Men­ton

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While many Riviera cities lead with pure op­u­lence, Men­ton leads with its charm­ing pedes­trian streets and gor­geous moun­tain and ocean views. There are no five-star ac­com­mo­da­tions; the lux­ury here in Men­ton is be­ing able to dine en plein air al­most ev­ery day of the year at ca­sual bistros serv­ing the best com­bi­na­tion of Ital­ian and French cui­sine.

Leave the heels be­hind, and climb the cob­ble­stone-paved streets to the Sain­tMichel Basil­ica [Parvis Saint-Michel | 06500 | Men­ton] for breathtaking views of the Ital­ian Alps, and down to the azure blue Mediter­ranean wa­ters be­low. Ex­pe­ri­ence the friendly lo­cals at their finest while shop­ping at out­door mar­kets. Here you will find ed­i­ble sou­venirs un­der the shade of blue and white-striped canopies in the Careï Val­ley. The Marché Cou­vert on quai de Mon­léon fea­tures knick-knacks (bro­cante), herbs and items from their Ital­ian neigh­bors on Fri­days. If your gals are gar­den­ers, or wannabes like moi, you will love the nine ma­jor gar­dens; the best of which is at Villa Maria Ser­ena [21 Prom. Reine Astrid | 06500 | Men­ton]. Fra­grant fruit trees and sweet smelling flow­ers fill the air, and the stun­ning views of the bay are hailed from the sweep­ing stair­cases of the villa.

Take ad­van­tage of the warm sun­shine, and rent a pad­dle­board or kayak at the Nau­ti­cal Sports Cen­ter on the Prom­e­nade de la Mer. How­ever, re­mem­ber to take along a wa­ter­proof case for your cam­era so that you do not miss the op­por­tu­nity to take pic­tures of the mag­nif­i­cent col­or­ful build­ings from th­ese unique nau­ti­cal van­tage points.

Photo by M. Schuer­mann easy­hiker.co.uk Men­ton leads with its charm­ing pedes­trian streets and gor­geous moun­tain and ocean views. Photo by Priscilla Pi­lon Where to Stay Ho­tel Napoleon 29 Porte de France, 06500 Men­ton, France Tip: The best rooms are...

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