By: Riviera Posters
Beaulieu sur Mer
The seaside resort of Beaulieu sur Mer is a wonderful place to visit and is often referred to as “La Petite Afrique” (Little Africa). Its bay is protected from cold winds by the backdrop of high cliffs and as a result, Beaulieu has one of the mildest climates along the Côte d’Azur. It could be described as a quiet town on the Cote D’Azur but with an air of elegance.
In line with the history of the Cote D’Azur, the British gentry used to spend their winters in Beauieu and although things have changed you can still find the luxury hotels in Beaulieu. If you combine Beaulieu sur Mer with nearby St Jean Cap Ferrat it probably conjures up the idyllic scene that most people think of when they hear the words ‘French Riviera’.
The mildness of its climate, the blue sea in the Baie des Fourmis, the lush vegetation and the well equiped harbour make Beaulieu a chic resort on the Riviera and well prized by yachting enthusiasts. The Baie des Fourmis was so named because the black rocks dotted about resembling ants.
The resort of Beaulieu is close to Cap Ferrat which is known as the millionaires peninsula. The area remains remarkably unspoilt and you will find magnificent villas and luxury hotels. From the eastern side of St Jean Cap Ferrat, the is a path from St Jean along the promenade Maurice-Rouvier to Beaulieu sur Mer.
For those of you who may have watched the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Beaulieu-sur-Mer was depicted in the film as Beaumont-sur-Mer and although the film was actually set at various locations on the Riviera, the casino in Beaulieu at La Rotunde did feature in the film. Other film locations were: Villa Hier Cap d’Antibes being the house where Michael Caine’s character lived, Cannes International airport depicted as Beaumont-sur-Mer airport, Foundation Ephrussie de Rothschild, Villa Ile-de-Frances at Cap Ferrat was Beaumont-sur-Mer’s art gallery and the Grand Hotel Cap Ferrat was Beaumont-sur-Mer’s Grand Hotel. The harbour was that of Juan-les-Pins.