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Menton, Cote d'Azur / French Riviera

Located in the extreme south of France, a stone's throw from the Italian border, and classified as a "station of tourist interest", Menton, which benefits from a subtropical microclimate, is both a city of art and history, a garden city and a city of culture. It's impossible not to succumb to its charm and its sweetness of life!

What makes this town special?

This city, the last before the Italian border, has a crazy charm! It is no coincidence that it is nicknamed the “pearl of France”. It is the ideal destination for a total change of scenery and a must on the Côte d'Azur. Its colorful architecture, its climate and its citrus fruits – Menton is also the lemon capital – are the assets of this Provençal city with Italian influences. And she has so much to show us!

Places not to be missed on vacation in Menton, France

Garden lovers, paradise is here! Menton does not experience winter, and its exceptional sunshine favors the cultivation of orange trees, lemon trees, palm trees and mimosas, as many species as you will find, along with other rarer ones, by visiting the Biovès gardens, the garden exotic botanical Val Rahmeh, the Fontana Rosa garden, the greenhouse of the Madonna and the villa of Maria Serena, which offers an incredible view of Menton. A real delight!

Built in the 12th century, the old town is magical! It is a maze of interlocking yellow and ocher houses cascading down to the sea. The narrow streets of Lampedusa, Capodana and Acquasoma bear the names of the pirates who, according to legend, founded the city. The Saint-Michel-Archange basilica, erected in the 17th century, is a symbol of Menton and a jewel of Baroque art. A classical music festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe, is held every summer on its forecourt and in the Parc du Pian.

If you like art, you will be delighted! The Contemporary Art Gallery awaits you. This building by the Danish architect Tersling offers exhibitions. The Musée des Beaux-Arts at the Palais de Carnolès hosts works by contemporary artists who have some nice surprises in store. The exhibition can be discovered in the palace and in the park, where you can appreciate unusual sculptures. An enchanting place to dream and meditate on the beauty of nature and human creation.

Don't miss the Place aux Herbes, with its colorful glazed ceramic halls. The opportunity to stop to taste the specialties: pichade, a kind of pizza, panisses, chickpea flour fries, and barbajuans, fried ravioli typically from Menton. A delight ! If Menton is a huge garden, the sea that borders it gives it an additional advantage: 8 beaches, some of which offer an unforgettable view of the city.

Places to Visit on Vacation from Menton, France

There is a lot to visit around Menton. Don't miss Sainte-Agnès, about ten kilometers away. At an altitude of 800 meters above sea level, it is the highest coastal village in Europe. It is also one of the most beautiful villages in France! To take a little height and discover breathtaking views of the Mediterranean!

Distinctions and labels of the village:

The Most Beautiful Villages of France is a French association created in 1982 in order to promote the tourist arguments of small rural communes rich in a quality heritage . Today, the association has 164 villages spread over 14 regions and 70 departments.

For a total change of scenery, visit Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, a picturesque medieval town with squares, vaulted passageways and fortified gates. From Menton, it is possible to go there on foot by a pretty course by the sea of 8 kilometers, by the path Le Corbusier.

Finally, it would be a shame not to go to Monaco, about ten kilometers away. The second smallest independent state in the world after the Vatican and also the most densely populated in the world is worth a visit! The principality is home to several museums including the Oceanographic Museum, which attracts more than 600,000 visitors each year. We also go there for the prince's palace, the exotic garden, the Observatory cave, and Monte-Carlo and its casino!


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