On the Côte d'Azur between Nice and Monaco, the small French town of Villefranche-sur-Mer is located in a deep, picturesque bay. The location is considered to be one of the most beautiful anchorages in the world.
Celebrity Reflection in the roadstead in front of Villefranche-sur-Mer
The Celebrity Reflection is located in the middle of this bay. We take a tender boat to the cruise terminal on Place Wilson. Today we want to explore Nice. There - as well as in the other direction to Monaco - the trains of the SNCF, the French railway, run regularly. It's not far from the terminal, we walk for about 10 minutes, first along the harbor and then up a flight of stairs to the train station. Train tickets are available from machines. You can find information in our article Discover Nice.
Tourist center and art metropolis
We drive to Nice Gare de Ville, which is the central train station. The Baie des Anges, Nice's long beach, and the famous Promenade des Anglais are just over 1 1/2 kilometers away on foot. Our way there leads via Avenue Jean Médecin, which is a very attractive shopping street, and via the equally appealing Place Masséna to the sea. We are unlucky: The Promenade des Anglais is being rebuilt and is therefore very unattractive. We walk only a few 100 meters in the direction of Hotel Negresco, then we turn back disappointed.
Vibrant life in old Nice
Paths and stairs lead past three old cemeteries into the old town. We can highly recommend this route. Changing steps and slightly sloping stretches is not very strenuous. We pass pretty gardens, and again and again there are different views of the roofs and towers of the city. Old Nice welcomes us with small, lively streets, cafés and bistros. It's time for a break, we've been on our way for a long time. Afterwards we explore the beautiful old palaces, the cathedral, the clock tower and the Place Rossetti with fountain and obelisk.
In Villefranche let's stroll a little more through the old streets. If you don't feel like going on a tour to Nice or Monaco or if you already know everything, you can spend a day in Villefranche. The Citadelle St. Elme, the Chapelle Saint-Pierre or the completely built-up Rue Obscure are worth seeing. The promenade is very pretty, as is the old port; the whole place is very welcoming.
Villefranche-sur-Mer - Houses on the harbor promenade
The Celebrity Reflection leaves its berth at five in the afternoon. For me, these are always the highlights of a cruise: The view from the sea to the coast, which is slowly changing and moving away, is impressive. Indeed, it always seems as if the coast and not the ship are moving away. This also applies the other way around, of course, when approaching a coast.
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