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15 Fun & Best Things to Do in Menton, France

A sculpture made of citrus fruit at the Menton Lemon Festival in France

The colorful seaside town of Menton, France, is the pearl of the French Riviera. Located right on the edge of the Italian border, Menton enjoys a warm climate year-round and has a unique culture and architecture influenced by France and Italy. Menton tourist attractions range from peaceful sandy beaches to fantastic shopping and seasonal festivals.

Throughout Menton, you’ll find swaying palm trees, narrow streets lined with robust lemon trees, and colorful buildings reminiscent of the Italian Riviera.

In fact, it was part of Italy up until 1861. It was also once a beloved sunny escape for British and Russian aristocrats who built the massive Belle Époque villas you can still see around the city today.

Menton is famous today for its annual Fête du Citron, or Lemon Festival. The lemon festival lasts two weeks every February and is one of my favorite things about winter in the South of France. While the French Riviera is best experienced in the summer, if you find yourself in France in the winter, a visit to Menton specifically for this festival is worth it.

Menton encapsulates all that makes the French Riviera one of the most beautiful places in Europe. It sees the highest number of sunny days of any French city and exudes summertime vibes year-round.

As a resident of the Cote d’Azur myself, I can honestly say it is one of my favorite cities on the Riviera to visit. Below are my top recommendations for what to see and do in this charming city, so let’s get into it!


Category Our Pick
Most significant landmark Basilica de Michael Archangel
Best park Fossan Park
Best free activity Fête du Citron (Lemon Festival)
Best activity for kids Plage des Sablettes
Best activity for adults Shopping in the Old Town
Best food Mirazur
Best place to stay Hôtel Vacances Bleues Royal Westminster

Fun & Best Things To Do In Menton, France

1. Fête du Citron

A sculpture made of citrus fruit at the Menton Lemon Festival in France
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The absolute best thing to do in Menton is to attend the Menton Lemon Festival, called Fête du Citron in French. The festival happens each year in February, usually starting in mid-February and lasting for two weeks.

The whole town comes together, and different groups and organizations create mind-blowing sculptures and floats primarily made of citrus fruit. Many citrus farms are found throughout the region, and Menton celebrates their harvest.

The festival follows a fun theme each year and is celebrated throughout…

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