French Riviera trip – Menton

On our last day in Monaco we didn’t have to fly out of Nice until later on in the afternoon, so we still had nearly a whole day up our sleeves. Most sensible people (like my husband!) would opt to laze around, enjoy a rest from our busy schedule and just stay local near to our apartment. Not me though – I still wanted to jump on a bus and explore the last bit of the French Riviera that we hadn’t gotten to yet. So I jumped on the 100 bus and took the 45 minute trip along the beautiful coastline to Menton, the last French town before the Italian border.

Menton is a beautiful little French town that feels just that little bit different from all the other French Med towns we had visited. Owing to it’s closeness to the Italian Ligurian coastline, Menton definitely had a bit of an Italian flair to it. For my morning here I just walked around, grabbed a gelato and did a bit of exploring through the market. It was a lovely few hours to get the ‘feel’ of this gorgeous town, but with a plane to catch I couldn’t stay as long as I would have liked.

main shopping thoroughfare of Menton
old town buildings
not a bad rest spot, looking to Italy.
more italian feeling than french
i loved this narrow house and it’s colouring!
museum in an old fort
med beach vibes
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11 Responses to French Riviera trip – Menton

  1. thebeerwanderer says:

    Good thing the little one has one sane parent. 😉

    • Anna says:

      Haha I know right! He is the voice of reason in our family, I’m the nutcase! Daughter is taking more after me though…. That’s a worry! Lol

  2. awtytravels says:

    Mentone/Menton was indeed Italian, or at least it was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia. As a mean to thank the French for, effectively, having been used as cannon fodder in our second war of independence against Austria, Mentone and Nizza/Nice were given to France… So yeah, the “cuginanza” (cousinship, if that’s a word) between us and the dear Frenchies is even stronger there!

    • Anna says:

      Oh wow I didn’t know that history. I knew Nice was very Italian like as well when we were there, and the locals were proud of their heritage. It’s definitely got a different vibe compared to other French regions!

  3. Visited Menton a few months ago and we did fall in love with this stunning city ❤

  4. Look at those beautiful buildings! Wow

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