day trips from Menton

Old Mar 16th, 2014, 07:49 AM
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day trips from Menton

We will be staying in a self catering apartment in Menton for a week in mid June. We won't have a car, but love to walk. Anyone have ideas of nice hikes (walks) in this area. We also plan to visit some towns and villages by bus so would like information about that too. We will have a car for the last two days...ideas of places to visit by car?
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Old Mar 16th, 2014, 08:44 AM
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There is a beautiful seaside walking path going between the DCap d'Ail train station and Monaco - take the short train ride to the station then go down to the sea and turn left - in a few miles after going round the tip of the Cape you'll see Monaco, entering it at the glitzy yacht club.

This is a stupendously gorgeous walk along an undeveloped strip of coast line - the signature Cote d'Azur beauty - a deep azure-hued sea with waters so clear you can see the bottom and rocky boulders to which cypress trees impossibly cling - this is an isolated area - some folks goes skinny dipping so don't be bashful and if you didn't bring your swim suit and want to bath...
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Get a local bus up to a village at the head of one of the valleys such as Gorbio or St. Agnes, then pick up one of the walks from there. Both villages are lovely, Gorbio perhaps a little bit less than St Agnes. See following link to a blog which gives you an idea: http://french-riviera-blog.com/2012/...behind-menton/
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You are so close to Italy that I think one of the more interesting things to do is to over the border and see the differences and the similarities. Structurally, Menton looks like it belongs in Italy (and it used to be part of Italy) but the food and the local culture and what people do is really very different. If you have a car, then Apricale is a dramatic Italian hill town that isn't far at all but makes a fun destination for lunch and hikes (just getting to lunch in town is a hike).
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San Remo is one nice Italian town that is a short train trip from Menton - changing as always in Ventimiglia, the Italian border town famous for its sprawling open-air market on some days.
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Go to Eze-Village, between Monaco and Nice, by the "Moyenne Corniche". The sea sight is amazing. Eze is a lovely hilltop village, a perfect place to make a stop before visiting Nice.
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If into rather strenuous hiking take the coastal train from Menton to Eze-sur-Mer train station then hoof it up the steep thru a gorge walking path to Eze proper perched high above the sea.

Often called the Philosophers' Path because Nietzsche often make the trek up to Eze from the seaside area.

views are the reason to go to Eze, besides the visiting the Ersatz perfume 'factory - but during tourist season Eze up top is one of the biggest tourist mob scenes I have ever seen (in August it twas).
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In mid-June Eze will be slammed out wall to wall with cruise ship tourists and other tourists.
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If you do the walk between Eze and Eze-sur-Mer, I recommend walking down the hill, not up (and then swim at the end). We really enjoyed doing that. We found Eze to be extremely touristy but still attractive. There is a bus to Eze village. We went from Nice but sure to be services from the east as well.

I believe that there is a walk between St Agnes and Gorbio, with buses at each end from/to Menton but haven't done this ourselves.
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