The first Port of Call while on our Disney Mediterranean cruise was Villefranche. Located on the French Riveria, this region includes Monte Carlo, Cannes, and Nice. We choose to go on our own for the most part and visited Nice, Monte Carlo and Monaco. While navigating the train was a bit more difficult here (unless you can read French), overall this destination was easy to conquer for the novice traveler. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes (you will be doing a great deal of walking), bring plenty of Euros (we failed to do this and they were on a bank holiday), and bottles of water (it’s warm)! You may also want to wear a swimsuit under your clothes or in a carry on if you want to spend sometime on the coast. The excursion we did pay for was the Little Train Sightseeing Tour. This train is picked up along the French Riviera and is a audio guided tour that takes you to Monaco, where you can see the Prince’s Palace among other places.
The Prince’s Palace of Monaco is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. You may choose to tour the inside of the Palace, but if the Prince or his wife are there, certain wings are closed to the public. We did not tour the inside, but heard from others that it was just “okay” and not necessarily worth the cost.
What you won’t want to miss out on is the view. Simply stunning and totally post card worthy! There is plenty of places to sit and observe the beauty of this region of France!
Speaking of beauty, the beaches are lovely. You will find however that the beaches on the French Riviera are different that stateside. Not only are they topless, they are also extremely rocky. I would suggest bringing water shoes if you have them.
The water is amazingly clear and it is a nice way to cool off on a hot day in the French Riviera!
Just a short train ride away is Monte Carlo. Monte Carlo is host to the Formula One Grand Prix . You can almost picture the cars zooming through these narrow hilly and quite curvy roads. I have no idea how they do it!Because Monte Carlo is so hilly, you might want to take a bus to Monaco to see the Monte Carlo Casino. If you are without children, you can go inside and check it out or take your chances and play the tables. Those with kids can go no further than the foot of the stairs.
If you are looking to do some shopping, Monaco has many upscale shops and stores. If you are wanting more wallet friendly shopping, you should walk Jean Medecin’s avenue where you’ll still find name brand stores, but also local shops and businesses.
Tip: As you know if you’ve traveled to France, bathrooms are hard to find. They are in train stations and you will find there are places like Burger King on Jean Medcin Avenue where you can buy a soda and use a clean bathroom for free.