Villefranche-sur-Mer Off The Beaten Path

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    Great Cycling-Flatlanders Beware!

    by roadeagl Updated Jun 19, 2013
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    This area has some epic bicycle rides into the Maritime Alps. I rented a bike in Nice [website below] and was lucky enough to hook up with a local guy who took me on some incredible rides-Col d'Eze, La Turbie, Col de la Madone and more. You can find these and many more excellent rides on the internet [mapmyride, etc]. Starting from sea level, it takes some grunting to get up to the Grande Corniche but once there, the views and ride options are fantastic. And I have to add that the drivers here are the most courteous I've ever seen.

    You can also do relatively flat rides along the coast but more crowded and not as interesting. Rode to Antibes on the Promenade one day and it was the scariest ride...due to pedestrians, not drivers. Stick to the hills!

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    The Rolling Stones, 1971

    by NiceLife Updated Mar 27, 2010

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    Behind these gates....

    Nellcote, Avenue Louise Bordes, was the residence of the Rolling Stones when they were briefly tax exiles from the UK, in the early nineteen seventies

    The most you can see from the winding road up from the far end of the beach of Villefranche towards Cap Ferat are these iron gates and a merest glimpse of the villa between trees .

    However below is a link to a website where you can see a suite of original photographs of the Stones at Nellcote taken in 1971 by Dominique Tarle, and the interior and exterior of the villa itself.

    http://www.snapgalleries.com/?page=collectionview&itemid=10028&itemID2=20005

    A piece of history, if you know. You can buy the set of photos in fine-art book form "Exile" at £3,000 a copy! Or view for free online.

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    • Budget Travel

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    Get a tan at Villefranche Sur Mer!

    by jetsetjunkie Written Jun 6, 2005

    It's not really "off the track", in fact this little town is very popular with the locals. When I was there on Saturday it was packed. It's a free beach and probably the nicest one for one that's free I've seen along the French coast -- such clear and clean water!

    Good people watching... obviously the French hotties flock here :)

    Also, tonnes of history if you feel like it. Museums, Roman fortress, churches..

    Lots of nice cafes too!

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