Atvainojiet! Šī sadaļa vēl nav pārtulkota latviešu valodā...

    Menton is a laidback town on the edge of Côte d'Azur. Located near the Italian Riviera, this little-known corner of the Mediterranean brims with modesty, despite being known as the Pearl of France. Menton is widely recognised not only for its designer shops and upscale restaurants, but for its beaches and wide gardens. With a mild microclimate, it’s easily the perfect place for plant life to flourish and for visitors to relax.

    The Mentonnaise also take pride in their art and architecture, starting with the genius of their own Jean Cocteau. Beyond its palm-lined seafront, Menton boasts bastions, basilicas and museums. Tourists enjoy strolling the narrow streets of the old town and viewing picturesque hillside villas that face the sea. As for cultural activities, lemon festivals are just the beginning.

    What are the best things to do in Menton?

    1

    Val Rahmeh-Menton Botanical Garden

    Surround yourself with life in this haven of tranquillity

    The Val Rahmeh-Menton Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique Exotique du Val Rahmeh) is an exotic collection of over 1,500 types of tropical, subtropical and Mediterranean plants. From a simple house garden, Val Rahmeh has emerged as a leading research centre on botanical life. It notably preserves endangered species like the Toromiro flowering tree, which has disappeared from Easter Island.

    Spanning 1.5 hectares, this botanical garden houses species that are used for food and medicine. It even has a special section for spices, herbs and condiments. A beautiful lily pond takes centre stage, with floating lily pads complementing the garden’s view of the blue sea. You can even take an inexpensive audio tour to enhance your Rahmeh experience.

    Atrašanās vieta: Avenue Saint-Jacques, 06500 Menton, France

    Darba laiks: Wednesday–Monday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 5pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Tālrunis: +33 (0)4 93 35 86 72

    Karte
    • Pāri
    • Fotografēšana

    Fotoattēla avots: Gossipguy (CC BY-SA 4.0) apstrādāts

    2

    Les Sablettes Beach

    Enjoy a glass of wine in front of the beach

    Couples and friends often visit Les Sablettes Beach to close the day with a bottle of wine or simply marvel at the colourful buildings of old Menton in the distance. While windsurfing and jet-skiing are not allowed in the calm and shallow waters of the pebbled beach, the romantic waterside view makes up for it. 

    More than a place for swimming, paddleboarding and sunbathing, the manicured beach also makes for a great meal setting. Les Sablettes Beach is also a restaurant offering a wide selection of wines, along with an array of Italian, French, European and Mediterranean cuisine. While the restaurant mostly serves seafood, it's also vegetarian-friendly. Its vibrant atmosphere, live Spanish-themed music, and moderate costs make Les Sablettes a worthwhile visit.

    Atrašanās vieta: 2 Promenade de la Mer, 06500 Menton, France

    Tālrunis: +33 (0)7 76 14 18 32

    Karte
    • Pāri
    • Ģimenes
    • Fotografēšana
    • Ēdiens
    • Budžeta ceļojums
    3

    The Regional Museum of Prehistory

    Relive the history and evolution of man in 60 minutes

    Located at the centre of Menton, the Regional Museum of Prehistory (Musée de Préhistoire Régionale) showcases the evolution of man in the region. Beginning with prehistoric times, the timeline is divided into themes and stages, each accompanied by life-sized dioramas. While the texts are mostly in French with a bit of Italian, you can still enjoy the beautifully reconstructed relics from prehistoric Menton.

    Most of the pieces in the museum were discoveries from the excavation of Alpes-Maritimes and caves around Nice. Its most notable features include pieces from the Neolithic era, items from a shipwreck and a tremendous display of 9 standing stones (menhir). The museum also has an audio-visual room where guests can select the video to watch.

    Atrašanās vieta: 14-16 Place de Musée, 06500 Menton, France

    Darba laiks: Wednesday–Monday, from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Tālrunis: +33 (0)4 93 35 84 64

    Karte
    • Vēsture
    4

    Cemetery of the Old Château

    Climb up the hill for a breathtaking view of beautifully etched headstones

    The Cemetery of the Old Château is a picturesque graveyard high up on the hills of St Michael’s Basilica. It's the final resting place of many personalities, including rugby creator William Webb Ellis, whose statue marks the entrance to the cemetery. There are several graves of Russian and Italian settlers as well. Flowers and urns embellish most of the graves, which come in different forms and sizes.

    Most people prefer to get here on foot to explore the winding yet charming alleys, but driving is also possible. Finding the place may be a bit tricky at first, though the sight of intricate headstones makes the steep hike worth it. Along with crumbling old graves and high monuments, the top of the hill also offers a panoramic view of the old town and the Mediterranean Sea.

    Atrašanās vieta: Montée du Souvenir, 06500 Menton, France

    Darba laiks: Daily from 7am to 5pm

    Karte
    • Vēsture
    • Fotografēšana
    • Piedzīvojumi
    • Neparasts
    5

    Promenade du Soleil

    Take a quick stroll from beach to town

    Promenade du Soleil stretches for 2 km along a string of cafés and restaurants. One side of the promenade has the sea and a long grey pebbled beach, while the other side showcases the Alps and Nice. Unlike Nice, though, the promenade is hardly loaded with tourists. The wide space makes for a nice stroll, especially with the vibrant coastline complementing the colourful architecture.

