French Riviera: Private tours in Villefranche Sur Mer
It is time to explore the French Riviera, and it is time to explore Villefranche sur Mer for a day trip from Nice Monaco.
A great Provencal getaway
How to visit Villefranche-sur-Mer and what to see and do in this beautiful city on the French Riviera? The small town is home to only 5,500 inhabitants, but city tours in Villefranche-sur-Mer have a lot to offer. Search for Villefranche-sur-Mer on Tripadvisor LLC, and you will find a lot of tips on things to see and do for a day tour in this charming city.
A private tours and shore excursion from Nice
At Riviera Bar Crawl and Tours, we are specialized in organizing and offering a whole range of walking tours and personal tours with local tour guides, as well as a list of activities.
As well as full-day escapes to visit the village of Eze, Monaco and Monte Carlo, Cannes, Antibes, Nice and surroundings, and even some great sports experiences with stand-up paddle and canyoning.
We have asked our local tour guides to list down the best things to do when traveling the French Rivera, to give you a better view on the Villefranche tour, and how to make the best of our free time on the Cote d’Azur.
Welcome to Villefranche sur Mer
Villefranche-sur-Mer is spread out around an amphitheater of cliffs along the bay of Villefranche, one of the deepest natural anchorages in the Mediterranean Sea. You will not fall under the yoke of boredom by going to visit Villefranche-sur-Mer.
With the sun shining all year round, the city is full of color and scent thanks to the vegetation dotting the coast of the Côte d’Azur. It is also a city steeped in art, with Aldous Huxley and Jean Cocteau, who regularly visited and stayed in this lovely town, tinged with turquoise blue and crystal clear waters. Visiting Villefranche-sur-Mer is undoubtedly a visual and gustatory delight. But what to do in Villefranche-sur-Mer?
Visit the old town of Villefranche
The district of the old village is a maze of narrow alleys that wind from the shore to the heights of the city. The houses are picturesque, ancient, and colorful. Crossing the veins of the old town will bring you a refreshing stroll in the shade of the scorching raids of the Provencal sun. Venture into this intertwining of stairs, narrow streets, and pedestrian crossings to soak up the authentic life of the village. Along the way, admire the Saint-Michel church, the Saint-Pierre des Pécheurs chapel, the SaintElme Citadel, the Rue Obscure, and more.
Explore the harbor and the “Rade” of Villefranche-sur-Mer
The port of Villefranche is one of the deepest in the western Mediterranean. It is 2.5 km long and 1.5 km wide. Located between Cape Nice and Cape Ferrat, the harbor reaches a depth of 50 meters in the middle, and the sea to the south reaches a depth of 1.000 meters.
Suffice to say that the elevation of this underwater canyon is abysmal. It is sheltered from the winds thanks to its landlocked location, a very mild microclimate reigns there: something to enhance your walks all year round!
Visit the port of Darse
Former military arsenal of the Duchy of Savoy, its buildings have been inscribed on the list of historical monuments since 1991. The seaport of Darse was built in the 18th century to fight against the abuses of corsairs and pirates. It is a must for anyone who comes to visit Villefranche-sur-Mer, which includes:
- The Old forge
- The Corderie
- Vaults of the old warehouses
- The hospital for galleys
- The covered way, which will offer you a superb view of the harbor
How to get to Villefranche-sur-Mer?
Villefranche-sur-Mer is located right next to the city of Nice. You can go by train to Villefranche-sur-Mer, or you can also check with our travel guides and teams to organize your private tours.
As part of our services, we can design a unique day trip, picking you up with private cars and minibus at your hotel in Nice, or at the port where your cruise ship is anchored.
Then we are taking you to a Villefranche tour, or we can even arrange the visit of Monaco and Eze, only a few kilometers away.
The best private guided tours on the French Riviera
As a significant local tour organizer with a rich range of activities, food tours, wine tastings, and other city walking tours, we can adjust and custom our organization to fit your needs.
Check other options and private tours to Cannes and other cities and places on the French Riviera and let us know how you would like us to organize your day trip and the essential things you would like to see and experience on the Cote d’Azur.
A day trip to Cannes
Have you decided to visit Cannes during your stay on the French Riviera? Great idea! To help you organize your visits, we have prepared walking tours and private tours , as well as the top things to do and see in Cannes.
You will find there all the places of essential interests like La Croisette or the Palais des Festivals, but also many other less known places not to be missed.
And for you to make the most of it, I also give you my suggestions of itineraries to visit Cannes and its surroundings in 1, 2 or 3 days. Here are some must-sees for those who are wondering what to do in Cannes:
- Le Suquet: the authentic old town
- The Forville Market
- The La Malmaison Art Center
- La Malmaison Art Center, Cannes
- The Castre museum
- The Palais des Festivals
A day trip to Monaco and Monte Carlo
About thirty kilometers from Nice is the Principality of Monaco. It is a city that we know well and appreciates, and ultimately, the principality has many advantages that make it easy to have a good time.
Monaco is a city on the move, and you will always find something to visit. Whether temporary like the international circus festival or permanent, there is no shortage of activities and exhibitions.
Here are our best things to do in Monaco:
- A stroll on the casino square
- Visit the Japanese garden
- Stop by the Condamine Market
- Walk to the Rock, known as the princely hill or the “Rocher” for locals
- Visit the small port of Fontvieille
- Visit the superb oceanographic museum
A day trip to the village of Eze
On the coast, the mountains flirt with the sea ,and not far from Nice, a road winds over the reliefs to the sky. At the top of the rocky slope, we set down a village where things pile up and adjust perfectly to create a charming landscape, typically Provencal.
It is Èze the most beautiful hilltop village on the French Riviera with:
- The most beautiful panorama on the French Riviera
- The Jardin d’Èze: the botanical garden and the breathtaking views
- Le Vieux Èze (old Eze) and its alleys over 1500 years old,
- The ancient medieval city and its ramparts
- The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption of Eze
- Fragonard Perfume Factory
Our team remains available to answer any question you could have, so do not hesitate if you have any inquiries or if you would like to discuss the best things to do in Villefranche sur Mer and around for you, your family, and friends. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com