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Art made of lemons and oranges in the famous Lemon Festival (Fete du Citron) in Menton, France

Lemon Festival (Fete du Citron) in Menton on French Riviera

Art made of lemons and oranges in the famous Lemon Festival (Fete du Citron) in Menton, France

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Lemon Festival (Fete du Citron) in Menton on French Riviera.

Menton and the fête du citron (Lemon Festival) : 16 February - 3 March

Fruit festivities on the Côte d’Azur

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The fête du citron is a major event dedicated to the « fruit d’or » (fruit of gold) that earned Menton its European wide reputation. The concept of the festival ? Parades of giant citrus sculptures, floats, exhibitions of the region’s fruit and plants, events, a colourful atmosphere…all in a superb town of art and history situated in a beautifully preserved landscape. Enjoy the mild end of winter climate to extend your exploration of the Côte d’Azur, unspoilt from the influx of the crowds. Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Monaco, Eze, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice… The Riviera has so much beauty to explore! Book your accommodation for each stage of your journey now and enjoy the Côte d’Azur out of season.

MyTripTailoInformation: You will need an entry ticket to access the events. You can either book them online from the event website or directly on site.

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Day 1 - Menton

Choose your arrival day in Menton according to the Fête du citron programme. The town is famous for its tropical gardens, dressed for the occasion, and where you can spend the first day walking between events: La Serre de la Madone, Maria Serena, Biovès, Fontana Rosa, Val Romeh…

  • Distance : 550 m

Day 2 - Menton

Spend the second day, surrounded by the rhythm of the festival’s events, enjoying the old town of Menton. Its historic centre, its basiliica, its Palais Carnolès and its Belle epoque palaces, reflections of the first holidaymaker cures that earned the Côte d’Azur its reputation at the beginning of the 20th century. Spend the afternoon walking along the beaches in Menton, as well as the port and sunny promenade, enjoying superb views of the blue waters and mountains that surround the town.

  • Distance : 549 m

Day 3 - Menton - Eze

Leave Menton, its festivals and its citrus fruits to explore the surrounding areas. If you take the coastal route, you can stop along the way at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. A hilltop village overlooking the sea, it offers a splendid view of the Côte d’Azur. With its vaulted passageways and luminous streets in the colours of the South, you can cross to its eleventh century keep. Take advanatage of your visit to explore one of the seaside promenades. Then, continue on to explore the principality of Monaco, discovering the rocher des Grimaldi, exploring the exotic garden, the port and the site of Fontvieille, as well as Monte Carlo. End your day in Eze.

  • Distance : 21 km

Day 4 - Eze - Nice

If you didn’t do it the day before, don’t leave Eze without visiting this charming village perched on the coast and considered as one of the most beautiful in Provence. Enjoy a free guided tour of the Fragonard Fragrance and Cosmetics Factory, or the superb trek between Eze-sur-Mer and Eze Village. Next, take the car to Villefranche-sur-Mer. Entirely pedestrianised, the village offers a superb view of its harbour and crystal waters, which you can take in, in all its splendour, from the citadel’s sentry walk. If you wish, you can end your day in Nice to take in the ambiance of the Nice Carnival.

MyTripTailor Information: Please be aware that the 2019 Nice Carnival takes place on the same dates as the Fête du citron, between February 16th and March 2nd. If you’re not planning to attend, it’s advisable to end your trip in Villefranche-sur-Mer, as access to Nice will be complicated by the crowds during this event.

  • Distance : 15 km

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