Nestling between Menton and Monaco, the municipality of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is one of the Riviera's gems. Sheltered from the wind by the imposing Mount Agel, it enjoys a particularly mild climate and its soil is incredibly fertile. Evidence of this can be seen in Cap Martin Park, divided into several gardens. Some are French formal gardens while others are wilder, and they are remarkable either for their symmetrical lines or on the contrary for their unruly vegetation. Go for a walk in the olive grove, inhaling its delightful scents, and admire the statues dotted about this leafy place.
Then treat yourself to a tour of the old medieval village, perched on high ground and overlooked by the keep of an ancient 10th-century castle. You can stroll around its sloping streets, small squares, fortified doors and vaulted passageways. From Place du Capitaine Vincent, you can admire the view of the Mediterranean and Monaco City below. Opposite, you can glimpse the splendid residences hiding behind century-old trees on private estates. Bear in mind that you can take a tour of Cap Martin by following the Le Corbusier walk, named after the famous architect who owned a cabin by the sea. It will take you along the jagged coastlines plunging into crystalline waters, and past some lovely, secluded beaches and gardens filled with flowers, particularly mimosas in February. Keep your eyes peeled: a splendid 19th-century villa is tucked away in the surrounding area!