One of the first places we visited along the French Riviera was Menton, a small and colourful town just past Monte Carlo. I hadn’t heard of this place before, nor seen any photos from it, but when I saw the colourful buildings online I immediately knew this would be the place for me.
To be honest, I didn’t feel much atmosphere in the main towns like Cannes or St Tropez. I don’t know if this was because we quickly stopped through these towns just for lunch as we made our way onto other places, or if it was the mass crowds flooding every street, or purely the fact I love exploring places that are a little out of the ordinary and not commonly heard of which usually end u being far more secluded and intimate. I find it’s easier this way to make your own genuine opinion of a place without any preconceived judgements, both positive or negative from people who have already been.
This is why I absolutely adored Menton. Luke and I had no idea what to expect and even though we were welcomed by a humid but grey afternoon and thunderstorm, we fell in love with its calm waters, colourful buildings and family friendly atmosphere. A summer thunderstorm also meant people were scarce, which left Menton’s beautiful bay all to ourselves as we watched the small town light up as dusk as romantic live music echoed through its buildings and all the way down to the beach where families were having picnics and dancing along the shoreline.
Photos by Luke Shadbolt