Beaulieu-Sur-Mer is one of the many beautiful towns that are dotted along the Riviera sea front. In between Nice and Monaco, it is easy to get to by train or bus, both of which run regularly up and down the coast. It is a quiet, sophisticated kind of a place that has attracted many celebrities over the years looking for a tranquil haven in which to soak up the sun without getting hassled. The seafront and ports are its main points of interest but there is also a good market that takes place in the town centre every day where you can browse fresh local produce, as well as the occasional bric-a-brac market.
There are plenty of excellent places to eat, but if you’re celebrating then try the Michelin starred Restaurant des Rois at La Reserve de Beaulieu. Open since 1880, it has always held the highest reputation for its gastronomic cuisine. For something less formal there are plenty of great places down by the port serving everything from fresh seafood to pizza.
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Beaulieu-Sur-Mer is home to Villa Kerylos, an impressive replica of an Athenian villa that was built in the early 20th century. An homage to ancient Grecian architecture, it is richly decorated with murals and elegant furniture; explore the house and its beautiful gardens with a guided audio tour. There's not much remaining of the old town of Beaulieu-Sur-Mer but the 12th century chapel of Santa Maria de Olivo is worth a look and often hosts art exhibitions. If you take a walk around the town or along the coastal path you'll see many fine examples of Belle Epoque architecture and grand villas.
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If you tire of lazing at the beach, lunching at the port or perusing the boutiques, you can always go for a stroll amongst the fragrant tropical plants that thrive in the mountains behind the town. Hiking trails are a great way to escape the summer crowds and Beaulieu-Sur-Mer has some lovely ones, from the gentle coastal Promenade Maurice Rouvier to the more hilly Petite Afrique circuit.
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Beaulieu-Sur-Mer has two lovely beaches, Les Fourmis and La Petite Afrique, fringed with palm trees and with both private and public stretches. The beaches are both family friendly with calm waters and sandy shores, as well as the chance to try watersports such as paddle-boarding and jet-skiing. See our Beach Guide for more information on Beaulieu and other beaches.
Also see: Beaches in Nice, France
From Beaulieu-Sur-Mer you have the choice of two nearby golf courses, both around a half hour drive, the Golf Country Club de Nice or the Monte-Carlo Golf Club. The Golf Country Club de Nice has a 9 hole course and a wide driving range, whereas the Monte-Carlo Golf Club boasts an 18 hole course and, despite the name, is actually located in La Turbie rather than Monaco! As well as these two there is a good choice of other golf clubs in the area, have a look at our Golf page for more information.
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The port area is where you'll find the majority of the bars. Beaulieu isn't a wild nightspot as such, rather attracting a more refined crowd, but if you enjoy sipping a fine wine or delicious cocktail while watching the sun go down over the harbour then you're in the right place. There is also a large casino, recently extensively refurbished, that as well as having all the usual games tables has a restaurant and brasserie.
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