Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regionFrance, between Monaco and Menton.

It’s a popular part of the French Riviera of the Mediterranean resorts of France.

The name was changed from Roquebrune to differentiate the town from Roquebrune-sur-Argens in the neighboring Var department.

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin has several villages and towns: St. Roman, practically a suburb of Monaco (but not part of Monaco proper, as it does not lie within the borders of Monaco), the residential areas of Cabbé, Bon Voyage and Serret, Roquebrune with its perched village and château, the posh Cap Martin peninsula and the modern seaside resort of Carnolès, with its long pebble beach bordering Menton.

The whole area has a major tourism industry, particularly during the high season from April to October.

Tourism and main attractions

The castle of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is a medieval fortification built at the end of the tenth century by Conrad I, count of Ventimiglia, to prevent the Saracens from settling again in the region.

It is located on the peak of the commune of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.

Originally, the castle was a fortress uniting in the same enclosure, pierced by six fortified gates, the keep and the village. In the fifteenth century, the keep took the name of castle and the rest of the fortress became the village which, until today, retains its medieval character: narrow streets covered with Roman vaults, and old houses whose mossy walls are still lined with ivy and pariets.

The castle was inhabited until 1800. It was then sold to five citizens of Roquebrune. It is listed as historical monuments by decree of 28 February 1927.

The keep is the oldest in France. Built on a tertiary pudding rock, it dominates by 26 meters on the opposite facade. The walls, which are two to four meters long, offer all the defense elements to view: cannon embrasures, machicolations, loopholes, battlements, etc.

The castle is open:

10 am – 13 pm and 3 pm – 6pm

Closed on 1 May, 1 and 11 November, 25 December and 1 January.
Closed on Fridays between 1 November and 31 January


Adult: €5
Reduced rate for over-60s and groups of more than 10 people: €4

Reduced rate for children and students: €3

Shortest distances by car

From Paris: 9 hr 58 min (958 km) via A6 and A7

From Marseille: 2 hr 27 min (224 km) via A8

From Nice: 32 min (26.0 km) via A8 and D2564

From Toulouse: 6 hr (587 km) via A8

From Monaco: 21 min (8.8 km) via D6098

From Andorra: 8 hr 2 min (677 km) via A8

From Madrid: 13 hr 39 min (1,293 km) via A-2

From Moscow: 35 hr (3,073 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 13 hr 50 min (1,311 km) via E70

From Istanbul: 24 hr (2,260 km) via E70

From Bern: 6 hr 47 min (593 km) via A10/E80

Main information

Area: 9 km2

Population: 12 371

Coordinates: 43°45′46″N 7°27′47″E

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

See here France travel guide

See here Spain travel guide

See here Pyrenees travel guide

See here Andorra travel guide


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