Menton

Menton

Menton is, undoubtedly, one of the most colourful cities on the French Riviera. The city’s colourful facades, the many beautiful gardens and the annual lemon festival have put Menton on the world map.

Beautiful colours in a special microclimate
Beautifully situated all the way down to the Mediterranean Sea, just 2 km from the Italian border, Menton offers a string of interesting experiences.

Compared to the rest of the Côte d’Azur, Menton has a special microclimate that provides more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in France.

The historic old town
Experience the beautiful pastel-coloured facades and the pleasant tranquility up close in the charming little streets of the old part of the city.

Located on the hillside, this part of the city features a neat network of small streets, stone staircases and passageways on the way to the top. At the top, you will find the cemetery, and here, you will be rewarded with some absolutely fantastic views.

By Tommy Sverre / 2020

Facts about Menton
Inhabitants: approx. 30.000
Altitude: 10 m
Airport: 39 km
Beach: 0 km
Nice: 29 km

Cities nearby:
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin 4,5 km
Ventimiglia 11 km
Monaco 12 km
Cap d’Ail 14 km

Experiences in Menton
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  • Churches & chapels
  • Events
  • Gardens & parks
  • Markets
  • Museums
Markets

Covered market in Menton

The covered market in Menton, Marché des Halles, marks the date of construction, 1898, with a small campanile (bell tower) that crowns the main entrance to this popular covered market with lots of fish, vegetables and flowers.

Gardens & parks

Val Rahmeh Botanical Garden

Charming surroundings welcomes you in this inspiring garden with English history and a main house from 1875 in Italian-Provencal style

Events

Lemon Festival in Menton

The Lemon Festival combines carnival traditions with the celebration of Menton as Europe’s lemon capital. The celebration contains magnificent ..

Churches & chapels

The Russian Church

The Russian church in Menton was built by the Danish architect Hans Georg Tersling and is a symbol of the Russian presence in Menton.

Churches & chapels

Chapel Pénitents Noirs

It is the altar in the chapel that attracts the most attention. It is done as a “marqueterie” ..

Churches & chapels

Basilica Saint-Michel

Basilica is a Greek word and means royal / pillar hall. It is a building type, which originates from the classical Rome and ..

Art

Museum Bastion Jean Cocteau

This bastion was built as far back as 1691-1636 by the then Prince of Monaco, Honoré II Grimaldi.

Gardens & parks

Villa Maria Serena

Just a few hundred meters from the Italian border lies this aristocratic villa from 1882, designed by the acclaimed …

Art

Museum Jean Cocteau

This museum is located right at the waterfront and is dedicated to the French artist and author Jean Cocteau (1889-1963).

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