Villefranche-sur-Mer is a beautiful seaside town located just next to Eze (see blog post here). It's between Nice & Monaco on the French Riviera and the buildings are beautiful and bright!
I drove here from Eze and parked down at the port. I knew that Villefranche-sur-Mer was famous for its beautiful seafront with bright buildings, so when I parked down by the port I was a little confused and thought I had been mistaken. So I spent a little time by the port, looking at the boats and the shipyard etc. It was nice, but not what I was expecting.
With about an hour before I had to leave, I looked online at photos of Villefranche-sur-Mer and saw some beautiful bright buildings, so looked on a map and realised I wasn't in the right place!
The port is around the corner from the old town with all the bright buildings and restaurants. So I had to quickly visit the town before heading home. I wish I had spent more time in the town as it was such a cute little fun place!
The old town was so bright and colourful and was very similar to Cassis (see blog post here). There was a beautiful beach looking over to the town as well as huge yachts moored in the water.
Apparently lots of films have been filmed here including Never Say Never Again, The Jewel Of The Nile, Killers, The Bourne Identity & Absolutely Fabulous The Movie. Also, The Rolling Stones recorded their album Exile On Main St here too.
So this is where I parked for free (in apparently the only free parking in the city!) and wandered around for a little while. It seems like a working fisherman's port with a shipyard and men working on their boats.
It's a nice place to start and then walk around the corner to the beauty of the seafront part of Villefranche-sur-Mer. It only took maybe 5 mins to walk around with stunning views of boats sat in the water, bobbing up and down.
Oh em gee! This view was more than I had anticipated. I loved the colourful almost jigsaw puzzle buildings that seemed to fit together in such a mish mash way.
This is the perfect place to take in the French culture. Imagine sitting in one of these restaurants sipping some local wine, enjoying delicious seafood with this amazing view.
What more could you ask for?!
Villefranche-sur-Mer old town
This place was a dream to walk around. I love architecture and I particually love how bold the French are with their colour choices. You would never see a pink house next to an orange house next to a yellow house in England - especially with clashing blue shutters. Ok, maybe in Notting Hill, but it's not quite the same as here.
I just love the odd windows, the beautiful doors, the bright colours. I love that at every turn there was something new to see and some bright houses to admire.
I loved how this church was decorated the same way on the inside as on the outside. I don't think I have ever seen this before. The colours fit in very well with the French Riviera surroundings. And I love orange, pink & white together!
The church was beautiful but it was almost a shame that there was a huge tree in the courtyard as it was near impossible to take a photo of the whole church on one photo. But to be fair to people who don't photograph churches, the tree was a lovely detail and offered some shade on a lovely hot day.