On the Italian border lies Menton. A significantly quieter city than its neighbors in the west – Cannes , Nice and Monaco. Menton is well protected by the Alps which makes sure cold winds from the north does not reach the city. Therefore it is a warmer climate here than along the rest of the Riviera.
The old town of Menton is clinging to a cliff with buildings close together and narrow alleys that sneak in between them. West of the cliff lies the modern town of Menton. Both east and west of the old town there are nice beaches. The beaches on the west side are pebble beaches, while you find sandy beaches east of the old city.
Lemon Festival – Fête du Citron
Menton is Europe’s largest producer of lemons and it deserves a party. Since 1929 there has been a great festival arranged in February each year in honor of lemons and oranges. Major figures are made from citrus fruits according to a common theme.
Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanique Exotique du Val Rahmeh)
A few hundred yards east of the city center lies Mentons botanical garden. The gardens are great built up with a variety of exotic plants and a pond with lilies. The gardens are certainly worth a visit if you have time.
Jean Coucteau Museum
Down by the docks is a museum dedicated to Jean Coucteaus art. The current museum was opened in November 2011 and is appears as a very modern building. Jean Coucteau was a French multi artist who spent much of his time in Menton. Jean Coucteau also decorated the wedding hall (La Salle de mariage) in Menton town hall, which is possible to visit.
Accommodation in Menton
La Petite Maison is a charming bed and breakfast in the old town of Menton. It is highly recommended . http://www.lapetitemaison-menton.com
Hotel Napoleon is located right on the beach and is great if you are on a beach holiday. Good standard at decent prices . http://www.napoleon-menton.com/uk/