2 Glorious Weeks in Menton, South of France

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After spending the month in the south of France last summer visiting various cities large and small, there was one town in particular that I just couldn’t forget. It had the most beautiful, pastel-colored buildings you could imagine and it overlooked a turquoise blue bay on the Mediterranean Sea. Nestled in the corner of France, and literally on the border of Italy, Menton was a town I longed to return to one day.

Well, this past summer turned out to be that day!

2 Weeks in Menton

In June, I rented a lovely Airbnb with a fantastic view in the small French town of Menton and spent two glorious weeks basking in the Provençal sun and indulging in everything the town had to offer.

It’s weeks like those that I am truly thankful to be working remotely. Just imagine this: Waking up in the morning, grabbing a cappuccino in town, eating a croissant on the beach, and then swimming in the sea on an uncrowded beach before starting work. It’s a dream come true!

Menton is a small enough town that despite its popularity, isn’t the size of Nice or Marseille. It’s very easy to find a spot on the beach and just relax, especially during the weekdays.

Here are 4 of my favorite places from my restorative trip to Menton:

1. Plage des Sablettes

This is the nicer of Menton’s two main beaches. It faces a small bay which is partially sectioned off from the Mediterranean Sea by long rock piers. People go swimming here every day because you don’t have the strong waves of the sea.

Plage des Sablettes Menton, France
Plage des Sablettes Menton, France

Plage des Sablettes Menton, France

Plage des Sablettes Menton, France
Plage des Sablettes Menton, France

Plage des Sablettes Menton, France

Plage des Sablettes Menton, France

Plage des Sablettes Menton, France

Plage des Sablettes Menton, France

Plage des Sablettes Menton, France

2. Promenade du Soleil

The Promenade du Soleil is a long walkway adjacent to other main Menton beach. It’s a lovely place to take a walk along the coast!

Promenade du Soleil Menton
Promenade du Soleil Menton

Promenade du Soleil Menton

3. Basilique Saint Michel

The Basilique Saint Michel is a beautiful church in Menton’s old town, and the plaza in front of it offers stunning views of the beach. You have to take a steep climb of stairs to get there, but the view is totally worth it! If you’ve watched the TV show Riviera, one of the scenes was filmed on this square!

Basilique Saint Michel Menton, France
Basilique Saint Michel Menton, France

Basilique Saint Michel Menton, France

Basilique Saint Michel Menton, France
Basilique Saint Michel Menton, France

Basilique Saint Michel Menton, France

Basilique Saint Michel Menton, France

4. City Center

I loved exploring the beautiful city center of Menton, with its pastel colored buildings and neoclassical sculptures on seemingly every block.

Menton, France

Menton, France Architecture
Menton, France Architecture

Menton, France Architecture

Menton, France

Menton, France Passageway

Menton, France

Menton, France Yellow House

Cat in Menton, France

Rue Longue Menton, France

If you’re traveling to Menton, be sure to read all my posts on the town:

November 27, 2017
I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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