Welcome to our special series, Family Trips Worldwide. In this series we post short facts about a cool place from various parts of the world that is great for a family trip.
WHAT: La Turbie – a little town overlooking the Principality of Monaco, with a mighty, gigantic monument from the roman emperor Augustus, from where there is magnificient view over Monaco and the French Riviera.
WHERE: Southern France, the French Riviera. Located 7 km from Monaco, 23 km from Nice airport and 12 km from Menton. 43°43’49.54″N 7°24’8.66″E
HOW TO GET THERE: It’s easily accessible by car or by bus from the major centers of the French Riviera.
From Nice take the direction Monaco / Menton / Genoa, exit at “La Turbie” (exit 57) and follow directions “La tourbie”.
From Menton take the Nice / Monaco, exit at “Roquebrune” (exit 58), then follow the D2564 (4,5 km) to La Tourbie.
WHEN: all year round. In winter months there’s a chance you will be there all alone.
WHAT TO DO: take a stroll to the Trophée d’Augustus, the 35 m high monument that was built 2.000 years ago in honor of the final roman victory over the Alpine tribes. From there you can see Monaco and the entire coast from Italy to the Gulf of St. Tropez. But if you would like to find even better views of Monaco, from the town of La turbie proceed on the “Route de la Tête de Chien” up to a military object, where you park the car. From there there’s a path that leads to the rocks from where you can enjoy in the grandeur of the French Riviera and Monaco 500 m below you.
TIPS: on the rocks with the best view on Monaco it’s very windy, especially in winter months, so bring warm clothes to really enjoy in views.