Start planning your cruise and book your excursions in Nice and its surroundings via Villefranche-sur-Mer
Villefranche-sur-Mer is a seaside resort on the French Riviera founded in 1295. Old town and winding streets, arcades and staircases in mazes, facades with half-closed shutters, this corner of France is permeated with the typical charm of southern port cities.
The picturesque little fishing port of this MSC Cruise destination in Northern Europe and its majestic curve of the shoreline and the 16th-century Citadel have made Villefranche-sur-mer a popular place for artists.
Let yourself be seduced by the emblematic sites of southern France during an MSC excursion, such as:
• Monaco & Monte Carlo
Monaco, an independent sovereign state ruled by a royal family since the 13th century, has some sights not to be missed. As well as being the burial place of Princess Grace of Monaco, the Byzantine-style cathedral built in the 19th century houses an original altarpiece. The Prince's Palace, with its 15th century frescoes and opulent 18th century salons, the Oceanographic Museum and one of the most impressive Aquariums in Europe are also places to visit.
Among the symbols of Nice, the Promenade des Anglais is the most popular between tourists and residents who love to stroll along this seafront avenue. Another must-see is the old town, where old buildings, pastel-coloured squares and historical monuments stand side by side. The Palais de Justice, a former 19th century colonnaded manor house, the Sainte-Réparate cathedral, the Orthodox cathedral of Saint Nicolas and the Saint-Jacques, Pénitents-Noirs Chapelle and Saint Augustin churches are all worth a visit.
Situated on the Provencal coast, the pretty medieval village of Eze is entirely pedestrian and seduces you with its’ authenticity. Its’ exotic garden, perched at the top of the village, offers a breathtaking view of the French Riviera. Rocks, stones, cacti, aloe agaves, ponds and waterfalls, succulents, yuccas, and a wide variety of exotic plants make up its’ landscape.