• Villefranche-sur-Mer


In the glitzy world of the Riviera, Villefranche-sur-Mer offers travelers an easygoing slice of small-town Mediterranean life, while Monaco, Nice, Eze-le-Village, and the Grande Corniche lie within easy reach. Villefranche feels Italian, with soft-orange buildings; steep, narrow streets spilling into the sea; and pasta on most menus. Luxury sailing yachts glisten in the bay — an inspiration to those lazing along the harborfront to start saving when their trips are over. Cruise ships make regular calls to its famously deep harbor, creating periodic rush hours of frenetic shoppers and happy boutique owners. Sand-pebble beaches and a handful of interesting sights keep other visitors just busy enough.