The last stop on the Côte d’Azur before Italy, the seaside town of Menton offers a glimpse of what the high life on the Riviera must have been like before the developers moved in. With its sunny climate, shady streets, and pastel mansions—not to mention a lovely old port—it’s one of the most attractive towns on the entire coast. Menton’s old town is a cascade of pastel-colored buildings. Add a fantastic museum dedicated to the great artist and film director Jean Cocteau, as well as several excellent restaurants, and Menton really is a must.
To French people, the town is also known for its lemons, which are renowned for their flavor and are celebrated every February with a big lemon-themed party.