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Villefranche Centre Sea View Apartment in Villefranche-sur-Mer, The Corniches, French Riviera
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Villefranche Bayside Sea View Apartment in Villefranche-sur-Mer, The Corniches, French Riviera
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A charming one-bedroom attic apartment...
Panoramic Bay View Apartment in Villefranche-sur-Mer, The Corniches, French Riviera
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Villefranche 3-Bed Sea View Apartment in Villefranche-sur-Mer, The Corniches, French Riviera
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Villa Citadelle Villefranche in Villefranche-sur-Mer, The Corniches, French Riviera
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Where is Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer is a jewel of a location on the sunny south coast of the French Riviera. It is in the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur Region of France, also called PACA, the Alpes Maritimes (06) department and the Arrondissement of Nice. It is a beautiful medieval harbour town with beaches, an ancient history and deep blue waters and it marks the begining of the Corniches or the 'Golden Triangle' of towns that lie between Nice and Monaco.

Touchdown at Nice airport seen from VillefrancheView from Col de Villefranche

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Villefranche in numbers

Distance airport15km Nice
Altitude0 - 575 metres
Taxi from airport€40-50 30mins
Villefranche-sur-Mer is small in numbers but it is big in reputation. Long since a popular holiday destination on the French Riviera it has a beautiful beach that curves around the deep calm waters of the Rade de Villefranche it is hard to argue with its beauty.

It is right next door to Nice and is less than 5kilometres from Nice centre ville and its interesting old town. Villefranche is an ancient town itself with some of the most wonderful winding old streets and hidden little squares as well as a lovely old port area and pretty colourful buildings that are traditional to the area. It may not seem such a big or important town nowadays, except for its interest to its many vacationing visitors, but as a natural deep water harbour Villefranche has played a significant role in the history and development of the French Riviera. Read more about the history in our 'Why visit Villefranche' section.

Villefranche in Summary

Neighbour EastBeaulieu
Neighbour WestNice
Nearest cityNice
Highest peakMont Leuze 450m
PortPort de Darse
Villefranche is also neighbour to Beaulieu, 3kilometres away and St Jean Cap Ferrat, 4 kilometres away which gives it a varied and interesting hinterland to discover in the immediate vicinty. All of these towns are jewels, beautifully maintained and tended to by the communes that serve them.

Vilefranche is separated from its neighbours and Nice by the rising slopes of Mont Alban, Mont Leuze and Mont Boron which all lend themselves to the stunning vistas across the wide sweeping bay that Villefranche is so famous for. It is one of the prettiest views over the Med of all along this coast. It is one of the prettiest towns with typical commitment to beautiful gardens, flowers, clean streets, clean beaches and great facilities.

Renting vacation property in Villefranche

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Some top holiday rentals in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche Waterfront Mezzanine Apartment

French Riviera » ... » Villefranche-sur-Mer 40 sq.m. Apartment 0945
»Holiday rental apartment
»Price per night:$111.94
»Per person (x4):$27.99
Traditional, City Centre
This studio apartment sleeps 4 guests and is situated in the Old Town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, right on the waterfront and just moments from the beach and train station, and features a balcony that provides stunning views of the bay and Cap Ferrat.

Villefranche Centre Sea View Apartment

French Riviera » ... » Villefranche-sur-Mer 70 sq.m. Apartment 0948
»Holiday rental apartment
»Price per night:$146.41
»Per person (x4):$36.60
City Centre, Traditional
“Wonderfull view, fantastic genius loci, great place to be. Easy to spend two weeks having a great time...” - mpochmon
This charming one-bedroom apartment with a spectacular view of the sea and Cap-Ferrat is located in the Old Town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, close to the animated market square and just minutes from the beach and seaside restaurants.

Villefranche Bayside Sea View Apartment

French Riviera » ... » Villefranche-sur-Mer 40 sq.m. Apartment 1124
»Holiday rental apartment
»Price per night:$162.07
»Per person (x3):$54.02
Sea View, Waterfront
A charming one-bedroom attic apartment located in the heart of the Old Town and right on the beautiful Bay of Villefranche along the waterfront. Enjoy al fresco dining and a stunning panoramic sea view from a lovely terrace with a dining corner.


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Where is Villefranche-sur-Mer

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"Villefranche Sur Mer is SO beautiful, the view we saw over the bay was the same view as we had on the cover of our guide book, nothing prepared me for how utterly beautiful it was in reality.

We spent the day exploring the old town and meeting many neighborhood cats and dogs, visiting churches and dropping in here and there for cool drinks and glasses of Rosé. Superb.

Where is Villefranche-sur-Mer

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"Villefranche is a coastal village and the old town sits right on the edge of the water. One of the things that makes Villefranche so special and so popular as a holiday destination is it's gradient. The mountains rise sharply up away from the sea front which affords most of the villas, houses and apartments in Villefranche fantastic sea views but it does mean that it is spread over quite a distance.

The commune of Villefranche spans all the way up to the Col de Villefranche and drops all the way down to the waters edge, so you have to make sure that you have got your bearings when you are booking a holiday rental or driving there on the correct road.

Villefranche village is on the Basse Corniche, or the coast road but even then the Old town is a further drop again down to the waters edge. The access road is narrow and twisty but there is parking along the beach and opposite the Port.

The Moyenne Corniche is the middle road and it cuts through the centre of the mountain. It is the fastest route from Nice to Villefranche and onwards to Eze village and Monaco. It's a busy main route for locals keen to stay out of the way of day trippers and sight-seers but that doesn't mean it is by any means a disagreeable or ugly route. It still has some of the best views on the Riviera and just means easier access to your holiday rental in Villefranche.

The Grand Corniche is by far the quietest route. It runs along the top and behind the summit of the mountains tha surround Villefranche. It is a wonderful route to take in the stunning views and to get an idea of the geography of the French Riviera coastline. It is the next best thing to being in the air and the photos you can take are next to aerial in aspect.

So when you are booking your holiday rental check which part of Villefranche it is in. Wherever it is you can be certain of stunning views.

Where is Villefranche-sur-Mer

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"We arrived in Villefranche from a Cruise and were so taken by it we jumped ship! Thanks for the great waterfront apartment and the lovely time we spent on the Rivera! You guys rock!"

Where is Villefranche-sur-Mer

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"Driving in the South of France is one of my favourite things to do. Actually anywhere in France, from the point of view of how easy it is to get around but the views along the Riviera! They are just stunning. It's almost dangerous because you can hardly keep your eyes on the road.

The Basse Corniche out of Nice, towards Italy is one of the most beautiful drives. It's right by the sea and follows the shape of the coast and slices right through the mountains, through tunnels hacked out of the sheer rock face. Wow!

You hit Villefranche first, out of Nice. It runs along the top of the town so it's worth taking a little detour and dropping down into the port/seafront/beach/Citadel area. Amazing. There are two other roads that follow the same route but they are higher up the mountains, equally stunning. Just bring a chauffeur or keep your eyes on the road.

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