Southern France: Touristic attractions

The hidden jems of the South of France attract tourists every year. Families choose villas for rent in Cap Ferrat, houses in Beaulieu-sur-Mer or hotels in the area to visit all the nearby cities by car. Keep reading to find out more about the most famous places:


Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is one of South of France’s most exclusive destinations, having hosted royalty, heads of state, stars, and celebrities since the early nineteenth century. It has retained its very special, unspoiled charms throughout time. The city and its port exude elegance, good taste, and a high standard of living. The world-renowned peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, located just a few kilometers from Nice, Cannes, Cap d’Antibes, and Monaco, offers the allure of an exceptional and preserved site. In the heart of the Côte d’Azur, a green oasis. This magnificent natural corniche, rich in history and culture, shines with beaches, restaurants, magnificent gardens, and sumptuous villas. Edith Piaf, Charlie Chaplin, Elisabeth Taylor, Romy Schneider, David Niven, Jen-Paul Belmondo, The Rolling Stones, and, more recently, Tina Turner, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Johnny Depp, and Vanessa Paradis are among the royalty and celebrities who have passed through the gates. Politicians, artists, Henri Matisse, Jean Cocteau, and others have all lived here. Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a world-famous, exclusive, and fashionable seaside resort, but it is much more. 

We suggest visiting the estates, historic museums followed by lunch or dinner at the Grand Hotel.  


Beaulieu-sur-Mer translates to “beautiful place” in French. This city has existed since the beginning of time. Because of the beauty of the location, the inhabitants faced numerous wars until Napoleon Bonaparte annexed the city to France, keeping its name intact. He only translated it from Italian to French as “Belloloco.” With a mild Mediterranean climate, sunny weather, picturesque landscapes, and azure sea waters, this is an excellent place to unwind. The beauty of these locations has drawn a variety of celebrities here, including members of royal families, big businessmen, and artists. After visiting Beaulieu-sur-Mer, you will remember the azure sea bathed in the sun’s rays, romantic rocks, golden beaches, and tropical gardens with graceful palm trees.

We recommend that you visit the Rotunda and the casino. Try the food at African Queen, which is well-known throughout France and has been in operation for over 20 years, confirming its impeccable reputation year after year.


Villefranche-sur-Mer – or simply Villefranche – is a small resort town of 6,000 people on the French Riviera, 6 kilometers east of Nice and 10 kilometers southwest of Monaco. The bay of Villefranche is one of the Mediterranean’s deepest harbors. Between Cape Nice and Cap Ferrat, it reaches a depth of 95m and extends south for 500m, forming the Villefranche Canyon about 1 nautical mile from the coast. Due to the depth of the bay, large Mediterranean cruise ships dock here, where thousands of passengers regularly disembark for excursions to the nearby town of Eze.

The old town of Villefranche can be seen in half a day, but you will have to walk along the steep streets. The map below shows that the perpendicular streets between the roughly parallel streets running along the coast are all made up of stairs.

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