A Provence hiking tour from the Alps to the Med Sea and Villefranche-sur-Mer
Villefranche-sur-Mer is a seaside town on the Mediterranean Sea, nestled between Nice and Monaco on the French Riviera. It boasts a pleasant climate as the high cliffs that surround the town protect it from the strong northern and easterly winds.
Villefranche has one of the most beautiful bays on the Mediterranean coast that offers a wonderful mix of colourful fishing boats with intricate fishing nets (as Villefranche is still very much a fishing town), moored alongside impressive yachts and private boats. In the surrounding cliffs and hills are beautiful luxurious homes with incredible views over the sea.
What to visit on your French Riveria walking tour
You can enjoy walking along the quayside, where there are many bars and restaurants, admiring the bobbing boats to reach the large beach at the end of the promenade.
The citadel is also worth a visit. Dating back to the 16th century, it was built to protect the harbour and defend against maritime attacks. Today, the citadel is very well preserved with an auditorium, museums and gardens, and a maze of narrow streets and winding stairs leading past old houses painted in warm colours from yellow to ochre red, that reflect the provencal sun that shines most of the year.
No walking holiday in Provence would be complete without a trip to a local market and Villefranche hosts a typical Provencal market every Wednesday and Saturday morning and a flea market on Sunday.
Exploring the French Riviera on a self-guided Provence walking stay
You can easily reach Villefranche by train from Menton, a short 30-minute scenic journey and continue exploring the Riviera via the Cap Jean Ferrat Peninsula with breathtaking views, beautiful pebble beaches and fantastic hiking trails. It also hides some of the most luxurious homes in the world and has welcomed the rich and famous for many years from Edith Piaf and Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill and Bill Clinton!
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