I was originally going to put this in with either my Monaco or Nice posts as Villefranche-sur-Mer is such a small and little-known town. But it is incredibly beautiful and so I decided that it deserved it’s very own post. I mean, just look at it…
In all honestly my photos just don’t do it justice. It is BEAUTIFUL. Annoyingly, it was a windy day and I was wearing a very floaty, short dress that kept being blown up with every gust of wind. So photo taking was tricky to say the least, haha!
Villefranche-sur-Mer is located just past Nice, about 15 minutes drive along the coast. And about 25 minutes from Monaco. We were staying near a town call Frejus and it took us just shy of an hour to get to Villefranche, this was mainly because the route took us through Nice itself and there was quite a bit of traffic around.
Villefranche-sur-Mer is in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region on the French Riviera. I didn’t know much about the town before we visited but it’s been interesting learning more about this hidden gem. The bay at Villefranche is beauiful and is one of the deepest natural harbours of any port in the Mediterranean Sea.
“The Bay of Villefranche, reputed as one of the five most beautiful bays in the world, is embraced by the Cap of Nice on the right and Cap Ferrat on the left. The charming Old Town of Villefranche cascades down the hillside to the sea, and the sandy kilometer-long beach offers great recreation throughout the year.”
We knew that there wouldn’t be that much for the kids to do in Villefranche, as it is such a peaceful little town. So we decided to time our visit around late afternoon, early evening so that we could stop for dinner after we’d explored the area. The restaurant that we ate at was incredible. The food was delicious but the main attraction was the beautiful view from our table. We only spent a couple of hours in Villefranche-sur-Mer as it is small, but I could have happily spent all day starring at the beautiful views.
Have you ever been to Villefranche-sur-Mer?
Thank you for reading.