We have just returned from our yearly cruise and my favorite destination has to be Villefranche Sur Mer. It was our first visit to the French Riviera and waking up in this wonderful port with its magnificent view, felt like heaven to me. The sun was in full swing with an added dose of a gentle breeze from the sea. We planned absolutely nothing for our visit to the picturesque town of Villefranche and let our legs lead us through colorful alleys and over sun-drenched cobbles.
Sharing some images straight from my camera and leaving unedited for my readers to visually enjoy.
The French riviera has long been a posh destination for celebrities and socialites. The Mediterranean coastline is also known as cote d Azur. We were sailing with Royal Caribbean on the Independence of the seas for this trip and Villefranche was our fourth port of call. After spending a busy Saturday exploring in Barcelona, Villefranche was a blessed experience. The perfect town to spend a lazy Sunday. As we caught a tender boat from the ship we learned that Villefranche bay is one of the deepest natural harbours enabling cruise ships to stop there. We anchored close to the world’s largest yacht too. Within a few minutes, I found myself buried deep into french books within the antique market situated by the shore. You can imagine the glass trinkets and candle bras on offer, oh how I wished I could afford them all and bring them home. My family trailed off into winding alleys and I eventually caught them up, snapping images on every corner.
We found the beach nestled in a small bay and enjoyed some time mingling and relaxing with the locals.Our Daughter played with a bucket and spade and collected water from the tumbling waves. The Mediterranean sea is so blue. We headed up into the shaded alleys of villefranche at midday to find a spot for a traditional tapas lunch and ate at La Cave Natural. Please check out my short you tube video on Villefranche Sur Mer to see how beautiful the French riviera really is.
We took the 14-night Mediterranean cruise with Royal Caribbean. Check out the fantastic itinerary by clicking the link below.
Royal Caribbean Mediterranean cruise Itinerary