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Menton

Menton sits right on the beach, tucked in between Monte Carlo and Italy. The French Riviera as a whole has of course its own regional climate, but Menton has got its own micro climate, characterised especially by the mild winters, favouring the growing of citrus fruits.

Menton sea front Menton sea front
Menton Fete du Citron Menton - Fete du Citron (c) fete-du-citron.com

Every year (since 1934) in February Menton hosts the Lemon Festival.
Beautiful displays and processions around the citrus fruit, with many festive events organised on the same theme (fete-du-citron.com).

As is the case elsewhere on the Riviera, Menton's sunny and mild conditions attract many people, several of them well-known artists and writers; for example, New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) spent a year in Menton (in villa Isola-Bella, on the street later named after her).

A view on the harbour and old town A view on the harbour and old town

Previous pictures on this page date from 2012; I went back in April 2018, and the weather was pretty much the same, so I can repeat my words ad verbatim: The spring day this picture was taken it was sunny, but there was strong and dry wind blowing in from the sea, allowing for great visibility but making the air feel quite chilly. As soon as the winds die down though, the warm sunshine makes the Mentonnais beach a very pleasant place!

Musée Jean Cocteau, Menton Musée Jean Cocteau, Menton
The Bastion, part of the Musée Jean Cocteau, Menton The Bastion, part of the Musée Jean Cocteau, Menton

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French poet and artist, created his own musuem in the 17th century fort called the Bastion, on the seafront. Work on display includes drawings, tapestries, watercolours, pastels, ceramics and mosaics made of pebbles.
The museum also houses temporary exhibitions from artists around the world.

A stroll through the town will let you discover the typical Menton architecture, mosaics, churches and gardens of Menton.

Menton Market Building Menton Market Building
Anna Chromy's statue of Ulysses has become a symbol of Menton Anna Chromy's statue of Ulysses has become a symbol of Menton

Photo impressions of Menton

  • People venturing outside in the centre of old Menton
    People venturing outside in the centre of old Menton
  • The Orient Palace (apartments), Menton
    The Orient Palace (apartments), Menton
  • Hotel des Ambassadeurs, Menton
    Hotel des Ambassadeurs, Menton
  • Typical beautifully architectured houses in Menton
    Typical beautifully architectured houses in Menton
  • Palais de l'Europe, theatre and concert hall
    Palais de l'Europe, theatre and concert hall
  • Menton fruit market
    Menton fruit market

More information on the Menton Tourist Office website.

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