City of Lemons

The city is known for its mild climate, Italian architecture and picturesque gardens.
It also has several historical monuments, such as the Jean Cocteau museum.

Nestled between the Principality of Monaco and Italy, Menton is a city where tradition, culture and relaxation are mixed.
Leisure, art, culture, relaxation... everything awaits you. 

Pome to discover the old town and stroll in the pedestrian street to admire the monuments and the specialties of Menton.

In the evening, the Casino and the many restaurants of Menton welcome you for a well-deserved break.

The Gardens of Menton

A botanical heritage to be discovered during guided tours, or take a walk through the splendid botanical estates.


This garden around the villa is an invitation to the exotic, located at the foot of the cliffs of the Italian border.
Reputed to be the most temperate garden in France, it houses an important collection of palm trees, a Dracaena Drago and a collection of Cycadaceae.
Enjoy a guided tour in French, English and Italian.

21 promenade Reine Astrid
Open all year round by reservation
Guided tour : 6€
04 83 93 70 20

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Villa Maria Serena in the gardens - Sea view @Patrick Varotto



Designed by Major Lawrence Johnston, this garden contains many rare plants and species brought from around the world. Guided tours are available in French, English and Italian.

74 Route de Gorbio
Opening hours
Open every day except Mondays from 10am to 5pm
- High season price 8 €
- Low season price 4 €
04 93 57 73 90

The Serra de la Madonna to visit

MENTON - La Serre de la Madone @OTC



This garden, classified as a Historical Monument, offers a charming walk with Spanish accents, designed by Vicente Blasco Ibanez.
With its belvedere overlooking the sea, its benches and pergolas, everything here is reminiscent of the Andalusian patios and Valencia.
Enjoy a guided tour in French, German, Italian or English

Avenue Blasco-Ibañez
Opening hours
Guided tour all year round on Fridays, from 10am to 12pm.
Guided tour : 6€
04 92 10 33 66

To see the gardens of fontana



The Waterfield family has been collecting over 600 species of subtropical and Mediterranean plants in this private garden for several generations.
Created by Humphrey Waterfield, painter and landscape designer, in a subtle blend of Italian and Art & Craf style.
William Waterfield is the last representative of the great English gardeners of Menton. His estate Le Clos du Peyronnet is the ultimate witness of an era. Lovers of gardens, he welcomes you with pleasure.

Clos du Peyronnet

To visit, contact the owner directly : 04 93 35 72 15
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MENTON - Le Clos du Peyronnet @OTC


Protected in a mountainous amphitheater, the Exotic Botanical Garden of Val Rahmeh, presents a collection of 1,400 species of plants.

Avenue Saint-Jacques
- From 9:30 am to 5 pm from November to March.
- From 9:30 am to 6 pm from April to October.
Closed every Tuesday
- Full rate : 7 €
- Reduced rate (for young people from 3 to 25 years old) : 5 €
- Free for children under 3 years old, handicapped people, beneficiaries of social minima and job seekers.
04 93 35 86 72


What to do in Chin

MENTON - Val Rahmeh @Pango Visual



Discover this 3.5 hectare estate with its villa and its garden classified as a historical monument, located on the heights of Menton.
A real journey around the ancient Mediterranean where Greek mythology comes to life.

Avenue Saint-Jacques
04 93 57 73 90
- Full price : 20 €
On reservation only !

Visit of the garden of Colombières

You can book your guided tour directly online, click here !


Old Menton, a must-see

A village in the heart of the city. Discover the historical heart of Menton: its pedestrian flowered streets, its souvenir stores...
You can also visit the Basilica of Saint-Michel-Archange, a 17th century baroque church located in the historical center. Admire its baroque façade and its richly decorated interior.

Old chin

The Saint-Michel ramps @VilledeMenton

The market hall

Between the fishermen's port and the baroque city, there is a magnificent, colorful and lively market.
Let yourself be overwhelmed by the typical local scents and flavors of the South!
Discover the stalls filled with fresh local products: fruits and vegetables from the region, freshly caught fish, artisanal cheeses, meats, pastries and culinary specialties.

5 quai de Monléon
Opening hours
Every day from 8am to 1pm.

To do the markets of the Cote d'Azur

The Halles de Menton market @Pango Visual

The esplanade of the sand dunes

Facing the sea, the meeting place of the Mentonnais, the place of life where everyone likes to meet.
Located a few steps from the city center, it offers a large walking area lined with palm trees and restaurants.

Going out in the evening on your chin

the esplanade @Ville-Menton

The Bastion by Jean Cocteau

In the footsteps of Jean Cocteau by the Bastion, enjoy a cultural break by the sea.
Discover the Bastion, while waiting for the reopening of the Cocteau Museumtemporarily closed due to flooding.

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MENTON - The Bastion @Joëlle Martin


Don't miss the Lemon Festival!

The Lemon Festival is an annual event that takes place in February and March.

Discover giant and colorful citrus sculptures, displayed in the streets of the city.

The festival also includes parades, exhibitions and culinary events, as well as concerts and performances.

Attend the Lemon Festival

To know more about the event, its program and its prices, click here !
Lemon Festival in Menton

Lemon Festival in Menton

The battle of the flowers

Discover the parade of floats decorated with thousands of colorful flowers and enter a magical world where a festive and friendly atmosphere reigns.

Admire the floats representing mythical characters or fantastic scenes, accompanied by lively music and costumed dancers.

lemon festival

Credit city of menton