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Fête du Citron (Menton Lemon Festival) 2019

The bright, colourful, and fragrant Lemon Festival is among the most important events of the Riviera

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One of the most important events in the French Riviera is the Lemon Festival that is held in Menton—the warmest town in the region. It is told that even Queen Victoria herself attended the festival back in 1882. Now it is a celebration that annually attracts over 160,000 visitors.

Fête du Citron (Menton Lemon Festival) in Provence & French Riviera - Best Season 2019
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For three weeks every winter Menton's streets are filled with a delightful citrus aroma. Giant floats and decorations, exhibitions, parades through the town, and gardens of lights create a vivid and lively atmosphere. The festival ends with a huge party, fireworks, and street dancing.

Best time to see Fête du Citron (Menton Lemon Festival) in Provence & French Riviera 2019

The festival is meant to mark the farewell ​of winter and to welcome spring. And what could be more vernal than this colourful celebration of life?

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