The picturesque port of Villefranche-sur-Mer is one of the most delightful along the Côte d’Azur with its historic and colourful old town dipping into the inviting waters of the sheltered bay and its steep sided slopes reaching up to offer stunning panoramic views over the peninsula of St Jean Cap Ferrat. With Mont Boron to the west, the exclusive St Jean to the east and a back drop of the Alpes Maritimes, Villefranche-sur-Mer is nestled in amongst some truly spectacular terrain. Just a short bus ride takes you from this secluded and exclusive bay to Nice around the headland of Cap de Nice (bus 81 or 100) or over the back of Mont Boron (bus 82 or 84). Home to many famous residents it is not hard to understand the appeal of this historic seaside haven. Whether in a portside apartment or in a bird’s eye view villa, a holiday in Our Luxury holiday lets Villefranche will almost certainly have you coming back for more.

It has been inhabited since ancient times and historic monuments can still be found in amongst the restaurants, markets and small boutiques. Villefranche boasts a citadel, a marina, an underground medieval street and nearly a kilometre of course sandy beach; more child friendly than the pebbles of Nice. There are outstandingly clear waters for snorkelling at the small beach of La Darse to the west of the marina from which a beautifully maintained coastal path leads you alluringly back around the headland to Nice port, a walk of about one and a half hours. Alternatively, you can walk up and over Mont Boron and take in the glorious views from the Fort of Mont Alban, this is a steep climb but well worth the effort.