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Visit Menton, its famous gardens and its gentle way of life

Thanks to its exceptional Côte d’Azur climate, the town of Menton is a haven of peace, where blooming gardens rub shoulders with the bright blue sea. Enjoy the sunshine to visit the fruitiest of the Côte d’Azur towns! Here are a few ideas for your visits in Menton, for a memorable trip!

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PEARL OF THE RIVIERA!

The fragrances of the Jardin Serre de la Madone [The Madonna Hothouse Garden] in Menton

A visit to the gardens is not to be missed during your trip to Menton! One of the most well-known is the Jardin Serre de la Madone, awarded the Jardin Remarquable [Remarkable Garden] label!

Stroll through the subtropical plants and themed terrace gardens in this hotspot that blends art and aroma to perfection. Rare varieties, statues, fountains, etc. This 7-hectare garden is an absolute must visit in Menton!

For the more curious, guided tours are offered from January to October: the opportunity to learn more about rare species such as the Himalayan tropical oak or the two giant Plum Pines.

Your guide will also tell you stories about the farmhouse, this small house crowning the garden, and which hosted evenings for high society and celebrities!

At the end of your walk, do not ignore the traditional photo session. The garden is located in the town’s hills and offers a magnificent panoramic view over the Mediterranean.

Everything you need to take your fill of pretty snaps!

In the footsteps of Jean Cocteau in Menton

Poet, painter, illustrator, playwright, filmmaker… The famous artist Jean Cocteau is one of the geniuses who marked the 20th century! In Menton, you’re in the right place to find out more about his career!

Because, in short, it was during a visit to a friend that the artist fell for the charm of Menton. A blessing for the town of a thousand fragrances, which would become the sanctuary for the artist’s works! Today, two centres of interest invite you to walk in the footsteps of the famous artist: the Wedding Room in the town hall and the Bastion Museum.

For the first walk, we’ll meet you on the forecourt of Menton town hall. The Weddings Room  is visited to the rhythm of stories from local guides, who share with you the secrets of the famous frescoes of Orpheus and Eurydice, not to mention the Savage Wedding.

To get to the Bastion Museum, follow the pretty Promenade du Soleil that stretches along the Mediterranean. Here, you can visit the old small military fort renovated by Cocteau. Do you want to admire the famous Innamorti (which means “lovers” in Italian) series in Menton? It is possible! However, you need to book your place in advance in order to join the guided tours organized on Mondays and Fridays.

Walk in Vieux-Menton

The fragrance from the lemon trees, the azure blue of the Mediterranean and the lilting accent of the colourful alleyways: Vieux-Menton is an unmissable district of the town!

 

The visit starts with the Vieux-Château cemetery to head down to the sea and its port. On the path, take your most beautiful snaps, capturing the ochre-coloured buildings and small squares typical of Provence.

 

Don’t put your camera away straight away!

At the bottom of Vieux-Menton, the Port of Garavan is famed for being one of the most beautiful of the Côte d’Azur! And for good reason – it offers an unimpeded view over Vieux-Menton and the Bastion.

Guided tour of the Basilica of Saint-Michel Archange [Saint Michael the Archangel] in Menton

During your visit to Vieux-Menton, you can’t escape the imposing Basilica of Saint-Michel Archange! Departing from the seafront, splendid flights of stairs lead you to the square of the Basilica Saint-Michel Archange with its 250,000 pebbles

 

After climbing the steps, it is finally time to enter this central building in Menton.

 

A quick tip? In order not to miss any of the charm of this basilica, let your guide tell you about the Italian decoration. The opportunity for you to find out everything about the story of Saint Peter and Saint John the Baptist, not to mention the patron saint of Menton: Saint Michael.

Getaway in the village of Sainte-Agnès in the hills of Menton

And if you were to get away for a few hours in the hills of Menton? Discover the perfect location for your getaway in Menton: the village of Saint-Agnès. Nicknamed the “Balcony of the Côte d’Azur”, your visit will begin in the company of the Mediterranean. Now, isn’t that nice?

 

Then head for the Church of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges [Our Lady of the Snows]. A great introduction to soak up the village atmosphere.

 

Next… that’s up to you! Saint-Agnès offers a Menton-style art of living: shaded alleyways, souvenir shops, colourful facades, a lilting accent… Let yourself be carried away by this timeless medieval village.

 

Go a little higher, and you’ll find yourself face to face with the 12th century garden and fortified chateau. From the top of the tower, you will have the opportunity to contemplate a beautiful view over the Mediterranean and Menton below.

 

Energized. This is how you feel when you’re ready to conquer the hiking trails around Menton, listed among the most beautiful paths to be taken on the Côte d’Azur!

Do you have any questions? We’ve got the answers!

Why visit Menton?

Menton is the perfect town for those who love the sea and mountains. Thanks to its location between land and sea, Menton is the starting point for memorable hikes and nautical activities.

The town of Menton is perfect for discovering the ocean sprays, Côte d’Azur and tropical flora, and the architecture typical of Côte d’Azur towns.

The town centre is full of activities to enliven your weekend programme: museums, gardens, restaurants, beaches, and nautical activities. For a longer stay, its hills are idyllic. The chance to set off on a hike or enjoy a more in-depth visit to the Menton area.

Not forgetting its proximity to the towns of Cannes and Nice, a great idea for a road trip along the Côte d’Azur!

What is there to do in Menton?

A visit in Menton not to be missed? Its gardens. Famed for its lush green backgrounds, Menton boasts some ten gardens! The botanists have been busy for years, planting tropical plants, lemon and orange trees, etc. This gives Menton a flowery fragrance all year round.

Beyond the gardens, you will have the opportunity of visiting several museums, such as:

●     The Bastion Museum

●     The modern art gallery

●     The regional museum of pre-history

●     The museum of fine arts

For the more athletic, there are several hikes possible around Menton. (Insert link to Article; Hikes in Menton and its surrounding areas)

Finally, during your visit to Menton, immerse yourself in the local traditions, tasting the culinary specialties and strolling in the streets. To try: the famous Menton lemon tart, pichade or even the delicious barbajuans.

What is there to visit near Menton?

During your visit to Menton, you can venture into the hilltop villages. Here are a few not to be missed:

●     Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, rich flora and medieval architecture

●     Sainte-Agnès, one of the most beautiful villages in France

●     Castellar, like a trip to Italy

●     Castillon, the Provencal village par excellence

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