Between neighbouring Italy and the Principality of Monaco, lies the “Riviera Française” with its “jewel,” the city of Menton, Baroque, Ligurian, Belle Époque and luxuriant in a leafy setting. A paradise of gardens and “Ville d'Art & d'Histoire,” Menton is also an incomparable showcase for the architectural styles which have shaped this secret Riviera. Here, the relief is very rugged, with perched villages like Sainte-Agnès, the highest coastal village in Europe, or Gorbio and Castellar. Menton is also the departure point for the Roya-Bevera valleys, which complete the impression of being both in France and Italy, actually, the former Comté de Nice. Cap-Martin, visible in the Bay, can be explored along a coastal trail. The old village of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is dominated by its castle, standing like a sentinel overlooking the Principality of Monaco. Paradisiac!