One of our favourite villages on the Cote d’Azur is Menton: a beautiful seaside village on the Franco-Italian border. We visited Menton several years ago and have always wanted to return. Today we drove the scenic coastal road (D6098) from Villefranche sur Mer towards Menton (24km) passing through Beaulieu sur Mer, Eze Bord de la Mer, Beausoleil and Monte Carlo.
The old town, le Vieux Menton, is filled with colourful and beautifully restored Medieval style buildings, and pedestrian only cobblestone streets winding up from the market square to the Eglise St. Michel and the Chapel Penitents Blancs at the top of the hill.
From here you can gaze over the mosaic squares to beautiful views of the harbour, the gardens, beaches, and across the sea to the villages on the Italian coast. Around the market square the streets are filled with shops, and terrace cafes.
Down by the sea front are lovely gardens, seaside walking paths, and beautiful beaches. You can walk along the ramparts that still protect the harbour, and which offer stunning views of the colourful village and the coast.
Menton boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year, and is famous for its lemon festival in February. We were delighted to return to sunny Menton and hope to come back again soon. On our return to Villefranche, we took the upper road (D6007) and enjoyed the extraordinary views of Cap d’Ail, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, and the setting sun. Don’t miss the stunning Medieval hillside village of Eze – definitely worth a visit. See more in post “Hill towns of the French Riviera”.