The Roya is a coastal river which takes its source in France, in the Alpes-Maritimes department (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) and joins the Mediterranean sea in Italy at Ventimiglia.

Over a length of 59 km, the last nineteen of which are in Italy, near Ventimiglia. The length referenced in France is 40.1 km. The Ventimiglia – Limone axis through this valley makes it a very well-known river and a very important road connection, coupled with a spectacular railway line which includes a branch to Nice at Breil-sur-Roya.

The Roya has its source at the Col de Tende (1,889 m) at an altitude of 1,871 m in the commune of Tende.

It flows generally from north to south-southwest.

In France, in the department of Alpes-Maritimes, the Roya crosses the five communes of Tende (source), La Brigue, Fontan, Saorge, and Breil-sur-Roya.

It is a first category watercourse with a large quantity of wild brown trout popular among fishermen.

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