Old Harbor (La Darse), Villefranche-sur-Mer

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For a leisurely visit of shopping and exploration, visit Old Harbor (La Darse), which dates back to the 17th century. Throughout history, Villefranche has been both French and Italian and is still influenced by both cultures. You can see this exemplified in the architecture and cuisine. Wander the narrow, medieval streets of the Old Town, or jump on one of the frequent trains that run along the coast. Shop the street markets for leather goods, shoes, handbags, knitwear, scarves, and more. Plan your Old Harbor (La Darse) visit and explore what else you can see and do in Villefranche-sur-Mer using our Villefranche-sur-Mer trip planner.
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  • Our compatriots also left their noticeable mark in the history of this tiny town. In 1770, a Russian squadron was stationed in the harbor, commanded by famous Russian military commanders - Count Alexey Orlov, Count Godor Orlov and Admiral Fyodor Ushakov. In the citadel there is a memorial plaque with the mention that the bay of Villefranche has since been called the Bay of Eagles. This name has existed for quite a long time. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the bay was permanently housed Russian military base. In the town of Villefranche-sur-Mer near the citadel you can see bronze busts of the Orlov brothers and Admiral Ushakov. Until now, the town has and works created by Russian experts in the 19th century oceanographic laboratory.
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  • The old harbor is lovely. There a few restaurants located next to it - I recommend going up the hill a little (La Belle Etoile was excellent). The lighting is picture perfect at dusk. A great visit!!  more »
  • Nice is busy, this is their port and it is a totally different world. Colorful, picturesque, quaint.....all great qualities. The people are very friendly and the port still has pictures of the US Navy...  more »
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