Discovering Menton

There are several museums in town, as the « Musée de préhistoire régional », which gathers the referts dug on the region’s pre historic sites, the « Musée Jean Cocteau », which conserves a great part of the works of this artist in love with Menton, mainly crayons and two sumptous tapistries, the « le Palais des Beaux-arts, located within the “ Palais Carnoles”, an ancient palace of the Princes of Monaco, one of the most beautiful museums in France.
Another nickname for Menton is « the pearl of France » given to it at the end of the XIXth century, because of its particular geographic location, between two mountains descending on the sea, offering someway a shrine to its splendor. This splendor I blatant while visiting its remarkable architectural heritage, wonderfully illuminated from the evening onwards… The Portes Saint Julien and Saint Antoine open on the villa Moyenâgeuse, resembling an amphitheater. Sites to visit are mainly the Parvis Saint Michel, composed by a mosaic of white pebbles and its church whose construction began in 1640 ending in 1675 ; the Campanin, constitutes one of the rare French bell towers that was destined to call the devoted to the service. The Bastion was erected in the XVIIth century to defend the town. Jean Cocteau restaured it and decorated it to host his works. Other monuments are remarkable in Menton, as Villa Maria Serana and its garden with the beautiful vegetal collection, the Fontana Rosa, dedicated by its owner to writers and Spain, and also the Val Rahmeh, the serre de la Madone, the Palais Carnolès…
Because of its particular urban architecture, built on the steep side of a mountain and literally diving in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, Menton offers to photo lovers amazing points of view. The hotels are many, as well as other hosting possibilities so as to satisfy any request, apartment rentals, guest rooms….As for the fine gastronomists, they will be enchanted to learn that several restaurants have their own private beach, allowing thus to add the pleasures of the food to the lazy day…