Villefranche is all about Gallic charm and a wondrously picturesque backdrop. The beautiful scenery here aids in creating a timeless postcard feel as you arrive into port. The main pleasure of this port of call is the ease of access to the many places of interest. Just a short stroll across from the cruise terminal itself are the winding cobbled streets leading to a whole host of restaurants, cafes and boutique stores. Retail therapy will not be hard to come by at this fascinating destination.
Villefranche remains a delicately quaint fishing village and despite the recent rise in tourism from the cruise industry this port remains a wonderfully intimate experience set amongst an uncrowded ambience. Villefranche centre sits just behind the cruise terminal, across the road and up a series of steps and once here you’ll see a maze of narrow cobbled streets, chic boutiques and a choice of cafes and restaurants. Opt to take a walk along the seafront and its long narrow beach and enjoy the coastline views. Keeping walking along and up some steps, and find your way to the neighbouring, almost Victorian-style resort of Beaulieu-sur-Mer.
Villefranche’s Old Town and market area is full of narrow lanes and steps, decorated with tall houses and their pastel-coloured facades, shops and restaurants its full of atmosphere. A flower market is held in the Cours Saleya and be sure to browse at your leisure the colourful produce of honey, olive oils, fruits and more of Provence so you can purchase a small memento from your visit.
As well as being a beautiful destination in itself, the enchanting port of Villefranche also provides the perfect gateway to many locations along the French Riviera and Cote d’Azur. Opt to see two destinations in one day, venturing further afield from Villefranche to Cannes and Nice, exploring at your hearts content.
Explore the intimate and charming hill top town of St Paul De Vence, bursting with character and charm. This beautiful town is a delight to discover and little has changed in St Paul De Vence over the years. This preserved, walled village has kept its unique charm and character and has become a favourite haunt for many of artists. Rue Grande is the main street that runs the length of the village, and many of the 16th and 17th century houses are now home to antique stores, art and craft galleries and studios where you can seek out fine wares. Take a walk along the medieval streets and enjoy the views over the countryside and Mediterranean Sea or choose to visit the Foundation Maeght to discover a museum full of modern art.
Depending on which cruise line you sail with here, there will be various other diverse shore excursion, though the majority of passengers prefer to explore this intimate location on their own. The blissful beauty of Villefranche is truly a pleasure to discover, however you wish to spend your day, one thing is for certain, the backdrop of serene splendour will not disappoint.