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Villefranche-sur-Mer French Riviera 

Villefranche-sur-Mer: The Guide to this French Riviera town.

Villefranche-sur-Mer is a town on the French Riviera that you must visit.

A tiny town with a lengthy name and a huge personality. It's the kind of place where even the seagulls sound chic!

Each corner of this French seaside town is simply stunning! Cobbled backstreets, with colourful shuttered houses after every corner, it's such a picturesque scene, all waiting to be captured on a postcard and it leaves instagrammers throffing at the mouth!

Villefranche-sur-Mer French Riviera 

With the smell of the salty air mixed with the smell of money (wafting in from nearby Monaco) add in the smell of garlic from the scrumptious restaurants.

Villefranche may not be big, but it’s beautiful and it’s the perfect place to go on a day trip from Nice. Enjoy Villefranche-sur-Mer with my complete guide!

Villefranche-sur-Mer French Riviera 

What does Villefranche-sur-Mer mean?

Oh la la, Villefranche means the joining up of several communes, so little communes by the sea.

How do I get to Villefranche-sur-Mer

How to get to Villefranche-sur-Mer

How to get to Villefranche-sur-Mer

It's a few minutes on a train from Nice, my return ticket was around 5 Euros, I went from Nice Riquer station, trains are regular and the line runs along several towns such as Monaco (technically a different country) Eze, Menton (oh more about Menton here!)

I always use Trainline to prebook tickets, it makes things so much easier! Yes it works in France

Things to do in Villefranch-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer: The Guide to this French Riviera town

Now I was meant to arrive like Joan Collins on a fabulous super yacht but being dyslexic I booked the boat for the wrong day, DOH! Your probably thinking I must have lost so much money! Well just over £20 actually so I will get over my silly mistake!

Now if you use Get Your Guide they have such a good range of excursions from Nice and ideas of things to do, but they have an amazing app to keep all your tickets and booking details at hand, such as a meeting place that will connect to google maps! I love it!

Here is the boat trip you can do from Nice, it runs several times a day and is super great value!

Villefranche sur mer French riviera guide

Here are some other suggestions of things to do in Villefranch-sur-Mer

They also have a twice weekly market here on Wednesdays and Saturdays

The Beach at Villefranche-sur-Mer

The main beach is Plage des Marinieres , its a long curved bay with crystal clear water that makes it perfect for swimming.

Villefranche-sur-Mer French Riviera 

Where to stay in Villefranche-sur-Mer

I stayed nearby at Nice at the Nice Pam Hotel, if you're looking for a cute afforadble hotel in Nice, I have you covered!

 I have you covered!

Just a five minute walk from Nice Riquer station, which is perfect to connect to all of the amazing French Riviera towns like Villefranche-sur-Mer, but you are also in the heart of Nice!

Here are some other suggestions,


Try the Pizza at ESPUMA

Espuma Villafranche sur mer

Check out this restaurant! This pizza was so good! I think because this part of France is so close to Italy theirs defiantly an Italian influence here.

Villefranche Sur Mer travel Guide

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