Beausoleil is a tourist resort on the Côte d’Azur, a town bedecked in bright flowers in a lush unspoilt setting, situated in an amphitheatre above the Principality of Monaco, at an altitude of between 40 and 560m.
This excellent geographical location offers a fantastic view of the Mediterranean coast from Cap Ferrat to Italy. The town’s origins can be traced back to ancient times and are linked to those of La Turbie, as shown by the remains of the Oppidum listed as a historic monument at Mont des Mules.
But it was with the birth of Monte-Carlo that Beausoleil was to prosper, created on 10th April 1904.
The town then experienced significant growth both demographically and economically, with its two casinos and its rack railway. Winter tourism reached a peak with non-stop parties, sumptuous banquets and the eccentricities of a European aristocracy and the English and American upper classes.
This “Belle Epoque” (1870-1920) smiled upon the arts while developing the technological advances which were to bring the comfort and well-being sought by the demanding clientele.
The name Beausoleil was dreamt up to promote tourism there but actually reflects the truth as it has around 300 days of sunshine per year and a mild climate.
Postcards on sale at Beausoleil tourist office.