The Pearl of France


Menton is the last stop on the French Riviera before the Italian coast, and is known as the “Pearl of France”. It is located at the foot of the mountains and overlooks the sea.

The beautiful pastel-colored houses, excellent restaurants and the charming old harbor makes it an attractive choice for those who are looking for properties for sale in the South of France near Monaco and Italy.

It is a small town with about 30,000 year-round residents, during the high season about 90,000 people live here. It was founded  in the 13th Century by the Genoes and then belonged to Monaco and its Grimaldi family. It later became part of France in 1860. Menton is sheltered by the mountains and is where you find the most sunny days on the entire Riviera. The temperature varies between 5 and 17 degrees Celsius in the winter, and 18 and 28 degrees Celsius in the summer.

Colorful medieval town Menton
Palmer of French Riviera
view of the town of Menton from high up. Orange colored classic buildings with the church bell tower and the ocean behind.

The city annually houses many cultural events on the French Riviera, including the world-famous Lemon Festival that happens from February until March which attracts around 250,000 visitors from all over the world. Menton also owns 2 museums belonging to the famous Jean Cocteau, whom fell in love with this city where he lived a long part of his life.

The proximity to Italy and Monaco,  with also convenient connections to the airport, makes Menton, just like the rest of the French Riviera, an interesting option for those who want to purchase a holiday home in the South of France to easily get around Europe. The city also suits those who enjoy outdoor life, skiing and most of the hiking trails are within an hour’s drive. It is also possible to take the local train to go to surrounding picturesque villages both in Italy and France.

Menton is known for its many beautiful gardens, which were largely built by the English nobility. Among them finest is Val Rahmeh, created in 1905 by Sir Percy Radcliffe and named after his wife. The Fontana Rosa Garden belonged to Spanish writer Vicente Blasco Ibanez and is a tribute to his favorite authors; Cervantes, Dickens and Shakespeare.

About 80% of Menton’s residents are French, the rest are largely other Europeans. In view of its proximity to Italy, other languages ​​are Italian and the locals switch easily between the two. Many international pensioners choose to move to Menton for its stillness, its pleasant climate, its many cultural places and events and  and all the amenties that Menton offers with the transports. Our international real estate agency in Menton can suggest you one our appartments for sale.

Contact Wretman Estate to get in touch with one of our English-speaking realtors on the Riviera. If you are wondering about buying a property in France, we will help you find a house or an apartment for sale in Menton in the south of France which fits your needs!