MENTON

ALL ABOUT MENTON

The last stop on the Cote d’Azur, situated at the border between France and Italy lies the beautiful seaside town of Menton. Sheltered between the snowy mountain peaks in the background and the warm Mediterranean sea, Menton boasts a great micro climate. With temperatures several degrees warmer than the regional average, the area has become Known for its rich harvest of flavourful citrus fruits. Each February, the locals host the famous Lemon Festival which showcases citrus sculptures as they are paraded down the street to live salsa music. Like Monaco, the Grimaldis have also ruled Menton since 1346, serving them with a former summer home. The Palais Carnoles on the border with neighbouring Roquebrune Cap Martin which is also home to Europe’s largest 

collection of citrus trees. Today, the building houses a fine gallery, Musee des Beaux-Arts with collections dating from the 13th-20th century. Aside from its sunny climate and cultural delights. it is also home to a charming old port, Italian inspired pastel coloured architecture and a daily fruit and flower market. if you’re stopping for food, be sure to visit La Place aux Herbes for some authentic French cuisine. This traditional square is in the heart of the old town offering an ideal setting for lunch and dinner. After a bite to eat, why not explore the medieval old town which is home to the 18th century Basilique Saint-Michel bell tower and the ornate facade of La Chapelle des Penitent-Blancs. Considered one of the most attractive towns along this coast, it is a destination not to be missed.

FETE DU CITRON

With temperatures several degrees warmer than the regional average, Menton has become well known for its rich harvest of flavourful citrus fruits. Each February, the locals host the famous Lemon Festival which showcase bright citrus sculptures as they are paraded down the street to live music. Attracting more than 160,000 visitors every year, this unique tradition is a popular event for those looking to experience true French culture.

CHAPELLE DES PÉNITENTS BLANCS

Dating back to 1680, the chapel originally belonged to the White Penitents. Now a historical monument, this chapel showcases a beautiful façade and tower. Demonstrated through the versatility of the art, the chapel reflects the towns ability to celebrate its past and future.

CASINO BARRIÉRE

Enjoy their collection of slot machines, electronic games or traditional table games. Sports fans can visit Le Café des Sports which lives streams major events. For those that would prefer a finer dining experience, head to restaurant Le Colombale which serves authentic southern French cuisine. Guests have the choice to dine inside or on their stunning terrace overlooking the sea.

jean Cocteau Museums

Jean Cocteau was a famous French writer, designer, artist and filmmaker, locally known for his museums and restoration projects in Menton. In 1636, he renovated the abandoned 17th Century bastion on the seafront into a museum for art. Today, this futuristic building houses many of his collections of drawings, ceramics, paintings and cinematographic work.

MENTON MUSIC FESTIVAL

Founded by Hungarian performer André Borocz in 1950, each summer Menton welcomes the world's top classical artists to come and play at the towns Music Festival. Some of the best orchestral formations and singers have performed here. Held outdoors within the forecourt of the Basilica of St Michel the Archangel, this unique backdrop combined with classical symphonies provides a special setting for music and architectural lovers.

JARDIN BOTANIQUE EXOTIQUE DU VAL RAHMEH

Originally created by a former governor of Malta named Lord Percy Radcliffe in the 19th Century, the Botanical Garden of the Val Rahmeh was used to house a rare and exotic collection of plant species originating from Japan and South America. Today, it is owned by the French Museum of Natural History, showcasing over 700 species of plants and trees.

Restaurant Mirazur

Voted No4 out of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. This glass fronted restaurant perched on the hillside, offers breathtaking views of the beach and harbour. The Italian-Argentinian influence on the Mediterranean style dishes are surprisingly simple however, they are made with the freshest ingredients from the local fish market and own grown vegetable garden.