The Côte d’Azur is one of these areas – you can go wherever you want and it is: Wonderful. You can’t go wrong. I know some places quite well, others from driving through and others from hearsay. Everything is beautiful.
On the other hand, I’m not that keen on Nice. Somehow too much city, too much street noise, too much pretentiousness, too many pebbles for a bright azure-blue Mediterranean, which actually deserves a fine sandy beach.
My tip for all visitors of Nice: Just get out! Because almost only a stone’s throw away, it becomes paradisiacal. Those who travel by car are mobile anyway, but at the Côte d’Azur, it is even better to take the train. From the tourist steam locomotive (it’s still on my to-do list, because it’s guaranteed to be an experience) to the normal regional express, everything is included. The TER (Regional Express) visits all cities on the Côte d’Azur, including picturesque views of the mountains and sea: get on, get off, enjoy.
Villefranche sur Mer is only 5 minutes from Riquier station and 10 minutes from the main station.
I didn’t discover any great sights – and that’s why I found it perfect.
A sleepy mountain village with winding old town alleys, a few cafés and a small bay with clearest sea water, so turquoise blue that it hurts my eyes.
And these colours – house facades in the most beautiful shades, the blue sky, the sea, the palms… What more do you need?
How to get to Villefranche-sur-Mer from Nice
Villefranche-sur-Mer can be reached in about 5-10 minutes by TER from Nice.
Nice Riqiuer – Villefranche-sur-Mer 1,20€ (one way)
For more information on prices, timetables and the entire route, visit the SNCF website: