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From the coast to the mountains amidst the olive groves

Welcome to Breil-sur-Roya! A village steeped in history featuring houses with arched doorways. With its banks lined with plane trees, the Roya river, divides the commune in two, giving the bridges that span across it a special charm. Also known as the “Pays des Oliviers” (Olive Tree Country), this bustling village offers a wide selection of local crafts and gourmet specialities. All in all, a delightful combination recommended to anyone who loves cultural heritage and outdoor activities.


Surrounded by mountains in a natural setting, Breil-sur-Roya is a charming village with Italian influences and cultural gems such as Santa Maria in Albis Church. You can really feel the tranquillity of nature here!


5 great reasons to visit Breil-sur-Roya

The lake and its village, a privileged environment

The Écomusée des transports, with its rare exhibits on our region’s railway history

The Cruella Tower and its panoramic view

The house of local producers

A starting point for white-water sports


of the City of Breil

Owing to its lavish history, we can still find Italian and Turkish influences in Breil-sur-Roya today, reflected in its heritage and the local dialect.

Breil-sur-Roya’s origins date back to the Neolithic period, and, over the years, gone through all sorts of challenges. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the village suffered Gothic, Lombard and Saracen invasions, before being subjected to the Counts of Ventimiglia in the mid-10th century, then the Count of Provence and the Count of Savoy-Sardinia, before finally being returned to France in 1860.

Subsequently occupied by the Italians and Germans during the Second World War, the Breil population was transferred to Turin until April 1945.


Part of Breil sur Roya’s history is portrayed in the celebrated “A Stacada” festival (from the Breillois word meaning “to tie up”). This historical re-enactment commemorates the abolition of the Droit de Seigneur.  It is one of the oldest traditions in Comté de Nice and has become a symbol of protest against all forms of oppression.


& Environment

As part of Mercantour National Park, Breil-sur-Roya offers an unrivalled biodiversity on every level. A special feature of this eco-friendly holiday destination is its location, midway between the coast and the mountains, with just a few kilometres separating the Mediterranean and alpine landscapes.

Remains from the past can be found in its rich military heritage, starting with the village’s iconic La Cruella watchtower. It appears on the commune’s coat of arms, crowned by the eagle from which it takes its name (‘Cruella’ meaning eagle in Breillois).

Notre-Dame du Mont, symbolising the olive tree due to its colour and location, is a typical example of the buildings found along the Baroque Route. Visible from the village, it is a refuge for bats who have made it their home. As such, the site is protected under Natura 2000.


& Local Specialities

Infused with influences from Italy and Nice, Breil cuisine is also quite inexpensive. In fact, originally, all the ingredients used were sourced locally and produced by a population of very modest means.


in Breil-sur-Roya