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. 


In 1557, Emmanuel-Philibert of Savoy ordered a large stone fortress to be built to defend the city and protect La Darse harbour. Left deteriorating, it was then purchased and restored by the local community in 1981. Today it is home to several art & history exhibitions.


St Pierre Chapel: Soon after St Michel's church was built in the 18th century, St Pierre chapel was abandoned and deconsecrated, with local fishermen using the building to store their fishing gear. This chapel is home to a jurisdiction of an industrial tribunal in charge of the local fishing industry which originally lead this village to develop into the destination it is today


The portside of Villefranche offers the perfect spot for relaxing under the French sun. Take a seat in one of the waterfront restaurants and enjoy some French cuisine and wine. For those that would like to enjoy the water, head to its 1km stretch of beach. Here you can rent your own sun lounger and parasol from the private beach bar, Deli Bo.


Perfect for those that would like a brief insight into Villefranche culture and history, join the towns guided tour. Departing every Friday at 10am from the Villefranche Tourist Office, this 1 ½ hour walk will take you past the 16 th Century Citadel, Museum, Old Town, 18th Century St Michel's Church and Saint Pierre Chapel.


Located at the entrance to the bay of Villefranche, La Darse is the original military port built in 1550. Having gained a royal status in 1713, it was later registered with the inventory of Historical Monuments in 1990. Enjoy the short coastal walk along the pedestrianised footpath from Le Mayssa Beach Bar round the rock side. 


Located above the ferry terminal, this rooftop restaurant boasts beautiful panoramic views over the bay of Villefranche. With tables on a large outdoor terrace, a second covered terrace as well as an indoor room, this restaurant can accommodate up to 220 people. They can also set up a special table by the waterside for special occasions.