Roya (river)

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Roya, Roia, Roja
Fiume Roia.jpg
The river at Ventimiglia
CountryFrance, Italy
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationColle di Tenda near Tende, France.
 ⁃ elevation1,908 m (6,260 ft)
 ⁃ location
Ligurian Sea at Ventimiglia, Italy
 ⁃ coordinates
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)
 ⁃ elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Length59 km (37 mi)
Basin size660 km2 (250 sq mi)
 ⁃ average15 m3/s (530 cu ft/s)

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.

River course[edit]

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).