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A day in Saorge
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Saorge: Between heaven and earth

Saorge is the look-out post for the Roya Valley and has always been famed for its sense of hospitality. The jumble of narrow cobbled lanes, stone bridges and “cununs” (vaulted passageways) gives you an insight into the village’s unspoilt soul and buzzing community life. Explore La Brigue on a day trip walking or cycling.

“Imagine to yourself, madam, a castle and village hanging to a cloud in front.”

Thomas Jefferson, American President - 1787

5 great reasons to visit Saorge

Visit the baroque Franciscan monastery and grounds

Stroll along the amphitheatre medieval village’s lanes and “cununs” (vaulted passageways)

Soak up baroque heritage at Saint-Sauveur Church and Penitents Chapel

Meet the creative and cosmopolitan locals

Take a big gulp of fresh air in a lofty village with a Tibetan vibe

Visit central Saorge

A maze of lanes and panoramic views

All-encompassing views of the surroundings take your breath away as soon as you arrive. Place Ciapagne, Place de la Caranca, Place de l’école… Wherever you go, this pedestrianised “Tibetan” village overwhelms you with emotion.
Settle down on one of the green and purple flagstone benches on Place de l’Église Saint-Sauveur to soak up the colourful village’s baroque soul and bustling atmosphere! A flight of stairs sets the scene for a dramatic walk to the show-stopping Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs and its glossy bulb-shaped bell tower.
Potter down the “cunun” stairs to Ruelle des Vergers from the lively centre. The impressive Place du Soutaï opens onto the valley with the shadow of Château de Malmort watching over from on high.

SAORGE, FOODIE DESTINATION

Be sure to try picore (Saorge’s aniseed brioche) at the Saturday market, tourtons (cheese pastry parcels) at Biscuiterie Val Roya on Sunday and its green and red pies the rest of the week!

Tips

for a great trip:

  • Download the map below so you don’t miss a thing in the village!
  • NB: the entire old town is pedestrianised. Park on one of the car parks on the two roads and walk the remaining kilometre into town.
  • Take your time having a wander and soaking up village life on Saturday morning at the market.
  • If you’re driving, park on Place Biancheri in the village (exc. Tuesday morning, market day) or at the station. Parking is free.
  • The Fontana de Medge washhouse fountain is the place for a welcome break sitting on the lovely bench in the shade of the trees.
  • Is it time to tickle those tastebuds? Try one of our restaurants or have a snack break at the tearoom/bookshop.

Tips

for visiting Saorge Monastery

  • The monastery is open June 1st-September 30th (10am-12.30pm & 2.30pm-6.30pm), February 1st-April 30th and October 1st-31st (10am-12.30pm & 2.30pm-5.30pm).
  • Join one of our amazing tours with our fantastic guides (10.30am, 2.30pm and 4pm daily). Included in admission fee.

Tips

to hike with peace of mind:

  • Get off on the right foot: pack water, 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.

Tips

for your bike rides:

  • It’s best to bring your own bike as there are no bike hire shops in Saorge.
  • Keep your repair kit to hand as it can be hard to find what you need to fix a tyre!
  • There are no e-bike charging stations in Saorge as yet.
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 Saorge (approx. 1 hr 35).
  • The are shuttle buses to Saorge from Breil-sur-Roya train station too.
  • 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 (90 min drive).

Good to know, good to eat

  • Before you go: make sure you have enough cash as there are no cash machines in Saorge.
  • Check opening times before you head out.
  • If you like a dip then head to Bendola River on foot or by bike: “Bain de Sémite” or “Pont de Baoussoun bridge”.
  • Fancy a picnic packed with local flavours? Head to the market to peruse our producers’ stalls or “la petite épicerie” (the little grocers)… say hi from us 😉
  • You can drink the water from all the village fountains, unless otherwise indicated.
  • If you’re looking for a taste of Saorge to take home with you, we recommend you visit Biscuiterie Val Roya on Rue Virgile Barrel.
  • Get expert advice from Suzel at Tourist Information: breil-tourisme@menton-riviera-merveilles.fr or +33 4 83 93 98 82.
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