Villefranche-sur-Mer tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: The small harbour town of Villefranche-sur-Mer is in one of the loveliest positions on the Cote d'Azur

Villefranche-sur-Mer is situated in the Alpes-Maritimes department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Villefranche-sur-Mer. For detailed visitor information see the Villefranche-sur-Mer travel guide.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Villefranche-sur-Mer in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Popular places to visit nearby include Villa Ephrussi at 2 km and Villa Kérylos at 2 km.

Villefranche-sur-Mer, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 1 km (direction east)

One of the more low-key riviera resorts, Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a pleasant place to take...

See Beaulieu-sur-Mer guide
Villa Ephrussi

Villa Ephrussi

at 2 km (direction east-south-east)

Villa Ephrussi is an beautiful villa with views across the Riviera, impressive architecture and...

See Villa Ephrussi guide
Villa Kérylos

Villa Kérylos

at 2 km (direction east)

Villa Kerylos is the recreation of a Greek Villa, with mosaics and frescoes, built...

See Villa Kérylos guide
Cap Ferrat

Cap Ferrat

at 3 km (direction south-east)

Cap Ferrat has a pretty port, a lovely coast walk and the Ville Ephrussi...

See Cap Ferrat guide


at 3 km (direction west)

One of the largest towns in France, Nice is also the most visited resort...

See Nice guide
The Jardin Exotique d\'Eze

The Jardin Exotique d'Eze

Garden at 5 km (direction east-north-east)

The Exotic Garden of Eze is a beautiful garden overlooking the Cote d'Azur...

See The Jardin Exotique d'Eze guide


at 5 km (direction east-north-east)

Eze is one of our favourite villages in the whole of France, with exceptional...

See Eze guide
La Turbie

La Turbie

at 9 km (direction east-north-east)

The small village of La Turbie developed in medieval times, or earlier, around the...

See La Turbie guide
The Jardin Exotique de Monaco

The Jardin Exotique de Monaco

Garden at 9 km (direction east-north-east)

Stunning exotic garden overlooking Monaco and the Cote d'Azur...

See The Jardin Exotique de Monaco guide


at 10 km (direction east-north-east)

The Municipality of Monaco, with high-rise blocks squeezed onto every square inch, is a...

See Monaco guide


at 10 km (direction north-east)

Peillon is a small village, but the picturesque cobbled streets and the stunning views...

See Peillon guide


at 13 km (direction north-east)

Its remote location stops too many tourists reaching Peille but make the effort and...

See Peille guide


Seaside resort at 14 km (direction west-south-west)

If you visit the resort and beaches of Cagnes-sur-Mer be sure to also explore...

See Cagnes-sur-Mer guide


at 14 km (direction east-north-east)

Medieval Roquebrune village and the coastal Cap Martin combine to make Roquebrune-Cap-Martin one of...

See Roquebrune-Cap-Martin guide

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Markets in and near Villefranche-sur-Mer

Market days in Villefranche-sur-Mer: weekly market: Saturday;

  • Villefranche-sur-Mer: market Saturday (0km)
  • Beaulieu-sur-Mer: market Saturday (2km)
  • Nice: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday all day & Sunday & Saturday & Friday (3km)
  • Saint-Laurent-du-Var: market Tuesday & Sunday (10km)
  • Carros: market Saturday (13km)
  • Cagnes-sur-Mer: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Friday (14km)
  • Vence: market Tuesday & Friday (16km)
  • Menton: market Tuesday & Monday (18km)
  • Antibes: market Wednesday & every day except Monday (20km)
  • Vallauris: market Wednesday & Sunday & Friday (25km)

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Tourist attractions near Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

What to do at Villefranche-sur-Mer? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Villefranche-sur-Mer.


  • Marineland d'Antibes (18km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Trophy of Augustus (9km)
  • Saorge Monastery (37km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de Lerins (Cannes) (30km)
  • Eglise de St Raphaël (Saint-Raphael) (54km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild (2km)
  • Jardin botanique (4km)
  • Palais Carnolès (17km)
  • La citronneraie (17km)
  • Serre de la Madone (17km)
  • Jardin botanique de la villa Thuret (20km)
  • Le Vallon du Brec (24km)
  • Jardin de la Villa Fort de France (32km)
  • Parc du château de la Napoule (36km)
  • Arboretum Marcel Kroenlein (47km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Cascade de Gairaut (6km)
  • Tete de Chien (8km)
  • Baou de Saint-Jeannet (15km)
  • Grottes de Saint-Cezaire (41km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique du Cap Ferrat (2km)
  • Parc Phœnix (9km)

Geography and distances

Villefranche-sur-Mer is in the south-east of France at 3 kilometres from Nice, the department capital (general information: Villefranche-sur-Mer is 688 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Villefranche-sur-Mer

Canton: Villefranche-sur-Mer

Arrondissement: Nice

Department: Alpes-Maritimes

Region: Provence

Postcode: 0

Distance to Villefranche-sur-Mer

from Nice (prefecture): 3 km

from Paris: 688 km

from Calais: 904 km

from Nice: 3 km

from Bordeaux: 640 km

from Strasbourg: 544 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into Nice airport. Coming from the UK by car the route takes about 12 hours (can be busy in summer). For driving distances to Villefranche-sur-Mer from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 7 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Cap Ferrat, Drap, Eze, Falicon, La Trinite and Nice.

This page in French: Visiter Villefranche-sur-Mer