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Lemons don’t just make Lemonade: Unimaginable what lemons can turn into… Look!

Which are the most memorable unique world events on the Cote d’Azur that complement the iconic Monaco trio, the Monaco Grand Prix, the Monaco Yacht Show and, of course, the  Rolex Monte Carlo Masters Tennis. 

Well you could choose either the Lemon  Festival or the Nice Carnival if you are visiting Monaco and looking for a day out. 

Whereas the Nice Carnival may have the edge on how many are drawn to it because of the large number of locals, don’t miss out on the Lemon Festival which is in full swing right now, attracting more than 200,000 visitors every year. 

For most of the last 2 weeks we have been enjoying the zest-flavoured Golden parades and Night-time parades (parades of lit-up citrus floats). 

You have to admire the Exhibition of giant citrus figures and themes in the gardens Biovès. Jaw dropping … there are no other words. Your eyes will hardly believe it if you haven’t been before. 

And don’t forget to visit the Crafts Fair and the Festival of Orchids with its unforgettable scents.

It’s a fantasy world, still inviting you to take part and move to the rhythm of this simply unforgettable event.

Lemon  Festival

Free and Waiting for You: Eye-opening amazement in Biovès Gardens

A nod to the Paris Olympics. Imagine…figures that can be up to ten metres high…dazzling yellow and orange sunshine colours. The decors are incredible, some requiring nearly fifteen tons of citrus fruit…

It has taken thousands of hours to create these ephemeral sculptures, with the fruits placed one at a time…

Menton Lemon Festival

Waiting for You: The Great Citrus Parade on March 3rd… Book Your Place 

On Sunday afternoon, discover the pulp at the core of this unique event in the world… It’s a day of celebration with the crowd rushing, stretching through the alleys before gathering along the seaside.

The confetti swirls in the azure sky, accompanying the mood, with brass bands and folk groups brightening up the atmosphere. But it is especially towards the citrus fruit floats that your eyes will be turned. These works of art, composed of lemons and oranges, dazzle with their beauty and creativity, creating a spectacle of colours and scents. 

Join in on March 3, 2024 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. to experience this dazzling show which celebrates the creativity and beauty of citrus fruits at the Fête du Citron in Menton.

Free and Waiting For You Still: Orchids Galore 

A soothing interlude …Presented by the Association of Orchidophiles and Epiphytophiles of France, the orchids rival their citrus friends for your attention …

Complementing the Lemon Festival, they bloom, competing in colour and shape. The flower, with its sweet and mysterious scent, will captivate your eyes, fascinate and intimidate you with its elegance and beauty…

The Orchid Festival offers a soothing interlude to go with the hustle and bustle of the Festival.

Opening Hours

  • Thursday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Friday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

So much to see: Here’s the Program for March 3rd alone.

Get to Menton early and remember to book for Parades and the many special activities.

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