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An Italian Village in France

Menton is the last town on the coast before the Italian border.

Menton is situated on the Golfe de la Paix (Gulf of Peace), on a rocky promontory that divides the bay in two. The fishing town, the older part with its narrow streets, is in the east; the tourist zone and residential belt are in the west.

Menton was part of the Principality of Monaco until 1861 when it was sold to France along with neighboring Roquebrune. The town became well known as a health resort at the end of the nineteenth century and was visited by large numbers of royalty and aristocrats from abroad, especially from England.

The town center just behind the seafront is one of the most beautiful anywhere on the coast. The architecture here is superb, turn of the century hotels stand alongside huge Italianate palaces.

Menton is one of the most colorful towns on the Riviera and all of the town’s gardens are full of beautiful flowers and semi-tropical plants. Menton is world renowned for the growing of Oranges and Lemons and this is celebrated with the Lemon Festival in February which attracts over 300,000 visitors every year.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Picturesque Little Town
  • Cons:The Promenade is full of Touristy Shops
  • In a nutshell:More Italian Riveria than French
  • Last visit to Menton: May 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • La_Holandesa's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2005 at 4:08 PM

    Bonjour!! Love it here!! Great pages about the most beautiful places on the Riviera!! Been in Antibes and Biot too? Greeetz Anita

  • Tugboatguy's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2005 at 4:04 PM

    Was in Menton 35 years ago. Beautiful coastal town with great ambience. Your tips cover it well. Doug

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2005 at 8:01 AM

    Another nice, informative page. Thanks!

  • Pavlik_NL's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2004 at 8:05 AM

    Seems this place will be our goal for this year and ... your page made me even more enthousiastic! Thanks, greets from NL, Paul

  • pigletsmom's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2004 at 4:54 PM

    Will have to stop in Menton this summer since you make it look so lovely. Your descriptions ignite my imagination. Nicely done.

  • emilesc's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2003 at 5:37 AM

    Fascinating history - thank you.

  • Burtty's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2003 at 6:09 AM

    Menton has a nice view of the coast. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics of Menton.

  • prleprle's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2003 at 9:30 AM

    Great photos! Really well presentation of that lovely place.

  • cbeaujean's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2003 at 9:58 AM

    under a so sweet climate too...good choice of tips and nice pics,tks!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2003 at 1:35 AM

    did you know the NZ writer Katherine Mansfield lived in the sumer month in Menton..just a hint, I like the place, well presented page.tanx for sharing


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