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MentonFrance

Just a stone's throw from Monaco, Menton's Mediterranean nature and culture come together in perfect harmony, offering an exceptional setting that's absolutely unmissable.

Famous for its lemons and citrus fruit, it is the last town before the Italian border. Menton is where Eve supposedly planted a lemon seed from the Garden of Eden. And Menton really is a little slice of heaven on Earth.

Menton was controlled by a family from Genoa, the Grimaldis of Monaco, the Duke of Savoy, Spain, France and Sardinia before becoming definitively French in 1860.

To find out more about the town, set off in search of the numerous landmarks and museums, such as the Saint-Michel-Archange Basilica, the Vieux Château cemetery, the Palais de l'Europe, the Museum of Fine Art, the Jean Cocteau Museum with the Wedding room of the Town Hall decorated by Cocteau, the port, the promenade du Soleil and the countless sun-soaked gardens, such as the Garden of the Palais de Carnolès and the Jardin Serre de la Madone.

Lose yourself among the streets of this garden city and find typical little Provençal markets (such as Le Careï market or the market in the Vieux Port), or squares lined with cafes and restaurants. Menton hosts internationally renowned events every year, such as the Soirées musicales de l'Annonciade, the Music Festival, the Voiles Latines and its host of yachts, or the Concours international de Pur-sang arabes horse race.

The area around Menton is also magical! Wind your way along the Mediterranean coast to visit other iconic towns: Monaco, Nice, Antibes, Cannes and Saint-Tropez. Menton has excellent road links (A8 motorway or N7) and can be reached by air, with Nice Côte d'Azur airport just 30 minutes away. Menton also has a high-speed train station.

Menton is a town with lots to offer, where you can combine leisure and exploration.

Where to stay in Menton

Menton which includes a statue or sculpture

Old Town

4/5Very Good!(14 area reviews)

Travellers come to Old Town for its beaches, and you can see top attractions like Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel and Lucien Barriere Casino while you're in town.

Old Town

Top hotels in Menton

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Plus Hotel Prince De Galles
Best Western Plus Hotel Prince De Galles
4 out of 5
4 Avenue General de Gaulle, Menton, Alpes-Maritimes
Free cancellation
The price is £67 per night from 19 Oct to 20 Oct

Offering direct access to the beach, this Menton hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Palais Carnoles and Lucien Barriere Casino. Jean Cocteau Museum and Hanbury ...

4.3/5Excellent! (529 reviews)

"Definitely one of the best places I’ve stayed in the French Riviera after living there for a year. Such a stunning property with beautiful views!! We got upgraded to the family room and it was so spacious. I loooovedd the bed! So comfy! The staff were so nice too :)"…"

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2020

Best Western Plus Hotel Prince De Galles
Hôtel Vacances Bleues Royal Westminster
Hôtel Vacances Bleues Royal Westminster
3 out of 5
28 Avenue Félix Faure, Menton, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is £78 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Offering direct access to the beach, this Menton hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Fossan Beach and Lucien Barriere Casino. Menton Tourism ...

4.2/5Excellent! (544 reviews)

"Good location by the sea front, but street parking, good breakfast , friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2020

Hôtel Vacances Bleues Royal Westminster
Hotel Riva Art & Spa
Hotel Riva Art & Spa
3 out of 5
600 promenade du soleil, Menton, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is £64 per night from 5 Oct to 6 Oct

Located in the heart of Menton, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lucien Barriere Casino and Menton Tourism Office. Jean Cocteau Museum and Basilica ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (365 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel right off of water. Very nice. Staff were very courteous and kind, especially with our poor French. Great experience."…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2019

Hotel Riva Art & Spa

Popular places to visit in Menton

Jean Cocteau Museum
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Jean Cocteau Museum

Light and darkness coexist in the galleries and striking architecture of this monochromatic museum dedicated to the life and works of Jean Cocteau.

Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel
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Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel

You can find out about the history of Menton with a stop at Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel. Wander the waterfront and beautiful beaches in the area.

Cemetery of the Old Château
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Cemetery of the Old Château

4/5(1 review)

Walk uphill through Menton’s old town to a tranquil old cemetery with beautiful stonemasonry and magnificent views across the harbor toward the Italian border.

Fontana Rosa
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Fontana Rosa

Explore the lovely green spaces of Fontana Rosa and also enjoy the boating in Menton. Visit the area's casinos or amble around its waterfront.

Casino Monte Carlo
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Casino Monte Carlo

4/5(255 reviews)

Take a trip to the glamorous heart of Monaco, where you can try your luck with games or simply explore the palatial landmark.

Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track
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Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track

4.5/5(117 reviews)

Every year, these winding city streets host the annual Monaco Grand Prix, said to be one of the toughest races in the Formula One calendar.

Top things to do in Menton

Private Day Trip to Monaco with Lunch
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Private Day Trip to Monaco with Lunch

£151
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Italian Riviera Full-Day Tour From Nice
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Small-Group Italian Riviera Full-Day Tour From Nice

£79
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Italian Markets Small-Group Tour from Cannes
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Italian Markets Small-Group Tour from Cannes

£104
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Italian Markets Tour from Monaco
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Small-Group Italian Markets Tour from Monaco

£81
Per adult
Private Menton & Italian Riviera Street Market Tour
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Private Menton & Italian Riviera Street Market Tour

£725
Per adult
Romantic tour in French Riviera
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Romantic tour in French Riviera

£370
Per adult

Reviews of Menton

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8.333333333333334%
2 - Disappointing
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Feb 2020

Do not use Homeaway to book accommodation - there are too many properties of doubtful standing.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Feb 2020

The lemon festival is a unique experience but the organisers are getting greedy and selling too many tickets so it is very crowded

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Oct 2019

Nice town, easy walking, hotels on the promenade are noisy with traffic if windows are open.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Sep 2019

I have been many times and it's always so beautiful but very noisy. I have friends and family there so i go at least once a year. Visited the Val Rahmeh gardens this time so beautiful. Will stay at Hotel Moderne again a really good stay.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Sep 2019

It was the first time we were in Menton and we enjoyed it very much and will be back again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Sep 2019

The beach was beautiful the sea was wonderful ! We did lots of walking, it was our perfect holiday.

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