Guided Walking at Menton, France
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Hills & moorland
Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
- Discover the glamorous French Riviera's best kept secret: fantastic walking
- Enjoy the Victorian elegance of our seaside promenade hotel on the Cote d'Azur
- Visit the medieval 'Perched Villages' and walk the stunning balcony path above the coast
- Stroll the charming streets of Menton's old town and beautiful gardens
- Combine with our holiday in Provence for a great fortnight in the south of France
- Enjoy a glass of wine with your evening meal - compliments of HF Holidays
- A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
- All transport to and from walks
- The services of experienced HF Holidays leaders
- "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
- 7 night's accommodation in en-suite rooms
- Half board – a continental breakfast and evening meal.
The lovingly restored Hotel Royal Westminster enjoys a lovely position right on the seaside promenade of Menton near to the town centre. The magnificent building sits back from the seafront behind a neatly kept Mediterranean garden.
|Hotel Royal Westminster has 92 comfortable en-suite bedrooms furnished in a simple style.
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Hotel Royal Westminster has an elegant dining room which is light and airy, opening onto a terrace.
The hotel has a palm tree fringed garden fronting the Promenade du Soleil, and a lounge and piano bar where music is played most evenings. There is a shared entertainment programme with its sister hotel, Hotel Balmoral.
A laundry service is available as well as ironing room available to guests.
Internet access is available in the reception area.
Our holidays at the Hotel Royal Westminster are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
The hotel offers an extensive selection of hot and cold options for breakfast from a self-select buffet.
The hotel offers a mixture of French and international dishes in its elegant dining room. Water and a good house wine which is served with your meal. It is important that guests with special dietary requirements, including vegetarians, let our reservations team know before they travel.
Hotel Royal Westminster has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
Lunch (payable locally)
Ingredients for your picnic lunch can be bought from local shops; your leaders will advise you of the options.
The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.
Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's walks. On most evenings you will be able to take advantage of the hotel's entertainment programme.
Your leader will also check for any local events going on nearby.
The hotel's location is ideal for a leisurely stroll into the old town, where you can watch the world go by and soak up the atmosphere with a relaxing drink at one of the pavement café bars. Or you may like to relax on the terrace or in the bar, with a drink and chat with your fellow guests.
- Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort
- Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable
Easier Walks: 4 to 6 miles (6.5-9.5km) on good, but sometimes rough paths with up to 1,200ft (360m) of ascent in a day.
Harder Walks: 6 to 8 miles (9.5-13km) on more rugged terrain. Up to 2,600ft (780m) of ascent in a day.
Day 1: Arrival day
For those arriving on the HF Holidays’ flights to Nice, the onward journey to Menton is by coach. Depending on your arrival time you may have the opportunity to settle into your room and perhaps see a little of the resort before the evening meal. On the first evening your leaders will tell you more about the walks.
Day 2: Cap Ferrat
After a short train journey to Beaulieu, both groups will follow a route through Beaulieu to St Jean Cap Ferrat, past the villas of the rich and famous, close to the sea all the way.
Easier Walk: We visit the Villa Ephrussi, home of the Rothschild family, with its opulent furnishings and garden with musical dancing fountains, before returning to Beaulieu. 4 miles (6.5km) with 200ft (60m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: This group will follow the scenic coastal path around Cap Ferrat to finish in Villefranche with its narrow streets and chapel decorated by Cocteau. 8 miles (13km) with 600ft (180m) of ascent.
Day 3: Peille or Castillon to St Agnes
Today’s walks begin in different areas but each has the same goal, St. Agnes, ranked one of the most beautiful villages
Easier Walk: We start our walk in the pretty fortified village of Peille. After exploring the village’s medieval streets, we head out of the village on a wide cycle track which will lead us to St. Agnes, accompanied by stunning views along the way. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,000ft (300m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Our walk starts at the tranquil village of Castilion, from where we ascend to the Col de Castilla for great views before descending to join the easier group in St. Agnes. 8 miles (13km) with 2,000ft (600m) of ascent.
Day 4: Serborga
Today both groups cross into Italy to visit Seborga. This principality lies above the flower growing district on the Italian coast, and its distinctive blue and white flag is proudly displayed on many houses in the village.
Easier Walk: We’ll follow a path through woodland from Seborga before descending to Bordighera with great views
down to the coast. 5 miles (8km) with 300ft (90m) of ascent and 1,900ft (570m) of descent.
Harder Walk: Our route follows a higher ridge path for beautiful views before we too descend to Bordighera where we meet up with the easier group. 7 miles (11km) with 900ft (270m) of ascent and 2,400ft (720m) of descent.
Day 5: Free day
Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel,
walk independently or visit local places of interest. Hop on the coastal train for a day in the vibrant town of Nice, or the Italian Riviera, or enjoy Menton's beach, old town and gardens.
Day 6: La Turbie and Eze
Today both groups will visit La Turbie, famous for the Trophée des Alpes monument and interesting old streets, and
Eze, a very well known perched medieval village.
