Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is a city bordering the Principality of Monaco, topped by a tower which is the only specimen existing castles in France called Carolingian.
Like many towns in the Cote d'Azur, the construction of the town of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is divided along the hills that plunge into the Mediterranean.
The exceptional climate of this part of the French Riviera to attract tourists throughout the year.
The castle was built in the late tenth century by Conrad I, Count of Ventimiglia, to prevent the Saracens to settle again in the region. After passing the power of the counts of Provence and the Republic of Genoa, he belonged for several centuries that the Grimaldi remanièrent construction and introduced artillery in the defence. Initially, the castle was a fortress together in a single forum, breakthrough six-fortified gates, the main tower and the village. In the fifteenth century, the tower took the name of the castle and the rest of the fortress became the village which, until now, has maintained intact its medieval character: narrow streets covered with Romanesque arches, old houses whose walls are still mossy lined with ivy and pariétaires.
The former dungeon of the castle is the oldest in France. Built on a rock poudingue tertiary, it dominates by 26 meters on the facade opposite. The walls that have 2 to 4 meters offer the view all elements of defense: embrassures cannon, machicolation, deadly slots archières, etc.. At the 1st floor, room Ceremonies feudal whose ceiling was burned, most recently in 1747. Note: the location of seigneurial throne, a walled jail, center, a cube-shaped tank, the window mullion, the fifteenth century. More below is the store the food, dug in the rock. The 4th floor is the platform of superior artillery, offering a panorama circular on the roofs of the picturesque village, the sea, the Cap Martin, the Principality of Monaco, Mont Agel.
Note that for nearly 500 years took place in the afternoon of August 5, a procession of six tables representing the main scenes of the Passion (following a vow pronounced in 1467 during an outbreak of plague), it place between the church and chapel of Pausa (Peace).
Do not miss during your visit to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin to go on the road in Menton, 200 meters after leaving the village you will discover Olivier Millennium, an olive tree which is considered to be one of the oldest in the world!
The town of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is served by the average low and high cornice (RN7 - RN98 - RD 2564), and also benefits the train that connects its stations (Cabbé and Carnolès) the major cities of Cote d'Azur. Some bus services are also available to go for example at the airport Nice-Cote d'Azur.
The perched village of Roquebrune is only one element of this county that stretches from Monte Carlo to Menton. During your stroll, you will discover many elegant villas nestled among cypress, side hills. You can also benefit from the parkway Le Corbusier, along the sea between Cap-Martin and Cabbé or odorous trails of Cape Martin winding between the trees and mimosas.
The Mediterranean vegetation, dense but sometimes poorly preserved of planning, fragrant yet this coast where you can organize a dream holiday...