City Guide: Menton

Menton is a little gem on the French Riviera bordering with Italy. Its nickname is “Pearl of France” and I can totally agree with that.

Menton Historic Town Restaurant

Historic Town Restaurant

We went to visit Menton on a day trip from Nice, where we also stopped by Eze and Ventimiglia (in Italy).

As we only stopped by on our return journey we were already quite tired and exhausted from walking around all day, so instead of offering you a full city guide here I want to share some of our impressions of Menton with you.

Menton Beach and Promenade

From the train station we first made our way to the Promenade and the beach. In comparison to Nice, everything is much smaller and calmer here.

Along the promenade there’s a variety of restaurants.

Port and Scenic View of Menton

The Promenade leads on to the Museum Jean Cocteau as well as the Napoleon the Third Quay. If you walk up there you can enjoy great views of the port and the colourful housing front behind it.

This is the right spot for the most picturesque photos of Menton! Unfortunately, in the evening the lighting wasn’t perfect for capturing the bright colours.

Historic City of Menton

The colourful houses that you can see from the port are part of the historic city of Menton. There are also a Basilica and a Chapel in the historic city.

Menton Historic Town

Historic Town

We didn’t have a chance to go look at them, but I imagine they are as beautiful as the rest of Menton.

Beautiful Buildings in Menton

On our way back to the train station we walked through the inner city and passed several nice restaurants, hotels and buildings.

There is also a little stretched garden called Jardin Biovès. The town hall is also worth checking out.

Our overall impression of Menton

We both absolutely loved Menton and are happy to have decided to stop by here on our return to Nice. This small town is the perfect hidden gem for a nice and relaxed day on French Riviera. There’s more things such as a Botanical Garden to explore, so hopefully we will have a chance to come back here one day!

Have you been to Menton? What did you like the most about Menton?

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