Perched on a rock outcrop, high above the glistening waters and shimmering sands of the Mediterranean coast, between Monaco and Menton lies the small village of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France. The old village is wonderfully understated, standing in the vast shadow cast by the hugely elegant and impressive 10th century chateau at its heart.
There is much to find between the narrow, twisting alleys and stepped streets of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, with delightful little shaded squares and elegant fountains hiding at the end of deep vaulted passageways. The main square, which nestles in the lee of the chateau and the rocks of the village summit is a delightful spot in the evenings, especially if the sun is setting over Monaco far below and the evening sun is warm. The 18th Century Church Ste-Marguerite is well worth visiting from any Roquebrune-Cap-Martin holiday rental property, and there is a delightful looped walking trail to explore, taking in the oldest olive tree in the region, which dates back over 1,000 years.
Much of the tremendous appeal of taking holiday rental accommodation in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin comes from the beauty of Cap Martin itself, the wooded peninsula that stretches away from the base of the village, jutting out into the Mediterranean. Some of the new village is located on Cap Martin, including the train station, but most importantly, it is here that Roquebrune-Cap-Martin’s beaches can be found. Although much of the peninsula is now the property of large estates, the beaches are still largely public, and the waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and sailing, for which there is an excellent sailing centre outside the village on the way towards Menton.
There are some wonderfully relaxing walks to be enjoyed from a self catering Roquebrune-Cap-Martin villa too. There are a number of short, but often steep, paths should you require a short walk after a particularly large lunch in a local restaurant, as well as some beautiful trails north of the village, heading into the rugged mountains, thick forests and medieval villages that adorn the countryside behind the village. The coastal path is also a wonderful route for walkers and cyclists to enjoy.
The location of a holiday rental villa in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin could not be better for a full exploration of the region. Nice is just 20km, and Monaco, Cannes and Antibes are all well within reach of an easy day-trip from a Roquebrune-Cap-Martin property rental.
The weather on this stretch of the Cote d’Azur is always a delight. During the summer months, daily peak temperatures tend to soar into the mid 30’s (?C) on a daily basis, especially during July and August when temperatures above the 40?C mark are not unheard of. Even during the winter, when you have mush of the area to yourself, the golf courses, walking trails and main sights remain busy as daily temperatures can still be expected to reach 20?C.
The huge Nice International Airport (NCE) is just 30km from a holiday rental villa in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, and receives a great range of inbound flights from across the UK on a daily basis. There are no shortage of flights to catch to Nice, and no shortage of hire car facilities upon your arrival, so reaching a self catering Roquebrune-Cap-Martin apartment, villa or holiday home could not be much easier.