Menton Travel Guide

  • The old town of Menton, France
    The old town of Menton, France
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    The beach and skyline of Menton, France
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Menton Highlights

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     Pretty, with favoured climate and lush vegetation 

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     The Promenade is full of Touristy Shops 

  • In a nutshell
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     A nice place for the unhurried life 

Menton Things to Do

  • flowers and gardens

    Menton is a city of flowers - and due to its mild mediterranean climate, perfumed flowers are all over - alonf the seafront promenade, in the old town, and in the several garden that can be found, either in town or in the proximity.Some of these garden can be visited. They are: al Rahmeh Garden, Maria Serena Garden, Serre de la Madone Garden and...

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  • The "Val Rahmeh" garden

    At the end of the 19th century, a few english people who were very keen on botany decided to create this garden. From 1925 on Lord Radcliff, the governor of Malte, added plants that he had carried back from the two hemispheres to it. In 1967, this garden became the Mediterranean Center of theNational Museum of Natural History.This garden is more...

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  • Visit one (or two) of the tropical...

    Most popular and famous is the "Jardin du Val Rameh", a garden that is easily reached from the centre and offers a dazzling collection of plants and flowers. Over 700 species are collected from all over the world and growing here in a beautiful garden surrounding an old Englis mansion. In the pond the Indian Lotus flower grows and also special...

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  • Some other interesting gardens

    Some other interesting gardens are:"Jardin des Colombieres", writer and landscape architect Ferdinand Bac created this small park, which is now privat property. Tours can be made by appointment."Jardin des Romanciers" is around the Villa Fontana Rosa and is especially known for it's small pavillions and pergola's in a Spanish influenced...

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  • The town's "central park"

    For those who do not have the time to go to one of the exquisit gardens in Menton, maybe the central park of Menton will do? "Jardin Bioves" stretches out between the Casino and along the hall of congress. In it several orange and lemon trees, as well as fountains and colourful flowerbeds everywhere. Remarkable is the statue of Volti: "Goddess with...

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  • Up above on the Saint Michael's square

    From the beach side of Menton (or the yaught harbour) the houses rise up high and steep, as if the town is made by large colourful blocks pressed against a rocky mountain. In between the blocks stairs lead up and eventually you standon the "Parvis St-Michel" or Saint Michael's square. The square itself is a mozaik that represents still the...

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Menton Restaurants

  • Tapas in the main shoppingstreet

    Deliscious tapas (Spanish dishes) on a nice location along the shoppingstreets. Always busy with people walking by, while you are enjoying a good dinner and look around to the people that pass by.

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  • Italian dishes near the Italian border

    La Coupole is a friendly Italian restaurant that is situated alongside the city park. La Coupole Special, the kitchen's speciality.

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  • Menton's famous lemon tarts!

    My girlfriend and I ate at La Cigale patisserie during a visit to Menton from Nice in May 2009.We were keen to try the town’s famous lemon tarts and our guidebook recommended La Cigale as the best place to do so.This upmarket patisserie and chocolatiere is located on Avenue Carnot, a road which runs parallel to and inland from the seafront...

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  • foie gras heaven

    I chose restaurant L'Occitan for its name, hoping to find some local delicacies... and because it was full of local people. I did not see anything special on the menu, but everything seemed promising so I decided to give it a go. I had a delicious platter (assiette) with two different types of foie gras, smoked salmon, scallops, some salad and...

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  • delicious italian food

    I had a delicious meal in a small restaurant in the old town - Restaurant paradiso. it is owned and run by itaioans so the food is authentic and excellent. The restaurant doubles itself as a pizzeria, though pizzas are actually prepared in the take-away next door - awhich may be run by the same family. Though the menu was quite interesting, I...

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  • Nicoise salad in 'Nice'

    Nice contemporary ambience with the a large part of the restaurant tented seating outside but with with plastic see through tents that helped keep out the cold - tall standing gas heaters for outdoors heating was provided.Nice service, attitude of professionalism, nice tiny touches with the table setting and service.Excellent Nicoise salad - I...

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Menton Nightlife

  • Menton attracts Italians as well as...

    The casino as well as many discotheques and nightclubs attract as well the local French as the Italians from just across the border (Ventimiglia). Therefore it is quite mixed and interesting.

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  • Casino

    If you get tired of wandering the streets or general sightseeing, there are tons of things to do in Menton. And when the sun is well down, there's a rather grand casino along the seaside near the center of Menton. Perhaps not as grand as the one in Monaco, but we suspect you could loose your money just as fast here as there. Formal dress

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  • Here is were you will meet someone for...

    Most of France knows this destination. Here is were you will meet someone to enjoy an evening by the piano bar, watching a show, or dancing. Look clean and presentable. This is France where being chic is not unknown.

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Menton Transportation

  • Sailing into the harbour of Menton

    The best way to reach Menton or any Cote d'Azur harbour town must be by boat. Sailing the wonderful blue waters of the Mediterranean and then visit these beautiful town must be a great pleasure.

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  • Walk the old town (any other way can't...

    The narrow alleys and many stairs make it impossible to drive even just a bicycle through the old town of Menton. The distances are quite small, so walking is by far the best option to discover Menton.

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  • Are horses an option?

    Well, at least Ilja had a lot of fun with them ... sitting in his carriage home. Toy machine for children in the shopping pedestrian zones in Menton.

