Menton and  Surroundings

Geography

Between sea and mountain, Menton enjoys all year long an exceptional microclimate with a period of sunshine of 316 days a year.

As the most eastern city of the Côte d’Azur, Menton is surrounded by a circus of high mountains diving into the Mediterranean Sea.

Perched in overhang of the Mediterranean Sea, the villages of Gorbio, Saint Agnès and Castellar offer magnificent views on the Riviera and are the departure of many marked out walks. www.randoxygene.org

Botany

The climate of Menton, close to the subtropical type holds an admirable botanical heritage, witness of the passage of the best European landscape gardeners at the end of the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th century.

Tropical, English or Mediterranean, the gardens of Menton shelter vast collections of tropical plants, citrus fruits, or rare plants brought back from different parts of the world. www.tourisme-menton.fr

Jean Cocteau – © DR

Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau always maintained a favoured relation with the city of Menton. He made of the Bastion, a small fort of the XVIIth century, his last work, his memorial.

In 1957 and 1958 Jean Cocteau decorated the Menton City hall’s weddings room. The Jean Cocteau museum collection Severin Wunderman has been opened since 2011, and presents over 2700 m2 the poet’s work under all its facets, from the 1910s to the 1950s. This collection is the first and the most important worldwide public resource of Cocteau’s work. www.tourisme-menton.fr

Architecture

In many places of the city, the « Belle Epoque » buildings remind the visitor that Menton was also a seaside city appreciated by the rich summer residents coming from northern and from the East. www.tourisme-menton.fr

Cultural Heritage

All year long, guide speakers approved by the Ministry of Culture lead you through the discovery of Menton’s historical heritage. www.tourisme-menton.fr

History side

The old village of Roquebrune Cap Martin, its old streets, its beautiful medieval houses and its castle are located only 6 km away. Do not forget to visit the Cap Martin, where you can find luxurious properties disappearing under pines, hundred-year-old olive trees and mimosas, as well as the Le Corbusier walk, the old path of the customs officers which follows the seaside up to Monaco. www.roquebrune-cap-martin.com

Between Monaco…

The famous Principality of Monaco is situated only 11 km away. The smallest second State of the world offers on less than 2km2 many places and sites to discover or to rediscover such as Le Rocher which shelters the Old town and the Prince Palace, and the Oceanographic Museum, Monte Carlo and its famous Casino, its gardens and Belle Epoque style luxury hotels, the Exotic Garden and its collection of the rarest and the most amazing varieties of exotic plants. The principality proposes all year round an exceptional cultural and sports calendar of events. www.visitmonaco.com

… and Italy

The Italian border is only at 3 km and with it begins the Riviera dei fiori, its seaside, its beaches, its historic villas and various traditional markets. www.visitrivieradeifiori.it