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Parking in Villefrache -sur -Mer

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Parking in Villefrache -sur -Mer

We are staying in an apartment on rue du Poilu in the historic district and will want to rent a car for about 3-4 days of our 2 week stay.

Does anyone have any recommendations on reasonable parking rates for that area. We will be traveling in late September.

Thanks,

Sandra

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1. Re: Parking in Villefrache -sur -Mer

if you are ok to walk 10/15min, you could find parking in the street on the way to the port of La Darse

there is no underground parking in Villefranche, but there are public parking on payment = often it's maximum 4 or 6 hours in total

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Thanks for your information. It was very helpful.

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There is a barrier-controlled parking lot very near Rue du Poilu (perhaps 3 min walk) which as you drive down into the old town waterfront area is immediately on the sharp right just before the Welcome Hotel, roughly opposite Cosmo. Once on the road going down, as soon as you see shops to the left, it's on the right.

It is basically behind the port tender building, and has space for perhaps 60-70 cars. You will see it as you drive down the curvy steep road to drive along the seafront old town.

Now I don't know if this allows overnight parking or not (it's pay and display), so whta you COULD do is get the car and then drive into the car park to see from the signs if overnight parking is allowed, and how much it costs.

If it's OK then you're sorted, as your apartment (we are also staying in that street in two weeks) is a short walk away - just walk up the short steps to the right of hotel welcome, turn right (or left) and that's the street. you need.

If the barrier car park does not work, then as well as the option above my post, there is also an open car park by the (only) roundabout in Villefranche - as you come up from the old town waterfront area, you would turn left the immediately right - it's by tennis courts, opposite a bakery.

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4. Re: Parking in Villefrache -sur -Mer

Sorry, not pay and display, it's get a ticket as you enter then pay at machine for exit.

It also has an ATM btw - the only one I know of down in the old town area, without having to walk backup to the through-road level (a long, steep walk)

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5. Re: Parking in Villefrache -sur -Mer

I park in the citadel.

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6. Re: Parking in Villefrache -sur -Mer

Jeremy,

Thanks for the information. Our apartment looks to be very near that Welcome Hotel, so that will work pretty well, I think. We will do our research as soon as we arrive and check out that parking area. Is this your first trip there? It is ours.

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7. Re: Parking in Villefrache -sur -Mer

We first went to Villefranche 5 years ago, and have returned every August as we like it so much. Some extra information for you, gleaned from us also staying in an apartment on rue du Poilu a couple of times.

1. Trash/rubbish - you'll need to dispose of this, and the rubbish bins are actually almost next to that car park's ticket machine. These are the nearest ones to those apartments.

2. rue du Poilu has a bakery which is good for croissants and bread, the small supermarket is OK-ish but expensive so when you have the car just drive out of VF towards Nice following the road that goes by the coast and you'll come to the nearest large supermarket on the right (Champions or Carefour, one or the other). It has parking underground, and is much better value for basics/wine etc.

3. There are two restaurants in small squares in rue du Poilu - one (larger) is an Italian pizza place which isn't too bad, the other in a smaller square is a pretty good fine dining-ish place which we really like. The small restaurant next to this will also sell you bottles of wine at 9 euros or so - handy.

4. The nearest, best, dependably good, highly rates restaurant that everyone will (rightly) recommend is Le Cosmo which is in the main square overlooking the chapel/seafront, next to the Hotel Welcome. Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner, consistently our (and everyone else's) favourite.

5. The bars behind Welcome Hotel seem to be the main places to go for a late-ish drink after dinner, staying open until 1pm or 2pm. They are just a couple of minutes from apartments on rue du Poilu

6. rue du Poilu takes you straight to the railway station without having to walk along the beach, and then climb up the steps to platform level.

I'm sure you'll have a good time there.

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8. Re: Parking in Villefrache -sur -Mer

Count your change carefully in the bakery in Rue de Poilu!

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9. Re: Parking in Villefrache -sur -Mer

Sounds like that newsagent up on the through-road next to the police station which always gives 1 euro less in change and when challenged says it gave the right money!

But we're there in 2 weeks so will take care in the bakery, thanks for that

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