Villefranche Combat Naval Fleuri

Published on 02/23/2010

VILLEFRANCHE FLOWER POWER

The beautiful port of Villefranche-sur-Mer on the south coast of France is a story book location on any day of the year - but in the spring during their ‘Combat Naval Fleuri’ it takes on an even more magical appearance.

The small fishing boats in the harbour are bedecked with the bright yellow flowers of the Mimosa tree and an assortment of fantastically coloured blooms and palm tree leaves. 

The crew dress up in traditional costume and parade the boats along the harbour side to the delight of the thousands of spectators who line the shore. 

As the boats circle around the harbour a typically loud and exuberant mediterranean carnival makes its way along the streets with showers of confetti being thrown from all directions.

The festivities culminate with the flowers from the boats being thrown into the crowds. As each piece of mimosa sails through the air hundreds of hands are raised to try and catch the lucky branch.

A really magical place and a magical day, and you are sure to leave with a bouquet of flowers !

•Travel on the train - better for you and the climate

•Villefranche-sur-mer is very close to Nice and about 30 mins from Italy

•Take the time to walk through the town, there is an amazing covered street and the views over the water from above the village are fantastic.

•There is a lovely sandy beach near the station we were swimming in the sea last November from the beach !

Painting shown:

Artist: John Dyer
Painting: “Saucy Sunset, Villefranche-sur-Mer”

Size: 24 x 18 inches

Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of Gallery Monaco