Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is a village where Coco Chanel had its villa. The narrow streets of the Old Town lead up to over a thousand-year-old olive tree, and the Grimaldi fortress is towering above the village.
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is a village spread out along the coast between Monaco and Menton. There you will find a beautiful beach covered with fine gravel, and a medieval Old Town built on a steep slope. In Roquebrune-Cap-Martin it is much calmer than in nearby Monaco and Nice, but equally beautiful. Coco Chanel, who lived in the Villa La Pausa, liked this area. Pablo Picasso and Winston Churchill were keen visitors to her estate.
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin – a quiet village
There are several attractions in Roquebrune that are worth seeing. First of all, it is of course the Old Town with narrow streets and a viewing terrace. It is worth entering the Grimaldi castle-fortress from the end of the 9th century, which offers a beautiful view of the whole area, especially towards Monaco. The admission ticket costs €5, and you can spend about 30 minutes inside. Just remember that it’s closed during the lunch time.
The name Roquebrune came from the color of the rock on which the city was built and means brown rock.
It is also worth going south along the rue de la Fontaine, then Chemin de Menton, to see the over 1000-year-old olive tree (l’Olivier Millénaire), the oldest known in the region.
How to get to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin?
You can reach Roquebrune-Cap-Martin by train (Grasse – Ventimiglia via Nice and Monaco), but then you will have to wander up to the Old Town. It’s best to get there by car or scooter, choosing the Upper Cornices, an extremely picturesque route from Nice towards the Italian border.
From Nice to Menton there is also bus 100, which passes Roquebrune. Roquebrune is right next to Menton, so it’s worth getting to this lovely town right after.