Villefranche-sur-Mer is arguably one of the most beautiful harbor towns on the French Riviera, and that's saying something! This picturesque village and popular resort town sits high above the coastline, tucked into a bay between the Cap Ferrat peninsula and the Cap de Nice. From Villefranche, Nice is just a short boat or car ride away. Travelers who are in the know will have Villefranche on their French Riviera itinerary, as the bay of Villefranche is one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Once on dry land, make your way to the Old Town, which sits high above sea level and is home to an impressive array of 12th-century buildings. Wander the narrow streets, and you'll find hidden art galleries, boutique stores, and family-run coffee shops where locals enjoy their morning espresso. For the best views of the harbor, head to the top of Saint Elme Citadel. This 16th-century fortress overlooks the coastline and is surrounded by verdant gardens bursting with flora and fauna.
At FranceRent, we work with a handful of exclusive hosts who provide scenic plane tours along the French Riviera. Our hosts offer a variety of tours ranging in duration from one hour to one-day excursions. For example, the one-hour Esterel tour takes you above Cannes and out over the peninsula's mountainous region. This tour costs around €140/person. Alternatively, embark on a full-day excursion in a private plane from Cannes to Corsica, one of the most beautiful French islands. You'll have time to explore Corsica's Old Town and the Fort of Calvi on foot before returning to Cannes. This tour costs around €250/person and has a duration of three to six hours. Those who enjoy exploring inland might consider the Gorges du Verdon plane tour. This tour heads away from the Riviera and north into the mountain towns found in the Canyon du Verdon. The one-hour flight costs around €170/person.