Menton is a quaint town in the French Riviera on the border with Italy. The weather is lovely and sunny almost all year round, which makes it a great winter destination.
The reason we visited this beautiful town on the french riviera was primarily because of the lemon festival. But between the different events we loved wandering around this charming town.
The seafront is an amazing place for photography, especially in the afternoon. This is when the sun is shining on the houses making them look even more colourful. There are huge rocks that go out into the middle of the water, great for a photoshoot.
Menton old town has so many colourful houses and narrow winding paths. Most of it is car free and has lots of quaint houses that you can stay in.
Old town is on a hill so anyone who struggles with lots of steps or walking should probably stay in the town centre. The walk between old town and the centre is about 20 minutes.
The main Jean Cocteau Museum is closed due to flood damage. Originally the museum was going to be reopen but as of February 2020 it is yet to do so. Hopefully one day the main museum will reopen.
Until then the Bastion Museum has a small collection of Jean Cocteau artwork. I liked seeing the colourful artwork against the rustic bricks of the bastion.
Opening hours: 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00 (closed on Tuesdays)
Entrance price: €3
This beautiful church found in the old town has a stunning interior. During fete du citron the church was also decorated with oranges and lemons.
This viewpoint next to the cemetery is overlooking old town. I feel like it isn’t as impressive as the view from the bay looking back at the colourful building. However this is still worth the walk and if the cemetery is open can be combined with a visit to there.
The Lemon festival is an amazing spectacle that take place every year in February. It is one of the most unusual festivals in the world. See my article for more information on this must see festival: The Lemon Festival of Menton (Fête du Citron)