Weekend in Menton
Category : Tourism
The Hôtel Menton Méditerranée has a dream weekend lined up for you in the lovely town of Menton. Explore the so-called "French pearl" located 20 mins from Monaco and famous for its olive trees, lemons and fabulous beaches. Our 3* hotel awaits for a colourful and unforgettable break: walk in the old town, sample Menton's lemons, afternoon on the beach, drink on the terrace...
Friday: Afternoon exploring Menton's attractions
12pm – On arrival at the Hôtel Menton Méditerranée, our reception team will give you a warm welcome, iced tea and snack. Start your stay by recharging your batteries before heading out to explore Menton with lunch in our "Le 5" restaurant on the hotel's ground floor. Our chef serves traditional dishes with Mediterranean and Provencal flavours for lunch. Half-board and full-board packages available on request.
Restaurant "Le 5" - Hotel Menton Méditerranée
2.30pm – For your first time head to the Jardins Biovès in Menton town centre just a short walk from the Hotel Menton Méditerranée opposite Tourist Information. The park is home to countless floral designs, sculptures and fountains and named after Emile Biovès who was mayor of Menton in the late 19th century. This lovely promenade covers 800 metres and every year plays host to the Lemon Festival when it turns into wonderland. The Jardins de Biovès are also decorated over Christmas.
3.30pm – Head to Maison Herbin, an iconic site in Menton, to find out how its marmalades are made. Menton is famous for its sun-soaked lemons so a trip to one of the Maison Herbin factories is a must for holidaymakers. You can try this wonderful local marmalade every morning at the hotel's breakfast buffet.
4.30pm – After this zesty trip, cross the Old Town to the Saint Michel-Archange Basilica forecourt overlooking the whole of Menton. Step inside this majestic Italian-style basilica with its two clock towers and colourful baroque exterior. Menton Music Festival takes over the forecourt every August. A stone's throw from Saint-Michel Basilica is the White Penitents Chapel which was renovated in 1987 and was once home to the White Penitents.
Work up a sweat as you go up to the Montée du Souvenir where you'll find the Old Château Cemetery, one of the best and most beautiful cemeteries in France built on the relics of a fortress that once protected the town. The Old Château Cemetery has incredible views of Menton, the Chapel and Basilica making it a go-to for taking amazing holiday snaps.
Saint Michel-Archange Basilica
6pm – After your first afternoon exploring Menton, it's time to head back to the Hôtel Menton Méditerranée under 10 minutes from the Old Town on foot. Settle into your room with all mod cons in our 3* hotel before venturing up to the 7th floor to soak up the fabulous hotel rooftop. Our barman will be delighted to serve you a glass of Champagne with a tapas platter or introduce you to his amazing cocktail menu.
Rooftop of the Hotel Menton Méditerranée
Saturday: Cultural outing and relaxing on the beach in Menton
8.30am - Wake up slowly in your room's cosy bed.
9am - Start the day with the extensive breakfast buffet on the ground floor or get room service at no extra cost.
Breakfast at Hotel Menton Méditerranée
10am – Start the day exploring one of Menton's quirkiest sites: the Marché des Halles market on Quai de Monleon just 6 minutes from the hotel on foot. Traders love introducing visitors to the region's specialities.
11am - Squeeze a trip to the Jean Cocteau Museum into your morning. The museum opened in 2011 and is devoted to artwork by Jean Cocteau and mainly the Séverin Wunderman collection. The eye-catching building was designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti.
After visiting the museum, walk for 2 minutes to Esplanade Francis Palmero and soak up the sea views. There are countless events year-round on the promenade and the play area in the park is suitable for toddlers.
Jean Cocteau Museum
12pm – Soak up the idyllic setting and sunshine with a picnic on the Promenade du Soleil and try the products you've bought at the Marché des Halles al fresco. The 2km walk starts in the Madone area up to the Old Town.
Then it's time to relax on one of Menton's beaches to the sound of the Mediterranean lapping the shore. Did you know that Menton is France's hottest year-round town in terms of average temperature?
5.30pm – After a chill-out afternoon, head for the Hotel Menton Méditerranée's rooftop terrace and order a drink during Happy Hour (5.30-6.30pm). The hotel's rooftop views overlook the whole of Menton from the surrounding mountains and seaside to the old town.
7.30pm – For dinner enjoy the full three course menu for 23 Euros (starter/main/dessert) at the hotel's restaurant "Le 5" and let our chef and his team pamper you. We serve balanced dishes with fresh fish, poultry, meat and homemade desserts that often use Menton's citrus fruit.
Sunday: Visit the Principality of Monaco and its rock
8.30am - It's your last morning in your spacious central Menton room so enjoy it!
10am - After breakfast, pick up your car from the Hôtel Menton Méditerranée's private garage and head for the luxurious Monaco city. Read our article about the perfect schedule for a day in Monaco.
Menton and nearby Monaco, Nice and Italy have surprises galore all year round. A weekend isn't enough to see everything so check out our loyalty promotion on-site so you can come back as many times as you like for the best price in our 3* hotel.