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Villefranche, France Port Reviews
Villefranche On Your Own Shore Excursion
By Tom Ogg

 


Villefranche France On Your Own Shore Excursion
Villefranche, France
(Note the Train Station at the Foot of the Bay in Relationship With the Tender Wharf)

Overview:

Villefranche is a wonderful village that most ships overlook, as there are so many high profile tourist attractions nearby. Dubbed as the port for Nice, Villefranche is often overlooked by visitors looking to go to Cannes, Nice or Monaco. But, Villefranche is a wonderful port in itself and very worthy of your attention. It offers perfect Mediterranean weather and a distinctly French experience. The euro is the currency of France.

Cruise Port Location and Information:

Villefranche France On Your Own Shore Excursion
Anchored Off of Villefranche

Ships anchor off Villefranche and tender into port to the tender wharf.

Villefranche France On Your Own Shore Excursion
The Villefranche Tender Wharf

The tender wharf is located right in the heart of Villefranche and everything is within easy walking distance from it. There will be people from the local tourist authority inside the tender wharf that can answer questions and offer advice.

Exploring on Your Own:

Villefranche France On Your Own Shore Excursion Old Section
Villefranche's Old Section

Villefranche is easily explored on your own. In fact, that is about the only way that you can visit it. It has everything going for it. An exciting Old Section, great beaches, wonderful restaurants and bars, shopping and much more. One could spend their entire time in Villefranche and have a stellar visit.

Shopping Tips:

Villefranche France  Market
A Villefranche Grocery Store

There is limited shopping in Villefranche. There re some shops along the harbor side and in the Old Section, but shopping is so much better in Nice that I would recommend traveling to Nice to shop.

Port Highlights:

Villefranche France Harbor side
Shopping and dining in Villefranche

Right along the harbor front are some restaurants and shops worth exploring. You will see a couple of openings along this stretch that lead to the Old Section of Villefranche.

Villefranche France OldTown Street
Villefranche's Cobbled Old Section

The Old Section is actually quite large and you will find some "to die for" little restaurants along the way. The narrow alley ways twist and turn their way through the Old Section with photo opportunities at every turn.

Villefranche France Old Section Archway
Villefranche Pedestrian Street

You will also find some interesting shops in the Old Section, but it is important to realize that this entire area is inhabited by the Villefranche locals.

Villefranche France Hanging Clothes
A Villefranche Clothes Dryer

The beauty of Villefranche is its connection with everyday life.

Villefranche France Walking Street
Stairs Leading Down to the Harbor

In the Old Section you are either walking uphill or downhill.

Villefranche France Old Town Cobbled Street
One of the Lateral Streets

However, there are some streets that traverse the steep incline and offer a rather flat walking surface. The Old Section of Villefrancehe will captivate you.

Villefranche France Window Treatment
The Ever Present French Window Treatments

Where ever you go in the Old Section you are reminded that you are in France.

Villefranche France Church Tower
Villefranche's Old District

While there are several ways to penetrate the Old District, look for this church tower as one that will take you back to the harbor quickly.

Villefranche France Church Tower Close Up
The Alley Back to the Harbor

While there is a lot to see and do in Villefranche, the shopping is much better in Nice and a train or bus ride is all that is separating you from it. I was once on a cruise with a group of kids that were in wheel chairs and they wheeled their way into Nice from Villefranche. It is close and easy to get to.

Villefranche France Bay View
Villefranche and Its Beaches

Of course you can't beat spending the day on the beach in Villefranche. There are several beaches to choose from and you can easily walk over to beaches to the east by climbing the stairs at the east end of the beach and continuing past the mansions along the way.

Off the Beaten Path:

Villefranche is connected to both the bus system and the train system so visiting neighbor cities and villages is simple. However, finding the train station can be a little difficult unless you know how to get to it. If you look at the picture on the very top of this review, you will see the tracks and the train statiin. Note that it comes out of a tunnel right before the station and then goes right back into another tunnel as it departs Villefranche. Unfortunately, you can't see the train station from Villefranche itself. Here is how to get to it.

Villefranche France Restaurants
The Restaurants o Villefranche and the Way to the Train Station

As you walk along the harbor side heading into the beach you will see the ocean on your right and restaurants and shops along your left.

Villefranche France Train Station Location
The Stairs Are Hidden Behind This Tree

When you near the last restaurant before the parking lot for the beach, you will see this large tree.

Villefranche France Sign
The Sign for the Train Station

When you go behind the tree you will see the sign for the train station and the stairway.

Villefranche France Train Station Stairs
The Stairs to the Train Station

Climb up the stairs until you come to the underpass and then turn right to the stairs that lead up to the train station.

Villefranche France Train Station
The Villefranche Train Station

You can purchase your tickets in the station and then pick up your train when it stops at the station. Be sure that you are on the right side of the track when your train comes, as they do not stay at the station very long. The eastbound trains travel onn the track closest to the station and the westbound trains travel on the track next to the beach. Also, there is an excellent view of the harbor from the ocean side of the train tracks for taking pictures and such.

Dining and Drinking Suggestions:

You cannot go wrong with any of the restaurants along the harbor side for either lunch or dinner. I would definitely consider dinner off the ship if you are ported here until later i the evening. Frendh restaurants have a way of captivating everyone.

Must Do List:

I would give an exploration of Villefranche's Old Section a "Must Do" rating. It is unique and can be done in an hour or less.

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