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Menton

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Menton - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Alpes-Maritimes
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Last stopping point before the Italian border, Menton is the city of the lemon par excellence. Thanks to the high cliffs surrounding it, Menton benefits from an exceptional climate allowing to cultivate lemons. In February, during the lemon festival, floats are completely decorated with lemons and oranges. It is a fantastic show!

The city is also renowned for its numerous tropical gardens, such as the Serre de la Madone, Valley Rameh, Biovès, Fontana Rosa and Maria Séréna gardens. The old town is also worth a visit.

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Menton

Menton is known from the 18th century, as the country where the orange blossoms. In the 19th century, the first winter visitors will create exceptional harmonies Menton plant making the city gardens. Small city-type lands belonging to the Genoese family of Vento, Menton appears in the 12th century. In 1346, the town was bought by Charles Grimaldi, Lord of Monaco. His story then merges with that of the Principality. In 1861, Charles sold his rights to the third city to Napoleon III, French Menton becomes. It is attached to the department of Alpes-Maritimes. Conservatory of glory of the Riviera, Menton deeply rooted in its history and identity, is looking to the future. His recent urban development and the extent of its projects make it a 21st century city.

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Menton Music Festival
Classical music under the stars overlooking the MediterraneanFrom 28 july to 13 august 2017
Lemon Festival
A unique event requiring 145 tonnes of citrus fruitsFebruary / March 2018

