Why choose a cruise to Villefranche?

Villefranche is a town built around a stunning bay, with brightly coloured houses and narrow alleyways offering glimpses of the sea. Despite its proximity to the cosmopolitan cities of Nice and Monaco, it still retains an authentic local charm.

A Villefranche for Monaco and Nice cruise offers something for everyone, from the glitz and glamour of Monaco to the historic attractions of Nice. The nearby beaches of the French Riviera are also renowned for their beauty.

Villefranche harbour

A guide to Villefranche’s hotspots

Soak up the relaxed ambiance of Villefranche as you wander through the picturesque streets of the old town. It’s a great place to shop for local souvenirs or grab a bite to eat in one of the picturesque piazzas. See if you can find the Rue Obscure, a narrow subterranean street initially built for military purposes.

There are a lot of things to see on a Villefranche for Monaco and Nice cruise, but make sure you take time out to chill out on the beach. There’s a pristine beach right in the town centre itself, where children can play safely in the calm, shallow waters.

If you want a taste of the high life, take a short trip out to nearby Monaco. In this glitzy city-state, more than 30% of the population are millionaires. Marvel at the super-yachts lining the marina, or the sleek sports cars outside the lavish Monte Carlo casino.

Monte Carlo

Discover nearby Nice, a picturesque city with the alps on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other. Wander along the famous Promenade des Anglais, which runs along the seafront. Get lost among the maze-like streets of the old town, emerging into piazzas lined with palatial mansions and ornate churches. Make sure to check out the colourful flower market, Cours Saleya.

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Villefranche

Marella Cruises

P&O Cruises

Celebrity Cruises


The best time to visit Villefranche

Summer is a season of hot days and long, balmy evenings. Visit during July and August, when the temperature averages 24°C-27°C, and you can make the most of the sunshine.

Nice Coastline France

Why not consider a Villefranche cruise for the Christmas holidays? In December the weather ranges from 10°C-14°C. Visit the local Christmas market and enjoy the summer sun while getting in the festive spirit.

Did you know?

  • The bay of Villefranche is reputed to be one of the top five most beautiful in the world
  • Villefranche has been the shooting location for more than 150 films, including The Transporter
  • Nearby Monaco is the second-smallest country in the world (after the Vatican)