Top attractions in Monaco
Top 8 things to do in Monaco
When it comes to smallest countries, the country Monaco, capital of hedonism, is second only to the Vatican, capital of holiness. Money can buy anything in this glamorous state, anything except maybe the view of the Mediterranean from Monaco-Ville.
1. Prince's Palace of Monaco
This building has been the residence of the Monaco prince since 1191—and it remains so today, as well as a museum and center of tourism.
2. Rock of Monaco
After you watch the changing of the guards at the Prince's Palace, take a short walk to Monaco-Ville, aka Old Town, seated on this giant monolith looking over the coast.
3. Jardin Exotique de Monaco
This “exotic garden” is a cliffside botanical garden with a rich collection of cacti and spectacular views of the sea. Be sure to take a private tour of the cave.
4. Opera de Monte-Carlo
Catching a show in this amazing French-style opera house is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but its stateliness is even worth admiring from the outside.
5. Oceanographic Museum
Rising from the cliffside, overlooking the sea, is the monumental Baroque Revival building. Not only is there an aquarium, but many sea-related objects are on view.
6. Grimaldi Forum
This gigantic conference center is seafront on Larvotto. Check their official website for events ranging from exhibitions to ballet.
7. Monaco Grand Prix
“Glamour and prestige” meet at the Monaco Grand Prix, one of the most important Formula One motor raceways in the world.
8. Monte Carlo Casino
You can thank Princess Caroline for this paradise proposed to save the House of Grimaldi from bankruptcy. You might recognize this Monaco casino from a few Bond movies.
Planning Your Visit
Keep Your Passport On You
This is the first rule of Monaco nightlife. It’s actually the law to have a personal ID on you at all times, and you’ll likely be asked to flash it before entering a Monaco club.
How big is it? The entire country is less than three miles wide. Plan to stroll and enjoy the scenery, but take comfortable walking shoes!
Good to know
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- Best time to visit
- If you want to experience Monaco and its lively bustle, plan to visit in the summer, but note that beaches will be packed and prices will be higher. If you'd prefer to relax and save some money, try to go in April or October, when the weather is still nice.
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What people are saying about Monaco
I went on this tour, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour covered different areas, and the best part was Eze. It had amazing views, and you get very close to the scenery. We also went to Monte Carlo where I saw the yachts of the rich and famous. The driver was very knowledgeable, and knew the route very well. The tour is the best way to view these areas. I would definitely take this tour again.
Our guide Parfait was very helpful and good. Due to a previous tour cancelation, we were added an upgrade at a very good price. Thank you. The tour was awesome. Beautiful drive along the Cote d'Azur was breath taking Enjoyed the entire day. We also visited Monaco and Monte Carlo. I highly recommend the tour.
I made this trip with my girlfriend and we were totally satisfied. The guided tour in Monaco was just great. As for the guide, we give him a very special note and say to him thanks for his attention and for having made us discover all this beautiful land.
Parfait, our tour guide was perfect! He explained everything, I mean everything to us. Very knowledgeable about the places he drove us, very pleasant and willing to answers questions and very helpful. The tour itself totally worths it!!!
We were picked up promptly at our hotel and our guide was very informative and pleasant. Would rather have an hour in Monte Carlo and an hour in Eze