Menton’s gardens are undoubtedly worth a visit during your stay on the Côte d’Azur! Between Belle Epoque and sensory journeys, the gardens in Menton will transport you into lush worlds with exotic and lemony fragrances. A desire to discover new plants or simply to escape for a moment? Here is a selection of Menton’s not to be missed gardens.
VISIT TO THE JARDIN SERRE DE LA MADONE
Go to Menton to discover this remarkable garden overlooking the Mediterranean…
More than 6 hectares of natural terraces punctuated by ponds, statues, palm trees, Mediterranean and exotic trees, await you during your visit to the Jardin de la Serre de la Madone. Discover plants from around the world when you overlook the Mediterranean – it is probably THE garden you just have to visit. Located on Menton’s hills, you’ll be transported by the subtle smells and guided by the song of the birds that have taken up residence in the gardens. With the “Jardin Remarquable” label and listed as a Historic Monument, the Jardin de la Serre de la Madone offers a real escape between the sea and mountains.
VISIT TO THE JARDIN MARIA SERENA
Real open air greenhouse, a paradise to discover!
Located on the seafront in a district of Menton called Petite Afrique, the Jardin Maria Serena is protected by the cliffs along the Italian border. The temperature never drops below 5°C in this garden known as the most temperate in France. Your gaze will inevitably be drawn upwards in this garden that is a hymn to verticality and whose plants come from South Africa and Brazil. Did you know, the Villa Maria Serena was built from plans drawn up by Charles Garnier, the architect of the Opéra de Paris?
VISIT TO THE JARDIN FONTANA ROSA
The Jardin Fontana Rosa is a perfect blend of Spanish opulence and the Menton lifestyle!
Its creator Vicente Balsco Ibanez, a Spanish writer, made it a place of inspiration. Between the ceramic buildings and portraits of great authors, the Jardin Fontana Rosa displays its exuberance and charm… Once through heavy gate, discover the ceramic portraits of Balzac, Dickens and Cervantes. The Jardin Fontana Rosa is without doubt one of the most original gardens in Menton – even the rarest – born out of the imagination of an extravagant writer! Discover the garden during guided tours only.
VISIT TO THE JARDIN DU VAL RAHMEH
A true bucolic paradise awaits you in Menton!
A place as original as it is organized, the Jardin Val Rahmeh in Menton has plants from tropical and subtropical countries and of course from the Mediterranean. During your visit to the garden, you will come across 1,700 food and medicinal plants – and even ones with magical properties – with exceptional shapes, colours and fragrances! A haven of freshness and peace, don’t miss a visit to the Val Rahmeh botanical gardens.
VISIT TO THE JARDIN DES COLOMBIERES
More than a garden, a work of art in Menton!
A garden, an artist! Here Ferdinand Bac, writer, draftsman and talent cartoonist during the Belle Epoque and landscaper made this property an unconventional space. Alternating between frescoes and ceramics, the Jardin des Colombières is an experience of illusion and discovery. Composed in several parts, each is arranged according to a mythological theme or a symbolic object. Note, this garden is private. Take advantage of the guided tours offered by the Menton Tourist Office during the garden festival and garden month.
VISIT THE JARDIN DU PALAIS DE CARNOLES
A “Jardin Remarquable”, go for a walk between the orange blossom and jasmine!
Close to the centre of Menton, in the former summer residence of the Princes of Monaco you will discover in a single place more than 130 varieties of citrus fruit – including 24 sweet orange trees, 6 Seville orange trees, 6 lemon trees… In this place of rest, you’ll be carried away by the fruity and flowery fragrances that fill the Jardin du Palais Carnolès.
VISIT THE JARDIN DU CLOS DU PEYRONNET
A British oasis awaits you in Menton!
Made up of a staircase of several interconnected pools, the Jardin du Clos du Peyronnet is full of hypnotic reflections. Here, fantasy is the order of the day, and craziness is allied with order. In short, it’s a fragrant and unique universe that welcomes you to the sound of birdsong. Note that the Jardin du Clos du Peyronnetis private. Take advantage of guided tours offered by the Menton Tourist Office during the garden festival and garden month.