This magnificent sixteenth-century citadel was built by the Duke
of Savoy to protect the coast around Nice from invaders. Spread
over seven-and-a-half acres, the citadel complex now houses
Villefranche-sur-Mer's Town Hall, three museums, an art gallery and
Hidden in the atmospheric and winding alleyways of
Villefranche-sur-Mer's 'old town' are fabulous examples of historic
architecture including the Baroque-styled Church of St Michael,
built in the eighteenth century on the site of a much earlier
church, and the Rue Obscure; a street behind the harbour-front
buildings which dates from the thirteenth century.
The Garden of Saint Michael
The best place from which to obtain unforgettable views of
Villefranche-sur-Mer and its harbour is from the hillside Garden of
Saint Michael. Set in woodland this beautiful flower-filled
botanical garden features a picnic area and an orientation table
depicting the coastal trail which was established in 2009.