Villefranche-sur-Mer Travel Guide
View from moyenne corniche
View from moyenne corniche
les plages de Villefranche-sur-Mer
lovely little medieval roads, nice restaurants
can be overrun by families with young children in peak holiday times
In a nutshell
One of the most beautiful spots on earth.
Boat from Dark Pelican
I took a small boat out from Dark Pelican and we have the most amazing time with the family swimming and just watching the schenery. My wife was happy and so were the kids. Next time we'll go out for the day.
SIGHT SEEING TOUR VILLEFRANCHE ,EZE and MONACO
Sometimes the spots, stops are not great but that of Villefranche sur mer is gorgeous. The bay is well sheltered from the wind, the view of the village and the castle is beautiful.The best is to be discovered by going to the Principality of Monaco by ledges in my opinion the...
Walking to Eze
We were on a cruise 2 years ago and went to Eze. Our original plan was to take the train to Eze. It only goes so far and then you have to walk or find some other way of getting up to Eze ( the old fort ). We decided it did't look all that far to walk it from the train...
More walking in town and harbourfront
As well as the many narrow streets there is the more open harbour area. Here are a number of hotels and restarants from which you have a view of the harbour. As this is one of the deepest harbours on this coast there are many large yachts and cruise liners.
Walking tour of Villefranche
Again, the main attraction is exploring the maize of narrow streets, stairs, squares and covered streets. The covered streets in Villefranche are famous, and were used as shelters during the war. The most famous and most hidden is La Rue Obscure. With a few openings for...
The next town east of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Sain-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is only 15 minutes away by car. It is located on a beautiful peninsula, Cap Ferrat, with scenic views of the Mediterranean and the mountains behind. Since the 19th century, the strategic location and relative...
The old town of Villefranche is the area huddled around the port. Its ancient pastel-coloured buildings, narrow hilly streets and archways are typical of Provence. Many of the pedestrianised zones are lined with shops selling souvenirs and artisanal products, while the...
On one side is Villefranche-sur-Mer and Cap de Nice, and on the other is Cap Ferrat, with the Alps and the Mediterranean as opposite backdrops, the harbour of Villefranche-sur-Mer is considered one of the most scenic on the French Riviera. It is also the deepest natural...
6 Reviews and 227 Opinions Dominating the centre of town, this small 3-star hotel seems to be the place to stay in...
Le Bistrot de la Rade: Best lasagne we've ever had!I
One of those places that is hard to find until you've found it, and then for the rest of the day wandering around Villefranche you pass it about 6 times! It is worth searching for. We sat outside and enjoyed the bright sunshine and the excellent food. The lasagne with...
Mere Germaine: The best fish soup ever! Perfect service
I loved the decor, the ambiance, the location (a jump from the Mediterranean), the service, the owner, the wine list, the menu, the story behing this place
Fish soup and the thai salad...Their Rosé is perfect
Carpaccio: Crepes by the harbour
My girlfriend and I visited Carpaccio one afternoon while visiting Villefranche-sur-Mer from Nice in May 2009.The restaurant offers a wide menu of food, but we were there only for a refreshing drink and a quick snack. There are two parts to Carpaccio; a restaurant side and a...
TRANSFER ,SIGHT SEEING TOUR FROM/TO VILLEFRANCHE
Sometimes the stops are not great but that of Villefranche sur mer is" GORGEOUS ". The bay is well sheltered from the wind, the view of the village and the castle is beautiful.The best is to be discovered by going to the Principality of Monaco by ledges in my opinion the...
From Nice to Villefranche-sur-mer
From Gare SNCF (main train station) in Nice, you can take a TER (regional train) to Villefranche-sur-mer. Total travel time: Between 7 to 36 minutes.Train schedule:http://www.ter-sncf.com/english/index.asp?regID=21Train prices:www.voyages-sncf.com
Buses between Villefranche, Nice and Monaco
We visited Villefranche-sur-Mer by local bus during our visit to Nice in May 2009.The following details were correct as at that time:Bus # 100 travels frequently throughout the day from Nice to Villfranche-sur-Mer. From Villefranche-sur-Mer, the bus then carries on to...
Train is best way to reach Villefranche from Nice
In May 2009 we purchased 2 reurn train tickets to Villefranche for a total cost of 6€. The bus would have been 4€. The train was a 12 minute journey as opposed to the seeminly endless bus trip through traffic. The only better way would be by foot or bicycle around the coast,...
Brocante - "Bric-a-brac"
A regular weekly brocante (bric-a-brac) market is held mostly Sundays but sometimes other days in season, in front of the Cocteau-decorated church near Porte Sante. ( A larger antique fair with more serious looking pieces is usually to be found by the Octroi bus stop at the...
Cruise liners replace aircraft carriers in the bay
The Bay of Villefranche is a deep water bay which permits very large boats to stop over. In a previous century the bay was home to the Imperial Russian fleet. Then for some time it was home to passing aircraft carriers of the US navy, which ended when France withdrew from...
Boulevard Princess Grace de Monaco
On one of the final bends approaching Villefranche, on the Boulevard Princess Grace, is a memorial to the actress Grace Kelly, fairy-tale wife of His Serene Highness Prince Rainier of Monaco. Grace met her untimely end in 1982 as her car left the road on the upper corniche...
The Rolling Stones, 1971
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...
The fishing harbor
In summer you can rent motor boats with or without driving licence to cruise across this “ sparkling bay ” (contact .: DARK PELICAN ). If you prefer to be guided, the "Affrètement Maritime Villefranchois" (website in French only) offers small cruises. You can meet dolphins...
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