Top 10 things to do in Monaco

Visit the Prince’s Palace of Monaco

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The Prince’s Palace is an architectural gem of the 13th century. The building blends many architectural styles. The visit includes iconic rooms such as the Mirror Gallery, Blue Room, and the Throne room and many others history treasures …

Located on the heights of Monaco, the Palace is opened to the public when the Prince is not home. You can easily notice when the Prince is home by looking at the main tower, if you see a raised flag it means that the Prince is inside.

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Gamble in the most famous Casino in the world : Monte Carlo Casino 

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Iconic and glamorous, the Casino of Monte Carlo is an international reference for gaming and entertainment.  The Casino was used many times as a filming location for some of the James Bond movies. The Casino owes part of his world-renowned reputation to The British fictional star. Nevertheless, if you’re not willing to gamble inside the Casino, you can still admire its marble and bronze architecture and wander around the gardens surrounding it.

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Explore the many Gardens :

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There are plenty of park areas in Monaco where you can take time for relaxing. Just grab a book, take a picnic with you and lay down on the grass for a bit. 

We count five green areas in Monaco and its suburbs : 

  • The Casino gardens : Located right in the middle of the enlivened city center of Monaco, the Casino Gardens create a nice contrast with the urban landscape of Monaco. The designer, renowned landscape gardener Edouard André, achieved a difficult challenge making this space a tranquillity cocoon amongst such a bustling city.
  • The exotic garden : In Fontvieille, at about 20 minutes walk from the Hercule Port, you will certainly be surprised by the numbers of varieties that can be found in this area. It gathers exotic plants come from various far and dry locations including African and Latin American species.
  • Princess Grace Rose garden : Laid out according to the principles of an English garden, this 5000m2 place preserves more than 315 varieties of rosebush. Certainly the most well maintained garden you can find.
  • Japanese garden : Rewarded with a Grand Prix at the Osaka Flower Exhibition in 1990, this garden is one of the quieter place you can find within all the city. Wander around and discover all the essential components of a Japanese garden: a pond, islands, a waterfall, lanterns, bridges, a tea house and a Zen garden, everything to feel at peace in such a modern city.
  • Saint-Martin gardens :  Right in front of the Oceanographic Museum esplanade, this park offers a splendid sea view over the Fontvieille Harbour. Originally made of Mediterranean species : pine trees, holm oaks, myrtle, pistachio trees, … some more exotic plants were added over the years and got acclimatised to the hot weather of the French Riviera. 

Visit the Oceanographic Museum

Built on the edge of the Monaco ‘Rocher’, the Museum is renowned throughout the world for its 6500 square meters of aquatic diversity with more than 6500 specimens counted.

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Take your ticket to the zoological gardens

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The zoological gardens of Monaco is nothing quite like a traditional zoo. No animal you can encounter has been purchased. The 250 animals in the gardens were all donated, rescued from abandon, or taken from circuses. The staff members of the zoo take a special care of the species threatened by poaching and deforestation. Therefore, some of the most endangered species are placed in a captivity program to be protected and reintroduced in their wild habitat afterwards. The zoological gardens shelters to this day nearly 250 animals which represents about 50 species.

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Admire the Prince Rainier’s old car collection exhibit

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The Prince Rainier’s exhibit features exceptional and unique cars of all periods of history.

Prince Rainier III’s taste for vintage cars made him start a collection in the late 1950s. Over the years, as his collection grew, his personal garage would become too small for the hundreds of cars he owned. Thus he decided to unveil his collection to the public. He finally found the ideal ground for an exhibition, covering an area of 5,000 m2.

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Visit the contemporary art of the Nouveau Musee National de Monaco

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The New National Museum of Monaco is a museum of contemporary visual art in Monaco. The Museum hosts two annual contemporary exhibitions. The exhibitions take place in two different villas Villa Paloma et la Villa Sauber.

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Don’t miss the annual Formula Race in Monaco

The Monaco Grand Prix is certainly the most attended event in Monte-Carlo. The many dangerous corners make this race the slowest and the most difficult of all circuits in the Formula 1 championship. The event takes place from may 20rd  to 23th 2021 in the very heart of Monaco.

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Watch a show at the iconic Opera of Monte-Carlo

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All year long, the Opéra Garnier welcomes many international stars in its magical setting. We loved the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival which takes place every year in the the Opéra and do recommend it. The Festival attracts many top name musicians each year, whose voices are embellished by the excellent acoustic of the room.

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Watch the biggest yachts during the Monaco Yacht Show

Since 1991, the Monaco Yacht Show has been attracting a wealthy international clientele of yachts owners. Although, the yacht exhibit is not exclusive to multibillionaires, hopefully. You can buy a daily pass to the exhibit but it would not give you access to go into the yachts.

Monaco Yacht Show official website : LINK 

Discover the French Riviera from a local point of view

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