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"Roquebrune's Vieux Village" Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Things to Do Tip by King_Golo

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Things to Do: 208 reviews and 403 photos

  Entering the labyrinth of Roquebrune
by King_Golo

Roquebrune's old town (or vieux village in French) was the first one we visited and may thus have stayed in our minds as extra-beautiful - all the others simply had to compare to it. But however strong the influence of the first impression might be: Roquebrune IS a wonderful place. While the new town with its faceless facades is located next to the sea, the vieux village perches on top of a hill, surrounding the ruins of the castle in its centre. Only a kilometer or so away from the sea, you feel like you are somewhere in the mountains when you get lost in the villages alleys and steps. It is incredible just how entangled the alleys are: Every two meters, a new alley branches off and disappears between (sometimes) or under (often) a house. Roquebrune's vieux village must be a postman's nightmare...
You can reach the village from the road from Roquebrune to Monaco. Parking is only possible on a small parking lot below the village, and then you will have to climb numerous steps and steep alleys. It's definitely worth it, so bring some convenient shoes and off you go. The first point you will reach is a little square behind which the labyrinth of alleys begins. However complicated it may look like - the castle (see another tip) and the parking lot are signposted on most of the alleys.
For more pictures, see my travelogue.

Directions: Roquebrune Vieux Village

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  • Updated Sep 3, 2010
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