The bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer is one of the most charming and authentic French fishing villages on the Cote d’Azur. Dating back to the 14th century, the old town of Villefranche evokes a romantic and historic feel, with a delightful way of life to old town living. Situated in between Monaco and Nice, Villefranche is surrounded by a fascinating international scene, attracting millions of cosmopolitan visitors, including cruise passengers. Boasting a brilliant position and breathtaking beauty and charm, Villefranche has been recognised by the cruise industry, making it a very popular port of call on the French Riviera. Being more laid back than the other glitzier Cote d’Azur resort towns, Villefranche offers the perfect spot for relaxing under the French sun.
Take a seat in one of the port side restaurants and enjoy the French cuisine or wine, or head to its 1km stretch of sandy beach where you can rent your own sun lounger and parasol from the private beach bar, Deli Bo. If you are looking for culture, then there is plenty in Villefranche to immerse yourself in. Its 14th century designs and bright Provencal coloured buildings make this village an architectural delight. Open to the public, there are also local markets selling crafts, antics, groceries, flowers and more, where you can shop around and experience true French lifestyle. Although blooming with flowers most of the year, every February the village also celebrates the Bataille des Fleurs Carnival.