A cruise day in Villefranche

Villefranche-sur-Mer is a charming little town nestled between Nice and Monaco on the Cote d'Azur. The harbour is too small for most of the cruise ships so they usually have a tender boat take you on shore when you´ll get great views as you approach the town.

Things to do in a day

Chill out

  • a gentle walk round the old town with its labyrinth of steep paved streets
  • a drink or lunch in one of the cafes on the promenade
  • laze away a few hours on the beach at the end of the promenade


  • A guided walking tour of the old city or along the harbour – you can book with the Tourist office in advance.
  • The Chapelle St-Pierre des Pecheurs, a 14th century Romanesque chapel used to store fishermen’s nets, now houses Jean Cocteau’s famous murals. Its quite a sight when you walk in.
  • The Citadelle St Elme now houses the town hall and several museums worthy of a visit - Musee Volti has a stunning collection of locally sculptured bronzes.
  • There is a bric-a-brac market on a Sunday morning if your cruise happens to stop then.
  • If soap is your thing visit the Savonnerie de Villefranche where you can watch it being made before buying some.
  • Villa Ephrussi – built for the Rothschilds is a 45 minute walk from the harbour or a 5 minute taxi ride. http://www.villa-ephrussi.com/en/ephrussi/

Further afield

  • Hop on a train to Nice (about 10 mins) for a stroll in the old town or the flower market.
  • Take a train half an hour in the other direction to Monte Carlo, Menton or Cannes.

To get to the station head straight up the hill (5 mins).

A bit further

  • Eze , Grasse, St Paul de Vence, St Jean-Cap Ferrat are all well worth a visit.

Car hire - available at the cruise terminal except on Sundays when its virtually impossible to hire a car.

Private taxi – these can be arranged through various companies. Try www.dream-tours.com or www.revelation-tours.com.

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