Exploring Menton, France during the Fete du Citron

Menton France Fete du Citron - sculpture - Cinecittà

Menton is all about citrus. Nice has its streamers, confetti, and flowers for Carnaval, but Menton, located less than an hour away by train near the Italian border decided that when life gives you lemons (and oranges!) make lemonade (or orange juice?) Menton holds a Carnaval style Fete du Citron each year. Festivals are a great excuse to visit off-the-beaten path places and we jumped at the chance to take a day trip from Nice and get a nice dose of Vitamin C. Below I share some highlights from our visit to Menton.

The Sculptures

Menton France Fete du Citron - Egyptian sculpture - Cinecittà

The Fete du Citron has a theme each year. In 2016, when we visited, the theme was Cinecittà harkening back to the cool glamour of Italian cinema in the 1950s and 1960s. This seemed like an interesting choice given that Menton is actually in France, but hey, they are quite close to the border so I can see the Italian cultural influences.
Menton France Fete du Citron - 8 mm sculpture - Cinecittà

The sculpture garden is definitely the highlight of any visit to the Fete du Citron. We handed over 10 EUR each and were admitted to a wonderland of movie scenes come to life and all fashioned out of fruit!

The Town

Menton France Fete du Citron - Place aux Herbes - guitarist and dog

Menton itself is lovely. We took a break after our stroll through the citrus sculpture garden to dine al fresco at Le Balico on Place aux Herbes. Fueling ourselves with steak and potatoes and sea bass, there was no sun to lift our spirits that day so we had to rely on the guitarist quietly playing behind us and this gray-jowled dog to do the honors. It was a lovely atmosphere.

The Parade

Menton France Fete du Citron - Parade - Leopard
The Fete du Citron parade is similar to the Carnaval parades in Nice. Just like in Nice, there was a ton of streamers and confetti, just a lot more fruit as well. We could smell the essence of oranges in the air as the floats rolled past, each new creation bringing another smile to our faces.
Menton France Fete du Citron - Parade - Sphinx

The Climb

Menton France Fete du Citron - staircase

After the parade, we took the opportunity to explore the nooks and crannies of Menton. We spotted this delightful switchback staircase and made our way to the top for sweeping views of the sea.
Menton France Fete du Citron - sea views, man with dog

The Harbor

Menton France Fete du Citron - Harbor

The harbor was also a lovely spot for a walk. The harbor was packed with docked sailboats and as we looked up, this slowly gave way to a jumble of buildings on the hillside. Magnifique!

The Lighthouse

Menton France Fete du Citron - Lighthouse

A short breakwall leads from the harbor out to a lighthouse, another great spot to get some views of the Mediterranean and listen to the soothing sounds of crashing waves. 

Menton is an easy day trip from Nice and the Fete du Citron offers the perfect opportunity to visit for a bit of fruit inspired fun. What other destinations do you recommend for combining some sightseeing with a festival?



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Sidewalk Safari: Exploring Menton, France during the Fete du Citron
Exploring Menton, France during the Fete du Citron
Learn more about visiting Menton, France during the Fete du Citron (Citrus Festival) on a day trip from Nice. Written by travel blogger, Jennifer (aka Dr J) from Sidewalk Safari.
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