Villefranche-sur-Mer Travel Guide
Villefranche-sur-Mer is an attractive coastal town on the French Riviera. It is known for its historic charm and for its free beach–the latter a rarity along the Cote d’Azur.
Villefranche-sur-Mer is easy to get to by public transportation. Intercity buses from Nice and Monaco run frequently and are inexpensive, but can be crowded. If coming from Nice, taking the train, which is quicker and more efficient, is another option.
Hotels and Dining
There are eleven hotels in Villefranche-sur-Mer that cater to different budgets, and the Hotel de la Darse is recommended if you are looking for inexpensive. The most famous hotel in the region is the Hotel Welcome, known over the years for its clientele of writers and artists, most famously Jean Cocteau. For dining, there are many options, though prices may be affected by location. Top picks include La Mere Germaine, a French fish restaurant that goes back many decades, the highly recommended Le Cosmo, and L’Ousin Bleu, a favorite of the locals. More casual dining options include Carpaccio, a waterside creperie, and La Baleine Joyeuse, located at Port Darse.
Things to Do
As a waterside town on the French Riviera, beach-going is a popular activity, so packing beachwear and flip-flops is recommended. Shopping is also an enjoyable activity, although tourists are advised not to look for the “authentic.” Recommended shopping spots include the outdoor Brocante (bric-a-brac) Market, and La Palette (the Little Gallery), for Cocteau memorabilia. Beyond Villafrance-sur-Mer’s many traditional museums and historic sites, other points of interest include the Princess Grace Kelly Crash Site memorial, and the Nellicote villa, a onetime tax-free residence for the Rolling Stones.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about travel to Villefranche-sur-Mer.