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Menton Office de tourisme
Palais de L'Europe, 8 Av Boyer Menton
06500

Tel:+33 (0)4 92 41 76 50
Fax:+33 (0)4 92 41 76 78

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Menton is simply delightful escaping much of the frenzy of the Cote d'Azur in favour of tranquil squares that bask in warm sunshine.  Apparently, Menton is the warmest spot along the south coast which is probably why it became a hotspot for Queen Victoria, artists and writers in the 19th-century. 

Menton is known for its cultivation of lemons that remain in blossom all year despite the backdrop of snowcapped Alps.  In February at the beginning of Mardi Gras the town is given over to the colourful Fete des Citrons with street performers, sculptures and concerts.

There is plenty to see and do in Menton including the Musee Cocteau which houses works by the famous artist cum poet who resided in Menton from 1956 to 1958.  The Basilica St-Michel is also of noteworthy praise and a fine example of Baroque architecture.

What to See - Menton Attractions

Jardin Exotique Val Rahmeh
Av St-Jacques, Menton 06500
planted around the Villa Val Rahmeh by English botanists in the 1930s with over 700 tropical and subtropical species
| Tel: +33 (0)4 93 35 86 72

Jardin de la Serre de la Madone
on the route to Gorbio, Menton 06500
over 15 hectares of gardens with well-groomed terraces, grottos and ponds
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Guided tours by arrangement | Tel: +33 (0)4 92 10 97 10

Musee de la Prehistoire Regionale
Rue Loredan Larchey, Menton 06500
the musuem displays a 30,000-year-old skeleton of Menton Man
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Closed Tue | Tel: +33 (0)4 93 35 84 64

Salle des Mariages
Hotel de Ville, Menton 06500
is situated in the Hotel de Ville and decorated by Jean Cocteau
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mon-Fri | Tel: +33 (0)4 92 10 50 00

Musee des Beaux-Arts
3 av de la Madone, Menton 06500
contains works of art from the Middle Ages to the 20th-century
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)4 93 35 49 71

Centre Nautique
Promenade de la Mer, Menton 06500
rents out boats including catamarans & kayaks per hour
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)4 93 35 49 70

Les Bateaux de la French Riviera
Vieux Port, Menton 06500
organises boat trips to Monaco and further along the coast to Italy
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)4 93 35 51 72

Musee Jean Cocteau
Quai Napoleon III, Menton 06500
drawings, tapestries and mosaics by Jean Cocteau
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)4 93 57 72 30