Roquebrune - Cap Martin - Menton
Roquebrune Cap Martin
Located between Menton and Monaco, the splendid Roquebrune-Cap-Martin covers one of the most beautiful sights of the French Riviera, from the edge of the Mediterranean to the hilltop village of 933 hectares, for the delight of lovers of authenticity and old stones, fans of the roaring twenties and architecture enthusiasts.
Attracted by the unique beauty of the area, with famous artists - such as Rodin, Cocteau, or Monet – chose Roquebrune Cap Martin as a preferred holiday destination and also as a creative destination. Later, Winston Churchill, Marlene Dietrich, Sacha Guitry, Josephine Baker and Jacques Brel came for inspiration to this district that combines with elegance shapes, colors and lifestyle.
With its rich past, Roquebrune retains in effect superb testimonies of a bygone era which made its wealth:
At the heart of the old medieval village reigns the Grimaldi Castle (xith century) and its secular treasures; at the bypass of the narrow streets and stone houses, the walker will discover an olive tree of more than 3000 years, and then the oldest dungeon in France, shielding the rich history of this ancient fortress in Monaco facing the sea.
Cap Martin, former hunting reserve of the GRIMALDI’s, later turned into a Belle Epoque Resort, where the Danish architect Tersling (1857 - 1920) realized superb villas to lush gardens and other palaces. The construction of an prestigieuse establishment ‘Le Grand Hôtel du Cap’, in the 1890s', attracts many crowned heads, Edward VII of England to François-Joseph I of Austria and his wife the Empress Sissi.
Its urbanization continues at a steady pace; sheltered behind thick vegetation, luxurious homes are adorned with remarkable architecture and gardens, such as the Villa Cyrnos - built in 1892 for the Empress of Montijo, Cypris Villa - built in 1902 for Madame Robert Douine, sponsor and wife of the Director of Department Stores of the Louvre in Paris, and Villa Torre Clementina - built in 1904 at the request of the wife of banker Louis Stern and novelist Ernesta Stern.
In the 30s, Eileen Gray offered her famous villa E-1027, when the architect Robert Streiz built "La Pausa" with Coco Chanel guidelines.
"I have a castle on the Cote d'Azur, which measures 3.66 meters by 3.66 meters. It is for my wife, it is extravagant with comfort, kindness". Le Corbusier
In 1951, the architect Le Corbusier built his famous cottage, located on the old coastal path by the seafront.
Roquebrune Cap Martin is a seaside resort rich in architecture and it’s flamboyant past which today remains the legacy of artists, architects and international nobility.
Menton, city of charms and mysteries, is situated on the Franco-Italian border. Its sunshine and its near subtropical climate favor the cultivation of orange trees, lemon trees, palm trees, mimosas and the extraction of rare essential oils.
The eden of all gardens, Menton is also an unparalleled showcase of architecture that have shaped this secret of the Riviera in the heart of where everyone roam in the trail of famous names. Empress Eugénie to Jean Cocteau, as well as King Albert I of Belgium, Ferdinand Bac or Katherine Mansfield, countless figures have come to this magical setting, in search of authenticity.
The scents, the colors, the quiet yet diverse activities that can be practiced here all the year round, have made Menton, as highlighted by the geographer Elysée Reclus, "The Pearl of France".
Menton, city of atmosphere, offers paths to discovery in the tracks of the great names of world culture.
Explore the old town, the real historical center and the dusky medieval streets, beautiful old facades and old world charm.
Hang out in Garavan, between the old town and the Italian border, and discover the prestigious villas built by European aristocrats and dignitarys who went to winter on the French Riviera.
And do not miss the lemon festival, symbol of the city of Menton, which is one of the three largest events of the Côte d'Azur with Nice Carnival and the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco.
You will discover a magical world full of citrus fruits within the garden of the Palace of Carnolès, which hosts the largest collection of citrus in Europe.