The 10 Best Things to Do in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

February 14, 2018 Chanda Heide

Villefranche-sur-Mer in France, from Europe region, is best know for Historic Walking Areas. Discover best things to do in Villefranche-sur-Mer with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Villefranche-sur-Mer

1. Old Town (Vieille Ville)

Vieux Nice, 06000 Nice, France +33 6 25 63 28 30
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Old Town (Vieille Ville)

This historic part of Nice feels like a medieval village with narrow streets curving between old buildings with red-tile roofs, small restaurants and open-markets.

Reviewed By suej159 - Conwy

A lovely part of Nice to wander around by day or night . In the day it is a quaint bustling area of little shops and stalls and cafes. Very narrow streets that you could wander around for hours getting lost and seeing something different everytime . By night it lights up and all the cafes and bars are open and has a lovely atmosphere. A must do if your in Nice

2. Old Harbor (La Darse)

06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer, France +33 6 79 86 65 65
Excellent
55%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 382 reviews

Old Harbor (La Darse)

Reviewed By Tony36 - Crowborough, United Kingdom

We've explored and relaxed here several times over the years. Never tire of enjoying it. Mainly arriving by train at their very convenient sea front station. This time we approached it by sea on a tender boat. What a delightful view that was. So colourful and clean. Lovely sandy beach. Very friendly locals, especially at the market by the Landing area. If you get the chance, do go there.

3. Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild

Av. Ephrussi, 06230 St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France +33 4 93 01 33 09
Excellent
78%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild

It took Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, one of the most original women on the French Riviera, seven years to build one of the most beautiful sites on the Côte d’Azur. An enlightened art enthusiast who travelled back and forth across France and Europe, Béatrice de Rothschild built up an incomparable and eclectic collection of masterpieces: priceless Sèvres and Vincennes porcelain, works by Fragonard, paintings by the masters (Boucher, Carpaccio, Tiepolo, etc.), Louis XVI furniture, and so on.

Reviewed By flaviaEastYorkshire - Beverley, United Kingdom

Early 20C villa with elaborate Gardens on a ridge overlooking Villefranche and Cap Ferrat. A series of themed Gardens were interesting, even in February.
Villa is a slightly mad confection of various styles.
Easy to get to from Nice on the 81 bus from next to the Modern Art Museum. Same bus stops at Villefranche, worth a visit and St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

4. Promenade Maurice Rouvier

avenue Jean Monnet, 06310 Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France
Excellent
74%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 174 reviews

Promenade Maurice Rouvier

Reviewed By Specsavers2 - Dorset, United Kingdom

The easy, level walk between Beaulieu Sur Mer and St Jean-Cap-Ferrat is along the Promenade Maurice Rouvier and provides beautiful views of the Mediterranean. When you arrive at St Jean-Cap-Ferrat, you can extend the walk by continuing up the Avenue Jean Mermoz until you reach Palermo beach, then descend to follow the Promenade des Fossettes around the smaller peninsula of Cap Ferrat. Please note - the Promenade des Fossettes can be affected by rough seas.

5. Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs

Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 185 reviews

Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs

Reviewed By Paul B - Brighton, United Kingdom

Kids are free and 3 euro per adult seems fair to keep this place looking so pristine. Some wonderful chalk pictures of various scenes in the life of St Peter...it's worth lingering a little while as there is something about the eyes of the characters that's worth your attention. Plenty of eateries in the area around and Beaches, old town and Citadel a stone's throw away. Oh and no cameras!

6. Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike

Chemin des Douaniers, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 369 reviews

Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike

Reviewed By moonlight-traveler2 - Brussels, Belgium

Just between Monaco and Nice there is still a beautiful port where you can just walk and enjoy the good weather of French Riviera. Not known to many, between the big houses and villas there is a public swimming place where you can relax and lie down on a stone pebbled beach. It is just a small area where it is not accessible if you don't have your own car. It is no surprise if you come across with a famous celebrity for the reason that the village is a the place for high-end vacation houses of VIP's.

7. Villa Grecque Kerylos

Impasse Gustave Eiffel, 06310 Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France +33 4 93 01 01 44
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 530 reviews

Villa Grecque Kerylos

Discover this Cote d'Azur seaside Palazzo, luxurious reconstitution of an Ancient Greek Villa. At the edge of the sea, facing the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula, the Villa is a magic place that takes you back in time. Entirely furnished and decorated, the Villa's many rooms bear witness to the art of living and refinement of Ancient Greece. The Villa is also a place for wedding and receptions organization.

Reviewed By Heather M - Brisbane

We did not know exactly what to expect. We took the #81 bus from Nice and it was a 2 minute walk to the Villa and a lovely beach just around the corner. The villa with the audio tour included was an amazing faithful tribute to ancient Greece - architecture, decorations, furnishings and atmosphere. We used our RIveria Card to gain entry as it is included ..otherwise the price of entry is worth the visit. Don't miss the statues downstairs as well.
The bus route then takes you onto the Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.

8. Promenade des Anglais

06000 Nice, France 0712345678
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Promenade des Anglais

This famous street travels along Nice's Mediterranean waterfront.

Reviewed By Khato1 - Greater London, United Kingdom

We stayed at the Hotel West End few minutes walk from the front beach. It is actually in the Promenade des Angles. The road is busy specially in the rush hour. However the Promenade it's walkable and safe and when it's sunny, definitely you can spend hours.

9. Fort du Mont Alban

Col du Villefranche | commune de Nice, 06000 Villefranche-sur-Mer, France +33 4 92 00 41 90
Excellent
44%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

Fort du Mont Alban

Reviewed By WStravel11 - Sydney, Australia

While this was interesting, there was not really that much to see or do. The whole visit would take not more than around an hour and that is doing it very comfortably. If you are not a walker, Villefranche would not be recommended as there are many hills and or steps until you get down to the harbour area which is level ground. We had a taxi drop us off from Nice,right outside the Fort and we walked downhill to the town. Many steps and uphill climbs for those who find walking difficult.

10. Rent a Boat by Hour

Port de Beaulieu sur Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France
Excellent
99%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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5 based on 56 reviews

Rent a Boat by Hour

Boat for hire in the South of France. We are based in the beautiful port town of Beaulieu sur Mer. Please visit our website for more information.

Reviewed By Holly J

Myself and some friends visited Nice this past week for a friends wedding and we really wanted to hire a boat for the afternoon. We hired the Fun Yak from 1-6pm. Both Simon and Liga were amazing, answered all our questions, were very informative and accommodating! (I booked it last minute at half 8 the night before and Simon was lovely enough to let us book!). The fun yak was amazing, we travelled along the cost and on Liga's advise we anchored it near Eze which was such a stunning location. We then spent the afternoon jumping into the crystal clear water of the French Riviera and enjoying a beer on the fun yak! Best afternoon ever and worth the money. Thank you!

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