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Menton - Museums and heritage







Old Town

Menton - Vieille ville The old town of Menton is made up of tiny squares and narrow alleyways in front of the old port. You will discover the facades in the warm colours of Provence. As you walk along the narrow roads, you will come across the square of the Basilica of Saint Michel, Le Chapelle des Pénitents blancs (White Penitents Chapel), and at the summit, the cemetery of the Old Chateau, last resting place of the Russian and British Aristocracy which provides a magnificent views of the sea, Italy and the Mountains.

Our tip:
The Hotel Mediterranée is situated at the foot of the Old town of Menton.

Practical information:
Guided heritage visits every Tuesday at 14h30.

For more information:
Heritage service
Palais d’Adhémar de Lantagnac
24 rue Saint Michel
Tel : +33 (0)4 92 10 97 10

Book your room at the Hotel Méditerranée, a stone's throw from the old town.


Menton's Ports

Vieux port de Menton

Port de Garavan - Menton
The Old Port of Menton

The Old Port of Menton, (municipal port) is located at the foot of the old town and dominated by the Saint-Michel Basilica. The old port goes from 460 moorings in winter to 590 in summer. It is lined by many restaurants offering menus of fish freshly caught by the Menton fishermen and next to the large private and public beaches.
It can be easily reached on foot from your Hotel le Méditerranée.

The Menton-Garavan port

Located just before the border with Italy, the Garavan Port is one of the biggest ports on the Côte d’azur. It has 800 moorings including 176 moorings for passing boats.
With a boat yard and a supply station, the port of Menton Garavan has all the services that leisure boats expect.

The covered market of Menton

Marché couvert de Menton
This market is typical of a Southern Provencal market. It has the huge advantage of being well situated at the foot of the old town, at the edge of the pedestrian street, and close to the sea and the port.
This market was built in 1898.
You will find the specialities of Menton such as lemons, Socca, barbajuans, spices etc.

Our tip:
The market is open every morning. By taking the pedestrian street of Menton, you are 5 minutes away from the Provencal market of Menton at the Hotel Quality Méditerranée.

Book your room at the Hotel Méditerranée


Bastion Museum Jean Cocteau

Musée jean Cocteau Menton

Musée jean Cocteau Menton

In 1955 Jean Cocteau on Holiday in Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat with a friend, discovered Menton, which immediately became a true "blow of heart."
In 1956, Jean Cocteau was made an honorary citizen of the city after redecorated the City Hall wedding room requested by the Mayor at the time, Francis Palmero.

And it was during one of his many walks in Menton, Jean Cocteau found the Bastion, an abandoned fort dating from the seventeenth century on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea.
On the proposal of Mayor, Jean Cocteau transformed the monument into a museum and this is how the first museum Jean Cocteau in Menton opened in 1966.
Bastion today still houses some of the Mediterranean works of the poet from the period 1950-1693.

Jean Cocteau Museum is located 900 meters from the Quality Hotel Menton Méditerranée and open to visit every day except Tuesdays and holidays from 10am to 12pm and 14pm to 18pm.

Practical information:
Musée Jean Cocteau, Quai Napoléon III, MENTON
To get there: Bus 1 Garavan, bastion stop
Tel. +33 (0)4 93 57 72 30.


Jean Cocteau Severin Wunderman Collection Museum

Jean Cocteau museum in Menton

Jean Cocteau Museum in Menton
A new Jean Cocteau Museum opened in November 2011 in Menton with the exceptional donation of Severin Wunderman, collector of Belgian origin.

Located by the sea, a few steps from the museum's Bastion on the platform Monléon, the new museum Jean Cocteau became the world's largest public resource of the work of Jean Cocteau.

In 2005, the love story between Jean Cocteau and Menton continues thanks to the donation of Severin Wunderman who owned more than 1525 works of the poet.

The town of Menton
is then naturally engaged with the support of Ministry of Culture and Communication to create a public museum.

The Museum Jean Cocteau Severin Wunderman collection
presents the poet's work from 1910 to 1950.

Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 except Tuesdays and January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and December 25th.
Every Friday night in July and August until 22:00.

Musée des Beaux Arts (Fine Arts Museum)

Musée des beaux arts - Menton The former Princes Palace of Monaco today houses the Musée des Beaux Arts de Menton. This former summer residence of the princes of Monaco is very richly decorated:
  • golden doors
  • wood panelling stucco work
  • ceilings finely decorated
  • sumptuous parquet floors
The dream home is a fabulous setting for the collection of ancient and modern paintings that it currently houses.

Our tip:
At the Western entrance to the town and only 1.5km from your 3 star hotel, the Palais Camiolès is considered to be one of the most beautiful French museums

Practical informaiton:
Palais Carnolès
3, avenue de la Madone
06500 Menton
Tél. 33 (0)4 93 35 49 71

Bus 7 Azur Parc stop parc de la Madone 30 m from the museum entrance.


Saint Michel Basilica

Basiliique Saint Michel - Menton Just 5 minutes walk away, the Saint Michel Basilica of Menton is one of the jewels of Baroque art. Its square made of pebbles represents the Grimaldi Coat of Arms (Princes of Monaco).

Saint-Michel Archange was proclaimed a basilica in March 1999, by decree of the Pope John Paul II. This title, granted in perpetuity, is in recompense for the dynamism of the liturgical and pastoral life of the Menton church.
Every year the square is home to the Menton Classical Music Festival in August.

Our tip:
The Saint Michel Basilica dominates the old town of Menton. Please note, the Basilica can only be reached by steps.

Practical information:
Open every day from 10am to Noon and from 3pm to 5.15, except Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Book your room in the heart of Menton at the hotel Méditerranée


Russian Church

Eglise Russe - Menton The Russian Orthodox church of Menton was built by the Danish architect Georg Tersling at the end of the 19th Century thanks to the Grand Duchess Anastasia, the aunt of Tsar Nicolas II.
This building is a mix of Eastern and Western styles. The church interior is richly decorated and displays many Orthodox Icons produced by the Academy of Fine Arts in St Petersburg.

Our tip:
The Russian Church of Menton is open very rarely during the year, it is recommended to book a visit with a tour guide from Menton.

Practical information:
To get there: Bus number 7 to Azur park/Gorbio, Stop: Maison Russe - rue Paul Morillot 06506, MENTON


The town of Menton also has many gardens which can be visited

Jardin Serre de la Madone - Menton

Jardin de Val Rameh - Menton
Jardin Serre de la Madone
(less than 2 km from Hotel méditerranée)
74, Route de Gorbio - 06500 MENTON
Tel : 04 93 57 73 90

Jardin du Val Rameh
(1,5 km from your 3 star hotel in Menton)
Avenue Saint Jacques - 06506 MENTON
Tel : 04 93 35 86 72

Jardin Maria Serana
(2,5 km from Quality Hotel Méditerranée Menton)
Visit only possible with a tour guide
21, Promenade Reine-Astrid – 06500 MENTON

Jardin de Fontana Rosa
(2 km from your hotel in Menton)
Visit only possible with a tour guide
Information and bookings:

Jardin du Palais Carnolès
(15 min by foot from the Hotel méditerranée)
Visit-talk given by a tour guide approved by the Ministry of Culture or by a garden specialist.
Visits take place at 2.30pm, place 3 avenue de la Madone

Book your room at the Hotel Méditerranée


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