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 already in the 10th century by the count of Ventimiglia (just across the border...more
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 looks and the atmosphere that it breaths brings you back to medieval times....more
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 much worth to have a look at.more
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 hidden in the masses of the houses in Roquebrune. The bell tower is however...more
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 frolically. Here is also a small monument for the fallen hero's in the both...more
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 around the whole village and cross every alley and street. This however is a...more
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. The 26 metres high "Donjon" rises over the remaining pieces of the...more
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 for an hour and still discover new things in the magnificent view. Not for...more
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. I'll take it") Ten years later it was donated to the town.more
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 developers and the limited aspirations of their retirement purchasers. The only...more
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 certain charm and is fairly exclusive.more
Avenue Princess Grace, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, 6190, France
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
7 promenade du Cap, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
Good for: Business
100, avenue Jean Jaures, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, 06190, France
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
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 :)
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 two hours (after you have to find means back to where you began.more
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.