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Beach of Menton in front of the promenade of the sun (© J.E)
Beach of Menton in front of the promenade of the sun (© J.E)
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Menton seen from the belvedere of boulevard Garavan (© J.E)
Menton seen from the belvedere of boulevard Garavan (© J.E)
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Port and town of Menton
Port and town of Menton
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Beach of the Sablettes in Menton
Beach of the Sablettes in Menton
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Bastion of Menton
Bastion of Menton
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Lemon Festival (© J.E)
Lemon Festival (© J.E)
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The old town seen from the promenade of the sea (© J.E)
The old town seen from the promenade of the sea (© J.E)
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Bastion home to the current Jean Cocteau museum
Bastion home to the current Jean Cocteau museum
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Old Town of Menton
Old Town of Menton
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Narrow street of the old town of Menton
Narrow street of the old town of Menton
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Jardins Biovès by Menton
Jardins Biovès by Menton
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Narrow street of the old town of Menton
Narrow street of the old town of Menton
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Park of the Pian in Menton
Park of the Pian in Menton
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Park of the Pian in Menton
Park of the Pian in Menton
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Serre de la Madone, garden of Menton
Serre de la Madone, garden of Menton
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Menton in winter seen from Cape Martin
Menton in winter seen from Cape Martin
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Palace of Europe in Menton
Palace of Europe in Menton
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Orange trees in the Biovès gardens
Orange trees in the Biovès gardens
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Port of Menton
Port of Menton
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Pedestrian street of Menton
Pedestrian street of Menton
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Halles of Menton
Halles of Menton
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Ruelle of the old Menton
Ruelle of the old Menton
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Port and Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel
Port and Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel
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View on Menton
View on Menton
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Menton seen from Maria Serena
Menton seen from Maria Serena
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Stormy Sky at Menton
Stormy Sky at Menton
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Menton seen from the Cradle
Menton seen from the Cradle
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Col Saint-Bernard
Col Saint-Bernard
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Col Saint-Bernard
Col Saint-Bernard
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Col Saint-Bernard
Col Saint-Bernard
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City of Menton (© J.E)
City of Menton (© J.E)
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Church and double staircase
Church and double staircase
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Interior of the church (© J.E)
Interior of the church (© J.E)
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Twilight on the Old Town
Twilight on the Old Town
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Cave of the Prince (© J.E)
Cave of the Prince (© J.E)
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View on Menton (© J.E)
View on Menton (© J.E)
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View on Menton (© J.E)
View on Menton (© J.E)
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Coastal trail at Cape Martin (© J.E)
Coastal trail at Cape Martin (© J.E)
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Covered Market of Menton (© Jean Espirat)
Covered Market of Menton (© Jean Espirat)
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Detail of covered roof underlayments (© J.E)
Detail of covered roof underlayments (© J.E)
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Orange tree in the city (© Jean Espirat)
Orange tree in the city (© Jean Espirat)
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Orange tree loaded with fruit in the city (© Jean Espirat)
Orange tree loaded with fruit in the city (© Jean Espirat)
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Mimosa in the city (© Jean Espirat)
Mimosa in the city (© Jean Espirat)
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Mimosa at the flower market (© Jean Espirat)
Mimosa at the flower market (© Jean Espirat)
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Flower market (© Jean Espirat)
Flower market (© Jean Espirat)
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Lemon tree in the city (© Jean Espirat)
Lemon tree in the city (© Jean Espirat)
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Lemon of Menton (© Jean Espirat)
Lemon of Menton (© Jean Espirat)
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Exhibition of orchids (© Jean Espirat)
Exhibition of orchids (© Jean Espirat)
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Exhibition of orchids (© Jean Espirat)
Exhibition of orchids (© Jean Espirat)
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Exhibition of orchids (© Jean Espirat)
Exhibition of orchids (© Jean Espirat)
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The socca at the covered market (© Jean Espirat)
The socca at the covered market (© Jean Espirat)
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The socca (© Jean Espirat)
The socca (© Jean Espirat)
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Waterfront - Direction Italy (© Jean Espirat)
Waterfront - Direction Italy (© Jean Espirat)
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Former border post (© Jean Espirat)
Former border post (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama from the cave of the Prince (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama from the cave of the Prince (© Jean Espirat)
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Menton seen from Cape Martin (© Jean Espirat)
Menton seen from Cape Martin (© Jean Espirat)
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Sunrise over the sea (© Jean Espirat)
Sunrise over the sea (© Jean Espirat)
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Menton seen from the road of Super-Garavan (© Jean Espirat)
Menton seen from the road of Super-Garavan (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama from Super-Garavan (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama from Super-Garavan (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama from Super-Garavan (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama from Super-Garavan (© Jean Espirat)
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Beach of Menton (© Jean Espirat)
Beach of Menton (© Jean Espirat)
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Alley in the old town (© Jean Espirat)
Alley in the old town (© Jean Espirat)
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Lemon Festival 2007 (© Jean Espirat)
Lemon Festival 2007 (© Jean Espirat)
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Lemon Festival 2007 (© Jean Espirat)
Lemon Festival 2007 (© Jean Espirat)
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Celebration of the lemon 2010 (© Jean Espirat)
Celebration of the lemon 2010 (© Jean Espirat)
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Celebration of the lemon 2010 (© Jean Espirat)
Celebration of the lemon 2010 (© Jean Espirat)
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Celebration of the lemon 2011 (© Jean Espirat)
Celebration of the lemon 2011 (© Jean Espirat)
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Celebration of the lemon 2011 (© Jean Espirat)
Celebration of the lemon 2011 (© Jean Espirat)
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Lemon Festival (© J.E)
Lemon Festival (© J.E)
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Celebration of the lemon 2012 (© Jean Espirat)
Celebration of the lemon 2012 (© Jean Espirat)
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Celebration of the lemon 2012 (© Jean Espirat)
Celebration of the lemon 2012 (© Jean Espirat)
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Celebration of the lemon 2013 (© Jean Espirat)
Celebration of the lemon 2013 (© Jean Espirat)
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Celebration of the lemon 2013 (© Jean Espirat)
Celebration of the lemon 2013 (© Jean Espirat)
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Lemon of Menton (© Jean Espirat)
Lemon of Menton (© Jean Espirat)
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Lemons in bulk (© Jean Espirat)
Lemons in bulk (© Jean Espirat)
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Lemons, again and again (© Jean Espirat)
Lemons, again and again (© Jean Espirat)
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Lemons, they litter the ground at Menton! (© Jean Espirat)
Lemons, they litter the ground at Menton! (© Jean Espirat)
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Feast of the lemon in Menton (© Jean Espirat)
Feast of the lemon in Menton (© Jean Espirat)
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Lemon tree at Menton (© Jean Espirat)
Lemon tree at Menton (© Jean Espirat)
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Lemon tree in the city (© Jean Espirat)
Lemon tree in the city (© Jean Espirat)
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Lemon tree in Menton (© Jean Espirat)
Lemon tree in Menton (© Jean Espirat)
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Lemon Liqueur (© Jean Espirat)
Lemon Liqueur (© Jean Espirat)
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Lemon jam of Menton (© Jean Espirat)
Lemon jam of Menton (© Jean Espirat)
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Honey of lemon tree (© Jean espirat)
Honey of lemon tree (© Jean espirat)
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Dishes with lemon decoration (© Jean Espirat)
Dishes with lemon decoration (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapel of the White Penitents (© J.E)
Chapel of the White Penitents (© J.E)
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Chapel of the Black Penitents (© J.E)
Chapel of the Black Penitents (© J.E)
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Chapel and gardens of the Annonciade monastery (© J.E)
Chapel and gardens of the Annonciade monastery (© J.E)
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Nave of the Basilica of Saint-Michel (© J.E)
Nave of the Basilica of Saint-Michel (© J.E)
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High altar and altarpiece of the Basilica of Saint Michael (© J.E)
High altar and altarpiece of the Basilica of Saint Michael (© J.E)
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Decoration of the ceiling of the Basilica of Saint-Michel (© J.E)
Decoration of the ceiling of the Basilica of Saint-Michel (© J.E)
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Other decoration of the ceiling of the Saint-Michel basilica (© J.E)
Other decoration of the ceiling of the Saint-Michel basilica (© J.E)
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Wall decoration of the Villa Isola Bella (© J.E)
Wall decoration of the Villa Isola Bella (© J.E)
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Interior of the Chapel of the Monastery of the Annunciation (© J.E)
Interior of the Chapel of the Monastery of the Annunciation (© J.E)
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Panel carved in the chapel of the monastery of the Annonciade (© J.E)
Panel carved in the chapel of the monastery of the Annonciade (© J.E)
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Virgin and Child, in the Chapel of the Monastery of the Annunciation (© J.E)
Virgin and Child, in the Chapel of the Monastery of the Annunciation (© J.E)
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Villa Isola Bella, boulevard Garavan (© J.E)
Villa Isola Bella, boulevard Garavan (© J.E)
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Val du Carei, seen from the gardens of the monastery of the Annonciade (© J.E)
Val du Carei, seen from the gardens of the monastery of the Annonciade (© J.E)
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Ruins of the western wall of the old castle (© J.E)
Ruins of the western wall of the old castle (© J.E)
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Another view of the Carei valley, from the monastery of the Annonciade (© J.E)
Another view of the Carei valley, from the monastery of the Annonciade (© J.E)
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