Villefranche (Nice) Shore Excursions
Old Town (Nice)
Lying between the Promenade des Anglais and Boulevard Jean Jaures sits Nice’s Old Town, which ouzes charm and character. Many of the buildings date back to the 16th century, and the visitor will find narrow, cobblestone streets, pretty squares, busy markets, Baroque churches and a riot of pastel-colored houses. After you’ve wandered around exploring, you’ll find a great choice of restaurants and cafes for a relaxed meal.
Promenade des Anglais (Nice)
The seafront of Nice boasts a long 4 mile walkway, the Promenade des Anglais, ideal for a gentle stroll. Behind the promenade lies a busy road, and behind that a whole series of grand hotels built in the early 1900s. Of the hotels, many people think the Negresco to be the finest, with its magnificent Napoleon and Empire décor.
Matisse Museum (Nice)
Henri Matisse lived in Nice from 1918 until 1954. At the Matisse Museum, situated on the hill of Cimiez, about a mile north of Nice’s center, see a wonderful myriad of works left by the artist (and his heirs) to the city.
Plage de la Mariniere (Villefranche)
At Villefranche, tenders dock at the Quai de l’Amiral Ponchardier. A short walk inland leads you to Villefranche’s charming old quarter, or a short walk to the right along the bay takes you to Villefranche’s welcoming town beach, Plage de la Mariniere. Underfoot it’s coarse sand, far more pleasant than than Nice’s pebbly beach. Around you there’s a beautiful view of the bay, dotted with ships and surrounded by attractive seafront houses. Restrooms, showers, restaurants and bars are all available. The train station is just behind the beach, and offers a regular service to Nice (5 minutes), or Monaco (10 minutes).
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (Villefranche)
The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild commands a spectacular view from its position on the hilltop above the east side of Villefranche bay. Sample the life of the rich and glamorous as you tour this glitzy French Riviera Palazzo and its nine superb gardens. Art aficionados will love the collection displayed in the palace - the Baroness Ephussi de Rothschild cultivated a network of art dealers and experts, buying works of art from all over the globe, transforming the Villa into an art lover’s paradise.
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