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Villefranche sur Mer

Harmonious alliance of sea and history…
From the moment of your arrival, the renowned Côte d’Azur town of Villefranche-sur-Mer offers an awe-inspiring panorama. The dazzling town of Villefranche with its port and 16th century citadel, at the foot of a vast rocky amphitheatre and with the majestic sweep of its shoreline, has retained many traces of its origins that, with the constant variety of its colours, have made it the town of painters and artists.
Some examples of its heritage:
The Citadel: Imposing fortress built in 1557 on the orders of Emmanuel-Philibert of Savoy to defend the town; it was restored in 1981 and, since then, houses the Town Hall, a conference centre and 4 museums– Free entry
The Rue Obscure (covered street -13th century): Situated along the line of the ramparts, it is 130 meters in length and constitutes a sort of defensive passageway. It allowed for military movements and facilitated their manoeuvres. In order to enlarge the houses situated “Rue du Poilu”, it was entirely covered over from the 16th century
The St Peter’s Chapel decorated by Jean Cocteau: This Romanesque-style chapel was decorated by Jean Cocteau en 1957 and dedicated to his friends the fishermen. In it are depicted events from the life of St Peter the Apostle.
The Darse Royal Port: Constructed in the mid-16th century at the same time as the citadel, it had to await the 18th century and its elevation to the status of Royal Port for the commencement of the great works such as the lighthouse, the rope-making shop, the dry-dock…
First cruise port of calls in France and fourth port in the Western Mediterranean sea, the harbour of Nice-Villefranche welcomes every year almost 420 000 passengers (English-speaking, Spanish, etc). The cruise is a tourist industry in full development. Some steamers carried out their first stop-over there, such as the Millennium (Celebrity cruises). For each stop-over, the Tourist Office sets up an information desk for the passengers.
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