Lemon Festival practical information
These informations can be modified.
Making your life easier so that you can enjoy this festival is one of the tasks of the Menton Tourist Information Office.
- Tel. +33 (0)4 92 41 76 95
- Fax. +33 (0)4 92 41 76 96
To book your tickets in advance or to get the best seats in the stands : Online ticketing service
The town has two SNCF railway stations
- Menton station is ideally situated 200 metres from the Biovès Gardens and is very close to the seafront where the processions will be taking place.
- Menton Garavan station is situated one kilometre from the Italian border and three kilometres from the event.
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Driving and parking
To make your journeys during the Lemon Festival® easier, we recommend that you pay special attention to the various road signs and posters on display as you arrive in Menton:
from the A8 motorway exit, there are signs indicating the various reception areas (for light vehicles and camper vans, etc.)
in the town, around the circuit, special attention should be paid to by-law notices prohibiting parking.
Don’t hesitate to ask any of the agents on the spot if you are in the slightest doubt.
We advise you to use public car parks for parking.
The best solution is still to use public transport.
Menton Town Council informs all road users wishing to come and see the Lemon Festival float processions:
on Sundays 18th , 25th February and 4th march 2018
in the evenings of 22th February and 1st march, that, owing to the large influx of vehicles travelling to this event, the following instructions should be followed:
If possible, use the SNCF railway stations located at the boundary of the 06 department (Menton railway station is situated less than 200 metres from the entrance to the Procession)
If you decide to travel on Sundays on the A8 motorway, arrive in Menton by 1 pm (the time of the last shuttle) to be able to use a free car park situated near exit 59. (Directions to this car park will be signposted with arrows)
If you are driving into the town centre, also follow the arrows with the indication (light vehicle parking), in the direction of Italy.
For your customers’ convenience, we advise you to go to the “drop off” point situated on the Promenade du Soleil, opposite the Cocteau Museum, on Esplanade Francis Palmero, before going to the car park at your disposal in Garavan, on the Porte de France. At the end of the event you will be able to use the same “drop off” point to pick up your customers.
Once you are in the town centre, follow the instructions displayed along the roads situated at the side of the Procession about traffic diversions and parking restrictions.
Lemon festival Shuttle buses
On very busy days, shuttle buses are organised to encourage visitors to park at the entrances to the town.
On festival Sundays: a day service
The shuttle buses run between the “Gare routière” and the Vallée du Careï motorway exit (Careï Intermarché car park P2), on festival Sundays, from 9 am to 2 pm and from 3.30 pm to 6 pm
The shuttle buses run between the “Esplanade Francis Palmero” and the Rondelli stadium (Garavan P1), on festival Sundays , from 10 am to 2.30 pm and from 3.30 pm to 6 pm
The shuttle buses run between “koaland” and the val d’Anaud stadium (P3), on festival Sundays, from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm and from 3.30 pm to 6 pm
Shuttle P1 – route Esplanade Françis Palmero to Fête du citron® (15 minutes by foot)
Shuttle P2 – route Gare routière to Fête du citron® (5 minutes by foot)
Shuttle P3 -route Koaland to Fête du citron® (15 minutes by foot)
On Thursdays: a night service
During evening processions, on festival Thursdays , the shuttle buses will leave from the Biovès Gardens and run between the center and Menton valleys and the town entrances, from 10.15 pm
- Departure for Garavan (Italian border)
- Departure for the Valley of Careï (Résédas)
- Departure for the Valley of Borrigo (Suillet)
- Departure for the Valley of Gorbio (Azur Parc-Gorbio)
During evening processions, on festival Thursdays , the shuttle buses will leave from the Jean Cocteau Museum and the Rondelli stadium, from 10.15 pm
Buses in town with Zestbus
In addition to the shuttles buses, Zest lines are available to whisk you away to your destination
Day ticket: € 5 – unlimited trip all day!
Where to buy your day ticket 5 €?
- At the Zest shop (Buses Station Avenue Sospel Menton)
- On board
- Site: www.zestbus.fr
- Allo zest: 04 93 35 93 60
Zest shop: Buses station of Menton, Sospel Avenue, 06500 MENTON
- Monday to friday from 7:30 to 6.30pm
- During week-ends from 9am to 12:30 am. and 1:45 pm to 6.pm
Reception of camper vans
Please note limited number of parking spaces!!!
The open air theatre (Koaland car park) situated in Avenue de la Madone will be open to camper vans on sundays during the lemon festival.
Lodging and Accommodation
Promoting quality and diversity, the town has 30 hotels with 1 to 4 stars offering a total of 1194 rooms, 1 campsite (Saint Michel** with 131 pitches), 4 residential hotels, 2 holiday rental residences, 3 holiday homes and an association of owners of furnished accommodation and 5 bed and breakfasts.