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Menton is a small sun-flecked haven set on the paradisal French Riviera, right on the Franco-Italian border. This small township, nicknamed the ‘Pearl of France’, sings with terracotta and peach-coloured stone buildings, which stack against the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This quaint townscape is cut through with church towers, swaying palms, and flourishing flower rich gardens. Visit the town’s museums, stop by its homely bakeries, and amble around the sweet smelling lemon orchards.

Things to see

For such a small town, Menton is flush with must-see historical and architectural sights. Start your balmy Menton morning by visiting the Basilica of St. Michel, an infinitely ornate masterpiece of Baroque architecture, dating back to 1619. Marvel at the towering pink-tinged bell tower, and gaze at the rich, gold-flecked wall murals and marble columns inside. After, soak up a mix of old-world and modern history at the bayside Bastion Museum. This looming, fairytale-like stone fort was built in the 17th century, and restored in the 20th century by infamous French artist Jean Cocteau. When you’ve toured this wonderfully restored heritage site, pop over to the adjacent Jean Cocteau Museum, which showcases hundreds of inspirational graphic works by the artist. After your cultural morning, explore some of Menton’s magical gardens. Stroll through the fountains, terraces, and olive trees at the Hill of Madonna Garden, or smell the fresh hyacinths at the Exotic Botanical Garden of Menton.

Hotels in Menton

If you’re travelling to this quaint coastal eden on a tight budget, don’t fear - hotels in Menton offer relaxed accommodation without the typical French Riviera high price tag. Stay in a chic and cheap 2-star hotel and enjoy large air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. There are plenty of inexpensive 3-star hotels in Menton too, which boast free breakfasts and laid-back bar lounges. If you do want to splash out on accommodation, however, you’ll find a couple of flashy 4-star havens, where you can enjoy glistening outdoor pools and fine in-house restaurants.

Where to stay

Due to Menton’s small size, wherever you stay within the town, you’ll be walking distance from most of the top sights. But those who want complete immersion in Menton’s rustic setting should stay near the Basilica, in the heart of Old Town. Here, you’ll find tiny seafood restaurants, family-run bakeries, and the Belle Epoque-style covered market, which sells fresh local produce every morning. For immediate access to Menton’s sweeping sandy beachfront, stay slightly west of Old Town. Nature-lovers looking to experience Menton’s lush Mediterranean outdoors, on the other hand, will find campsites north of the town.

How to get to Menton

You’ll first need to catch a flight to Nice Cote d’Azur Airport, a large hub of international travel that serves flights from top destinations across Europe, like London, Barcelona, and Amsterdam. If you decide to hire a car at the airport and drive to Menton - based 40 kilometres northeast of here - the picture-perfect coastal ride should take around 45 minutes. Alternatively, take a cab to Nice Riquier train station, and hop on a speedy 30 minute SNCF train direct to Menton. Once there, driving can be tricky, due to the one-way road system - but Menton is better explored on foot anyway.

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