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Days 7-8

Lovely Menton has a near-tropical climate (lemon trees bloom in January) and is the least pretentious of all the Côte d'Azur resorts. Architecturally, you'll find influences from Morocco, Greece, Spain, and Italy; put it all together and Menton is arguably the best of all Mediterranean worlds. Come here to bask in the sunshine and explore the lush gardens.
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  • The Musée Jean-Cocteau houses many of his works but the building itself is part of the appeal. Note the whimsical mosaics and ceramic animals in the wrought-iron windows.
  • Visit the Jardin Botanique, which is bursting with rare flowers and subtropical plants, as well as water-lily ponds and fountains.
  • Build up an appetite at the Marche Couvert (the Covered Market), where merchants sell handmade breads, cheeses, and artisan oils.


  • In August the Festival de Musique de Chambre (chamber music festival) takes place in an outdoor plaza.
  • During the Fête du Citron (Lemon Festival) at the end of August, lemons are celebrated with floats and sculptures made of the honored fruit.

Side Trips

  • Serre de la Madone, 6 mi/10 km west of Menton, is a horticultural masterpiece along the coast.

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