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Old Harbor (La Darse)

06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
+33 6 79 86 65 65
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Great harbour

We chose the old harbour because we wanted to be away from the hustle and bustle of the main port... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2017
St. Catharines, Canada
via mobile
Lovely 16th century shipyard and harbour

If you can read French, there are boards in the last of the boatyard with a fairly comprehensive... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
+33 6 79 86 65 65

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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

We chose the old harbour because we wanted to be away from the hustle and bustle of the main port in Villefranche. It was a good choice, we were 10 minutes or less walk along the citadel at the waters edge to the main port....More

Thank bjroyrn89
Reviewed 21 May 2017

If you can read French, there are boards in the last of the boatyard with a fairly comprehensive precise of the history of this interesting place as the Royal Dockyard. I really liked the arched ceilings of the boatyard and it's nice to see that...More

Thank hilarymunro
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Nice enough little marina/port to wander around but it only takes a few minutes and so wouldn't be something to travel far for in it's own right. As a part of the whole (Villefranche-sur-mer) then it shouldn't be missed out

Thank jrapeter
Reviewed 18 May 2017

We done a cruise trip by Royal Caribbean and Villefranche-sur-Mer was the harbor for the 02nd day, since they didn't have (maybe) the facilities to have a huge ship we were transporting by small boats to the land, that was the Villefranche-sur-Mer harbor, it was...More

1  Thank Nilakshi2015
Reviewed 7 May 2017

We walked the coastal path from Nice which leads to the old harbour in Villefranche. We enjoyed the walk and looking at the boats in the picturesque harbour.

Thank Taxidevil
Reviewed 27 April 2017

It's a small harbor but full of yachts about the size of our cruise ship. We were there during the Grand Prix as was this place busy. Neat little village with a train station close by were you could go right into Monte Carlo or...More

Thank Plsport
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Really worth a visit The harbour goes back to the 17 th century were built in the harbour. The harbour is full of sailing boat and yatchs. There is also the Marie Curie university for oceanic/marine biology research. Have a coffee and croissant in the...More

Thank Alain P
Reviewed 14 March 2017

There are boats, and a goofy little restaurant that has good sandwiches and wine to sip on. I mean... guys, it's a harbor.

1  Thank alexandrianolandia
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Lovely harbor with a mixture of boats. There's not a lot going on, but it's still a pleasant walk and nice to sit and admire the different types of boats that are moored there.

Thank Go4Red
Reviewed 6 March 2017

It makes for a lovely stroll, while you're on the côté D'Azur to visit the harbor in Villefranche. The fishermen pull into the harbour with their catch, you can buy it straight off the dock.

Thank MjPigott
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Do I need to hire a car if visiting VFSM for a few days? What is the best way to get to St. Paul de Vence for a day trip from VFSM? Thanks.
16 August 2016|
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Response from ThePlumber2015 | Reviewed this property |
Bus is the most economical way. I took the train there from Nice.
Vicki W
Best place to park?
26 September 2015|
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Response from E C | Reviewed this property |
Head towards the marina but stop when you reach hotel D'ar on left. On right you will see small free parking area. Get there before lunch maybe 11am if you can. If full it is worth waiting for 5mins as very often a space... More