I still dream of this colorful village on the French Riviera…it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. It is absolutely gorgeous with so much history and charm. The locals were so friendly! When we were booking our journey to Europe (see our posts on London and Paris too!), we wanted to visit a place that wasn’t very touristy. We had read that Menton is the Pearl of France (it is!) and because it is somewhat off the beaten path, it’s charming streets were not so heavy with the footprints of visitors.
Menton definitely lived up to our expectations. It had a calm energy and was full of bright colors and delightful locals.
We arrived to Menton via train from Paris and had booked two nights at an Airbnb…we had no plan but to spend our days at the rocky beach, sipping cocktails and enjoying the sunshine of the Riviera…and that’s exactly what we did.
The view from our Airbnb was endearing. We spent our mornings sipping coffee on the patio. We went to the neighborhood market and stocked up our kitchen with goodies. We were looking forward to taking a break from restaurants and eating simple meals on our patio, breathing in the air from the glorious Mediterranean Sea.
Menton is nestled on the edge of the Franco-Italian border so the village provides a wonderful mix of French and Italian culture and architecture.
We did venture out to a seaside restaurant for lunch after lounging on the beach all morning. We ordered mussels and frites and housemade spaghetti with a light red sauce and fresh mozzarella…
We walked to the harbor at sunset and shared a nutella crepe from a crepe stand unusually paired with a Menton classic, fresh lemonade. It was delightful in every way.
We wish our stay had been longer in Menton…it was so wonderful and relaxing. Our next stop? Riomaggiore! Stay tuned…
Photography by Nicholas Winslow + Cassie Winslow