Villefranche-sur-mer is a town on the south east coast of France, located adjacent to the city of Nice and another famous seaside resort called Cap d'Ail. Its bay is one of the deepest natural harbours in the whole of the Mediterranean, reaching a depth of approximately 95 metres below the sea. Although once a fishing port, it is now more orientated towards tourism, and is a popular town with recreational sailors and divers.One of the main architectural features of the town is its Citadel, constructed during the 16th century, and any history enthuasiasts staying in Villefranche apartments will want to make sure that they visit its four museums. Further exploration of the city's past is possible at the Rue Obscure, or 'Dark Street', which is a covered walkway dating from the 14th century. An integral part of the city's medieval fortifications, it is an essential visit for anyone staying in the type of villas Villefranche sur Mer provides.
The Church of St Michael is an 18th century building, with its organ of particular interest. This instrument, originally made by the Grinda brothers in 1790, was restored in 1982 and is now part of the listed building. Guests in Villefranche apartments may also want to visit the Pert Royal de la Darse, the main harbour of the town. This was fortified in the 16th century by the dukes of Savoy. It later became a royal port when those same dukes became the Kings of Sardinia. The 18th century saw massive developement, and features such as its dry dock and rope making works can still be seen today.
Many of the beaches close to the town are private, and anyone staying in the kind of villas Villefranche sur mer provides can expect to have to pay to use them. Public beaches are also available to visitors to Villefranche apartments, with the Plage des Marinières bveing one of the main ones. This extends for around a kilometre under the track of the railway which links Italy to Nice. The Plage de la Larse is a smaller beach, which is situated close to the main harbour. Like many beaches in the area, it is quite pebbly in nature.Whether you wish to explore the fascinating history of this French port, or simply to relax on the beach, a trip to the type of villas Villefranche sur mer offer is a great way to soak up some of southern France's inimitable charm.
From your Villefranche apartments you also can start a trip along the French and the Ligurian Coast: