The walk along Rue Contesso takes you to the olive tree and benches where the locals meet up to chat before lunch or dinner. From this spot there are but a few steps to buy all your gastronomic needs! The baker, butcher, greengrocer and grocer are nestled around the Place de la Paix with the convenience of a newsagent (selling foreign papers) and a pharmacy. On the corner a local lady daily sells her fruit and flowers and on Fridays she is joined by a fresh fish stall. If you turn the other way out of the door you meander down to the seafront and the beach.
Our house is in a quiet part of town and is perfect if you are travelling with friends or family and you want to be part of local life yet be only moments from the hub of Villefranche with its many restaurants, shops and cafes. In a few minutes you can be on the beach where there are three cafes serving delicious lunchtime snacks. The beach has toilet and shower facilities.
Villefranche sur mer is an historical town, with narrow pedestrian only streets. Although most of the old town is accessed by steps a walk up a gentle incline can be done. It is a delight to wonder along these medieval streets, to slow down from the hustle and bustle of life, to watch the locals still gathering for a gossip like they did 50 years ago yet be near all modern amenities. The bus stop going either to Nice or Monaco is only 5 minutes walk up to the main road, and the train station (faster to go to Italy or Nice and Monaco) only 5 minutes walk away.
We enjoy being able to relax in the comfort of our home from home yet be able to feel part of life on the Cote d’Azur. We love to choose whether to ‘eat in’ enjoying all the fabulous local produce or to venture out and sample one of the many restaurants. Should we go to the beach, hop on a train or bus and explore or go shopping in Nice or Monaco?
It is having these big dilemmas that make our time in Villefranche so pleasurable!