A palm tree lined sea side town just to the east ofMonaco, Menton is very popular with tourists looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the nearby towns and cities. You can walk intoItalyfrom the town ofMenton, which is just insideFranceand is best known for its stunning gardens and lemon groves.
Described by many as a picturesque town, you can enjoy a relaxing day on the pebble beach, or lap up the charms of the town itself. With the weather often very good throughout the summer there’s a few tourists around, but it’s not as busy as other parts of the Med at busy times of year.
Despite being on theCote d’Azur, it’s also a lot cheaper than most of the resorts, making it an ideal place to camp when you want to explore the finer parts ofFrance.
One of the best ways to explore those parts ofFranceis to hire a car, which is easy when you pre book online. The easiest way to get to Menton is to fly into Nice airport, where you can hire a car and drive the final bit, or to catch the bus from the airport, which takes about an hour and a half, and to drive the rest of the way.
One of the biggest advantages of the hills that surround the town of Menton are the way they trap the warm air into the town, making it warmer on average than nearly every other town in the country. The climate is the main reason the town is perfect for growing lemons, and you’ll notice lemons everywhere as the towns people are very proud of their tradition.
Things to do when you hire a car in Menton
If you can get to the town in February, you won’t be able to miss the Lemon fete. With a number of different floats and sculptures built every year, just for the event your eyes will be in a for a feast of colour and artistry. You can buy the fruit used on the floats at knock down prices afterwards at the Palais de l’Europe as well. The theme changes every year but in recent years they’ve had Asterix, and Alice in Wonderland.
Cimetiere du Vieux Chateau
One of the cemeteries with the best views in the world, and home of the inventor of rugby, the Englishman, William Webb Ellis, you can walk up the hill to this stunning cemetery and enjoy the views over the town below.
Known for its stunning gardens, there are plenty to see. Clos du Payronnet was designed by British garden designer, Humphry Waterfield and are stunning terraced gardens with water pools. La Citronneraie is known inEnglandas theLemon Groveand has 350 different citrus trees, as well as a 600 year old Olive grove to marvel at.