Menton, French Riviera
(distance from Ventimiglia 5 km - distance from hotel La Riserva di Castel d'Appio 8 km)
Seven exceptional gardens, hectares of greenery, many urban parks and gardens, hundreds of exotic trees lining the streets and an abundance of floral arrangements, Menton is a pleasure to the eyes.
The Old town
Cool squares, narrow little streets cascading toward the sea: the historical heart of the city beats behind the ocre frontage of the houses. Sun light filters through the shuttered houses preserving the intimacy of the homes from the assalt of the sun.
We are brought back in time through the red-glazed rooftops of the bell-towers.
In Menton, Baroque Art gave rise to an incredible duo - the majestic "Basilique Saint-Michel" and a few steps higher "La Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs" (White Sinnners Church).
Directly above, right at the top of the hill, the "Vieux Château" cemetry can be located, Here, many Russian and British aristocracy have found their final resting place and here one can observe an unequalled view over the sea, Italy and the Mountains.
Guided Heritage Visits of the Old City : every Tuesday at 2.30p/m. RV Parvis Saint-Michel.
The markets and pedestrian street
It is practically impossible to stay in Menton without strolling down the pedestrian street. This central street is a must for all visitors to Menton as it is packed with shops and restaurants and extends from the sea front to the "Campanin" garden.
The Municipal market is located between the old port and the old city. Overflowing with colours, exotic aromas and flowers from the South of France, look out for Mentonnaise specialities such as lemons, spices and "barbbajuans" (fried vegetables and rice) delicious! The warm welcome given by the local shopkeepers gives a glimpse of the Mentonnaise conviviality.
One can find the same friendly atmosphere in the Careï valley where the Careï market sets-up under blue and white stripped canopies, the colours of Menton city.
The sea front
From Garavan, just next to the Italian border right to Carnolès, the Western limit of the community, there is a large variety of beaches. From sandy to pebbled and including public and private. On the western coast, the construction of the sea walls have given the sea front a new volume.
Nowadays the public beaches extend 30 metres to accomodate for swimmers and sun-bathers alike.
The Menton beaches are cleaned and disinfected daily in summer and are equipt with showers. 2 beaches have been specifically reserved for dogs. The underground purifying station, state of the art high technology, guarantees the quality of the water for swimmers.
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