Menton is located between the Côte d'Azur and the Ligurian Alps. The Menton seigneury first appeared in the 12th Century. At this time Menton belonged to the Genoan Family, Vento.
By 1346, Menton fell under the ownership of Charles Grimaldi, Lord of Monaco. Thereafter, Menton's history became intertwined with that of the principality of Monaco.
It was not until 1848 that Menton was able to break away from the principality of Monaco and proclaim itself a free city under the protection of Sarde. Menton chose to become part of France in 1860 and Charles III of Monaco released all rights of the city to Emperor Napoléon III.
During WWII Menton was annexed first by the Italians, then the Germans. Menton was liberated on the 8th of September 1944. The town was completly devastated and it was not until the 1960's that the city was fully rebuilt.
Today Menton is a much favoured tourist destination both in winter and summer.
I love the gardens, the fresh air, the sun in winter, the coffee, the lunches and dinners, the citrus fruits and flowers.
Just be willing to speak some of their languages.
Fondest memory: I miss the provencial fabrics, the lunches, the gardens, the Italians and the French.
Menton is a beautiful town on the cote d'azur(French Riviera) - and it's also basically the last French town before traveling into italy. It doesn't come as a surprise that most of the traditional architecture is in traditional Ligurian style.
A long time ago, in fact, it belonged to the Repluc of Genova - and after that it also came under the rule of the princes of Monaco. Menton was attached to France during the French Revolution - and then again annexed to Italy for a short time during WWII. Quite a confising history.
Fondest memory: Though most people go to Menton for the sea and the beaches, it was not my case. I went off-season to savour the old town - which is very beautiful. it is made of narrow old streets with ancient buildings and it's mostly uphill. The good part about it is that you can enjoy excellent views over the port and the beaches - as well as the typical terracotta rooftops.
What I liked aboyt Menton is that it is relatively low-key, copared to other nearby towns and villages: Nice and Monaco-Montecarlo in particular. Though not deprived of tourism - menton, at east, attracts a less flashy and snobbish tourism than other French Riviera towns.
Menton is not only an old town, it's a modern sea resort, too. To walk the sea promenade is a nice way to go for a long refreshing walk - you'll also see many people walking there, and many more just jogging by. The walk, in fact, is never-ending.... once you leave Menton, you'll see yourself walking along the sea in Roquebrune/Cap Saint Martin.
Fondest memory: The main sea promenade in Menton is called Promenade du Soleil, which flanks the town's best beaches and which is lined with mediterranean flowers and tropical palm trees. Further on towards the old town, another interesting stretch of sea promenade, is Quai Napoléon III, where you can see a little harbour and an old defensive bastion that is now the museum cocteau.
Favorite thing: Constructed from 1636 to 1639 by Honore II of Monaco to defend the town. In 1957, restored it to put his work of arts.