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Coastal path to Villefranche

Published on July 26, 2015 by Ralph and Karen

The best way to uncover the beauty of the Côté d'Azur is to take a stroll on one of its many scenic coastal paths. From these waterfront walkways you can take in the varied colours of the sea, the diverse flora and fauna, the opulent waterfront villas and the yachts swaying on the Riviera’s gentle waves.

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A favorite coastal path in Nice is the walk to Villefranche, the next village after Nice-Est heading towards Monaco. On this path, you can walk the whole way to Villefranche more or less at sea-level.

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And the views are downright other-worldly!

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Even better? When you need to cool down, you can jump right into the water for a dip [but be careful!!]

You will walk around the whole of Mont Boron. On the other side of the mountain, you'll reach the first small, natural pebble-beach in Villefranche:

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Stop for a swim, or walk even further along the little concrete path along the town wall. This will bring you to the next beach:

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Here you will find public showers and smaller pebbles that make it a more comfortable beach for sunning. Continue along the path and you'll reach the port of Villefranche, followed by the Fort of Villefranche and the picturesque Oldtown.

How Long Does it Take?

Actually, it's difficult to say!

It depends on your fitness level, walking speed, how often you pause to take pictures or observe the serene waterfront landscape dotted with canoes, fisherman and divers.

In general, first-time walkers should set aside one hour to complete the path. More experienced trekkers can probably complete the path in about 45 minutes. Signposts all along the way let you know the distance remaining to each of the 5 points that mark the path.

What Do I Need to Know?

Sneakers/sports shoes are necessary for this path, as it is rugged in spots and also includes some high stairs. But the views are very much worth the climb!

Unfortunately, there are no restrooms located on the walk [a common problem in France and Nice]. The first one is a very clean, free public restroom at the port of Villefranche, at the left side across from the little café at the Port.

There are also no eating or drinking opportunities on the path, so be sure to bring some snacks and water for your walk. When you reach Oldtown, you will be rewarded with your choice of cafés, bars and restaurants along the shore!

How to Get There

There are two busses that bring you almost directly to the beginning of the Villefranche path: 81 and 100 - pick them up at Le Port. Exit the bus at the station called “Hopital Anglais“ (The English Hospital). The stop looks like this:

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Walk about 50 meters in the same direction the bus was heading, until you see the sign that reads “Sentier Littoral”:

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From there, a set of steps will bring you to the path. Now, just follow it for as long (or as little) as you like. There are no intersecting paths, so it’s unlikely you’ll get lost.

When you return to the apartment, don't forget to upload and share your spectacular photos!

Thanks to Sandra Lenk for sharing her photos taken while walking a dog [in one of the pictures]

 

 

Meet The Author
Hello! We are Ralph and Karen, an Anglo-American couple who fell in love with Paris and France over 20 years ago. Work-related trips brought us here, but we kept coming back for holidays, then extended visits, and then… In 2005, we decided nothing was stopping us from buying a place of our own in Paris. Lots of research, learning, and many kilometers of sneaker-rubber later, we put our house in the United States on the market. It sold in 10 days, and we found our apartment in Montmartre two months later. After a massive, year-long renovation project and its many challenges, we hit our biggest bump yet. As it turned out, we had to stay based in the US after all. Our lovingly remodeled apartment in Paris became a place where we returned only for short visits. In 2008, we started renting to guests—travelers like we once were (we always preferred apartments over expensive, cramped hotels). And the rest, as they say, is history. Le Trésor de Montmartre has proved quite popular, to the extent that we have trouble finding a break in the booking calendar to stay there ourselves! In the midst of this, we found Nice. After several holidays in and around Nice, we thought, why not buy a pied-à-terre in the area? Despite the challenges involved in renovating from afar—which we knew very well at that point—we jumped in again in late 2010. After another renovation, another year, and hundreds more gray hairs between us, we added Le Trésor de Nice to our rental portfolio. A year so so later we picked up 3 other apartment to manage. We hope you find the properties inviting, and hope even more that you will come see them for yourselves! Please get in touch with questions, or to book your stay at one of our apartments. We’d be happy to share our insider knowledge of these places we love so much.
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