Roya (river)

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Roya, Roia, Roja
Fiume Roia.jpg
The river at Ventimiglia
Country France, Italy
Physical characteristics
Main source Colle di Tenda near Tende, France.
1,908 m (6,260 ft)
River mouth Ligurian Sea at Ventimiglia, Italy
0 m (0 ft)
43°47′17″N 7°36′22″E / 43.78806°N 7.60611°E / 43.78806; 7.60611 (Mediterranean Sea-Roya)Coordinates: 43°47′17″N 7°36′22″E / 43.78806°N 7.60611°E / 43.78806; 7.60611 (Mediterranean Sea-Roya)
Length 59 km (37 mi)
  • Average rate:
    15 m3/s (530 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 660 km2 (250 sq mi)

The Roya (French), Roia (Italian), or Ròia (Brigasc, Occitan) is a 59-kilometre (37 mi) river of France and Italy.

The Italian city of Ventimiglia on the French border and its river, the Rojo.

The river rises in French territory near the Col de Tende and flows through the Mercantour National Park The river passes through the communes of Tende, Saorge, Breil-sur-Roya, La Brigue, before entering Italy in the commune of Olivetta San Michele. The remainder of its course remains within the province of Imperia and, after crossing Airole the river enters the sea at Ventimiglia.[1]

Its main tributaries are the Lévensa, the Bévéra, the Bendola, the Réfréi and the Maglia.


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  1. ^ The Times (1985), Atlas of the World: Comprehensive Edition, Times Books, Plate 78 (C7).