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“Wonderful Views of the Harbor and the Town Along the Sea”

Les Musees de La Citadelle
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

Villefranche-sur-Mer is a small town with a breathtaking waterfront and expensive restaurants facing the sea. Unless you're going to the beach or taking a leisurely lunch you'll see everything in less than 2 hours so be sure to visit the fort. It was constructed high above the harbor and from it you have spectacular views of the horseshoe bay, one of the few deepwater locations along the Bord de Mer for cruise ships. You'll see great views of the town and beach and above the beach watch the trains heading to Nice and Monaco. The Citadelle is free and contains a small museum with military memorabilia. Through deeply cut windows in the thick wall you can look out at the ships and imagine at one time they could have been filled with attacking enemy troops. A wonderful place for children of all ages.

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Reviewed 24 July 2013

It was my first time in Villefranche and it was wonderful! The Citadelle is just amazing, there were a splendid garden and an open air theatre! The view from there is beautiful and there are some musees really interesting in it! It is really close to the town and beaches !

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Reviewed 23 July 2013

We arrived in Monaco as part of a Mediterranean cruise. I had read in a tour guide that Villefranche-sur-Mer was one of the most picturesque spots on the Mediterranean -- so we decided to take the train from Monaco and spend most of the day.

Having now visited Villefranche in person, I can report that we found it to be one of the most beautiful places on earth.

The train ride from Monaco is very quick and was quite inexpensive. When you exit the train station, you immediately begin walking through the wonderful, little village -- atmosphere off the charts and a view and photo opportunity at every turn.

Along our walk, we bumped in to the Musees de la Citadelle and just wandered in. We are so glad we did! Amazing views, beautiful landscaping -- just a joy. (Free of charge, too!)

We'd gladly return to Villefranche-sur-Mer if we get the chance. A cruise ship is a very cost effective way to see it, as well. Taking the short train ride from Monaco or Nice is easy enough. (The train station in Monaco, by the way, incredible)

3  Thank PhxTravels
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

We loved wandering about La Citadelle... no charge to do so... and it brings visions of ancient days to mind... a great place to daydream awhile. While we were here, we also came upon a semi-circle of the most beautiful blue-flowering trees on the Citadelle grounds... in full bloom at the end of June... not sure what kind they were, but they were stunning.

1  Thank Heanyjw
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Always a pleasure to return to Villefranche and visit the Citidal, the gardens and the museums here. No cost to get in and wander through the old fort. Stunning views over the upmarket resort and it has an open air theatre/cinema screen as well. Take a stroll round the outside of the Citidal beside the sea afterwards.

1  Thank Margaret G
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