If you visit Menton, you can't just casually stroll around, you actually have to do a bit of hiking uphill to fully enjoy the fascinating yet sleepy old town. The narrow cobbled passageways lead you around blind corners, through dark tunnels, past quaint earth coloured homes and beautiful blossoming flowers. It is probably the least visited town on the Côte d'Azur coastline, but with that, you get a lot of space to explore the hidden gems all by yourself.
It was an incredibly cold, wet and windy day. And being just September 2nd we were completely unprepared wearing just shorts, flip flops and t-shirts - Mehri used our beach towel to keep herself warm! The town was silent, in fact I can't remember seeing another non-French tourist anywhere and as for the beach, it was deserted. The grey clouds that loomed over the old town for several hours did eventually give way to reveal a blue sky but by this time the evening had already arrived. Nonetheless, the walk around the old was amazing and the buildings provided refuge from the wind and it felt a whole 10 degrees warmer than back on the beach.
Getting to Menton
The main train station is about a 15 minute (1.2 kilometer) walk from the medieval part of the town from where trains to Nice Ville depart at least every half hour. Connections to other Côte d'Azur towns is also possible as the same train serves all towns from Ventimiglia (Italy) to Cannes-la-Bocca. For further travel information, visit my "Travelling by train in France" page or the SNCF journey planner.
There are always more photos to be shared, (but sharing them all on this journal page will just make it look cluttered - so if you want to see more photos for inspiration, check out my Flickr "2017-France" album.
"Train des Pignes à vapeur" to Annot - Sunday 3rd September 2017