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Holidaymakers searching for holiday rentals in Villefranche-sur-Mer also enquired about Corsica villas, villas in Sicily and apartments in Nice

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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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    Dream Stay

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    In spite of a rainy arrival, Jonathan and Judy were on hand to give us a very warm welcome, this was the only rainy day, after this we had sunny weather. The photos on “HomeAway” certainly do justice to this apartment. The outstanding view from the French windows overlooking the little beach and port Vauban gave us many moments of pleasure watching the yachts and sunbathers, even though our stay was in November. The apartment was all as promised, fully equipped with many”extras” and certainly much better than other apartments we have rented and throughout our stay, Jonathan and Judy kept in touch to make sure we had all we needed. Making use of the bus pass, (only 10 euros for the week) we visited Biot, Valauris, Cannes and Juan les Pins and took the train to visit Monaco and Nice. We particularly enjoyed paddling in the sea, visiting the old town exploring the little back streets and the markets. However, we will never forget our last full day, (18th Nov.) at Juan les Pins, eating in a restaurant on the beach two metres from the sea with a clear blue sky and a temperature of 19 degrees C. Sadly our two weeks passed too quickly and we would certainly like to return to “the Place de Reves”. Sandra and Charlie
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 02-Dec-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                    A wonderful period property with outstanding views

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    The Villa has a totally unique charm, and the setting and views are simply breath-taking. We also really appreciated just how well equipped and to a high standard the kitchen and living area are – the sense of staying in a home rather than just accommodation. We have stayed in numerous locations over the years – Villa Ciany stands out for us.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                    A fantastic property

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    I arrived with my partner for a long weekend break in Villefranche; this magnificent property was a warm and welcoming environment serving as the perfect base during our travels around the Cote D'Azure. The owners have clearly spent a significant amount of time and effort furnishing this apartment to meet a high caliber of clientele, with the various amenities in the property being full spec and easy to use. The rooms were reasonable sizes and the open plan shower was a great addition. The real selling point however, is the balcony, which overlooks the harbor. Having dinner in the evening overlooking the bay, with the smells and sounds of Villefranche pouring in was a delight. A five star stay, indeed !
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016