Villefranche...A pretty village full of Provencal colours & fishing boats

Villefranche…A pretty village full of Provencal colours & fishing boats

November 28, 2015
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  • Villefranche…A pretty village full of Provencal colours & fishing boats
  • Villefranche…A pretty village full of Provencal colours & fishing boats
  • Villefranche…A pretty village full of Provencal colours & fishing boats

Villefranche…A pretty village full of Provencal colours & fishing boats

Why we love Villefranche sur mer…

…This picture perfect Mediterranean fisherman’s village has a uniquely peaceful & relaxing atmosphere. Something to do with the boats bobbing in the bay, the brightly coloured buildings and a particularly beautiful light, especially around dusk.

You’ll love this place…

…If you dream of the laid back Mediterranean way of life. Villefranche is made for long rosé-fuelled afternoons on the terrace, alfresco dining, reading the newspaper with a coffee in the morning sunshine.

Our favourite places to eat…

…A meal in Villefranche sur mer without views of the bay would be a shame. There are plenty to choose from, but our favourite is Le Mayssa Beach restaurant located on the roof of the Gare Maritime which is on the water, so offers direct and spectacular sea views. The menu is mainly seafood based, but they also serve steaks.

Best places for a drink…

…We like the Beluga, a bar/restaurant right on the port overlooking the fishing boats and the bay. The food isn’t anything to write home about, but the large terrace full of mismatched ‘shabby-chic’ furniture makes for a great place to enjoy a few sundowners while gazing across the beautiful bay.

Landmark not to be missed…

…The citadel Saint-Elme. Luckily, it would be difficult to miss this imposing 16th Century castel which stands between Villefranche’s two ports (port de La Darse and port de la Santé). Back in the 1500’s the Royal Port de la Darse was the military and commercial port for the city-states of Savoie. Such a strategically important place warranted the highest security, provided by the citadel and the Mont Alban Fort further up the hill.

Since 1980’s the Citadel has been renovated and transformed into a cultural, artistic and administrative centre. It now houses the town hall, several museums and an auditorium.

Hidden treasure…

…Chapelle Saint Pierre on the port of Villefranche dates back to 16th century. During the 19th and 20th centuries local fishermen used it to store their nets and rods during the winter season, but in 1957 it was entirely renovated and decorated by Jean Cocteau. The beautiful murals depicting the life of St Peter are definitely worth seeing.

Our favourite view…

…If you have a couple of hours to spare and want to work up an appetite we recommend heading to Villefranche sur mer on foot from Nice along the Sentier du Littoral, a beautiful and peaceful coastal path. The natural beauty and abundance of interesting seascapes makes this a real treat and you don’t have to be a hiker to walk it.

 

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Friend in France guide, always on the lookout for new ways to help visitors discover authentic Provencal sights, smells & tastes. A culture addict & lover of adventure, long distance travel & tasty food.

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