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Menton France the Secret Riviera

December 19, 2012 by

Menton France

Menton, France where the sun shines almost all the time.

You’ll find Menton France nestled between Monaco and the Italian Rivera. Visitors from around the world choose this elegant European destination for its sunny climate, beautiful gardens, and exceptional cuisine, not to mention the nearby ski slopes.

Where else can you ski in the morning and swim in the Mediterranean in the evening?

Menton France has Much to Explore

While the sunny days and cloudless skies are a big draw to vacationers, Menton, France is a destination with much to explore. While it is a tranquil, sensual setting filled with gardens, colors and scents, nature lovers enjoy, it is also the first town of the Alpes-Maritimes to receive the prestigious label “City of Art and History.”

And the art isn’t just confined to museums. For instance, the Lemon Festival or FĂȘte du Citron, held mid-February to early March is considered an artistic feat, as the entire city of Menton, France is garnished with yellows and oranges.

The 2013 festival marks the celebration of the 80th Lemon Festival with 145 tons of oranges and other citrus fruits used to create huge sculptures. For those with a more traditional taste for art, a visit to the Carnoles Palace Art Museum will satisfy the appetite for artistic adventure.

Menton Gardens

Menton is known for its gardens.

Menton Gardens

Menton is also renowned for its gardens, which were originally designed by British nobility. The exotic botanical garden faces the sea and features a collection of palm trees, edible tropical plants, rare plants, and more with a total of more than 1,400 species, and the location offers a direct view of the sea.

Other favorites you won’t want to miss include the Val Rahmeh gardens which was started back in 1905 by Sir Percy Radcliffe and his wife, or the Serre de la Madone, which was started between the world wars.

Menton Beach

Soak up the sun on Menton’s pebbled beaches.

Charming Historical Feel

Menton, France is a Mediterranean town bordered by lush gardens and lemon groves. The town itself has a charming old town feel, that isn’t real touristy and so tends to be less expensive. The pebbled beaches a pretty and an ideal place to soak up the sunshine.

All in all, this is one European destination that’s laid back but has plenty to do.

Photo credits: provenza, jodastephen, bonnieann1815

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