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A day in Breil-sur-Roya
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Breil-sur-Roya: A gem among the olive groves

Breil-sur-Roya is a medieval town surrounded by olive groves. Wander the narrow lanes, gaze at the colourful buildings and soak up the fantastic local heritage. Experience the good life by the river, feast on local dishes and relax to the sound of birdsong.

Explore Breil-sur-Roya on a day trip walking or cycling.

Breil-sur-Roya has everything going for it: unique lifestyle, signature food and drink, an exciting history and mountain setting. This is the place for a real change of scene!

5 great reasons to visit Breil-sur-Roya

Drink in the blue and green lake on arrival

Feast your eyes on the organ, altar and altarpieces at Santa-Maria Church

Gaze at the lake from Tour de la Cruella

Sample local specialities: crescente, suggellis, boursouzes and olive spread

Stroll around a village nestled between the terraced olive groves and Roya Gorges

Visit central Breil-sur-Roya

Through the old town

End at Breil station. Your adventure begins in front of the baroque Santa-Maria-in-Albis Church. Its ochre walls are awe-inspiring. The show continues inside at the altar with the organ (one of the finest in the valley) and altarpiece by Louis Bréa. Dive into centuries of art and history.
Your senses come alive as you walk along Rue de Turin. This hive of activity harks back to medieval times and captures you in the local lifestyle where Italian and Provençal aromas collide. Have the smells awakened your appetite? Head to the Maison des Producteurs farm shop to sample local specialities or have a lakeside picnic by Lac aux Cygnes.


As you explore you’ll see the many fountains and washhouses where washerwomen used to do their laundry.


for a successful visit:

  • Remember to download the tour map above so you don’t miss anything of the village!
  • If you are driving, park in the village at Place Biancheri (except on Tuesday mornings, market day) or at the train station. Parking is free.
  • Ideal for families, the children’s garden offers a welcome break in the shade (next to the War Memorial).
  • Fancy a culinary break? Visit one of our restaurants or snack bars.
  • On Tuesdays from 9am to 1pm, come to the market (Place Biancheri) to meet our producers and soak up the local flavours.


on the Crottés path:

  • A walk that anyone can enjoy: a 30 minute round trip and you’re done.
  • Go up Boulevard Rouver from the Town Hall to Pont Supérieur bridge, turn right on Rue Ciappera then left on the path up to the Crottés.


to hike with peace of mind

  • Get off on the right foot: pack a hat, good shoes and a snack then you’re good to go!
  • Binoculars and a compass always come in handy.
  • Pick up an IGN map so you can ramble with peace of mind.
  • Please note: some mountain areas don’t have good network coverage.
  • Make sure you have enough water as there are no water fountains on the paths (apart from the olive grove one).


for your bike rides:

  • It’s best to bring your own bike as there are no bike hire shops in Breil.
  • Keep your repair kit to hand as it can be hard to find what you need to fix a tyre!
  • Got an e-bike? You can charge up your e-bike and electric cars behind the Town Hall.
For an amazing day out...

Our top tips

Come to visit us

  • Take the train from Nice, it’s the best way to soak up the unique views from the Train of Wonders. Board at Nice-Ville station (or Sospel) and stop at Breil-sur-Roya (approx. 1 hr 10).
  • If you decide to drive from Menton, you can go through Sospel via the Col de Brouis to reach Breil-sur-Roya and then on to Tende. Further information about: Access to the Roya Valley
  • Take the A8 from Nice (70 min drive).

Good to know

  • There’s only one cash machine in Breil-sur-Roya, on Esplanade Charles de Gaulle.
  • Check opening times before you head out.
  • Traffic around Place Biancheri is disrupted by the market on Tuesdays (9am-1pm).
  • Fancy a picnic packed with local flavours? Head to the market to peruse our producers’ stalls, the bakers on the main road for food hampers or the Maison des Producteurs farm shop just next door… say hi from us 😉
  • You can drink the water from all the village fountains, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Get expert advice from Marine and Suzel at Tourist Information: : or +33 4 83 93 98 34.