{on the coast} The Perfect Day Trip to Menton, France

The day after my arrival to Nice, I couldn’t wait to explore the region. Since I work during the week, I wanted to take advantage of my only full day off in the city by taking a day trip somewhere. The good thing is there is a ton to choose from in the area and the SNCF makes local travel super easy! So, I hopped on the train and decided to stop off in a town called Menton. I had seen a few pictures online but otherwise, didn’t know very much about this little seaside town.

Boy was I in for a delightful surprise…

Menton turned out to be one of the most stunningly beautiful cities I had ever seen in France! The train station is about a 10-15 minute walk from the shoreline, and then you walk east to get into town. I walked along the shore, and noticed a long stretch of marina jutting out into the bay.

This is where you get the best view of Menton!

Looking at the town from a distance, you really get the full picture of the layers upon layers of cotton-candy colored buildings with terra-cotta roofs – in every color you can imagine! The Basilique Saint Michel stood tall, forming a focal point in the city center. The sea sparkled a beautiful sea green and sometimes the clouds were low enough to touch the mountains in the distance.

Menton, you are such a dream!

Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France
Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France

After taking in the magnificent views, I decided to explore the little town center. Bikers passed by as I crossed the main palm-tree-lined boulevard, and fuchsia bougainvillea framed my view.

Menton, France

Menton, France
Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France
Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France

September 14, 2016
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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Amelia S Davis
May 10, 2018 6:36 pm

Thanks for the information and beautiful pictures, the colorful homes on the hills over looking the sea reminds me of Nice. I’ll be in Menton on the 17th of May.

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Stunning photos, thank you!
I’m planning a trip to Nice next May and this sounds like a perfect day trip.

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Love your photos – really capture the place! – I was in Menton several years ago and it was so pretty – I mostly remember walking on the smooth stones on the beach.

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Thanks so much, Anne! The beach was so peaceful :)

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The colours are absolutely incredible! I am coming to Europe in spring and will definitely be putting this on my list. I can’t believe even the beautiful purple flowers along the promenade. You captured it perfectly!

xx Carla

http://www.thestrawberrystory.com

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Thanks so much, Carla! Menton and Arles were two of my absolute favorite towns in France, so definitely try to check them out while you are here! x

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Wow; these photos are gorgeous. I love the South of France so much; and the weather is normally so sunny and warm :)

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Thanks, Sophie! It was my first time visiting the south of France, and totally fell in love! :)

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WOW, the photos are so gorgeous and colorful!

love from Grace Says ♥

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It was truly stunning, Grace! :)

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I adore the colourful buildings that line the sea front! Gorgeous piece and great photos xx

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Thanks Mimi! It was truly stunning to see in person. Highly recommend a visit if you find yourself in the south east of France :)

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Wow, Menton is so beautiful! I love coastal cities in general, but I love all the color.

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It was unlike any town I’ve ever seen, Esther! Thanks for reading, I love your blog, and hope you enjoyed your Airstream trip!! :)

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Great article and pics. Love day trips :-)

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