Place aux Herbes
The Place aux Herbes - the herbs' square - is a little and delightful corner of old Menton. it is located in the heart of the old town, with the pedestrian shopping street Rue Saint Michel on one side. Opposite Rue Saint Michel, on the other side of the square, there's an improbable arched wall. The other two sides of the square are occupied by restaurants. In the middle there's a quaint and old little fountain.
The name of this square suggests that in the past a herbs market used to take place here. Herbs are no longer sold, here, but the market tradition is carried on every Friday, where there's a flea market selling old objects and antiquities.
Cemetries of the Vielle Chateau
On four levels explore the mixed history of the good and great that lived and came to die in Menton. Russian princes, Italian grand families, retired vicars and civil servants from Victorian England. Among the headstones here is that of Aubrey Beardsley and William Ellis, supposed founder of rubgy.
Fabulous view out over the Baie de Garavan towards Italy, only a kilomtre away.
There are Commonwealth military cemetaries dedicated to French forces climbing futher up the hill, but which offer little of interest as much as these.
Spanish writer's tribute to great novelists
The Fontana Rosa villa and romantic garden (currently closed for much needed restauration works) greets you with slightly kitsch ceramic portraits of the three great writers idolised by Spanish exile - Hector Basco-Ibaniz..
On the Italian-French borders
A charming town full of mystery is located at the french-italian border right on the coast. Surrounded by mountains, Menton is protected from winds and benefits from a wonderful weather.
Menton was founded on the Comtes of Vintimiglia domain. Menton belonged to Grimaldi family (Monaco) from 1346 till 1848, and on the 2nd february 1861 officialy became french.
From the 18th century, Menton attracted a lot of celebrities : Ferdinand de Lesseps, La Reine Victoria, l'Impératrice Eugénie, Alexandre de Russie, le roi Albert 1er de Belgique, Ferdinand Bach, Vicente Blasco Ibanez, Jean Cocteau, le Président René Coty, Katherine Mansfield, la Reine Astrid de Belgique, …