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953km (592 miles) S of Paris; 5km (3 miles) W of Menton

Roquebrune village is a Disney-like redoubt, which hangs above the Mediterranean from on high. Its sea views rival the village of Eze, and stretch all the way into Italy. Artists’ ateliers and boutiques line rue Moncollet.

 

Brave visitors can hike down the hill from Roquebrune to Cap-Martin (and Ironmen can hike back up—a 45-minute long slog). This cape is a pine-covered peninsula, long associated with the rich and famous since the empress Eugénie wintered here in the 19th century. Artists and painters moved in during the 1920s. Among them were designer Eileen Gray (whose seaside cabin is set to open in late 2015) and architect Le Corbusier (after whom the coastal path that loop around the peninsula is named). Sir Winston Churchill regularly set up his easel here too. The long, pebbly plage de la Buse lies underneath Roquebrune-Cap-Martin train station. Its tranquillity is disturbed only by the occasional paraglider hurtling down to the beach from Roquebrune village.