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The Corniches
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Villefranche Centre Sea View Apartment in Villefranche-sur-Mer, The Corniches, French Riviera
The Corniches
This charming one-bedroom apartment...
Villefranche Bayside Sea View Apartment in Villefranche-sur-Mer, The Corniches, French Riviera
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Panoramic Bay 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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The Corniches

Where are The Corniches

"Great roads the Romans built that men might meet
And walls to keep strong men apart, secure.
New centuries are gone, and in defeat.
The walls are fallen but the roads endure"
-Evelyn Hartwich.

Mountains meet the seaQuiet anchorDramatic roads

As you depart Nice, travelling east, towards Italy, the landscape begins to change quite dramatically. The mountains infringe on the coast to a much greater degree, sweeping closer and creating a towering rocky skyline as the Alps tail off into the sea. The wide, flat coastal plains, like those that Nice and Cannes are built on, recede and all but disappear.

A ribbon of towns cling to this part of the French Riviera coastline, squeezed by the mountains and overlooked by the precarious perched villages that are indicative of this area. Sharing a common topography these towns have collectively come to be known as The Corniches and stretch from the rising outskirts of eastern Nice to skirt the edges of the Principality of Monaco.

The Corniches includes the seaside towns of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Eze Bord-de-Mer, St Jean-Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu and Cap d'Ail while also claiming the hill-topped villages of Eze and La Turbie. It is an area that is also sometimes known as the 'Corne d'Or (Golden Horn) or the 'Golden Triangle' and is facilitated by three famous Corniche roads.

Welcoming VillefrancheSt Jean Cap FerratBeaulieu gracious and regal

Please use the interactive map of The Corniches to zoom in or out to see more of the coastline or more detail of The Corniches to help you choose a location for your holiday rental apartment or villa. You can also pan by dragging the map to your chosen location. This map displays all properties for rent in The Corniches and its environs.

The Corniches in numbers

Number restaurants170
Number bars20
Distance airport12-30km
There are 3 main roads that service the Corniches. The Grande Corniche, The Moyenne Corniche and the lowly Basse Corniche or 'Corniche Inferiéur'. Each road runs parallel to the next, linking the same destinations together along the coast.

Like three strings, tying this ribbon of towns to an invisible mainland. Each road was built in a different era and each one offers it's own unique drive, views and perspective on the Riviera.

The Corniches in summary

Neighbour eastMonaco
Neighbour westNice
Nearest cityNice
Nearest airportNice Cote d'Azur
Stretching over a distance of nearly 20km the Corniches take in the mountain top perched village, synonymous with this part of France, and also the seaside coastal villages that cling to their narrow fringes of beaches and were once fishing .

villages or Ports for their mountaintop counterparts. The perched villages provided the lookout and the security in times of raids while the coastal settlements fished and farmed wherever possible.

Renting vacation property in the Corniches

Along the Corniches you have many villages to choose from, browse the other areas under the Corniches section to find out more about them or if you'd like to start looking through our holiday apartments and vacation villas that are available in the Corniches then simply use the search facility below and it will take you to all our listings, from luxury apartments to vacation villas and five star holiday homes.


Some top holiday rentals in The Corniches

Villefranche Waterfront Mezzanine Apartment

French Riviera » ... » Villefranche-sur-Mer 40 sq.m. Apartment 0945
»Holiday rental apartment
»Price per night:$109.21
»Per person (x4):$27.30
Waterfront, Traditional
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:$142.84
»Per person (x4):$35.71
Sea View, City Centre
“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:$158.12
»Per person (x3):$52.71
City Centre, 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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Immediate Area

» Villefranche-sur» St Jean Cap» Beaulieu sur Mer
» Eze Village» Eze-Bord de Mer» Cap d'Ail
» La Turbie 


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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