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Menton: city of lemons, sandy beaches and stairs

Menton: city of lemons, sandy beaches and stairs

My parents raved about Menton after their last trip to Nice: they loved it so much that they decided it would be their home base in the South of France from now on. My parents are huge fans of Nice–they were definitely big supporters in my decision to go there instead of Paris–so I knew Menton had to be something special.

Menton

The one-hour, 1-Euro bus ride wound along the Mediterranean, through the tiny towns clinging to the hillside and glitzy, wealth-drenched Monaco, to the city situated just miles from the Italian border.

What I discovered? Picture-perfect pastel houses along a sandy seafront with virtually no waves. Staircases winding through town to plazas outside churches and cemetery vistas. Signs of their world-famous lemon crop in city squares, outdoor lemonade machines, ice cream shops.

Menton

Menton

While I’ll stick to the hustle and bustle (and central location) of Nice, I can see why Menton caught my parents’ eye. Can’t you?

  • Gorgeous! I hope you enjoyed some lemonade and ice cream for me 😉

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful pictures! It reminds me a bit of Santa Margherita on the Italian Riviera. That was our last stop after our weekend trip to Nice from Florence during my semester abroad.

    Any plans to visit Italy? I will not allow you to go to Florence without my food recommendations!!

  • Anonymous

    I actually didn’t get a chance to this time–but don’t worry, I’ll be heading back!

  • Anonymous

    I’m thinking on my next set of days off, I’ll head to Northern Italy. My mom sent me an email after I decided to go to Marseille, asking why the heck I didn’t go to Italy instead–“great beaches, great food.” I’ve already been to Florence, so I think I want to explore somewhere new–but would love any Italia recommendations!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I can. That place is beautiful!

  • Anonymous

    It’s a nice little escape from Nice–much quieter and better beaches!

  • I’ve got a trip planned to Nice for next fall (already have my hotel booked!) and Menton is one of the many towns I’m looking forward to exploring, so I particularly enjoyed this post. While I’ve been to the South of France before (Marseilles, Tarascon, Cassis, Arles, Antibes, Juan les Pins, Le Lavendou, Monaco, Villefranche), Nice and many nearby towns will be new to me. I can’t wait. But I have a hunch that Menton will be a favorite.

  • Anonymous

    Nice is a great base to explore many smaller towns from–but it sounds like you’ve already been to many! Menton is absolutely beautiful with great beaches–and very, very close to the Italian border! Have fun, and let me know if you need any other tips!

  • Gorgeous! Another city to add to my must-see list! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    It’s the perfect day trip from Nice or Monaco! A great place to get some sun and enjoy the sandy-ish beach 🙂