Menton (Italian: Mentone) is "The Lemon Festival Capital of the World". Located in Alpes-Maritimes, France, but next to the border of Italy, it is in many ways more Italian than French. It has its own microclimate, generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, and became in the late nineteenth century a place where Northern Europeans with tuberculosis came to either regain their health or to die. As a result its cemetery is filled with the graves of notable Englishmen, Germans, and Russians. The old town is largely pedestrianised, which adds to the charm of this sedate resort.
- A8 Exit Menton. Follow signs for Centre-Ville.
- Bas Corniche from Monaco or Italy (Ventimiglia)
- 1 Menton train station (Gare de Menton). Trains from Monaco/Nice or Ventimiglia.
Menton has a curious one way system, it is probably a good idea to park near the port and not attempt to drive anywhere else. Although the climb up to the cemeteries is steep on foot it is considerably better than attempting to drive it.
Menton is reasonably compact and most points of interest are within walking distance.
Attractions such as the cemeteries and the churches are up steep hills and many steps however the views that can be gained are well worth the effort.
Being so close to the Italian border, one can literally walk to Italy. This is definitely more of a novelty than of practical use, as trips into Italy even to the nearby towns are far enough to be made either by rail or by road.
- 1 Jean Cocteau Museum. Although it was previously in a bastion near the port, the new museum is a purpose built building designed by the Italian Architect Rudi Ricotti and houses an incredible modern interactive display of drawings, ceramics, tapestries, film memorabilia, and a large mosaic by the artist. The bastion has more pictures and entrance to this is included in the museum ticket.
- 2 Salle des Marriages (In the town hall). The civic wedding hall is decorated completely in murals by Jean Cocteau.
- The charming 3 old town is compact and largely pedestrianised.
- 4 Saint-Michel-Archange. It's a sign of the town's history, about a sixth of the names on the memorial to the dead of the First World War died fighting in the Italian armed forces.
- Several impressive gardens dotted through the town including those at 5 Garavan (Olive trees in Parc du Pian, Jardin Exotique, Villa Fontana Rosa).
- 6 Palais Carnolès. Museum of fine arts and open air sculpture garden.
- Casino and the magnificent hotels Royal Westminster and 7 Ambassadeurs.
- 8 Cimetière du Vieux Chateau. Russian Orthodox chapel, grave of William Webb Ellis - founder of Rugby football, view over town.
- Fête du Citron. There's a lemon party and you're invited! Lemon-related festivities over several days in February.
- Festival de Musique de Menton is a music festival running through the last day of July to the middle of August. The music is primary classical, with artist and symphony orchestras from all over the world.
- Sentier Le Corbusier is a path starting just west of the city of Menton, leading around Cap Martin, with nice views of the sea, and possibilities to go down to beaches or rocks next to the sea. The path continues all the way to Monaco, although the path doesn't have that much of a view after the Roquebrune-Cap Martin train station.
- Citrus products
There are numerous good restaurants in the Old Town and down towards the port, which offer good value for money. Expect to pay €15-20 for the cheapest three course meal set menu. Higher priced menus are, of course, also available.
- 1 Le Balico, Place aux Herbes (In the Old Town), ☏ . Closed Tuesday. Local Menton Cuisine. menus €20-50 plus à la carte.
- 2 McDonalds, 19 Place Georges Clémence. Daily 08:00-23:00. Free Wi-Fi is available, just get a decent seat inside a 15-m radius.
- 1 Best Western Hotel Prince De Galles, 4 Avenue General De Gaulle, ☏ , fax: . Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 12:00.
- 2 Hotel Napoleon, 29 Porte de France, ☏ , fax: , firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00.
- 3 Royal Westminster, 28/30 avenue Félix Faure, ☏ , fax: , email@example.com. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00.
- 4 Résidence Maeva Les Citronniers (Located in the heart of the town centre and 500 m from the old town and old harbour). Air-conditioned, self-catering apartments. 300 m from the beach.
- 5 Hotel Mediterranee, 5 Rue de la Republique (Located between the old town of and the newer shopping area, and a short walk from the train station). Check-out: 12:00. Rooms are air conditioned and the hotel has a superb roof-top terrace for sunseekers during the day or for those requiring a much needed refreshing beverage!
- 6 Camping Municipal Saint Michel, Plateau St Michel (Located at the end of the Route des Ciappes de Castellar). A decent camping lot with access for autohomes. The city is reached by either following the road, or taking the 450-step stair down to city level, about 100 m from the police station.
- The perched villages inland (Sainte-Agnès and Gorbio).
- Monaco and Italy are both less than 10 km away.
- In Ventimiglia (Italy), about 7–10 km east of Menton, the flea market is held every Friday which is located around the main park and the roads by the Mediterrean sea. The vast majority of stalls sell clothes.
- The town of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, a few kilometres to the west, features the world heritage listed Cabanon de vacances, the vacation home of the architect Le Corbusier (which he designed).
|Routes through Menton|
|Nice ← Monaco ←||W E||→ Ventimiglia → Sanremo|