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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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    Exceptional! 5/5
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    • 2 BR
    • 2 BA
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    Apartment #1352484
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      Exceptional! 5/5
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      • 5 BR
      • 3 BA
      • Separate Toilets
      • Sleeps 10
      Villa #413004
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        • 4 BR
        • 3 BA
        • Sleeps 8
        Villa #1680229
        3
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          Excellent! 4.4/5
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          • 2 BR
          • 1 BA
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          Apartment #1663340
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            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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            • 3 BR
            • 2 BA
            • Separate Toilet
            • Sleeps 5
            Apartment #1642112
            9
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              Wonderful! 4.9/5
              (43 reviews)
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              • 3 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Sleeps 6
              Apartment #9109
              43
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                • 4 BR
                • 5 BA
                • Sleeps 8
                Villa #856310vb
                3
                Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
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                  • 4 BR
                  • 3 BA
                  • Separate Toilets
                  • Sleeps 8
                  Villa #677148a
                  2
                  Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                    (18 reviews)
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                    • 2 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Sleeps 5
                    Apartment #827871
                    18
                    Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                      Exceptional! 5/5
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                      • 6 BR
                      • 6 BA
                      • Sleeps 14
                      Villa #3432
                      3
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                        Exceptional! 5/5
                        (42 reviews)
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                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Separate Toilet
                        • Sleeps 6
                        Apartment #95148vb
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                        Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                          (26 reviews)
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                          • 2 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 6
                          Apartment #1680235
                          26
                          Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                            (37 reviews)
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                            • 1 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 2
                            Apartment #272702
                            37
                            Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                              Excellent! 4.6/5
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                              • 3 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 6
                              House #1325524a
                              5
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                                Exceptional! 5/5
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                                • 1 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 3
                                Apartment #1204610a
                                24
                                Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                  (4 reviews)
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                                  • 3 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Separate Toilet
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  Multiple rentals Apartment #51601
                                  4
                                  Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                    (7 reviews)
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                                    • 5 BR
                                    • 4 BA
                                    • Separate Toilet
                                    • Sleeps 10
                                    Multiple rentals Villa #51601
                                    7
                                    Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Sleeps 4
                                      Multiple rentals Apartment #51601
                                      1
                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 2 BA
                                        • Separate Toilets
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Apartment #6702356
                                        13
                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 4
                                          Apartment #602621vb
                                          4
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                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                            (5 reviews)
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                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 3 BA
                                            • Separate Toilet
                                            • Sleeps 6
                                            Villa #1098034
                                            5
                                            Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                              • 1 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Sleeps 4
                                              Apartment #6892012
                                              3
                                              Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                (19 reviews)
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                Apartment #870104a
                                                19
                                                Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                  Apartment #6281135
                                                  4
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                                                    • 5 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                    Villa #2570494
                                                    2
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                                                      Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                      (20 reviews)
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                                                      • 1 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 3
                                                      Apartment #53020
                                                      20
                                                      Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                        (10 reviews)
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                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 5
                                                        Apartment #61329
                                                        10
                                                        Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                          • 1 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                          Apartment #744225vb
                                                          4
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                            Apartment #1435860a
                                                            3
                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 2 BA
                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                              Apartment #666050a
                                                              11
                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                (52 reviews)
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                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                Apartment #497248
                                                                52
                                                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                  House #447915
                                                                  1
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
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                                                                    Apartment #1327407a
                                                                    2
                                                                    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      Apartment #1335520a
                                                                      5
                                                                      Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                        (7 reviews)
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                                                                        • 4 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Separate Toilets
                                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                                        Villa #1382
                                                                        7
                                                                        Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                          (9 reviews)
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                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • 3 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 8
                                                                          Apartment #73283
                                                                          9
                                                                          Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
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                                                                            Apartment #4098540
                                                                            4
                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                              Apartment #282916vb
                                                                              24
                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                Apartment #61195
                                                                                12
                                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                  (9 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 5 BR
                                                                                  • 3 BA
                                                                                  • Separate Toilets
                                                                                  • Sleeps 11
                                                                                  Villa #638236a
                                                                                  9
                                                                                  Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                    (6 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 5 BR
                                                                                    • 4 BA
                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                                    • Sleeps 10
                                                                                    Villa #18616
                                                                                    6
                                                                                    Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                      Apartment #1050091
                                                                                      3
                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        #424421
                                                                                        10
                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                                          Apartment #1960629
                                                                                          5
                                                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                            (12 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Apartment #79908
                                                                                            12
                                                                                            Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                              (11 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Apartment #1432781
                                                                                              11
                                                                                              Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                (6 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                Apartment #6423046
                                                                                                6
                                                                                                Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                  (36 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • Studio
                                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                  Apartment #856569
                                                                                                  36
                                                                                                  Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Apartment #1425070a
                                                                                                    1
                                                                                                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                      (5 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                      Apartment #1457527a
                                                                                                      5
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Cosy apartment good location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Cosy apartment well placed
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

                                                                                                      Brilliant 5 days

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      My family of four (kids 13 and 10) enjoyed being at the heart of the village. Sitting on the balcony watching the world go by in the Sun was an early Easter pleasure. Donna helped us be organised with super restaurant recommendations. All the facilities in the apartment were as promised.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017