pumping fitness trail.
Located between Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer is the third of our 5 Caps of the French Riviera, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Often shortened to Cap-Ferrat, this area was formerly a fishing village and remains authentic despite its exclusivity. A drawback is the summer traffic, however, which can get congested.
A 14km coastal path walk links Cap-Ferrat to Beaulieu, where, in an idyllic waterfront location close to the port and beaches, the seven-bedroom Villa Acacia
offers several outdoor terraces, a large outdoor pool, a spa area and even an indoor pool to those looking for a luxurious place to stay.
Attractions in the-Cap Ferrat include the Villa Ile-de-France
, with botanical gardens and panoramic sea views, and the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
, with more than 5,000 works of art and seven distinct gardens.
For fine dining visit the 5-star Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat
, which has a stunning garden and panoramic sea views.
To the south of Monaco and with easy access to its restaurants, shopping and entertainment, Cap d’Ail enjoys unparalleled views over Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Cap-Ferrat. It is also home to one of the Riviera's most exclusive beaches, the Eden Plage Mala
Attractions include the Italian-inspired Villa Le Roc Fleury and the Chateau des Terrasses
, surrounded by a lovely park. Two other gardens worth visiting are the Jardin des Douaniers
and Parc Sacha Guitry
The six-bedroom Villa Orchid
here has panoramic sea views and lush gardens, based only a few minutes' walk from the village and a three-minute drive from Monte-Carlo.
Alternatively, the contemporary four-bedroom Villa Bosio
is situated on the hills of Cap d'Ail and enjoys breathtaking sea views, with many terraces and an infinity pool.
Located between Monaco and Menton, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin combines the rocky headland of Cap-Martin with the medieval village of Roquebrune. Built around the ancient Chateau de Grimaldi
, it houses many renowned restaurants. While summer traffic may again prove a problem, Monte Carlo is within easy reach.
A major attraction is the Promenade Le Corbusier
, a footpath along Cap Martin's shore which showcases two extraordinary works of modern architecture – Eileen Gray's E.1027
villa and Le Corbusier's Cabanon
With its beautiful stone detailing, lush gardens and attractive pool, the six-bedroom Villa Bonna
in Cap Martin combines old world charm with a light-filled, contemporary interior.
Meanwhile, Villa Emma
here enjoys a generous terrace with stunning beach views and an infinity pool, offering three ensuite bedrooms and an independent studio.
Of the 5 Caps of the French Riviera, each is exclusive, enjoys extraordinary views and is distinct in character. Which one will you choose?