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.