Squeezed between Monaco and Italy, with a backdrop of mountains, Menton is the garden of the Cote d’Azur thanks to its particularly mild climate – frost only once every 10 years or so. Citrus and olive trees are widely cultivated in this area which belonged to the Grimaldis of Monaco until 1860.
Like other towns on this coast Menton had its invasion of foreign aristocracy in the 19th century , when it became a pleasant place for convalescence, and new buildings sprang up all over the place. Today Menton is largely dependent on tourism, albeit more sedate tourism than many places along the coast. Its charming cobbled streets tend to require sensible shoes!
The climate has enabled the development of some stunning tropical gardens, many of which can be visited, particularly in summer. The Maison du Patrimoine (5 r. Ciapetta) organises visits. Val Rameh garden: created by an English horticulturalist in 1930, it was taken over in 1960 by the Paris Natural History Museum. Exotic plants from around the world and a wonderful vista of the old town. Romanciers Garden: around the Spanish tile-decorated villa Fontana Rosa lies a colourful Spanish-style garden created by the novelist Vincenti Blasco Ibanes in 1921. Bioves Garden: citrus and palm trees, with fountains and statues studded around, with a splendid view of the mountains. Marina Serena Garden: this garden is supposedly the mildest in France – it is never less than 5C. Serre de la Madone: created on a slope by Lawrence Johnston in the Twenties, it has massive trees including one unidentified species.
A 17th-century building restored by an American in the 19th century. The upper floor is mostly devoted to old religious paintings of quality. The ground floor hosts more temporary, and contemporary, exhibitions.
An astonishing burial place on the site of the old castle, it has separate tiers devoted to separate religions (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox) for the tombs of the 19th-century international clientele of Menton.
The Grand Hôtel des Ambassadeurs was built in 1865 and is located in the city centre of Menton. The hotel is beside the famous Biovès gardens, 200 metres away from the Casino, the sea and the shopping area. Book online now Price: From €144 No of rooms: 32 Cards: Amex Diners Visa/Mcard Child rate: No Ratings:
A few minutes from Italy and from Monaco, Menton is nestled between the sea and the mountains. Come and enjoy the sun of the French Riviera in Menton, the warmest town in France. Book online now Price: From €105 No of rooms: 92 Cards: Amex Diners Visa/Mcard Child rate: Yes Ratings:
In the French region of the Alpes Maritimes, at the gateway to Italy (2 km), 15 km from Monaco and 30 km from Nice. Nestling between the sea and the mountains, Menton is a small seaside resort with a very pleasant micro-climate. Book online now Price: From €68 No of rooms: 107 Cards: Amex Diners Visa/Mcard Child rate: No Ratings:
The 3 star hotel Prince de Galles is situated in front of the sea and conviently located in the residential area . The superb view of the mediterranean and the Menton-Italian coast is enhanced by the hotels small tropical gardens. Book online now Price: From €60 No of rooms: 65 Cards: Amex Diners Visa/Mcard Child rate: No Ratings:
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