Villefranche-sur-Mer

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Villefranche-sur-Mer

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!

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 £86 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Situated by the sea, 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 Convention ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (113 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
Welcome Hôtel
Welcome Hôtel
4 out of 5
3 Quai de l'Amiral Courbet, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Alpes-maritimes
The price is £156 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Situated by the sea, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Baie des Fourmis Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Place Massena and Promenade des Anglais. Nice Acropolis ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (191 reviews)
"The location is ideal! Our balcony had a seaside view that was tranquil and beautiful. Breakfast was very good and staff was very accomodating!"

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2021

Welcome Hôtel
La Flore
La Flore
3 out of 5
5, Bd Princesse Grace De Monaco, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Alpes-maritimes
The price is £104 per night from 6 Oct to 6 Oct
Situated by the sea, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Place de la Paix, Plage de la Darse and Plage des Marinieres. Mont Boron Park and Port of Nice ...
4/5Very Good! (195 reviews)
A good spot
"A nice hotel with friendly staff in a good location. Could do with modernising a bit but the charm is still there."

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019

La Flore
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Pierre & Vacances Residence L'Ange Gardien
Pierre & Vacances Residence L'Ange Gardien
Avenue de l'Ange Gardien, Basse Corniche, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Alpes-Maritimes
Situated in Villefranche-sur-Mer, this beach residence is within a 15-minute walk of Plage des Marinieres and Beaulieu-sur-Mer Casino. Place de la Paix and Villa ...
3.3/5 (107 reviews)
Quick stay
"Very friendly staff. Good residence. Individual accommodations could do with a little updating but excellent value out of season. And great location for cap ferrat."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2020

Pierre & Vacances Residence L'Ange Gardien
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 (4.1 km) from Baie des Fourmis Beach and 3 mi (4.7 km) from Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Center. Nice Observatory ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"Très bon accueil , sympathique et disponible , à refaire"

Reviewed on 3 May 2019

Domaine du Mont Leuze
Multiproprietà di 2 Locali , 45 mq, 5 Letto , Vista Baia
Multiproprietà di 2 Locali , 45 mq, 5 Letto , Vista Baia
Quai Amiral Ponchardier Palais de la, Marine 403, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
Situated in Villefranche-sur-Mer, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Place de la Paix and Plage des Marinieres. Plage de la Darse and Beaulieu-sur-Mer ...
Multiproprietà di 2 Locali , 45 mq, 5 Letto , Vista Baia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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