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Menton, France

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Menton is a picturesque coastal town located on the French Riviera, near the border with Italy. Known for its stunning seaside landscapes, colorful architecture, and lush gardens, Menton offers a unique blend of French and Italian influences.

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  1. Lemon Festival (Fête du Citron): Menton is famous for its annual Lemon Festival, held in February, which celebrates the town's citrus-growing heritage. During the festival, the streets of Menton come alive with vibrant parades, elaborate floats adorned with citrus fruits, and spectacular displays made entirely of lemons and oranges. It's a feast for the senses and a truly unique event not to be missed.

  2. Gardens of Menton: Menton is often referred to as the "City of Gardens" due to its lush green spaces and botanical treasures. One of the most famous gardens is the Jardin Exotique Val Rahmeh, which features a diverse collection of exotic plants and flowers from around the world. The Serre de la Madone is another notable garden, known for its Mediterranean and subtropical flora, scenic terraces, and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

  3. Old Town (Vieux Menton): Explore the charming cobblestone streets and pastel-colored buildings of Menton's Old Town, which exudes a distinct Mediterranean charm. Discover hidden squares, quaint cafes, and historic landmarks such as the Basilica of Saint-Michel-Archange, a beautiful Baroque church with stunning frescoes and panoramic views from its bell tower.

  4. Seaside Promenade: Take a leisurely stroll along the Promenade du Soleil, a scenic seaside promenade that stretches along Menton's coastline. Enjoy panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, soak up the sunshine on the sandy beaches, and admire the Belle Époque architecture that lines the waterfront.

  5. Cultural Heritage: Menton boasts a rich cultural heritage, with several museums and historic sites worth exploring. Visit the Jean Cocteau Museum, dedicated to the famous French artist, filmmaker, and writer who had a strong connection to Menton. The museum showcases Cocteau's artworks, ceramics, and personal belongings, offering insight into his life and creative vision.

  6. Culinary Delights: Indulge in the flavors of Provencal and Italian cuisine at Menton's restaurants, cafes, and markets. Sample local specialties such as socca (chickpea pancake), pissaladière (onion tart), and barbajuan (deep-fried savory pastry), as well as fresh seafood, pasta dishes, and gelato. Don't forget to pair your meal with a glass of local wine or a refreshing glass of Menton's famous lemonade.

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