Menton, also nicknamed the Pearl of France is well known for not only one of the most colorful towns in France but also home for the biggest lemon festival in Europe. Situated on the French Riviera or only less than 10 minutes train ride from Monaco, Menton has its unique charm despite of being not as popular or glamorous as Monaco, Cannes or Saint Tropez. When you exit the train station and walk towards the old town, you’ll see many cafes and restaurants. Menton has so much Italian influence, so when it comes to food it’s not so hard to find great Italian restaurants. But also do try their food specialty like socca ( chickpea pancake ), seafood, and desserts. Menton old town probably really small but it’s definitely beautiful and romantic with its cobblestone streets, colorful buildings and vintage shops. It gets really busy in February as the lemon festival starts from early February to March just before the grand prix season in Monaco begins. Each year the lemon festival has a special theme, fill the entire main street with colorful parade, music, good food and beautiful people. While in summer a lot of people come to French of Riviera to soak up the sun and dance under the moonlights, be sure to also visit Menton. Even if its just half day, there’s something different and magical about Menton that you can’t quite experience it in other French Riviera towns.