My post today brings you Travel Tips For Villefranche-Sur-Mer. Have you been? The small idyllic village in the south of France has to be one of my favourite cruise destinations to date. Villefranche is one of the deepest harbours in the Mediterranean sea, making it an ideal port of call for large cruise ships.
We docked on a Sunday and took a charter boat to shore where the Towns antique market was being held. I was told the market is open every Sunday (in season) and you can possibly seek out some French collectables from your trip. I don’t see Villefranche-Sur-Mer as being a place to haggle so best to appropriately respect their territory. A beautiful Introduction to Villefranche.
Villefranche-Sur-Mer has a lot of hills but can be enjoyed from both settings. Harbourside has plenty of quaint cafes and restaurants whilst the village itself has photo opportunities, shops and more eateries hidden within the winding streets. The locals speak excellent English and are easy to communicate with. Gift shops are priced very fairly and you can pick up unique items to bring back on board. (Remembering to check your cruise liners regulations) of course. There is the sweetest pick and mix sweetie stall on the market too.
We had no plans for our visit to Villefranche, just to simply enjoy the surroundings, eat, drink and get lost on our travels. A walk led us to the top of the town where we enjoyed views through the cracks of colourful buildings and took refuge in the shade for a few minutes whilst enjoying the delightful French sites. I spotted the train station just a few minutes from the port and realised that a train to Nice would take less than 10 minutes. I plan to travel to Nice from Villefranche-Sur-Mer on our next visit. Or maybe we should cycle? There are some amazing routes online. Back to the train and the fare is under a few Euro.
Lucky for us we had packed our swimming kit including costumes and towels. Although after finding a secluded area of the beach some distance away from the shops, we realised we needn’t have bothered packing our swim stuff at all! From what I gather, the locals congregate on the beach during a Sunday lunchtime and are not at all shy! Villefranche is a good family beach but do be aware of the odd topless or even nude sunbather.
For lunch, we decided to find a Tapas bar with great wine and free wifi. How can you visit Villefranche on such a beautiful day and not brag about your findings on social media? We ate a selection of meat, cheeses, bread and Olives. Tapas basically. And spent just under 30 Euro for a family of Three. This included a bottle of wine and soft drinks. The food was really good. You can catch where we ate and other samples of our day in Villefranche by watching my youtube video. Please subscribe and thanks for stopping by today.
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