Alpes-Maritimes (06310) Population: 4,013 Altitude: 12 m
This is an up-market seaside resort town in addition to being a year-round commercial and residential town, with the added advantage of being pretty, and in a beautiful setting. The lower part of town has shops, shady tree-lined sidewalks and its Casino, as well as beaches and yacht basins. The main part of town is above the railway tracks, inland from the station. Market day Daily.
There's no old town here, even though the town's history goes back, more or less, to prehistoric times. This is a bustling place, with the scent of flowers in the air in the springtime. Protecting the back of the town are the cliffs that tower high above, especially well viewed from the area of the port. Where ancient people once found refuge, a few perched villas now stand sentry over the town.
The beach is long and sandy and well-protected, in the cosy Baie des Fourmis (that hopefully doesn't take after its name). It's located adjacent to the center of town, across the road from the Casino, but set below the road and isolated from the town noises. A long promenade, shaded by low-hanging trees, fronts the length of the beach.
Yachts and Fishermen.
One small marina is located at the east end of the beach on the Baie des Fourmis. The main yacht basin, though, is past the east edge of town. There's serious yachting here, with a Chantier Naval and other maintenance and support activities. A tiny fishing port is at the town-end of the harbor, where there are usually a few stands selling fresh fish.
History of Beaulieu-sur-Mer
First record, Anao, mentioned in the itinerary of Antonin.
Prehistoric: Neolithique artifacts discovered here are on display in the museum at Menton.
Gallo-Roman: This was the Greek port of Anao, and was later enlarged by the Romans. The village was destroyed in the 3rd centry.
Medieval: A small monastary, built on the 3rd-century ruins, was destroyed in the 6th century by the Lombards, and the local people took refuge high above on the Plateau Saint Michel. About the 13th century, the village began shifting to its current seaside location.
Market day: Daily.
Brocante-Artisanat (except July-Aug): 3rd Sun
Brocante-Artisanat (except July-Aug): 1st Sat
• GPS: 43.707178, 7.330682
IGN (1/25,000) #3742 OT "Nice-Menton"
Didier Richard (1/50,000) #26 "Pay d'Azur"
Parc de la Justice Hiking
The Parc Départemental de la Justice is on the Plateau de la Justice (about 550 m altitude) between the coast at Villefranche-sur-Mer/Beaulieu-sur-Mer and La Trinité to the north. It's 2-3 km north of Villefranche-sur-Mer or Beaulieu-sur-Mer.
The southwest corner of the hiking area is on the Moyenne Corniche (the D2564 road) at a junction called Col des Quatre Chemins. A small road goes northeast from that junction, about 2.5 km, to the parking area La Plana, where there are picnic spots and a sports-walking course.
A 7-8 km loop hike around the high plateau can be started at the southwest corner (on the D2564) or in the park area at the La Plana parking.
The Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike is a 3-1/h hour hike along the coast around the Cap Ferrat peninsula, beginning at the southern edge of Beaulieu-sur-Mer center.
The GR51 Balcony of the Cote d'Azur trail passes through Drap, about 5 km northwest of Beaulieu-sur-Mer.
Villa Kérylos Greek Villa
Location: 5 Empass Gustave Eiffel; South of the center, towards the Plage Fourmis
Entry: €11.50 (2018)
Côte d'Azur seaside Palazzo, luxurious reconstitution of an Ancient Greek Villa. At the edge of the sea, facing the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula, the Villa is a magic place that takes you back in time. Entirely furnished and decorated, the Villa's many rooms bear witness to the art of living and refinement of Ancient Greece.
The railway goes through the center of town, dividing the lower and upper parts. North of the center, the line curves around the edge of the Golfe de St Hospice, just behind the harbor. Bealieu-sur-Mer is on the main Nice-Monaco-Menton-Ventimiglia line, with frequent service. [rail map]
The Nice-Monaco-Menton bus line has frequent service.