Presentation - Villefranche-sur-Mer
Villefranche sur mer, is best known for its magnificent harbor where on summer evenings are anchored yachts, sailboats and cruise ships. But it is also a small fishing port with its "pointus" (local fishing boats). The colorful facades of its streets compete in brightness with the flowers and the lush vegetation of this small town on the Côte d'Azur.
What to do in Villefranche sur mer ?
Stroll along the Port to the Narwick Garden to enjoy the beautiful view. Discover its markets, antiques on Sunday, and Provencal on Saturday.
Early example of bastioned fortification, the Citadel of Villefranche-sur-Mer was built from 1554 from plans by Gian Maria Olgiatti Italian engineer for Charles Quint. Since the annexation of Savoy to France in 1860, the Citadel was used as a military cantonment for the 24th Bataillon des Chasseurs Alpins. In 1981, the City Council decided to install the administrative center and a cultural center.
The dark street
La Rue Obscure is a magical place that brings back the atmosphere of medieval Villefranche. Situated along the first wall, it is 130m long. It is registered as an historic monument in 1932.
Chapell Saint Pierre
This Roman style chapel is dedicated to St. Peter, protector of fishermen. In 1957, after numerous stays in Villefranche sur Mer, Jean Cocteau (writer, filmmaker, painter of the twentieth century), decided, in agreement with the fishermen, to redecorate, in friendship, the chapel (interior and exterior).