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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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                                                                                                    A bit of heaven by the sea

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    A wonderful warm and cozy flat, lovingly decorated by an artist, and ideally located on the quiet pedestrian paths in Villefranche's old town! Delicious restaurants, a casino supermarket, boulangerie, butcher, vegetable stand, et. al., are only steps away, and the sea (and train) a two to five minute walk. You will not find a more gracious hostess than Marie! She took time out of her day to walk us through the area and guide me to parking. A car is definitely optional, given the proximity to public transport. Truly a gem! Thank you, Marie!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    Wow!!

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    The villa is absolutely beautiful inside and out. Very modern interior and the view is just stunning. Getting around the area and visiting other places was so easy using public transport. We would not recommend this villa to the elderly or anyone with a disability unless you have car while you are there as we had to go up and down 274 steps each day to get into the town or to walk to the bus stop of train station. Saying that though, it was the nicest place we have stayed so far during our years of travelling!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    Beautiful villa in a great spot

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    Lovely villa with everything a family of 4 needed. The pool was bigger than expected, was a perfect size and temperature and maintained every day. My children's rooms had a lovely view of the mountains and the shower in the main bathroom was amazing! There is an additional shower room and a solar powered one at the pool which was lovely. A ten minute walk downhill to the Port Sante and around to the beach with bars in between. A 2 minute walk to shops, a couple of bars and pizzerias which do take away. Had a lovely manicure at Sacha Beaute nearby. Get some Pissaladiere on Saturday from the man with the yellow truck at the market opposite. The villa is on a one way hill so expect some traffic noise. Some apartments overlook the pool and terrace but that didn't bother us, I hope we didn't bother them! Overall a perfect stay and would highly recommend.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016