Menton, France: The Colourful Gem of the French Riveria

You’ve no doubt heard of glitzy and fabulous Monaco, colourful Nice and the other resident stars of the Cote d’Azure like Cannes and Saint-Tropez.

Well, there’s a new destination on the scene. Menton.

With it’s quaint little alleys, vibrant art scene and bright facades overlooking sandy shores, it’s a photographic palette of opportunities.

Actually, Menton isn’t so new. It’s where Queen Victoria first stayed on the French Riviera in 1882 and has been quietly going about it’s business by the Mediterranean Sea ever since. It’s no flashy celebrity hot spot and doesn’t attract the huge crowds of the other coastal ports, making it ideal to visit regardless of the season.

A visit to Menton means sunshine, sea, and a ten minute drive to Italy. That’s right, Italy is just at the other end of the beach! Pop over for lunch and back to France for dinner.

Bordered by the Maritime Alps where fruit crops of oranges and lemons bloom year round, Menton is a picturesque, historical gem. The medieval old town was founded by pirates and the names of tiny cobbled lanes are reminiscent of those very men to this day.

Below are 8 photos to give you a reason to visit Menton next time you’re on the Cote d’Azure…

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Lisa Michele Burns

Hello! I'm the founder and photographer behind The Wandering Lens. With 14+yrs experience as a professional travel and landscape photographer, all advice found on this site is from my personal experience on the road. I hope it's useful for your own travels and would love to hear in the comments about your trips and experiences around the world.

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Oh my gosh! It is absolutely stunning. I so can’t wait to see it for myself! Thanks for the inspiration/nagging wanderlust 🙂
Jessie

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