The commune of Roquebrune is one of the largest of the Var (27 km) and is divided into three parts :
Roquebrune village : has a rich cultural and architectural heritage, surrounded by forests and fields under the dominating Rock of Roquebrune (373 m of red sandstone towering over the valley visible from miles away reminding the landscapes of the far west!). Don't miss its charming narrow alleyways, 16th century porticoes, castrum (castle), medieval chapels, living witnesses to long past days.
la Bouverie : residential quarter that contrasts with the old village by its modernism, in spite of the presence of prehistoric caves.
Roquebrune sur Argens / Les Issambres - (Photo : L. Caille)
Les Issambres : the coast line of the commune with 8 km of beaches, coves and rocky shores.
The richness of Roquebrune comes from its diversity : the mountains to the north, the historic village and the seashore to the south.
. A touch of history : click here
In the early 11th century, after the territory was won back from the Saracens, a small settlement set up on the rocky spur then called "Roca Bruna" (Brown Rock). The site of the ochre-coloured sandstone rocks situated right at the end of the Maures chain is know as "Les Issambres".
The name given to this 8 km coastal stretch of the village is reminiscent of that of the Ligurian "Cimbre" tribes that occupied the region in days gone by. The old folks used to refer to this bay as "Sinus Sambracitanus", which was then deformed to become Les Issambres..
. "Rocher de Roquebrune" : Of surprising and original aspect, this rocky spur surges from the plain like an island in the desert. Its characteristic red colour is due to a large quantity of thermite, which contrasts strongly with patches of green vegetation. Its relief is curious, chaotic and tortured, comprising torn ridges, steep cliffs, and plateaux scattered with blocks of stone and scored with deep, narrow gorges" (See "Les Carnets Varois de l'Environnement - Le Rocher de Roquebrune Faune et Flore" published by the Conseil Général du Var).
Le Rocher de Roquebrune sur Argens - (Photos : L. Caille)
. Chapels : Roquebrune was for a long time nicknamed the "village with 26 chapels". Some have now been restored, such as Saint-Roch (1601) at the village entrance. The façade of Saint-Pierre chapel (1034), to the South, bears a perfectly-preserved niche. Saint-Jacques chapel (1875), in Rue de l'Hospice, is home to the Roquebrune folk museum.
. "Notre Dame des Issambres" : This sanctuary (1954), each corner of which is decorated with the image of an evangelist, is home to a fine altar piece with long columns.
. Megaliths (dolmens and menhirs) : Dolmens at Les Issambres and La Gaillarde (now a listed monument).
. "Eglise Paroissale" (Parish Church) : Part of the "Route Historique de Hauts Lieux de Provence" (Route of the Historical Sites of Provence). The site was formerly occupied by a chapel, mentioned in 1084 in a papal bull written by Gregory VII where the name "Roquebrunae" appears for the first time. In the 19th century, the nave, apse, side chapels, pillars and ribs were decorated with magnificent paintings - a sight unique in its kind in the region.
Roquebrune sur Argens / Les Issambres - (Photo : L. Caille)
. "Tour de l'Horloge" (Clock Tower) : Former part of the ramparts, the tower was reworked in the 18th century.
. "Vallon de la Gaillarde" : The valley offers breathtaking views over the bays of Saint-Tropez and Fréjus plus four footpaths created on different themes.
. "Gorges du Blavet" : A magnificent site and international climbing venue, the gorge is characterized by its very high and steep red rocks. The 20-metre deep "Grotte du Muréron" cave and "L'Homme Bouvérien" prehistoric site are absolute musts.
. "Forêt domaniale de Palayson" (3000 acres) : The forest, with its vast plateau and hilltop lakes, is beautifully maintained by the National Forestry Commission.
. "Sentier du Littoral" (coastal footpath) at Les Issambres : Accessible to all, the path starts out from Les Issambres Tourist Office and runs along the coast for 2 km to the locality of San Peïre, reputed for its water sports. Les Issambres harbour, a little further on, is the boarding point for a wide choice of boat trips.
. "Le Vivier Romain" (Roman fish tank) : A listed site set on the coastal footpath and carved into the rock. Very few constructions of this type are still visible in France. Best admired on clear, calm days.
. "Le belvédère" : Set on top of the water tower overlooking Les Issambres. Totally clear views over the Bay of Saint-Tropez and the Estérel hills, plus some fascinating ceramicss.
. A la Bouverie : Le Collet Redon, a remarkable viewpoint over the rock, the Argens plain and the sea.
. Thalassotherapy :
benefit from your stay to slacken you in the new thalassotherapy center. click here
. "Musée du Patrimoine Roquebrunois" :
This heritage museum is the result of twenty years of archaeological research proving the presence of man on the site nearly one million years ago. Remarkable collection of ex-votos from Notre Dame de Pitié chapel.
. Roquebrune 18 hole golf course :
The golf course offers exceptional views over the Maures Hills, the Alps, Argens plain and the Bay of Saint-Raphaël. The umbrella pines, cork oaks, evergreen oaks and heather lining the course's fairways and ponds create natural obstacles necessitating a very subtle game.
. Water sports :
Roquebrune houses the National Water skiing Center and has a renowned spot for beginners or more advanced water skiers or jet skiers, as well as a major sailing school at Les Issambres.
. Fishing :
. Take a Walk : click here
. Maison du Patrimoine :
La Maison du Patrimoine vous invite à découvrir l’histoire du terroir de Roquebrune-sur-Argens, de la Préhistoire à nos jours. click here
Tarifs : Entrée libre - salle climatisée
Ouvert toute l'année.
Juillet et août : du lundi au dimanche de 9h à 12h et de 14h à 18h30.
En mai, juin et septembre : du mardi au samedi de 9h à 12h et de 13h30 à 18h.
D'octobre à mai du mardi au samedi de 8h à 12h et de 13h30 à 17h.
Visites guidées toute l'année à 10h.
. Heritage house :
Discover the history of Roquebrune-sur-Argens from prehistoric times to today at the Heritage House... click here
Free entrance - air conditioning. Open all year round. In July and August from Monday to Sunday from 9.00 am - 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 6.30 pm. In May, June and September from Tuesday to Saturday from 9.00 am - 12.00 pm and 1.30 pm - 6.00 pm.
. Markets :
From October to May from Tuesday to Saturday from 8.00 am - 12.00 pm and 1.30 pm - 5.00 pm. Guided tours all year round at 10.00 am
Market at Roquebrune : Friday morning, place A. PERRIN, Market at Les Issambres : Monday, Place de San Peïre.
. Libraries :
Six documents for 3 weeks.
Roquebrune-sur-Argens : Place Salvagno.
Phone : +33 (0)4 94 19 59 47
Les Issambres : Espace Suzanne Régis. Phone : +33 (0)4 94 19 59 47
. LEADING EVENTS : click here
Le Salon des Saveurs d'hier et d'aujourd'hui :
late March -early April.
Traditional arts market Espace Barbacane Roquebrune sur Argens -
Phone : 04 94 45 37 90
Le Roc d'Azur :
Mountain biking event - Le Roc d’Azur is a competition open to all, professionals, amateurs, beginners, etc … First-timers are often surprised by the importance of this event regrouping over 4000 contestants and enthusiastic to join in the adventure. Second weekend of October. click here
Honey fair : click here