Villefranche (Photo:Olga Vorontsova/Shutterstock)
2018 Top-Rated Western Mediterranean Destinations
4.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

By Cruise Critic
Cruise Critic Staff

Port of Villefranche

Lovely, much more laid back than other -- splashier -- Cote d'Azur resort towns like Nice, Cannes and Monaco, Villefranche, whose old town dates back to the 14th century, evokes a romantic, historic feel. For those weary of sightseeing, it's a terrific port for hanging out and relaxing.

About Villefranche


Relax in this charming fishing port or take a 10-minute walk to the nearby beach


At times, large numbers of tourists swarm this small town

Bottom Line

Laid-back Villefranche is the perfect place to slow down and take in the beautiful French Riviera scenery

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Where You're Docked

Cruise ships anchor in the harbor and tender passengers to a small terminal in the heart of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Good to Know

The village is very hilly -- wear comfortable shoes.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The euro. There are ATM machines and exchange bureaus in town.


French, though English is generally understood.


Provencal wine. Original artwork by unknown artists who pepper the port with their easels. Tableclothes and linens in Provencal florals.

Villefranche Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards

2018 Top-Rated Western Mediterranean Destinations
2017 Top-Rated Western Mediterranean Destinations