Menton tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: The beautiful town of Menton, on the slopes of a hill near the Italian border, is one of our very favourite towns in France

Menton is situated in the Alpes-Maritimes department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Menton. For detailed visitor information see the Menton travel guide.

Attractions in Menton

The basilica of Saint-Michael the archangel in Menton is a baroque style church built in the 18th century: Basilica of Saint-Michael the Archangel in Menton

Tourist classifications for Menton include "secteur sauvegarde", "town of art and history" and "ville fleurie 4*". It is unusual for a town to have 3 awards, which indicates how important Menton is as a tourist destination!

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Menton in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Popular places to visit nearby include Castellar at 3 km and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin at 4 km.

Menton, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Basilica of Saint-Michael the Archangel in Menton

Basilica of Saint-Michael the Archangel in Menton

Church less than one km (direction south-south-east)

The basilica of Saint-Michael the archangel in Menton is a baroque style church built...

See Basilica of Saint-Michael the Archangel in Menton guide


at 3 km (direction north-north-west)

Castellar is a small 15th century village in the hills above Menton with various...

See Castellar guide


at 4 km (direction west-south-west)

Medieval Roquebrune village and the coastal Cap Martin combine to make Roquebrune-Cap-Martin one of...

See Roquebrune-Cap-Martin guide


Most Beautiful Village at 4 km (direction west-north-west)

Sainte-Agnes is the highest coastal village in Europe, 800 metres above sea-level and close...

See Sainte-Agnes guide


at 5 km (direction west-north-west)

You should visit the quiet village of Gorbio as much for the scenery as...

See Gorbio guide


at 8 km (direction west-south-west)

The Municipality of Monaco, with high-rise blocks squeezed onto every square inch, is a...

See Monaco guide
The Jardin Exotique de Monaco

The Jardin Exotique de Monaco

Garden at 9 km (direction west-south-west)

Stunning exotic garden overlooking Monaco and the Cote d'Azur...

See The Jardin Exotique de Monaco guide


at 9 km (direction west-north-west)

Its remote location stops too many tourists reaching Peille but make the effort and...

See Peille guide
La Turbie

La Turbie

at 9 km (direction west-south-west)

The small village of La Turbie developed in medieval times, or earlier, around the...

See La Turbie guide


at 10 km (direction west)

Peillon is a small village, but the picturesque cobbled streets and the stunning views...

See Peillon guide
Sospel cathedral

Sospel cathedral

Cathedral at 12 km (direction north-north-west)

The cathedral in Sospel is an impressive example of baroque architecture in a small...

See Sospel cathedral guide


at 12 km (direction north-north-west)

Between Menton and the mountains, the river and fortified bridge are a very scenic...

See Sospel guide


at 13 km (direction west-south-west)

Eze is one of our favourite villages in the whole of France, with exceptional...

See Eze guide
The Jardin Exotique d\'Eze

The Jardin Exotique d'Eze

Garden at 13 km (direction west-south-west)

The Exotic Garden of Eze is a beautiful garden overlooking the Cote d'Azur...

See The Jardin Exotique d'Eze guide

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Markets in and near Menton

Market days in Menton: weekly market: Tuesday & Monday;

  • Menton: market Tuesday & Monday (0km)
  • Beaulieu-sur-Mer: market Saturday (16km)
  • Villefranche-sur-Mer: market Saturday (18km)
  • Breil-sur-Roya: market Tuesday all day (18km)
  • Nice: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday all day & Sunday & Saturday & Friday (21km)
  • Carros: market Saturday (25km)
  • Saint-Laurent-du-Var: market Tuesday & Sunday (28km)
  • Cagnes-sur-Mer: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Friday (31km)
  • Vence: market Tuesday & Friday (32km)
  • Tende: market Wednesday all day (35km)

More information about Menton, Provence

Tourist attractions near Menton, France

What to do at Menton? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Menton.


  • Marineland d'Antibes (35km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Trophy of Augustus (9km)
  • Saorge Monastery (24km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de Lerins (Cannes) (47km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Serre de la Madone (0km)
  • Palais Carnolès (0km)
  • La citronneraie (0km)
  • Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild (17km)
  • Jardin botanique (21km)
  • Le Vallon du Brec (37km)
  • Jardin botanique de la villa Thuret (38km)
  • Arboretum Marcel Kroenlein (48km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Tete de Chien (10km)
  • Cascade de Gairaut (20km)
  • Baou de Saint-Jeannet (30km)
  • Cirque du Gelas (40km)
  • Caires de Cougourde (42km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique du Cap Ferrat (17km)
  • Parc Phœnix (26km)

Geography and distances

Menton is in the south-east of France at 21 kilometres from Nice, the department capital (general information: Menton is 689 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Menton

Canton: Menton

Arrondissement: Nice

Department: Alpes-Maritimes

Region: Provence

Postcode: 0

Distance to Menton

from Nice (prefecture): 21 km

from Paris: 689 km

from Calais: 903 km

from Nice: 21 km

from Bordeaux: 654 km

from Strasbourg: 535 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into Nice airport. Coming from the UK by car the route takes about 12 hours (can be busy in summer). For driving distances to Menton from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 4 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Castellar, Gorbio, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and Sainte-Agnes.

This page in French: Visiter Menton