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The town of Menton is located on the French Riviera, in Southeastern France, at the Franco-Italian border. It is nicknamed 'perle de la France' (pearl of France).

Menton is renown for its warm microclimate, favourable to growing lemons.

It is famous for its gardens, in particular the 'Jardin Serre de la Madone', created in 1924-1939 by the British garden designer Lawrence Johnston.

The medieval old town is home to the baroque basilica of 'Saint-Michel-Archange', built in 1619 by the Genoese architect Lorenzo Lavagna.

The French artist Jean Cocteau decorated the wedding room in Menton's town hall and the small stone bastion in Menton's harbour wall. The Jean Cocteau Museum is in Menton, next to the beach and the covered market.

For further information on Menton and its surroundings, please visit the webpage of the Tourist Office of Menton here.

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