Your 3* hotel for an unforgettable Lemon Festival in Menton in 2023!
Come and celebrate a one-of-a-kind event bursting with colour and flavour from February 11th to 26th 2023: the Menton Lemon Festival. The iconic Côte d’Azur event attracts over 200,000 visitors from all over the world every year. This year's Lemon Festival theme is "Rock and Opera". The Best Western Hôtel Méditerranée Menton brings you its schedule a few weeks before the festival launches.
The Lemon Festival is a famous annual event held every winter in Menton. It celebrates the region's culture and history as Menton is famous for its citrus fruit, especially its lemons and tropical gardens. The event will see fantastic parades with floats decked out in lemons and oranges, citrus fruit and garden exhibitions, concerts and so much more.
Your 3* hotel in the heart of the Lemon Festival
Your hotel with a rooftop bar is conveniently just a 5 minute walk from the Jardins Biovès, where you'll find the citrus sculpture exhibition, and 3 minutes from the Promenade du Soleil where you can watch the Corsos.
The entire team at the Best Western Hôtel Méditerranée Menton is dressing up and creating a colourful and welcoming atmosphere throughout the Lemon Festival. There are lots of events and surprises at the hotel to take your sunny Menton break to another level.
Your 3* hotel sets the scene with a large structure made of Menton citrus fruitas well as countless accessories for you to capture your break in a fun-filled photo. Share your zestiest snaps on social media using the hashtags #Feteducitron and #SummerHotels.
A zingy event with a vibrant line-up
Are you ready for 15 days of unforgettable festivities? On the agenda: gigantic parades, fruit corsos, citrus sculpture exhibition and events celebrating the Menton lemon and "Rock & Opera" theme.
See you on Sunday February 12th, 19th and 26th 2023 for the Golden Fruit Corsos on the Mediterranean shores. It's a flurry of colourful floats bursting with confetti, dancers and brass bands under the Menton sunshine.
Night falls over Menton and the town lights up in a flash… Take your front row seats on the Promenade du Soleilon Thursdays, February 16th to 23rd, to watch the illuminated Evening Corsos to the tune of folk bands. End the night on an equally magical high with the fireworks display that lights up Menton Bay!
Feast your eyes on the citrus sculpture exhibition in the Jardins Biovès every day from February 11th 2023. These giant radiant sculptures dazzle children and adults alike. It's free to visit.
There's lots on during the Lemon Festival including the Craftsmanship Fair, Orchid Festival (free entry) and Children's Carnival on February 15th and 22nd 2023.
The history of the Lemon Festival that has made Menton
Menton is nicknamed Lemon Rock and is one of the biggest lemon growers in the world.
The Menton Lemon Festival was founded in 1934 to celebrate growing the region's iconic lemon. It was also founded to warm the cockles of locals and winter tourists, even though the town enjoys 316 days of sunshine per year. It's heaven for citrus fruit!
Did you know?
- The lemons used for the event don't come from the region. The Menton lemon is a premium and protected product with a PGI (protected geographical indication) so it's only for consumption and fine dining establishments. Just take Chef Mauro Colagreco at Le Mirazur in Menton (awarded best restaurant in the world in 2019) who puts it into several of his dishes.
- An average of over 180 tons of citrus fruit are shipped in from all over the world and 300 people are involved in setting the scene. All the fruit is sold to locals after the event to avoid waste.
An event that's going to ROCK! Whether you're with family, friends, that special someone or you're flying solo, the Lemon Festival should be on your bucket list.
Make the most of your holiday in the South of France to experience it at the same time as the Nice Carnival. Stay in Nice a little longer if you book one of the seven 3 and 4* hotels in Nice in the Summer Hotels group.