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.