Villefranche-sur-Mer Travel Guide

  • View from moyenne corniche
    View from moyenne corniche
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  • The Interior
    The Interior
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  • les plages de Villefranche-sur-Mer
    les plages de Villefranche-sur-Mer
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Villefranche-sur-Mer Things to Do

  • More corners of Villefranche

    On our most recent visit to Villefranche in March, 2012, we did some more exploring and got lost again. It really is a wonderful village to get lost in.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 station in Villefranche. We were wrong!!. Uphill all the way. But I must say we...

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  • 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.

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  • 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 light, this street is covered by the upper stories of the houses.

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  • Sain-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

    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 isolation of Cap Ferrat has attracted some of Europe's wealthiest elite....

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  • Vieille Ville

    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 quayside has numerous restaurants. A stroll through these alleys is part of the...

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  • The Harbour

    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 harbour in all of the Mediterranean. These two traits have made this harbour a...

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  • le Port

    A tiny port serves the village of Villefranche and supplements the large harbour. Along the port are numerous delicious restaurants, graced by fantastic views. This area is the heart of town where most visitors end up taking a stroll.

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Villefranche-sur-Mer Hotels

  • Hotel Welcome

    Dominating the centre of town, this small 3-star hotel seems to be the place to stay in...

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  • Hotel La Fiancee du Pirate

    8, boulevard de la Corne d'Or, Moyenne Corniche (RN7), Villefranche-sur-Mer, 06230, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Patricia

    To be fair I am very confused about what to write Hotel Patricia. At the time of my visit it had the...

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Villefranche-sur-Mer Restaurants

  • 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 shallots and spinach was amazing! Add this to the reasonable prices and setting...

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  • 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

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  • 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 tea salon/glacier side next door – we visited the latter. Carpaccio enjoys...

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  • Seafood by the port

    Commanding an excellent spot on the quay of Villefranche for decades, la Mère Germaine is part of the fabric of this little port village. The restaurant serves excellent French food with a focus on seafood and is known to receive celebrities who make stop in Villefranche. Many recipes have been passed down from Germaine Halap who opened the...

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  • At the waters edge

    Perfect location at the edge of the Port Darse, which is "around the corner" from main Villefranche bay via the walkway around the waters edge at the foot of the Citadel. With tables alfresco, this snack bar is open 7/7. The food is uncomplicated - salads omletes and a few specials - but the setting is pure bliss and always packed at lunchtime -...

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  • Great Thin Crust Pizza!

    Trastevere is just by the port and it serves a bit of everything, from fish to pizza. As the weather was sunny and nice, we decide to sit outside (if the car traffic bothers you, you can always sit inside). We started with a goat cheese salad, which was lovely, then we both ordered pizza (Reine). Hubby also ordered a glass of Beaujolais Noveau....

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Villefranche-sur-Mer Transportation

  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR FROM LIBERTY OF THE...

    Hello everybody,It is my first trip in Europe and now I am in South of France, i have choiced a cruise on " liberty of the seas ".a wonderful ship with all animations inside.a mediterranean cruise with differents stops , today on,June 4 th 2013 stop in Villefranche bay.It 's really gorgeous , a bay very shelttered and so beautiful with my familly (...

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  • 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

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  • Buses between Villefranche, Nice and...

    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 Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Eze-sur-Mer, Monaco and finally, Menton. Villefranche-sur-Mer...

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Villefranche-sur-Mer Shopping

  • 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 main Nice - Monaco road). The stalls opposite the church do a flourishing...

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  • Great place for Cocteau items, next to...

    This shop was once owned by an older woman - I think I bought a ceramic plate from her 13 years ago. It's now owned by a couple. I met the husband that day, and he was more than happy to discuss Cocteau with me. Here, Cocteau items for all budgets (*ahem*) are sold including ceramics, prints, jewelry, t-shirts and postcards. Anywhere from a few...

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  • Villefranche-sur-Mer Hotels

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Villefranche-sur-Mer Warnings and Dangers

  • Cruise liners replace aircraft carriers...

    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 NATO. (Back in the twenties and thirties the sight of many young sailors was...

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  • 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 high above Monaco. Another "Lady Die" story, perhaps, echoes of a similar...

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  • High season crowds at weekends

    The beach can get crowded at weekends, when neighbouring Italians and French alike seeking some sun and lunch drive to Villefranche for the day. I am suprised these people don't have atrophied legs and pumping iron forearms - the only excercise they seem to get in life is turning a steering wheel. The crowds are self-limiting however, since there...

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Villefranche-sur-Mer Tourist Traps

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    by Karmacholo Updated May 14, 2005

    Villefranche is a small village, and I have spent a lot of times there. However, if you are looking for "genuine" Villefranche gifts to buy, you should not bother! All the things you might find there (even stuff with Villefranche logos) are found for much cheaper prices in Nice, just two train stops away, and with better quality!

    Unique Suggestions: At least, do not buy the cliche Cote d'Azure table covers!

    Villefranche port
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Villefranche-sur-Mer What to Pack

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    by rickyvilla81 Written May 20, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Beach stuff, such as swimming trunks (you will want to paddle when you see how clear the water is!), a towel, all that. It's the cote d'azur, man.

    Photo Equipment: A camera?

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring flip-flops. The beach is not as stony as Nice, but it's not as sandy as Cannes neither. It is made up of fine stones which can be nice on the feet, but you may not like it all the time.

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Villefranche-sur-Mer Off The Beaten Path

  • Great Cycling-Flatlanders Beware!

    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...

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  • 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 gates and a merest glimpse of the villa between trees .However below is a...

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  • Get a tan at Villefranche Sur Mer!

    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...

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Villefranche-sur-Mer Favorites

  • 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 in the Mediterranean on half day cruises. If you prefer an original...

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  • Villefranche-sur-Mer

    Villefranche-sur-mer is a picturesque fishing village. The town is constructed in the heart of a beautiful bay and sits on the steps of a natural amphitheatre, the terrace hills of the Riviera, gazing out over the sea. Walk around the quays

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  • Life's a beach

    Beaches always get popular, and this is no exception, but if you find a place to dump your stuff then just get into the sea. It is deep enough to swim comfortably, and so blue that temptation will overcome you! There are small beachside bars and cafes to entertain you, and though there were lots of young people, there were also many families,...

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Port Darse
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Chapelle St Pierre designs by Jean Cocteau
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Reasonably priced cafe
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Musee Volti
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Musee de Cocquillage
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Russian Navy at Villefranche, 1800's
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