Villefranche-sur-Mer is an easy-going small town along the Riviera, a typical example of Mediterranean city. The narrow street will lead you towards the sea, passing by Italian-style buildings and squares, small cafés and the deep harbour.
WHAT TO SEE
Situated between Nice and Monaco, Villefranche is easy to reach and its beautiful views, along with the amazing bay, will let you experience the Mediterranean atmosphere of the French Riviera.
The harbour is one of the most important sights of Villefranche: it is quite small, but it brings you back in a fishermen village, with a beautiful view over the sailing yacht. Then, you can walk along the footpath and reach the citadel, another main attraction: it was built in the XVI century and today it houses art galleries and the city hall. Villefranche’s cultural highlight is, without a doubt, the Chapel of St. Pierre: this beautiful building, decorated by avant-garde artist Jean Cocteau, has a unique style and interesting interiors. In Villefranche you can enjoy the landscapes booking a cruise trip (€18 for 2 hours); otherwise, you can enjoy the romantic seafront walk which will lead you from the harbour to the old town.
Close to Villefranche, following the Middle Corniche which links Nice to Monaco, you can find the beautiful village of Èze: right above the sea, it has a unique style, composed of flowers, local gastronomy and elegant boutiques. Within the French Riviera, it is definitely an unusual place: however, thanks to its particular atmosphere, you will certainly enjoy its sights. You can visit the Gardens of Èze, with 400 different plants, cactus and a breathtaking view over the sea. Then, you can move to the Fragonard Perfume Factory and see how perfumes are scented and made.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION & TIPS
On Sundays and Saturdays there are several markets in Villefranche. Try some local products or, if you prefer, you can go shopping around the city. You may also spend some time in one of the sandy beaches and have lunch around Place Pollonais, where tourists and inhabitants use to gather and relax.
What are you waiting for? Go and visit Villefranche and Èze and their atypical Mediterranean atmosphere: you won’t regret it!