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Villefranche-sur-Mer Town Guide

Villefranche-sur-Mer

Lying snugly at the heart of one of the most beautiful bays in the world, Villefranche-sur-Mer rises like a natural amphitheatre from the sea, whose micro-climate encourages the growth of a variety of exotic flora.  Villefrance bears witness to several centuries of different civilizations:  the medieval Old Town, the mysterious "Rue Obscure", the fortified harbour, The Citadel (1557) built by the Duke of Savoy, the Saint Peter Chapel decorated by Jean Cocteau, the outdoor theatre,  the conference centre and five museums.
A haven of peace untouched by time, this city of art has succeeded in preserving the charm and gentle character of an old-fashioned fishing village in spite of its expansion.

From the Basse Corniche and Moyen Corniche, you can look down across the red tile roofs of the old town, with the distinctive church and bell tower in the centre.  Like the medieval villages of the "back country", the narrow cobblestone and bricked streets slope steeply down towards the sea. There's quite a medieval feeling here, with many little restaurants to remind you you're in tourist country.  There are also quiet little squares, like the Place Félix Poullan beside the church, and the Place de l'Eglise just below.

As a matter of interest, Vladimir Putins' son has a property here and the wonderful American singer, Tina Turner.....................

Chapel Saint Elme

Standing on the water's edge, overlooking one of the most beautiful bays, the 16th Century Chapel Saint Elme is a classified historical monument.  It offers a unique setting for congresses, gala dinners, exhibitions or weddings.

The Darse Royal Port

This fortified Port was built in the 16th Century and aquired the nomenclature of 'Royal' in 1713.  One can still see the the old gun swivelling rails and the arsenal and former rope making factory is still used for the restoration of wood boats such as 'Rivas'.

Boat Trips

This two hour long trip by boat along the coastline will enable you to discover the coast from Villefranche to Monaco. The trips run on Wednesdays from June to September and on Wednesdays and Fridays from July to August.

For information and booking - Tel : 04 93 76 65 65

Markets and Fêtes

Every Sunday - Brocante
Every April - Petit salon de l'Octroi, 9hr-19hr, Jardins Binon de l'Octroi
Every May - Petit salon de l'Octroi, Jardins Binon de l'Octroi; 9hr-19hr;
Every June - Fete de la Musique
End June - Fête des Pêcheurs
15 Aug - Illuminations de la Rade (Lighting the bay)
End September - Fête Patronale
 

Tourist Office

The Office Municipal de Tourisme et des Congrés - Jardins François Binon - Villefranche-sur-Mer, 06230

Tel no : 04 93 01 73 68

General information : ot@villefranche-sur-mer.com

Museum information : musees@villefranche-sur-mer.fr

Congress information : congres@villefranche-sur-mer.com

Website : www.villefranche-sur-mer.com

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