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A day in La Brigue
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La Brigue: the Valley's best-kept secret

A trip to La Brigue is a trip back in time. The village is best known for Notre-Dame des Fontaines chapel and Brigasca sheep but it’s bursting with medieval, baroque and local heritage. Its river, lush vegetation and unique atmosphere make it a haven for the good life and nature. Explore La Brigue on a day trip walking or cycling.

Follow up a trip around this wonderful village with La Brigue’s crown jewel: the little Sistine Chapel of Alpes Maritimes! A feast for the eyes in the great outdoors!

5 great reasons to visit La Brigue

Explore Notre-Dame des Fontaines “The Sistine Chapel of the Alpes Maritimes”

Drink in the show-stopping Italian-style baroque collegiate church

Gaze at the oldest collection of door lintels in the Ligurian Alps

Soak up the medieval soul of Château Lascaris

See the unique stone beehives known locally as “Ca’ d’arbine”

Delve deep into La Brigue

Dive into medieval history

Three incredible buildings rise from the collegiate church forecourt. Gaze up to the sky and drink in the belltower’s clock. When you see its staggering entrance, you won’t be able to resist the temptation of a visit. Stroll the lanes lined with colourful houses and mysterious lintels towards the château. Medieval history is written into its very stones. Some unusual beehives await nearby: the “Ca’ d’arbine”. Time seems to stand still beneath the Place Vieille’s arcades where fresh air blows all day long. The collections at the heritage museum by the river whip up a sense of nostalgia for bygone times.


Legend has it that the devil himself built this unique bridge. A stonemason made a deal that the devil would build the bridge for him as long as it was finished by daybreak…
The stonemason’s mother wanted to save him so had the cockerel (coq) sing by candlelight. The devil lost his bet and fled.


for a great trip:

  • Download the map below so you don’t miss a thing in the village!
  •  If you’re driving, you can park for free on any of the village car parks. The streets are all pedestrianised.
  • History buffs: join a guided tour of the village (2 hrs) every Thursday from 2-4pm in summer
  • The Jardin des Comtes Lascaris park is a welcome family-friendly break in the shade to cool off on the benches or have fun in the play area.
  • Is it time to tickle those tastebuds? Book a table at one of our restaurants.
  • Visit the Sunday morning market (9am-1pm) to meet our producers and soak up the local flavours (Place de Nice car park).


to visit Notre-Dame des Fontaines

  • A special shuttle bus (8 seats) runs from La Brigue train station to Notre-Dame des Fontaines from July 7th. Daily service. Please book the day before at Tourist Information. Find out more:
  • You can drive (free car park with a dozen spaces), cycle or walk the visitor trail to the chapel.
  • The site is open from May 1st to September 30th (closed Thursday) and available to book the rest of the year.
  • The 4€ admission fee (or 6€ for the guided tour) helps fund the chapel’s maintenance. Guided tours available to book (1.5 hr).


to hike with peace of mind:

  • Make sure you have enough water as there are no water fountains on the paths.
  • There’s often a surprise shower in the early afternoon in summer so pack a mac and your sun cream.
  • 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.


for your bike rides:

  • It’s best to bring your own bike as there are no bike hire shops in La Brigue.
  • 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 on Place de Nice.
  • Make sure you have enough water as there are no water fountains on the paths.
  • There’s often a surprise shower in the early afternoon in summer so pack a mac and your sun cream.
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 La Brigue (approx. 2 hr 20).
  • 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 and D6204 from Nice (around 1 hr 45 drive).

Good to know

  • Before you go: make sure you have enough cash as there are no cash machines in La Brigue.
  • Check opening times before you head out.
  • NB: there are no lifeguards or safety measures at the river so take care when swimming.
  • Fancy a picnic packed with local flavours? Head to the market to peruse our producers’ stalls or visit Cédric who’ll make your sandwiches at his deli (avenue Charles de Gaulle)… say hi from us 🙂
  • You can drink the water from all the village fountains, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Get expert advice from Cyril and Valentina at Tourist Information: or +33 4 83 93 95 50.