17Th Century Beachfront Apartment Cosmopolitan Menton

A picturesque beach in Menton where you can swim, sunbathe and have lunch under a restaurant umbrella.

Our beachfront apartment (indicated by the white arrows in the photo above), built in the 17th century, is located in the center of the Vieille Ville, a vibrant Historical Medieval district.

Menton is the archetypal Mediterranean town. Perched on the French-Italian border,it provides the traveler with the delights of both France and Italy. This small town of 30,000 is nestled between Monaco (10 minutes away by train) and the Italian Riviera (a 20 minute walk). Open to the sea and protected by an amphitheater of mountains which block off cold Mistral winds, it enjoys a subtropical "micro-climate" allowing for seven exceptional botamical gardens to flourish.

Thirty train-minutes from NICE,this "City of Art and History" was praised in the New York Times Sophisticated Traveler Magazine recently. An ardent blue sea, parks and gardens, an international crowd of visitors, cosmopolitan shops in the modern town, mazes of narrow streets in the 14th century sector, fountains, sculptures, cafes and tea-rooms chock full of pastries and spacious seafront promenades transform a simple stroll into a delight for the eyes.

 

A Roman road, the Via Aurelia has developed over the millennia into the Rue Longue. This is your street for the duration: paved, with painted walls in Mimosa yellows, Siennas, Ochers and Tuscan reds.

 

The apartment accommodates four people comfortably. There is a large bedroom with full bed (pictured above) and a smaller bedroom with a trundle bed (pictured below). A small frescoe was discovered there when we removed ceiling tiles.

 

Three large three-by-five foot tall windows allow magnificent unencumbered views of the Mediterranean sea, mountains, sands and palm trees. We can be on the beach in less than two minutes. In March the air is clear enough for Corsica to appear on the horizon.

A large living room with a 16 foot high, frescoed, vaulted cieling is the apartment's richest feature.

 

 

The fourth window, located in the fully-renovated "American" kitchen, opens to the narrow Rue Longue.

 

The bath with generous shower space, towel heater, hair dryer and a seperate water closet.

 

Maps of Menton

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Close-up of Vieux Menton

Nearby Menton Spots to Find and Enjoy

It's fun to get lost -- to see what you can discover. Follow your insticts. Eat Socca, drink Cappucino, sample Pan Bagnat, sip a Perrier-Menthe. The smallest experiences will be the best if they are truly YOURS. (The four unusual photos that follow are courtesy of guest/photographer Peter Beers.)

St. Michael's Basilica

Staircase to St. Michael's Basilica

Cafe de Paris

"It was a dark and stormy night."

EXCURSIONS: As I help my clients plan their vacation I can’t help noticing that many declare "I just want to sit in a Café and watch the world go by." Great idea. By cultivating a healthy disrespect for time you’ll soon feel like you fit right in. At the start you might experience contradictions such as a desire for action and excitement but also a longing for solitude. Both types excursions are available to you. After you have booked, you will be sent an information package containing some my personal favorites, nearby places known mostly to locals, tailored to interest those with vigorous hobbies and/or quiet inclinations.

 

Menton is a historic city at your doorstep that is waiting to be explored.

View of the beach on a foggy morning

Shopping

An important directional spot below the apartment which will direct you to the French A 8 Expressway system and east to Italy or west to Nice. Also near parking spot.

A little "al fresco"

 

 

Beaulieu is the town where you can find the Greek Mansion, Villa Kerylos. Follow the signs a short walking distance from the boat harbor. Follow the many signs from the harbor, past Bernard Eiffel's mansion ( the Eiffel tower) for a look at aquatis floor mosasics opulent baths and three legged tables. Consider buying a double ticket which will also give you entrance into the Rothchild Villa Across the bay in St. Jean Cap Ferrat. Have lunch at the boat harbor then drive over to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothchild. Beaulieu is also the site of a popular flea market.

Flea Market at Beaulieu

Villa Ephrussi de Rothchild

Fountains

Gardens

Sculpture

 

Grasse is home to perfume museums and factories. The Fragonard factory has superb silver and crystal perfume bottles from ancient times to the present. You will know you have arrived at Fragonard by the small pool with gold rose petals floating in it. Downstairs multilingual ladies will show you how perfumes are made. Soaps in the gift shop make fine small gifts.

Fountain at the entrance to the Fragonard Perfume Factory

The town of Grasse

Choosing perfumes in the showroom. An embarassment of riches.

Inside the Factory

A Happy Customer

 

Eze is a beautifully restored old village. This stop is a must. Stunning views and marvelous small shops. Bring money! Go all the way to the top and into the Gardens for the best photos. Lunches on the Chateau Eza's panoramic outdoor patio are breathtaking and reasonable.

View of Eze from the Gardens

Decorated Doors

Chapel

Chapel

Narrow Walks

 

Tende by way of Sospel and Saorge: Give Sospel about an hour to tour the Cathedral and the 11th century bridge. Move on to Saorge, a "stacked village", for exploration of the old streets and lunch at the Bellevue Restaurant. Stop by the bee keeper's shop on the way back out of town. Tende is a prehistoric area. The "Ice Man" was discovered five years ago nearby. His clothes and information about his wounds and tattoos are displayed in the museum. Call to reserve a jeep and guide. Hire a guide to explore the petroglyphs in the fields. Return by way of Ventimiglia.

The main street in Tende

Veiw from the road

Petroglyph Museum

 

11th Century Bridge in Sospel

Train bridge on the road to Sospel

Shops in town

Town Church

Bevera River

 

The stacked village of Saorge

View from above

View across the village

Restaurant Bellevue

Yummy!

 

Monaco: Take the train to Monaco. Traffic is awful. Look for a small shrine to St. Devote on the way out of the statuion and under the bridge. Walk around the port to look at the multi-millionaires' ships. Find red and white painted sidewalk edges and follow the Grand Prix Circuit. Follow it around. On one side of the hill is the Prince's Palace and the Oceonographic Museum. On the other side is the Casino. It could take you all day.

The Casino

Monaco Harbor

Monaco Harbor

Monaco Harbor

Race Course

Race Course

 

 

Take a Boat Ride from the apartment. Locate the light houseat the end of the jetty in Menton. Boat tickets and departure originate there.

 

Ventimiglia, across the border in Italy, has a very popular market. This is a must for the sheer craziness and good bargains. Watch your purse and wallet. Remember this has been a trade city from Roman times. You are taking part in an old tradition. FRIDAYS ONLY. GO EARLY, TAKE THE TRAIN. HAVE FUN!!

The market in Ventimiglia

Roman Ruins

Roman Ruins

Roman Ruins

 

St. Paul is a fortified town and a quite romantic spot to visit. It has plenty of fountains, views and cobbled streets. It was once the home and is the final resting place of Mark Chagall. It will probably be crowded. For art lovers, the famous Maeght Foundation is right outside the town. It features a new retrospective each year.

The walled town of St. Paul

The Walls

The Cemetery

Cat welcoming shoppers

Chapel

Chapel

 

 

St. Agnes: The highest village in the area. The Maginot Line Museum is a historian's delight. Twisting roads lead to panoramic views.

Consult your own guide book for hours and days of operation. There is a full box of travel brochures in the apartment, but no guide book.

 

"But for my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.

I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."

Robert Louis Stevenson.

We wish you a bon voyage!

CONTACT INFORMATION: For information about renting this apartment, Please click HERE to e-mail the owner.