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Make a villa in Villefranche-sur-Mer your home away from home

Built in the foothills of the Alps overlooking a natural deep water harbour and considered a suburb of bustling Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer has a fascinatingly turbulent history, capped by the 16th-century Fort Mont Alban. The natural harbour means Villefranche-sur-Mer holiday homes are an ideal base for marine activities such as scuba diving and sailing, thanks to the proliferation of marine industries that used to cater to the fishing and docking needs, but now more to tourism.

Probably more than in any other town in the south of France, holiday accommodation in Villefranche-sur-Mer typifies what is available on the Cote d'Azur. Apartments and villas in Villefranche-sur-Mer are by necessity right by the sea, but those that aren't typically have access to a pool and BBQ area. Virtually all rentals in Villefranche-sur-Mer come equipped with full kitchens and modern bathrooms, alongside a suite of entertainment facilities, including satellite TV and DVD players.

Things to do

Outdoor pursuits: Villefranche-sur-Mer's sheltered natural harbour has given rise to a multitude of watersport outlets, so any keen sailors, waterskiers, divers and fishermen will have a very full experience here. For those more into hiking, climbing and biking, and indeed skiing during the winter, the Alps are literally on the doorstep.

Beaches: There are two main public beaches in Villefranche-sur-Mer, the stunning Plage des Marinieres hugging the back of the bay, which has half a mile of coarse sand rather than shingle, and the smaller pebbled Plage de la Darse adjacent to the main jetty of la Darse harbour. The views from both are really quite lovely. For a change of scenery, HomeAway's selection of holiday homes in Cagnes-sur-Mer is also worth a look.

Nightlife: Nightlife in Villefranche-sur-Mer is pretty subdued, despite the town's popularity as a tourist destination for French and Italian families alike. Public transport is frequent and convenient, however, so Nice – where the old town has very popular bars and nightclubs – is a great option.

Shopping: There are plenty of shops in Villefranche-sur-Mer, mostly catering to the tourist trade, but there are still enough shops offering services to the local population to prevent becoming jaded with souvenirs. There is a regular food market every Saturday morning, and an antiques market on Sundays.

Culture: Fort Mont Alban is the place to visit for an historical kick, and the old town with its hidden churches and covered streets are a treat to explore. The citadel has been converted into four museums, and during summer evenings there is an outdoor cinema in the grounds showing predominantly English-language movies.

Weather in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer has a typical Mediterranean climate, with over 300 days of sun per year and very infrequent rainfall. Temperatures in the winter allow for holidays too, with only a few cold snaps, and hardly ever a frost, typically falling into the single digits. Summers are very manageable, with maximum temperatures rarely climbing beyond 30°C. Most of the sparse precipitation falls during October and November.

Travel to Villefranche-sur-Mer

As a suburb of Nice, Villfranche is very convenient for the Nice Cote d'Azur Airport at only nine miles away. Connections by train and bus are frequent, and stops and stations are equally easy, with one train stop right on the beach. Flying in isn't the only option, however, as the south of France is easily reachable by car in a couple of days, and the trains can get visitors here from London in around nine hours.

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                                                                                                    Taste of heaven

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                                                                                                    My partner and I have just returned from a fantastic three week holiday, staying at Petit Tresor. This was our second stay in the apartment and on arrival it was just as perfect as we remembered it to be. The views from the balcony are superb and the location is perfect. Walking distance to both local beaches and the wonderful restaurants and bars. The apartment was spotless and the owner had arranged for cleaning visits throughout the duration of our stay. Contact in the run up and duration of our stay was brilliant and efficient and they were incredibly helpful in arranging taxis to and from the airport. We have already enquired about returning next year!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    PERFECT IN EVERY WAY!!

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                                                                                                    Stayed in Bella Vista for 2 truly wonderful weeks with my wife and youngest daughter (age 13). The apartment couldn't be better positioned or equipped. And waking up to those glorious views every morning was just magical especially watching the sun rise over St. Jean Cap Ferrat. Beautiful! Another pleasant surprise for us was that when you close the shutters and balcony windows for the night to retire, it is surprisingly quiet and peaceful. We didn't have a car as you certainly don't need one. The village of Villefranche-sur-Mer has everything you could need from shops, supermarkets, restaurants, cafe's and a wonderful beach. We also walked to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and to St Jean Cap Ferrat - both stunningly beautiful and easy to get to on foot. There is also a train station at Villefranche which we took regularly. Trains are roughly every half an hour and you can travel quickly and cheaply along much of the Cote d'Azur. During our stay we used the train to visit Cannes, Antibes, Juan les Pin, Menton, Nice and Monaco. We also travelled to Eze Village (though for Eze you need to catch the train to Eze-sur-Mer and then hop on a bus up to the village). All very easy and quicker than a car. Whilst in Villefranche we also hired a boat from Dark Pelican and had a lovely day going around Cap Ferrat to Beaulieu and back, anchoring off at little bays and having a picnic or a swim around. We'd never hired a boat before incidentally but it was very easy to pilot and navigate - highly recommend it if you get the chance. As for Mattie, I'd like to give her 5 stars too. She was always extremely helpful, always got back to us very quickly, often within minutes actually and was always available. Best recommendation I could give her is that I would certainly book through her again without question. Thank you Mattie. The same goes for the owner of Bella Vista who met us and gave us the key on arrival. She was the perfect 'meet and greet' host, showing us around, explaining how everything worked and once again was always there if we needed to ask her anything. Please pass on our gratitude to her Mattie. The only sad thing to report is that we finally had to leave. However, I am sure we will be back - sooner rather than later.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    Absolutely lovely!

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                                                                                                    The location was amazing and the interiors very authentic and charming. It was all even better than the pictures. Marie was a great host and very helpful. It had everything we needed. Kitchen was fully equipped. We will definitely recommend this to our friends.
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                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016