"Entre Ciel et Mer" is just that! - Between Sea and Sky. This beautiful apartment is on the top floor of a building built c. 1700 and features a mezzanine bedroom in what was once the attic. It is 5 minutes from the historic harbor front and restaurants and another 5 minutes to the beaches. From the front door it is literally 30 paces from butchers, bakers, candlestickmakers (well, maybe not) a greengrocer, delicatessen, pharmacy, café and restaurant. When you enter the apartment the first thing you will notice is the original wooden roof beams almost 16 feet above you, and then all the windows. Five of them, three facing south and overlooking the harbor and two facing east and looking to Monaco and down to the town square. A fully equipped, modern kitchen offers you all the cutlery and crockery to enjoy meals at home. Exploring the cupboards you will find all the kitchen knives, pots and pans and other accessories to prepare a sumptuous meal. The living room features a brand new HDTV and you will have internet access. On the mezzanine you will find a queen-size bed with bed tables and a dressing table. Feel free to unpack and store your luggage behind the dressing table. You will be looking over all the red-tiled rooftops, of a village that dates back to the 1100's, to the Bay of Beaulieu sur Mer and out to the lighthouse of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
Villefranche is a traditional Nissard fishing village flanked to the west by Nice and the East, Monte Carlo. The natural beauty of its setting has been the inspiration for calling it the Jewel of the Cote d'Azur. Throughout the village are small parks with fountains and shade trees of Olive and local Magnolia, where you can rest and appreciate the beauty of the pastel colored houses that line the many lanes. Or simply take a book and your lunch and enjoy a good read to the restful sounds of the fountains. Amongst these beautiful lanes you will find small boutiques, cafes, potted plants outside the front doors, flowering hanging baskets and some magnificent, ancient studded doors that attest to an earlier time when life wasn't quite so peaceful.
Walking from the harbor west you can stroll around the base of the walls of the Citadel to La Darse were ancient boatyards are still in use to this day. Here you will see the traditional fishing boats, painted in bright colors, moored awaiting there next early morning excursion to bring back the fresh fish and seafood that makes Villefranche so justifiably famous.
You can make your stay as quiet and relaxing as you wish, but there are no shortage of things to do! From the Wednesday and Saturday markets in Villefranche, where you can purchase cheeses, meats, fresh produce and local delicacies, to the beaches and all the seafront activities, you will not be bored. A visit to the Citadel to experience spectacular views and enjoy the ancient architecture is a must. And while you are there you have to visit the Volti Museum of sculptures, carved by one of Villefranche's most famous residents - Antoniucci Volti. However, after a couple of days of exploring you may just succumb to the pace of the village and enjoy an 'apero' across the street at Tabac de la Paix where the locals spread and digest all the gossip of an ancient town.