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  • those delicious local cheeses

    On my last day in Menton I stopped at the Marché Couvert - a Covered Market inside an old building with a decorated Belle Époque facade... where meats, cheese, fish and vegetables are sold. Come in the morning, as the market is open daily from 7 AM to 1 PM only. Buy some cheese... there are plenty of delicious cheeses to choose from, especially...

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  • Menton Market Place

    Here the fowl is fresh. Women pluck the feathers in front of the market so you know just how fresh it is. Everything is very good here. Prices are priced per kilo and in euro's.

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  • Province Specilaities

    The salmon here is fresh, not farm raised. The owner will warm the escarot for you. $100 for a sample of many things.

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Menton Local Customs

  • Menton festivals

    The best known festival in Menton takes place in February, and it's the lemon festival. You can sample different drinks and food which have lemons as their ingredients, as well as take in huge constructions made of lemon. The second festival - less known but possibly more interesting - is the music festival which takes place at the beginning of...

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  • Annual Lemon Festival

    Around the time of Carnival in February, Menton stages the spectacular Festival of the Lemon. In addition to various parades, the Jardin Boives is turned into a display of ...of ..of ... is there a word for "making something out of lemons? "Citrifications"? Whatever, each of the towns and villages nearby contributes a construction covered in...

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  • Swiss band on parade during Christmas...

    The Swiss came to Menton and it was so much fun. Every hour a different country marches and plays their special music.

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Menton Warnings and Dangers

  • Eccentrics and (don't) care in the...

    A slice of life past the pretty tourist pictures in Menton's main shopping street. If you're still in a state of rebellion fifteen years after you should havesettled down, or just plain bonkers, then why not do your thing somewhere warm and sunny?PeopleWatch Exhibit A: She has hair colourants to shock, body piercings galore, and tatoos that would...

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  • Development blight

    THe insatiable appetite of wealthy or retired Italians, French and English for that sea view and Mediterranean mild climate means unsentimental developers ruthlessly convert property from a previous age to yet another ugly maximum return for investors.Here on the Baie de Garavan one of the last pretty pink villas on the seafront is badged with the...

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  • How not to preserve your heritage

    Here in Menton a hopeless attempt to preserve a historical monument - the Chapelle St Jaques - dwarfed by the monstrous residence behind it.Its actually the chapel that looks out of place rather than the apartments.

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Menton What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: Bring good walking shoes as this is a place to really walk by the beach, hike the mountains, or dress up for dinner. Of course, you really don't have to bring anything as everything is here.

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Menton Off The Beaten Path

  • A morbid thought: a walk over the...

    Menton has, like many other old town on the Cote d'Azur, it's old cemetry on top of a hill. From the boulevard down below along the seaside, one actually already can see the crosses and statues topping over the cemetry walls high up above on the hillside. A walk there is however a great way to experience the oldest parts from Menton and eventually...

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  • In Menton one commemorates in a graceful...

    The war monument for all fallen soldiers and civilians in Menton is very beautiful and stand in the pedestrian streets. The small flowerbed surrounding a white stone sculpture of a woman looks fine and gives a warm hearted feeling. This is the way one should keep the memory of loved ones.

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  • Palais des Congres de Menton

    Like all larger towns along the world famous Cote d'Azur, Menton also has it's "Palais the Congres" or Congress centre. The building is of nice architecture and is on the right side from the Jardin Bioves (central park) when walking through it from the Casino side.

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Menton Favorites

  • the old town

    Menton is a beautiful town on the cote d'azur(French Riviera) - and it's also basically the last French town before traveling into italy. It doesn't come as a surprise that most of the traditional architecture is in traditional Ligurian style.A long time ago, in fact, it belonged to the Repluc of Genova - and after that it also came under the rule...

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  • Sea promenades

    Menton is not only an old town, it's a modern sea resort, too. To walk the sea promenade is a nice way to go for a long refreshing walk - you'll also see many people walking there, and many more just jogging by. The walk, in fact, is never-ending.... once you leave Menton, you'll see yourself walking along the sea in Roquebrune/Cap Saint...

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  • History of Menton

    Menton is located between the Côte d'Azur and the Ligurian Alps. The Menton seigneury first appeared in the 12th Century. At this time Menton belonged to the Genoan Family, Vento.By 1346, Menton fell under the ownership of Charles Grimaldi, Lord of Monaco. Thereafter, Menton's history became intertwined with that of the principality of Monaco. It...

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Basilica of St-Michel-Archange
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Narrow alleys, steep streets and stairs
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Menton also has a casino
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From fortress to a museum
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The beaches of Menton
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Sailingboats, always a joy to look at them
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The monastry of " l'Annonciade"
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Trains from Menton to Ventimiglia
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Bus from Nice to Menton
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a day trip to monaco-montecarlo
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pebble mosaics
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Palais Carnolès
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Basilique St-Michel
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Chapelle de Pénitents Blancs
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Place aux Herbes
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musee cocteau
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The Bastion
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Take notice of the interesting/stylish buildings
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Mentron Citron Festival
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Visit Saint Michael's Church
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Quality Cafe for lunch or a coffee
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The most charming public toilet in Menton
Off The Beaten Path
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Carolingian Fortress
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Basilica Saint-Michel
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Le Vieux Port
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Regional Prehistory Museum
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Palais de l'Europe
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Palais de l'Europe
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Le Marché municipal
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Palais Carnolès
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The " Serre de la Madone " garden
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The " Colombières " garden
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Fontana rosa (pink fountain)
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Both for a snack and a meal
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Villa Maria Serena
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The Bastion
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Saint-Michel square
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The medieval city
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