Roquebrune-Cap-Martin Travel Guide
Cap Martin - Villa Cyranos
The views over Roquebrune are...
An old castle with a wide and wonderful view
The number one attraction in this Cote d'Azur-manucipality is the old town of Roquebrune. Here narrow alleys wind around a rock on which an ancient castle is situated. The castle is special as it is the only remaining Karolian castle in France. This stronghold was built...
The old village of Roquebrune
Surrounding the castle and beneath it's tower lays the village of Roquebrune. Winding narrow streets and alleys that are filled with staircases, built completely on the flanks of a steep mountain rising up from the blue sea. It is truely like in a book, how this village...
A thousand year old olive tree
Roquebrune is proud of it. The thousand year old olive tree that belongs to the oldest living creatures in this world. One has to search a while and go through the streets towards Menton and just outside the village itself (Rue de la Fontaine), but the wonderful tree is very...
Sainte-Marguerite, the holy temple of Roquebrune
Every village has a church, at least here in Europe it is like that. In Roquebrune it is the Sainte-Marguarite, raised in the 12th century and later modelled in a baroque way. Colourful facade is visible, while the rest of the church, including the tower, is practically...
The war monument near Sainte-Marguerite
Within a junction of three alleys, deep inside the village core of Roquebrune, is a small square, just in front of the main church: Sainte-Marguarite. The colourful facade of the church is lighting up one side of this open place, where the sunlight scatters in beams...
Walk the endless stairs in Roquebrune
This place is not very accessible for people with children's wagons, let even for those who are in a wheelchair. The streets are going up (or down) steep and stairs are everywhere. In the aberage warmth that is hanging over the Cote d'Azur, it is quite strenuous to walk...
A visit to the Roquebrune castle I
The Karolingan castle of Roquebrune is between a true castle and a ruin. The place it is built is the (still) green hilltop in the centre of the old Roquebrune village (which appeared around the castle, that was a safe-haven for the inhabitants of the place that was built....
A visit to the Roquebrune castle II
On the top of the castle, it's fourth floor, one can enjoy the spectacular view over Roquebrune, the Cap-Martin and the mountains that raise steep up from the blue mediterranean sea. Above evrything else, the French flag is prouldy waving in the wind and one can stay here...
The Chateau de Roquebrune
Medieval fort without which no perched village would be complete.Built in 970 by Conrad 1st, Earl of Ventimiglia, as defence against raiding Saracens, the fortress included the whole village. It was sold in 1911 to a rich British tourist, Sir William Ingram.("Nice castle....
Beach front Roquebrune to Carnoles
Stony beach which runs a kilometre or two in length to Carnoles and Menton. Its not very crowded, and it's not difficult to see why. From the Avenue Winston Churchill commences a featureless morass of endless identical holiday apartment blocks. A legacy of soulless...
Roquebrune beach La Sube
Inaccessible other than by on foot, the beach at Roquebrune is mercifully peaceful. One snack beach bar looks after everyones requirements with friendly service.The beach is stony and the position of the bay means it silts up with fine seaweed leaves. Nevertheless it has a...
Sweeping views over Monaco
From its commanding position Roquebrune offers fine viws of the coast towards Monaco - I place which I think always looks better from a distance than it does close up.
Conrad 1st, conte of Vintimiglia constructed this castle at the 10th century. In 1355, Roquebrune become the Grimaldi's possession during 5 century.In 1793 Roquebrune becomes french then once more become monegasque in 1814 before setting itself up as a free town in 1848 with...
Hotel Claridges - Menton: Hotel close to Roquebrune
A 2 star rated hotel in the centre of Menton, only a few kilometers away from RoquebruneClean and nice place The reservations can be made only through a phone call, without paying in advance
les Deux Freres: Restaurant with a view
The restaurant is right at the main (only) plaza of the town. I went to Roquebrune by train and mounted the stairs, all 300 vertical Meters. The food is french nouvelle cuisine, and the waiter was kind enough to indulge my lacking french skills by speaking german. I appreciate that from a Dutchman.
The restaurant's terrace offers a nice view over to Monaco.
All in all I dined very nicely and loved the food and the view.
I was also very glad I didn't sprain or break anything on my way down to the trainstation at nearly sea level.
Favorite Dish: The wine was good. I had a half bottle of Bandol.
Sue me for forgetting what I had to eat :)
Written Jul 29, 2007
Address: Place les Deux Freres
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Sentier Touristique (walk along the beach)
There is a long foothpath running along Cap-Martin and leading all the way to Monte Carlo. This "Sentier touristique" holds breathtaking views over the mediterranean sea and visits lovely places along the rocky coast and the blue blue water. The whole route can be walked in...
Roquebrune station, down below
Arriving to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is also possible by train, however, one should know that the railway tracks run down below along the sea side and a steep climb (with or without luggage) is necessary to visit the old village. Taxiu's are of course available too.
Roquebrune, just off the highway A8
Roquebrune village is very easy to reach along the high Corniche runing from Nice to Monaco to Menton, but also directly from the highway A8 towards Italy (from Nice) and taking exit "Roquebrune".
The processions of Roquebrune
On the 5th of August Roquebrune is in a festival atmosphere. The procession, showing various scenes from the suffering of Christ, is drawing thousands of people to the village. It is done exactly the way it was done since 1467, the year the plague was defeated and in return the procession was a sign of gratitude towards God.
On Good Friday another famous procession goes through Roquebrune. In the evening, the "bringing to the grave" of Jezus is simulated in this "procession du Christ Mort". 60 actors play in this parade and the village is alluminated in beautiful candles made of snalehouses and shells.
Written Nov 24, 2004
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