From Menton to Monaco (and Villefranche-ser-Mer)

After a day of exploring Nice, and another day touring wineries in Provence, it was time to take on the rest of the French Riviera. Trains and busses abound from Nice to Menton, running through beautiful coastal towns.


Take the 100 bus from Nice (starting location may vary due to construction in Nice) and ride it to the end of the line in the resort town of Menton. The scenery along the way is amazing, and it only costs 1.50 euro! Busses run every 15 to 20 minutes, unless it’s a holiday, in which case they may not run at all. Menton has beautiful scenery and cheaper beach bars than Nice, and it’s fun to wander around the beach. We ate a lovely lunch on the beach and explored the old town a bit before heading to Monaco.

I wasn’t sure what to expect visiting Monaco. We started our visit in Monaco Ville, wandered by the palace and through the botanical gardens. It’s a great view from up there, of the sea, hills and a hodgepodge of expensive apartment buildings and hotels. We walked downhill, then along the F1 racetrack and by some yachts in the harbor to Monte Carlo. Since it was during the day, and we hadn’t dressed up, we only made it as far as the atrium in the casino. People were dressed up though, and I imagine if you want to gamble at night, it’s a lot of fun to dress up and make a night of it. During the day I was a bit underwhelmed.


Our next stop was Villefranche-Ser-Mer, a beautiful seaside town on a hill.  We hiked down to the water and bought some gelato before wandering along the base of the fortress, which I would highly recommend. We watched the sun start to set over the Mediterranean and when it got cool, caught the train to Nice and found ourselves some dinner.

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Did you see some celebrities in Monaco? 😀

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    1. No, unfortunately, just lots of tourists!!

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      1. I can imagine why it attracts a lot of people!

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  2. Phoebe says:

    Menton and Villefranche are both favourite places of mine in this area, they are both so colourful and full of hidden surprises (did you find the covered/semi-underground streets in Villefranche?) I agree the 100 bus is an amazing bargain for such a long and scenic ride. Monaco has its moments and I guess has to be seen but it’s far from a favourite, just too “sterile”. #farawayfiles

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    1. We didn’t have too much time in Villefranche, we found some streets down by the water that could be classed as semi underground if that’s what you’re talking about? I was all about walking along the water at the base of the fort though.

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  3. Katy says:

    Casinos are not for me either but you had me at touring wineries. Thanks of joining #FarawayFiles

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    1. Agreed. Though I suppose if I were going to go to a casino, dressing up to the nines and going to Monaco could be fun in a way.

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  4. I’ve always been fascinated by Monaco because I grew up watching Formula One with my dad, and Monaco is one of the most historic and glamorous of all races. 🙂

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  5. Clare Thomson says:

    I’ve been on that bus trip too. Such amazing value! It’s great that you can do so many fabulous day trips easily from Nice. It really adds to its value as a good destination. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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  6. 1,50 Euros! What a deal. Probably the only deal in Monaco? My husband’s bucket list has the Monte Carlo on it, for the 24 hour race – so maybe one day! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

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  7. Tanja says:

    nice photos!

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  8. The pictures you provided are breathtaking and so does the pace, Amanda!

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