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History of Menton

Menton - PlanThe Seigneury of Menton appeared in the 12 century. It then belonged to the Genoan family of Vento. In 1346, the Town of Menton became the property of Charles Grimaldi, Seigneur of Monaco.

Since then, the history of Menton has been intertwined with that of the Principality.
Honoré II, one of the princes de Monaco, had his palace in rue Longue. He had the Bastion built (the current Musée Jean Cocteau) in 1619, in order to protect the town. In 1848, Menton seceded and proclaimed the town free under Sardinian protection. The town of Menton chose its unification with France in 1860 and Charles III of Monaco abandoned his rights over the town in favour of the Emperor Napoleon III.
Menton was then attached to the Alpes-Maritimes département.

From 1880, Menton took advantage of the tourist development of the French Riviera. The English doctor Henry Bennett built up an excellent reputation for the town.
Menton became a health resort appreciated by the English tourists and the Russian aristocracy. Palaces, hotels and luxury villas flourished. Illustrious guest come to stay on holiday: including crowned heads of Europe - Empress Eugenie, King Albert 1st of Belgium, Alexander of Russia, Queen Victorial of England.., as well as famous artists: the sculptor August Rodin, the composers Franz Listz and Charles Gounod, the writer Blasco Ibañez ..

It is to the geographer Elisée Reclus that Menton owes is title of the" Pearl of France "...


Menton's Climate

Climat de MentonAn agreeable climate year round!

Menton enjoys the temperate climate of the Côte d’Azur, and more specifically, a micro climate with a sub-tropical orientation.
Menton is in fact sheltered from the west winds by Mont-Agel, and the last peaks of the Alps protect it to the North and the North East

The winters are mild and sunny: the thermometer rarely goes below 0°, the lowest average temperature is 11.3° in January
The summers are hot: 25° on average in July and August, but tempered by the sea breeze.

Throughout the year you can take advantage of the Panoramic Terrace at the Hotel Méditerranée Menton !

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Menton's Beaches

Les plages de MentonThe beaches of Menton extend along 3.2 km of the Italian border up to Roquebrune Cap Martin. Swimming in Menton is a pure joy, the beaches are very clean and equipped with showers every 100M. The beaches at Menton will delight you with their diversity, you will find pebble or sand beaches, private or public beaches. The public beaches have life guards from June to September. Dogs are not allowed on the beaches, but for dog owners, there is a beach reserved especially for them.

The private beaches are located on the East side of Menton, 10 min on foot from the Hotel Méditerranée between the port of Garavan and the Old Port. With more than 10 private beaches, Menton offers the greatest possible comfort for your days at the beach. Some beaches even offer a private beach for children with games, baby sitters and air conditioned rooms. You can therefore rest and swim free from care.


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