Roquebrun is officially one of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages in France’ – known as the “Mimosa”capital of France and we certainly think it deserves the accolade. A cluster of traditional stone houses rise up a hill above the River Orb, a bridge, weir and old water mill. It’s a tiny village – with two restaurants (simple, good food and low prices) and one shop. Roquebrun is also very popular with canoers – and the whole family can rent canoes from here at reasonable prices.
The river Orb offers clear, clean water (thanks to its stony bed) and at Roquebrun, becomes very shallow thanks to an old weir. This creates a natural paddling pool – making the site perfect for toddlers. The beach is stony, as is the river bed – so you might want to wear flip flops or old shoes.
Roquebrun is a classic French village in the heart of Languedoc – , the mild climate encourages many temperate plants to thrive which may otherwise succumb to the local winters.
In a steep valley of the river Orb, facing south are the beautiful Mediterranean gardens, a walk up through the narrow streets of the town brings you to the paths and gardens twisting through the hillside.
Kayaking on the river Orb.
As a family we have kayaked at Roquebrun many times. It makes the perfect day trip for families from 8 to 60+. It’s less than an hour from La Souqueto holiday accommodation languedoc to Roquebrun. We rent all the kit from a rental business that is based to the left of the villages’ bridge.We always make a picnic so that we can stop off down river on a beach or bank, relax swim and sun bathe too. You have plenty of time to complete the trip.
You can choose from a variety of distances from 5 to 37 kms. We think the best is 9km. From memory one can book trips on the hour throughout the day. It is best to ring in advance and book your trip.
Park your car in the car park next to the Kayak rental business. Once you have booked-in and been given your hard hat, life vest, oars and container to keep your valuables dry, a bus will pick you up and take you to your destination up river. All you need to do then is hit the rapids!!