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Menton, the Pearl of France, is a famous tourist resort on the Côte d’Azur.

Located just over 10 kilometres from Ventimiglia in Italy, Menton is situated close to the French-Italian border, and its historic centre is built on a small promontory.

Menton is very popular with families because of its strategic location between the blue Mediterranean Sea and the green hinterland.

The beaches, both sandy and pebbly, are welcoming and equipped to welcome children.

The historic centre is a maze of alleyways, which reminds us a little of our own Genoese centre.

Let’s discover together what to do in Menton in a day with the children.

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Menton with children

Koaland Park

menton with children

The first attraction not to be missed if you go to Menton with children is definitely Koaland Park, a fabulous amusement park!

Koaland is a 15-hectare park with centuries-old trees that belonged to the Grimaldi family in the 17th century.

In this wonderful green setting, there are plenty of games for children’s enjoyment, accessible up to 8 years of age.

Among others, there is an inflatable area, slides, swings, trampolines, mini golf, the caterpillar carousel, bumper cars, etc.

Admission to Koaland is free, and you pay for every single attraction your children want to try.

Inside, there is a bar offering hamburgers, and the park is also available for birthday parties.

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Koaland park opening hours

  • 1 April to 30 June – Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and during school holidays in Zone B, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 1 July to 31 August – Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • 1 to 31 September – Open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 1 October to 31 October – Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and during school holidays in Zone B, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 1 November to 31 November – Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 1 December to 31 March – Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and during school holidays in Zone B, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact

Koaland – 5 Av. de la Madone, 06500 Menton.

Official website – https://koaland.fr/

What else to do in Menton: waterfront, old town, gardens

Like most coastal towns, Menton has a beautiful promenade (sea promenade) where you can stretch your legs while admiring the view and having a bite to eat, sitting at one of the many little places with tables outside.

The old town of Menton is also a place to discover.

Explore the old town, losing yourself in the labyrinth of its alleys and admiring the ochre and pastel colours of the facades.

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church

On the pedestrian Rue Saint Michel, you will find small shops selling typical products (such as straw and lavender baskets) and some charming bistros.

For those who love the outdoors, the gardens of Menton are the ideal destination with their variety of colourful plants and flowers.

The most famous are the Val Rahmeh botanical garden and the centrally located Biovès gardens, which come alive between February and March with the amazing lemon sculptures of the annual Fête du Citron.

lemon festival menton

▶ If you want more information on the Fête des Citrons, you can read this article.

If you have older children, you can visit the Jean Cocteau Museum, which houses the works of the famous eclectic artist Jean Cocteau.

Admission to the museum is free under the age of 18 and includes a visit to the fascinating Bastion located on the seafront, whose restoration was promoted by the artist himself.

Menton with children: ride on the tourist train

If you have little time, a tour of Menton on the tourist train could be a great idea to optimise your time and savour a bit of Frenchness!

Incidentally, these little trains are always very popular with children.

The departure of the little train in Menton is in front of the Esplanade Francis Palermo, not far from a splendid children’s playground.

Little train climbs the hill, where one can admire the grandiose villas with their gardens and botanical gardens, and returns to the coast via the old town, with its narrow labyrinthine alleys.

The tour lasts 45 minutes and costs €10.00 for adults, €4.00 for children aged 4-12, free for children aged 0-4.

It is run by France Voguette – Go to the official website.

Menton with children: where to stay

Best Western Hotel Mediterranee Menton – Excellent hotel located just outside the pedestrian area and 300 metres from the sea.

Private parking, at an additional cost of €23.00, and an excellent breakfast included in the rate.

In addition, up to the age of 12, children stay for free – Book here.

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