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Menton
Travel Guide

Menton featuring a marina and a coastal town

Set on the idyllic French Riviera, this small town combines modern art with fascinating history and culture.

Visit Menton’s superb modern gallery and magnificent single artist collection. Lie on the beach beneath glorious French sunshine or select from stunning gardens for a relaxing afternoon.

Sitting prominently along the waterfront is the Musée Jean Cocteau Collection Séverin Wunderman. The low façade is spectacular, with jagged lines of white engulfing the exterior like long tentacles. Explore the equally impressive interior with more than 1,500 fine works of French modern artist and writer Jean Cocteau. View fabulous paintings and drawings, cinematography exhibits and huge, intricate mosaics.

On warm days, head for the cool, shaded streets of Vieille Ville, the Old Town. Admire colorful block houses and stop for a refreshing drink at a quiet, friendly café.

While you are in the area, visit the Basilique St-Michel Archange located just off Place du Champ. This early 18th-century Baroque church is flanked by a tall clock tower on one side and a taller steeple on the other. Attend the Menton Music Festival held on the church courtyard.

As the town center begins to get busy, escape to one of the majestic gardens scattered across the region. A 10-minute drive west will take you to the rare and exotic flowers of Jardin de la Serre de la Madone. To the east, Jardin de la Villa Maria Serena is a maze of fragrant palm, olive and citrus trees.

The blue-green sea lapping invitingly against the beach nearby is tempting. You may not want to go anywhere else at all. Put your feet up and enhance your tan on the shore or enjoy a short swim before dinner.

Menton is in southeast France close to the border with Italy. Find numerous excellent hotels dotted around town, along with restaurants serving traditional French and Mediterranean food. The Festival de Musique de Menton takes place from the end of July to the middle of August, with classical performances featuring orchestras from all over the world.

Experience gorgeous beaches and typically stunning French art and design in Menton.

Where to stay in Menton

Best Western Plus Hotel Prince De Galles
Best Western Plus Hotel Prince De Galles
4 out of 5
4 Avenue General de Gaulle, Menton, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $134 per night from May 24 to May 24
Offering direct access to the beach, this Menton hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Palais Carnoles and Lucien Barriere Casino. Jean Cocteau Museum and Hanbury ...
4.3/5Excellent! (571 reviews)
Great service but where is the beach?
"The location is convenient if you are visiting Monaco. The service is great. Although, I did leave with a bitter feeling about this hotel. When you look at it on Hotels.com, it kind of makes you think that the hotel has its own beach (photos and location on map), but it’s not the case. They « recommend » ..."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2020

Best Western Plus Hotel Prince De Galles
Grand Hôtel des Ambassadeurs
Grand Hôtel des Ambassadeurs
3 Rue Partouneaux, Menton
The price is $155 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in Old Town Menton, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Plage des Sablettes and within 9 mi (15 km) of Japanese Garden and Casino Monte Carlo. Monaco ...
3.8/5Good! (35 reviews)
"The hotel might have been nice back in the 1865 when he was constructed. The room are now outdated and too old. For exemple you can't even have a proper double bed. Either 2 single, or 2 singles next to each others has a fake 'king size' bed. The wifi wasn't working, and the ammenties in the room ..."

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2019

Grand Hôtel des Ambassadeurs
ibis Styles Menton Centre
ibis Styles Menton Centre
3 out of 5
10 Rue Villarey, Menton, Alpes-Maritimes
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $132 per night from May 29 to May 29
Located in Old Town Menton, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fossan Beach, Lucien Barriere Casino, and Menton Tourism Office. Basilica of ...
4.4/5Excellent! (288 reviews)
Perfect location
"Perfect central location with parking and balcony. Rooms so clean snd felt so comfortable as they had measures in place regarding covid-19. Staff were friendly and made an effort to speak english when my french wasnt up to scratch. I would recommend!"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2020

ibis Styles Menton Centre
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Villa Violetta
Villa Violetta
Menton, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
The price is $607 per night from May 18 to May 18
Situated in Menton, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Chapel of the Penitents-Blancs, Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel, and Fossan Beach. Jean ...
Villa Violetta
Bea Boat Charter
Bea Boat Charter
Quai Napoléon III, Menton
Located in the heart of Menton, this houseboat is within a 5-minute walk of Jean Cocteau Museum and Fossan Beach. Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel and ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"Simple rien à rajouter propre ...................."

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Bea Boat Charter
Property in the Heart of Menton
Property in the Heart of Menton
Menton, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
The price is $109 per night from May 18 to May 18
Situated in Menton, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Menton Tourism Office and Lucien Barriere Casino. Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel ...
Property in the Heart of Menton
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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