Villefranche-sur-Mer Destination Guide
Villefranche-sur-Mer is a true jewel located on the beautiful coast of the French Riviera. Close to Monaco, in the extreme south-east of France, the city has everything you could imagine. The sparkling blue sea, fine sandy beaches, and beautiful villas attract many visitors including celebrities and movie stars. Not only is the scenery exceptional, but also the shopping and restaurants are of excellent quality. The city is composed of a charming old centre and the surrounding more modern districts.
This beautiful seaside town is a far cry from the overcrowded seaside resorts that typically come to mind. It is a luxury location with some extremely wealthy residents living in large mansions and gorgeous villas atop the hills that surround it. The restaurants and shops are of the highest quality, so as to satisfy the demands of these valued customers. Activities include swimming, surfing, sailing and water skiing to name a few. The area has beautiful hiking trails, and if you prefer to take a stroll, you can enjoy a leisurely walk along the seafront, close to the fishing port where there are colourful boats and incredible seafood restaurants.
Monaco is just a few minutes’ drive away. It is world-famous for its glamorous Grand Casino, formula one Grand Prix, nightclubs, fine dining restaurants and boutique shopping. Visitors can explore the various monuments, museums, public gardens, Prince’s Palace, panoramic viewpoints, oceanographic museum and aquarium, art galleries, and churches. The harbour is markedly crammed with monstrously large luxury super-yachts.
Nice on the other hand is approximately 7 km away. The famous Promenade Des Anglais (Walkway of the English) is a wonderful place to walk, cycle or run and see the beautiful city on one side and the calm, picturesque ocean on the other. Do as the locals do and sit at a café and people watch, or sit in the perfectly placed seats and benches and gaze out over the endless Mediterranean ocean. The Old Town is a must-see. There are numerous historical sites, cafés, quaint restaurants and the famous flower market selling not only a bright array of blooms but fruit, vegetables, spices and other Provençal delicacies.
The train station is served by trains to Nice or Monaco. The nearest airport is Nice Cote d’Azure International Airport, which is located 13.9 km away via the motorway.
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