Walk and SUP in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Today´s visit was into the village of Villefranche-sur-Mer, which was noticed as the very best beach in the area by us last year. This time we took a bus number 81 which is leaving very near to our hotel (very practical!) and we took off the bus stop called Octroi. By taking a bus instead of a train (as we did last year) we were able to enter the town itself when walking towards the beach.

The town is a beauty.  Small and narrow streets with old doors and archs was a pleasant place to walk and take pictures. After for a while we ended up to the beach area and continued walking to the very end because the SUP rental location is in the far end.

I changed shorts and t-shirt in a small private tent, kind of funny but it was nice to have some place to do it. The SUP board I paddled on was a new model for me, the shape was a very sharp and it was said to be fast and stable, and it was. It took a short time to get familiar with mediterranean waves but when I did it was fun indeed to paddle.

Perfect SUP-moment in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Today’s beach was in Villefranche-sur-Mer located seven minutes from Nice central (Nice-Ville) by train.  It is Saturday so lot’s of people are heading to the beaches to get refressing sea wind and to cool themselves in the sea. The train was full of both locals and turists. The beach in Villefrance-sur-Mer (or part of it) is sandy which is not so common in this part of France so it is quite nice for the small children too.

The train stops very, very near to the beach, but the SUP rental service (www.seasurfandwind.com) is in the other end of the beach, so we needed to take a walk first. Weather is hot but there is a slight wind coming from the sea, and in a shadows of trees in the sidewalk it is very comfortable to walk.  In the end of the road there is a van with different SUP boards.  You can select a board based on the experience level: beginner, performer and racer.  I saw that there was exactly the same board I have at home, so that one was an easy choice.

The beach is located in peaceful bay so the waves were reasonable and I had no difficulties to stand up and paddle. I paddled quite a long way to the sea where were actually lots of yachts anchored and people went to swim from those. I took photos of nice views form the sea, but mostly enjoying the sea and the SUP moment.

The beaches I have visited in France during this summer holiday I liked most this one, Villefrance-sur-Mer. The travelling time from Nice is very ok, the beach itself is comfortable, the bay is calm but nicely windy for SUP,  offering in the SUP rental is good and prices in cafeterias are reasonable.

After having paddled for an hour I jumped to the sea and swam a small round. After that it was nice and cool to walk back to the train and go back to Nice-Ville.