Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is a postcard-perfect resort on the Côte d'Azur. Sunbathe on Mediterranean beaches, admire Belle Epoque mansions and experience the glamour of the French Riviera. There’s plenty of history to discover in the medieval Old Town, including a centuries-old castle.
Things to do in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
Walk around the medieval Old Town and explore streets lined with brightly-painted houses. A maze of steep alleys and stone staircases lead up to Chateau de Roquebrune, a medieval fortress perched on a 300-metre-high bluff. It’s one of the oldest in France and commands panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea.
There are several beaches within walking distance of the train station, including Plage du Buse. Sunbathe on the silver-pebble sand and enjoy refreshments at the beachfront café. Plage du Golfe Bleu is framed by forested hills and patrolled by lifeguards in the summer.
Sentier du Littoral stretches along the coast from Roquebrune-Cap Martin to Cap d’Ail. The 13-kilometre signposted trail takes you past beautiful beaches like Plage Buse. Stop to swim in the crystalline water and enjoy lunch in the shade before continuing your walk.
Promenade Le Corbusier is another spectacular coastal walk. It’s named after the famous French architect and passes the beach where Le Corbusier used to swim. You’ll also walk past grand seaside villas set in beautiful gardens. Some have hosted celebrities like Coco Channel and Winston Churchill.
Learn more about the legacy of Le Corbusier at Cabanon de Le Corbusier. The museum occupies a minimalist holiday cabin built by Le Corbusier in the 1950s. At 3.66 metres tall and 3.66 metres wide, it’s one of the smallest UNESCO sites in the world.
Getting around Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot or bicycle, while taxis are a good way to cover longer distances. The resort is 30 minutes from Nice and 10 minutes from Monaco, by car or train. Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is a 45-minute drive away.