Villefranche, France

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Cruising to Villefranche (for Nice)

Natural and manmade beauty

The French Riviera has long been a favourite among the English, who value its warm climate, holiday atmosphere and proximity to the British Isles. With the gems of Nice, Monaco, Cannes and Antibes lining this stretch of coast, you can definitely count on something special.

However great these destinations are, they have nothing on Villefranche. This delightful resort simply has it all, and is likely to be the highlight of your cruise. Upon disembarking, take time to admire the stunning bay cucooning the charming town. Forming a natural amphitheatre around the sea, this gorgeous chiselled landscape is stunning to watch. There are beaches aplenty - some of them among the most beautiful in Europe - and there are many opportunities to partake in watersports.

All this is without mentioning the town itself, which has charm in abundance. We're not the only ones to recognise the obvious appeal of the brightly coloured houses and decorated churches that pepper the streets. Renowned singer Tina Turner has a house here, so keep an eye out for her in the local tavernas and cafes.

When it comes to attractions, you are spoilt for choice. Overlooking the bay with stunning views of its natural beauty is the 16th Century Chapel Saint Elme, a classified historical monument. Its unique setting makes it a real treat to partake in a service here. Then there is the hustle and bustle of the Darse Royal Port, for those who prefer. Constructed in the 16th century and fortified against pirates and aggressive nations, its old gun swivelling rails can still be seen today. For experiencing local life, you can't beat a good market, and Darse Royal is host to a plethora of them at all times throughout the year.

Now that you have your introduction to this sunny spectacular spot, it's only a short step to making it a reality.

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