Easier Walk: Our walk starts in La Turbie where we ascend a stony path onto the limestone plateau of La Simboula offering spectacular views across the Alps. From here we follow a wide balcony path before descending to Eze for refreshments. 5 miles (8km) with 900ft (270m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: The harder walk starts at Eze-sur-Mer using the famous Philosopher’s Path to Eze. From here we begin our climb over Mount Bastide to reach Fort Revere and the Simboula Plateau before descending into La Turbie. 7 miles (11km) with 2,600ft (780m) of ascent.
Day 7: Cap Martin and Roquebrune
Today both groups enjoy the Le Corbusier coastal path to Cap Martin and on to the hotel.
Easier Walk: We take a short bus ride close to Roquebrune and ascend to the village. After exploring the castle and
perhaps enjoying a coffee, we descend to follow a coastal path around Cap Martin and end with a pleasant walk along the promenade back to the hotel. 6 miles (9.5km) with 400ft (120m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Our walk starts in the perched village of Gorbio where we take the long distance path GR51 to Roquebrune before following the route of the easier group back to the hotel. 7 miles (11km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent and 1,500ft (450m) of descent.
Day 8: Departure Day
Please note that all itineraries outlined are provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and your leaders will brief you every evening about the next day’s walks.
Make the most of your European holiday by visiting two resorts. Why not visit our neighbouring resort of Greoux-les-Bains?
Menton & Greoux-les-Bains - 14nts
Combine a week at Menton with a week at Greoux-les-Bains. Visit idyllic inland Provence to enjoy walks between bustling market towns, beautiful meadows and limestone hill tops. Our 4-star hotel occupies a wonderful position in the thermal spring town of Greoux-les-Bains.
With flight & transfers: £2,149
Without flights & transfers: £1,999
To book any of our Two-Centre holidays call our Reservations Team on 0345 470 7558
An introduction to the area
To the east of Monaco, the pastel-shaded, palm-lined seaside town of Menton is within walking distance of the Italian border. Bordered by lush gardens and lemon groves, Menton has a pretty pebbled beach and a charming old town. Overall, it’s a lot less touristy than other spots on the Côte d’Azur and is known as the most relaxed destination in the area, retaining something of the elegant British atmosphere left by visitors such as Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill and Noel Coward. It is also warmer, thanks to the surrounding hills, which trap the warm air from the Mediterranean within the town, Menton is said to have the highest temperatures on the coast; the subtropical microclimate means 316 cloudless days a year.
Menton - It is not necessary to travel far on your free day as a relaxing time could be spent exploring the many gardens, museums and boutiques of Menton itself. Benefiting from the sub-tropical microclimate, Menton boasts many exquisite gardens and parks, some planted by English botanists in the early 19th century. The most spectacular is the Val Rahmeh Botanical Garden, a park of green, lush, near-jungle vegetation which features more than 700 species of weird and wonderful tropical plants. Also worth a visit is the Citrus Garden of the Palais Carnolès which surrounds the one time summer residence of the Princes of Monaco. There are also many museums in the town, including the Jean Cocteau Museum and the Pre-historic Musuem. Alternatively just enjoy the town’s colourful quay, shops, cafés and long seaside promenade.
Nice - It might be a cliché to say Nice has something for everyone, but the Côte d’Azur’s cosmopolitan capital pretty much does. Apart from the sun worshippers, there are major museums for art aficionados, and archeological fans can visit the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum. If you just feel like just sauntering about, the romantic old town offers secret passages, colourful flower markets and antique fairs. Nice can be reached on the train from Menton.
San Remo and the Italian Riviera - Basking on the Riviera dei Fiori, so named for the area’s flower-growing industry, San Remo is known as the ‘City of Flowers’. Hothouses surround the city, exporting carnations, roses, buttercups and other blooms across Europe and beyond.
San Remo (locally spelt Sanremo) flourished in the 19th century as a resort for Europe’s high society, particularly from Russia. Tsarina Maria Alexandrovna (mother of the last tsar, Nicholas II) once held court here, and the remarkable onion-dome church remains as a reminder of its halcyon days. The ancient heart of San Remo, La Pigna (meaning ‘Pine Cone’), is a tight cluster of streets just north of Corso Matteotti, San Remo’s main strip. San Remo can be reached on the train from Menton.
Shops & facilities:
There are good mini-markets near the hotel on the main street which stock a selection of food for picnic lunches. The pedestrian area of the old town with its souvenir, art, pottery and jewellery shops is a short walk from the hotel. There are plenty of banks with exchange facilities along Rue Partouneaux. Barclays Bank (39 av Félix Faure) has an automatic exchange machine outside. Crédit Lyonnais (av Boyer) is two doors down from the tourist office and has a 24-hour currency machine outside.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick and Manchester flights to Nice airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 1 hour to the Hotel Westminster.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
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Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £24 per night
- Sea view: £18 per night
- All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person