Menton

France

With its sunny climate, shady streets and pastel mansions – not to mention a lovely old port – it’s one of the most attractive towns on the entire coast. Menton’s old town is a cascade of pastel-coloured buildings.

Sights

  • The Fontana Rosa Garden: created in 1922 by politician and writer Vincente Blasco-Ibañez to produce a memento of his native Valencia (currently being renovated).
  • The Maria Serena Villa Garden: located near the Italian border in a quarter called “la petite Afrique” (little Africa), it is reputed as having the mildest climate in France.
  • The collection of citrus trees of the Palais Carnolès: Europe’s largest collection of citrus trees enriched by the Princes vegetable garden in 2011, this garden was awarded the title “Jardin remarquable” (remarkable garden).
  • The Serre de la Madone Garden: started in 1924 by Major Lawrence Johnston, creator of the Hidcote Manor Garden in England, this garden has been listed as an Historical Monument in 1990.
  • The Val Rahmeh Garden: owned by the National Museum of Natural History, this exotic botanical garden has made it possible to introduce and acclimatise a few specimens of extirpated species such as the Sophora toromino, native to Easter Island.
  • La Citronneraie: this lemon grove is comprised of about 450 trees, all of which are of the “Citron de Menton” variety, considered the most prestigious out of the 80 known species. This garden was awarded the title “Jardin remarquable” (remarkable garden) in 2009.
  • Les Colombières Garden: listed as a Historical Monument in 1991, this garden offers a path marked by astonishing works nestled in a landscape of olive trees and cypresses, memories of ancient times set to best advantage by the man of letters and landscape artist Ferdinand Bac.
  • The new Jean Cocteau – Severin Wunderman Collection Museum: built at the foot of the old city, the museum opened in November 2011 thanks to a donation comprising more than 1,525 works.
  • The wedding hall decorated by Jean Cocteau: this room is completely unique in France.
  • Jean Cocteau museum in the “Bastion”: this 17th century fort was selected by the artist to exhibit his work.
  • The old town: created in the 13th century, it’s maze of narrow little streets winds down from the setting of the old castle, to the sea and the old port district.
  • Saint-Michel pedestrian street with its 18th and 19th century architecture, with numerous restaurants and shops.
  • The Palais Carnolès: former summer residence of the princes of Monaco, this palace houses the city’s art museum, with paintings from the 13th century to the present day.
  • The Regional Prehistoric Museum: this exceptionally well-designed museum allows you to turn back the clock one million years, to when man first arrived on the Côte d’Azur, with reconstructions and slide shows.
  • Annonciade Monastery: the true birthplace of Menton is now a haven of peace and contemplation.
  • The guided tours and excursions proposed by the Tourist Office in and around Menton.

Events

  • February-March :
    La Fête du Citron® (Lemon Festival)
  • June :
    The Garden Month
    Mediterranean pure-bred Arabian Horses Championship
  • July :
    My town is Tango
    Race Nautic Tour
  • August :
    Le Festival de Musique (Music Festival)
  • September :
    Mediterranean Garden Days
    European Heritage Days
  • December-January :
    Christmas in Menton

Contact

City of Menton
email
town hall@ville-menton.fr
address
17 rue de la République 06500 Menton
phone
+33 (0) 492105000