Menton holiday apartments are sited right on the French border with Italy, in a town often known as the 'Pearl of France'. Most of the Cote d'Azur has the Alps as a backdrop, but around Menton, the southern Alps tumble directly into the sea. Menton holiday rental are part of a historical fishing town, now grown into a popular tourist resort. It's steeped in history with a couple of fascinating museums to explore, as well as some pretty palm-lined beaches to enjoy. Menton accommodation is also handy for the French and Italian Alps, and activities such as skiing, hiking or climbing.
Nearly all self caterings in Menton is convenient for sunbathing and swimming at the beach, and playing tennis or golf – and for those who don't like sand and surf, most offer access to a private pool. Nearly all have fully equipped kitchens for self-catering holidays (and making the most of that delicious local produce), and many have gardens, BBQ areas and onsite parking.
Outdoor pursuits: With the mountains right by the sea, there's a tremendous choice of Alpine pursuits and watersports to enjoy right on the doorstep of Menton holiday rentals. The fishing industry has given way to marinas, a sailing school, and the usual equipment hire outlets, though fishing itself is a popular activity for tourists.
Beaches: The seafront of Menton is beach, almost all the way to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, where HomeAway has a further range of holiday homes. Bordered by attractive boulevards, there is plenty of space for families. The atmosphere is relaxed and kid friendly, compared to more exclusive stretches of the Cote d'Azur, and catered to by a variety of beach clubs.
Nightlife: The chic and affluent Monaco and Monte Carlo are just a few miles to the southwest, so those with a taste for the finer things in life have a tremendous opportunity to indulge themselves. For a quieter time, Menton has its own discerning choice of casinos, restaurants and bars to enjoy, centreing on La Place aux Herbes.
Shopping: Menton has a historic covered market that opens every day from 5am to 1pm (5.30am in the winter). There's also a fruit and flower market. Antique traders set up stalls next to the main market on Fridays, and a flea market takes place every Saturday.
Culture: The Basilica of Saint-Michel-Archange dominates the town, featuring 17th-century architecture and attracting 100,000 visitors a year. Menton is also famous for its subtropical gardens, especially the Jardin Serre de la Madone and Jardin Botanique Exotique de Menton, which are both the product of British influence during the 19th century. Museums of note include the Bastion and Jean Cocteau Museums.
Menton's Alpine wall shelters the town from the northwesterly Mistral wind, creating a warmer microclimate ideal for citrus growing, and ensuring even the winters are suitable for beach holidays. Summer highs average in the 29°C, while winter's highs hover around the mid-teens.
Nice Cote d'Azur Airport is 22 miles away, which can be traversed via train or bus if needed. Nice has the second-busiest airport in France, so all the major carriers fly here, including a comprehensive range of budget operators. The south of France is driveable from the UK, too, taking only a couple of days if the starting point is the southeast of England. The trip is also amply doable on the train; with good connections. it's possible to get from London to Nice in around nine hours.