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Villefranche-sur-Mer

La petite ville côtière de Villefranche-sur-Mer, située juste à l'est de Nice, est sans aucun doute l'un des points forts de la Côte d'Azur. Villefranche est bien protégée dans la baie la plus profonde de la Côte d'Azur, flanquée par la belle "péninsule des millionnaires" de Cap-Ferrat, où les rois, les princes et d'autres personnes fortunées ont eu leurs résidences de vacances depuis des siècles.

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En plus de servir de base à la flotte méditerranéenne française, la baie profonde de Villefranche en fait une destination prisée des navires de croisière. Les grands paquebots de croisière jettent l'ancre ici pendant 24 heures et transportent leurs passagers en bus à Nice, Cannes ou Monaco. Beaucoup des passagers de croisière décident de passer la nuit à Villefranche, mais heureusement cela n'a pas altéré le charme de la ville.

La vieille ville, avec ses bâtiments pastel typiquement italiens, exsude une atmosphère méditerranéenne française. Il y a beaucoup d'animation et d'ambiance entre les volets et les balcons, dans les ruelles étroites, sous les passages voûtés et sur les petites places ombragées. Les rues regorgent de petites boutiques, de restaurants et de cafés accueillants.

Au port se trouve une petite chapelle médiévale, la "Chapelle Saint-Pierre", dont l'intérieur et les murs sont ornés de fresques élaborées de Jean Cocteau. La "Citadelle de St-Elme" est un bastion du XVIe siècle classée "monument historique". En plus de la mairie et d'un centre de congrès, on y trouve plusieurs galeries, une chapelle et un théâtre en plein air. Des escaliers raides partent du port et se transforment en tunnels sous les bâtiments densément construits. La "Rue Obscure" sous les arches a protégé les habitants de la ville des bombes pendant des siècles, notamment pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

Si vous vous aventurez au sommet de la ville, vous serez récompensé par l'une des plus belles vues sur la côte, avec une vue sur la baie en direction de la péninsule de Cap-Ferrat qui s'étend gracieusement dans la mer. Les restaurants, avec leurs auvents colorés, bordent la belle promenade. Au fond de la baie, il y a une petite plage couverte d'un mélange de sable et de galets. L'eau est cristalline.

Il est facile de se rendre à Villefranche et d'en repartir en utilisant les transports en commun, et c'est même recommandé pour éviter les tracas liés à la recherche d'une place de parking pour votre voiture, ce qui peut être compliqué en saison estivale. La gare se trouve juste au-dessus de la plage, et il faut seulement 7 minutes pour aller à Nice et en revenir.

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06.148 | Maison de vacances Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

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06.843 | Maison de vacances Tourrettes-sur-Loup, France

06.422 | Maison de vacances Tourrettes-sur-Loup, France

06.964 | Maison de vacances Vence, France

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