    Enjoy an astounding view of Monaco and Monte Carlo at the top of the hill as the seafront below shimmers with lively bars and restaurants. The beach also has all the facilities you need to spend a fun afternoon. There are public seats all over the promenade, in case you get tired from your walk. 

    Atrašanās vieta: Promenade du Soleil, 06500 Menton, France

    Karte
    • Pāri
    • Fotografēšana
    • Ēdiens
    • Budžeta ceļojums
    6

    Old Town

    Walk the charming streets of Old Menton

    The Old Town of Mention, easily accessible via train headed to Monte Carlo, occupies an entire hill within the city centre. At its foot are cafés and pre-dinner drinking spots while charming pastel-coloured buildings dot the hilltop. Despite the steep cobbled steps and dark alleyways, the vibrant establishments make this town picture-perfect. 

    The Old Town of Mention is a popular venue for the Menton Music Festival in August. Tourists flock year-round to its cemetery and historical churches, particularly that of Saint-Michel. Old Town’s hauntingly beautiful churches will keep you mesmerised for hours, while its scenic view of the city is well worth the hike. 

    Atrašanās vieta: Quai Bonaparte, 06500 Menton, France

    Karte
    • Vēsture
    • Fotografēšana
    • Ēdiens
    • Budžeta ceļojums
    7

    Salle des Mariages

    Experience the art of Jean Cocteau in this marriage room

    Part of Mention's town hall, the Salles de Mariages is lined from floor to ceiling with a mural by Jean Cocteau. Fans of Dadaism and Surrealism will fall in love with the symbolistic frescoes. From the metal lamps to the red velvet chairs and floor carpets, this marriage hall simply embodies Cocteau. It’s a great location to witness a French wedding (or get married yourself).

    While the marriage hall isn't open to the public, guides are helpful and will give paying visitors a tour. The staff can also provide a taped version of the tour in English to introduce guests to the famous mural. However, the live French presentation contains all the juicy gossip.

    Atrašanās vieta: 17 Rue de la République, 06500 Menton, France

    Darba laiks: Monday–Friday from 8.30am to 12pm and from 2pm to 4.30pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

    Tālrunis: +33 (0)4 92 10 50 00

    Karte
    • Vēsture
    • Fotografēšana
    8

    Visite Confiturerie Herbin

    Mix and match a variety of homegrown preservatives

    Visite Confiturerie Herbin is a confiture shop that sells a variety of different-flavoured jams, which you can sample and mix. Notable flavours include raspberry-strawberry-basil, violets, and bitter orange. While not the cheapest jams in the market, the quality of the product is so good that you can never go wrong.

    Best of all, this confiture shop makes its jams on-site and with real fruits, too. Visite Confiturerie Herbin houses a jam factory that allows you to see how the confiture du jour is prepared. The tour of the factory is a mouth-watering experience, which takes only about 1 minute.

    Atrašanās vieta: 2 Rue du Vieux Collège, 06500 Menton, France

    Darba laiks: Daily from 9.30am to 1pm and from 2pm to 7pm

    Tālrunis: +33 (0)4 93 57 20 29

    Karte
    • Ģimenes
    • Iepirkšanās
    9

    Les Jardins Biovès

    Participate in Menton’s whimsical display of flowers

    Les Jardins Biovès is widely known for citrus sculptures dotting Menton’s main boulevard. The garden serves as the main grounds for Menton’s Citrus Festival every February. At this event, participants create statues that are made entirely of lemons or oranges. Every year yields unique artworks with changing themes.

    For the rest of the year, Biovès simply offers a colourful floral display and several art installations – some are available for purchase. There are also plenty of shaded spaces to keep you cool during sunny days. 

    Atrašanās vieta: Avenue Boyer, 06500 Menton, France

    Darba laiks: Daily from 7.30am to 6.30pm

    Tālrunis: +33 (0)4 92 41 76 76

    Karte
    • Pāri
    • Fotografēšana
    • Neparasts
    10

    Marché des Halles de Menton

    Shop for Menton produce in this historic market hall

    Marché des Halles, located near the waterfront in Old Menton, offers fresh produce and traditional French food. Expect a variety of fish, cheese, meat, and eggs. Fresh vegetables often come from the vendors' gardens. There’s also a deli and a wine shop, along with a flea market that takes place on Friday mornings during the summer.

    The building itself is an old and beautiful structure with a history to match. While a small establishment, Marché des Halles's yellow interior is a prominent sight among locals. You can also find an array of bars and restaurants next to the marketplace.

    Atrašanās vieta: 5 Quai de Monleon, 06500 Menton, France

    Darba laiks: Daily from 6am to 1pm

    Karte
    • Vēsture
    • Ēdiens
    • Budžeta ceļojums
    Geri Mileva |Raksta autors ir uzņēmuma „Hotels.com” darbinieks

    Ceļojuma plānošana

    Maps