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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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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Great family holiday!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We stayed in this fabulous villa with our two children for one week. The location is ideal. So close to the city of Nice. 5 mins from quieter beaches. The villa itself is beautiful and has everything you need. Not to mention the heated pool and its outstanding sea view. We would definitely recommend and plan to come again. Special thanks to Pam the manager for being so helpful and accomodating.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Chilled living

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A delightful apartment with balcony catching full late morning sun - perfect for a coffee. An excellent swimming pool overlooking the sea with pool side snacks and drinks. Within easy reach of three main Cote d'azure destinations - Villefranche, Beaulieu and Cap Ferrat . All delightful in different ways and all with superb cuisine on offer.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 07-Mar-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                      Very Comfortable and well equipped. In a fantastic location. Nice and quiet.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      M. Giumelli was a great host. He was waiting for our arrival and was very accommodating on our departure. The apartment is located in a really nice quiet area, close to the marina and within an pleasant easy walk of the old town and the beaches. The balcony was a a really great place to relax at all times of the day, and gave us beautiful views of the bay of Villefranche. We would be happy to stay here again. M. Giumelli était un hôte fantastique. Il attendait notre arrivée et était très accommodant à notre départ. L'appartement est situé dans un très beau quartier calme, à proximité du port de plaisance et dans un agréable promenade facile de la vieille ville et des plages. Le balcon était un très bon endroit pour se détendre à tout moment de la journée, et nous a donné de belles vues sur la baie de Villefranche. Nous serions heureux de revenir ici.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016