Full of yachties and fun lovers
Nestling in the depths of a small creek and sheltered by a range of hills, Beaulieu sur Mer has the advantage of a very gentle and enjoyable climate. In fact, one of the town's districts has even been christened "Little Africa". From 1862, when the Nice road was extended as far as Beaulieu, this small tourist resort began its growth.
Now a charming belle epoque resort that has been a favourite with holidaying Russian and British aristocrats, Beaulieu still has an old-world feel, with its neat rows of genteel but non-designer boutiques and ubiquitous palms. Well-heeled Sunday strollers and their yapping dogs jostle each other for space on promenade Maurice Rouvier, a paved seaside path linking the port of Beaulieu to St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat via the late David Niven's pink castle; go early in the morning or at sunset to get the best of the view.
Gustave Eiffel (he of the tower) and Gordon Bennet, legendary director of the New York Herald Tribune, lived here. So did archaeologist Theodore Reinach, who was so enamoured of Ancient Greece that he built a not-to-be-missed reconstruction of a fifth-century BC Athenian house. Situated in front of the Baie des Fourmis, so called because of the ant-like black rocks dotted about, the Villa Kerylos, is now a museum, with sunken marble bath, reclining sofas and antique-looking frescoes galore.
The classy town of Beaulieu sur Mer is often used in movies and so has a familiar feel to many visitors. At first glance you can see why Hollywood comes here, dotted with palm trees and beautiful gardens Beaulieu has very exclusive feel. The town is very well connected to both Nice and Monaco offering a great base for the ferrari driving playboys of Cap Ferrat and sea loving local families alike.
There is a diversity of properties in Beaulieu sur Mer from multimillion euro villas to holiday appartments in the middle of town.