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Villefranche-sur-MerFrance

Set in a stunning harbour on the Côte d'Azur, Villefranche-sur-Mer is impressive for its panoramas, charming for its character and fascinating for its heritage.

With brightly coloured houses nestling between wooded hills and a turquoise sea, steep narrow streets and majestic buildings, this seaside resort is visually spectacular. Its two ports are surrounded by four charming beaches where you can devote as much time as you like to relaxing between visits to the town's monuments.

Once you arrive, you will undoubtedly notice the impressive Saint-Elme fortress. Built in the 16th century by the Duke of Savoy, it has beautiful gardens with views of the harbour, as well as several museums that are free to visit. Higher up in the hills there is another building from this era, Mont Alban fort, whose strategic position gives it a magnificent panoramic view of the coastline stretching all the way from Antibes to Italy. Heading back down to the port, you will notice a small building with an original façade, Saint-Pierre des Pêcheurs Chapel, which was built in the 16th century but brilliantly redecorated in full by Jean Cocteau.

Next, explore the old town with its maze of flower-adorned side streets on the hillside, or take a stroll around Darse de Villefranche-sur-Mer, the town's charming marina. For dining out, you can choose from the many restaurants along the Port de la Santé, slightly to the north. Marinière beach, located inside the harbour, and Darse beach, which is smaller and quieter, are great places for sunbathing. Visitors looking for action will love the water sports here, like sailing, rowing, scuba diving and snorkelling, which are very popular due to the beauty and depth of the sea bed.

Villefranche-sur-Mer is next to Nice and therefore easy to access by road via the three magnificent coastal roads running between Nice and Menton. The train is another option: the town's station is on the TER PACA network. Coming by plane, you can land at Nice Airport, which is about 8 miles away. However you arrive, discovering Villefranche is like the joy of finding a pearl in an oyster. This jewel of the Côte d'Azur awaits you!

Top hotels in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Le Versailles
Le Versailles
3 out of 5
7 Avenue Princesse Grâce de Monaco, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Alpes-maritimes
The price is £172 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Mont Boron Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Place Massena and Promenade des Anglais. Nice Acropolis ...

3.9/5Good! (196 reviews)

"Stayed here many times and will be back. It’s location the views and everything is perfect for us. Love this hotel only one negative was the price of drinks but you could buy them in the little supermarket just down the road to have in your room on the balcony with those stunning views.fab"…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019

Le Versailles
Domaine du Mont Leuze
Domaine du Mont Leuze
600 Chemin du Mont Leuze, Villefranche-sur-Mer

Situated by the sea, this villa is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Beaulieu-sur-Mer Casino and 3 mi (4.7 km) from Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Center. Mont ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"Très bon accueil , sympathique et disponible , à refaire"…"

Reviewed on 3 May 2019

Domaine du Mont Leuze
Hôtel La Fiancée Du Pirate
Hôtel La Fiancée Du Pirate
3 out of 5
8, Boulevard de la Corne d'Or, Villefranche-sur-Mer
The price is £153 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Mont Boron Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Place Massena and Promenade des Anglais. Nice Acropolis ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (108 reviews)

"I liked the breakfast. The staff was friendly and very helpful. Rooms are somewhat plain."…"

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2019

Hôtel La Fiancée Du Pirate

Popular places to visit in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Vieille Ville
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Vieille Ville

You can learn about the history of Villefranche-sur-Mer with a trip to Vieille Ville. Wander through the beautiful beaches and waterfront in this quaint area.

Promenade des Anglais
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Promenade des Anglais

4.5/5(425 reviews)

Stroll the promenade day or night for views across the Bay of Angels, and access to Nice’s best beaches.

Marineland Antibes
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Marineland Antibes

4.5/5(88 reviews)

Make time to visit the sea creatures at Marineland Antibes, and learn why this is a favourite attraction in Antibes. Visit the area's shops or amble around its beautiful beaches.

Casino Monte Carlo
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Casino Monte Carlo

4/5(255 reviews)

Take a trip to the glamorous heart of Monaco, where you can try your luck with games or simply explore the palatial landmark.

Place Massena
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Place Massena

4.5/5(225 reviews)

Nice’s main square offers opportunities for shopping, delightful cafés dotted around the edge and some of the best people-watching in the city.

Promenade de la Croisette
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Promenade de la Croisette

4.5/5(249 reviews)

Stroll along one of the most famous sidewalks in France, a chic boulevard that is synonymous with the glamor and exhilarating buzz of Cannes.

Top things to do in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Nice Hop-On Hop-Off BusTour
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Nice Hop-On Hop-Off BusTour

£21
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
A Day in Provence (T4)
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A Day in Provence (T4)

£68
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Electric Bike Tour of Nice, Fort du Mont Alban & Villefranche
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Electric Bike Tour of Nice, Fort du Mont Alban & Villefranche

£45
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
VILLEFRANCHE SHORE EXCURSION PRIVATE TOUR
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VILLEFRANCHE SHORE EXCURSION PRIVATE TOUR

£620
Per adult
French Riviera Trip for Cruise Passengers
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French Riviera Trip for Cruise Passengers

£53
Per adult
Private Shore Excursion from Villefranche - Nice: Half day Eastern French Riviera ( 6 hours)
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Private Shore Excursion from Villefranche - Nice: Half day Eastern French Riviera ( 6 hours)

£444
Per adult

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Nice featuring signage, street scenes and heritage architecture

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Beaulieu-sur-Mer

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Eze which includes heritage architecture and a city

Èze

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