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Roquebrune-Cap-Martin or Menton as a base.

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Roquebrune-Cap-Martin or Menton as a base.

For those who know the area I was just wondering which would be the nicer place to stay for next April/early May? Apartment rentals seem to be that bit cheaper in Roquebrune. How long is the walk from Roquebrune to central Menton. Distance and timewise? We would probably be using public transport to go on day trips locally.

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1. Re: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin or Menton as a base.

Depends which part of R-C-M, as it's quite a big commune.

If you are right on the Menton border close to Carnolès train station, it'd probably be about a 40 minute walk. If you are in Roquebrune village it's a lot further, and from the border with Monaco, maybe over two hours. So address is everything!

The bus cost €1.

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2. Re: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin or Menton as a base.

Roquebrune and Menton - pleasant enough - are at the quiet end of the Riviera - no great harm if you like that kind of thing. Cap Martin is the 'forgotten cap' compared to the other two - Cap Ferrat and Cap d'Antibes with great mouldering art deco mansions. Menton is a sleepy town even in high summer and you get the impression the whole place is closed up if you are there at lunchtime. The main disadvantage from the point of view of trips is that it is quite a trek by train or bus to the other tourist locations - Cannes, Antibes, Nice, Villefranche etc.

For a Dubliner Roquebrune will have some resonance - where W.B Yeats died in 1939 - altho his remains were repatriated after the war it has recently been revealed they may have exhumed the wrong person and he is still buried there !

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Edited: 06 November 2011, 02:39
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3. Re: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin or Menton as a base.

Not that much of a trek to Viilefranche from Menton - only 30 minutes on the train, with the many tourist attractions around Monaco and Beaulieu being even nearer and Nice only a few minutes further.

While Antibes and Cannes may well be more of a trek, for some people this would be amply compensated by the fact that Italy starts at the end of the Menton promenade, and that Italian Riviera attractions are more easily reached from Menton than from anywhere else in France.

Another famous burial in Menton's attractive cemetery is William Webb-Ellis, purportedly the founder of Rugby football,

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4. Re: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin or Menton as a base.

Thanks for all the replies. We have visited Nice and it's western side before and stayed a few years back in Antibes. This time we wanted to head to it's eastern side. We have been to Monaco, a brief visit to Eze and St. Paul de Vence. We are attracted by the Italian side this time around. I think central Menton might be what's needed.

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5. Re: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin or Menton as a base.

If you are interested in Italy I would suggest that you forget Menton and stay somewhere east of Genoa. The stretch of coast closest to France is shabby, run down, rather depressing and not in the least like the French Riviera.

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6. Re: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin or Menton as a base.

"Shabby, run down, rather depressing".

That is one perspective. Another perspective is that the Italian Riviera across the border is utterly delightful - a tremendous relief from the over-developed, overcrowded, over-manicured and pretentious extravagance of parts of the French Riviera, though Menton is better than most.

Unfortunately there are a few places east of Genoa which share some of these undesirable characteristics, though in a rather less overblown form than the worst of the French Riviera.

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7. Re: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin or Menton as a base.

We recently returned from our second sojourn in Menton. It is indeed a great place to stay ... trains to Ventimiglia, Bordighera, San Remo, etc., leave from here but not directly from further west. Lots of bus routes through downtown area go up to the main bus station, where in turn you can get buses to all the hill towns. The advantage of staying downtown/close-in is proximity to the central market and to local patisseries and boulangeries -- you can dash out and buy breakfast supplies or late evening pastries at the last minute. Apartments a bit further away are cheaper, but i would not stay in Roquebrune or Garavan as they have too many relative disadvantages.

We went to/from Italy numerous times by train, car, even on foot. It is worth the effort to see the famous market in Ventimiglia, the artist colony of Bassano Vecchia rising from earthquake ruins, and the self-styled semi-independent Principality of Seborga ... actually we liked all the places we went.

Send me a Message if you would like info about where we stayed.

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8. Re: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin or Menton as a base.

I agree with perilizia .In fact it is wonderful that you can go from Menton to Ventimiglia in a few minutes and immediately be aware that you have traversed two different worlds. There is no gradual change from part France to part Italian - it is all or nothing. It would be a sad world where everywhere is the same - not much point in travelling.

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9. Re: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin or Menton as a base.

Thankyou for your helpful advice re: Menton. We are travelling with two other couples and looking for accommodation for May this year,. Have looked at many options, the villa in the country being first choice but the prices are about 3000 EU for the week. Do you mind sharing where you stayed?

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10. Re: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin or Menton as a base.

Thankyou for your helpful advice re: Menton. We are travelling with two other couples and looking for accommodation for May this year,. Have looked at many options, the villa in the country being first choice but the prices are about 3000 EU for the week. Do you mind sharing where you stayed?

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