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Menton is a picturesque seaside resort just 1.5 km from the Italian-French border and a 16 km drive from famous Monaco. The town will enchant you with its ancient streets with plenty of restaurants and cosy cafes, tropical gardens with citrus fruits and a wide promenade (Promenade du Soleil) lined with palm trees and sandy beaches.
Menton is the warmest city of the French Riviera. Thanks to its warm climate, citrus grow tremendously successfully and ripen throughout the entire year in Menton. Growing citrus is such an important sector in Menton that one of the most important events on the French Riviera is held there annually – the unique Citrus Festival (Fête du Citron)
Things to do in Menton
Do not miss a visit to the richly decorated church of Saint Michel, one of the largest Baroque churches in southern France. The church is located near the Cimetière du Vieux Château with beautiful views of the city and the coast.
If you wish to know the history of the city, pay a visit to the local archaeological museum – Musée de Préhistoire regionale. The exhibits include fascinating local discoveries dating back to prehistoric times.
In the Jean-Cocteau Museum, you can see paintings, ceramics and mosaics from the famous artist. Drawings by Jean Cocteau can be also seen in a wedding hall of the local Town Hall.
Relax in the beautiful Jardin de la Serre de la Madone. It was designed by Lawrence Johnston, an American botanist who had exotic plants from all over the world planted there.
If you are a fan of diving or want to try this exciting water sport for the first time during your holiday, head to the Palmes Beach Club. Experienced instructors speaking several languages will explain the principles of safe diving and prepare you for your first dive in the azure waters.
Hidden coves and picturesque beaches are best accessible by water. Rent a yacht or sailboat and visit the famous ports of the Côte d'Azur. Let yourself be carried by the waves to the most beautiful cities in the French Riviera – Nice, Cannes or the famous Saint Tropez.
The Citrus Festival in Menton (held since 1936!) has become a unique worldwide event, attracting more than 160,000 visitors annually. During the last two weeks of February and the beginning of March, the city streets are flooded by fantastic floats with citrus creations.
The highlight of the Citrus Festival giant statues made of citruses in Biovès Gardens. More than 300 professionals work to create these incredible creations, some of which require almost fifteen tons of citrus, each year. Just imagine that more than 145 tons of citrus in total are consumed during the Festival!
You can look forward to the 83th Citrus Festival in Menton this year (since 13 February 2016). As in previous years, the Citrus Festival will be accompanied by an international festival of orchids. Do not miss this fairy-tale spectacle and book accommodation in the heart of Menton.
Where to go during your holiday at the Riviera
Let yourself by guided through the secret nooks of Menton and other picturesque towns on the Côte d'Azur. You will not get lost with a local guide and you will learn many interesting facts about the city's history as well. Book your tour now
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