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20 things to do in the principality

20 things to do in the principality


The Port of Hercules

Port d’Hercule is the city’s main port. Located in the Condamine district, it was built in a natural bay, at the foot of the Rock of Monaco. It accommodates both ocean liners and magnificent yachts in the marina.

The Japanese Garden

If you are looking for a change of scenery, take a trip to the Japanese garden designed by landscape architect Yasuo Beppu. Inaugurated in 1994, this haven of peace extends over 7,000 m² of vegetation and constructions entirely made in Japan. You will also find a traditional Tea House.

The Monte Carlo Casino

It is in the heart of the Monte-Carlo district, known for its many hotel-restaurants and luxury boutiques, that the famous casino has been established. Even if you don’t intend to play, it’s worth the trip! The building is a small replica of the Paris Opera and the terrace offers a fantastic panoramic view of the Mediterranean.

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

The cathedral dedicated to Notre-Dame-Immaculée-Conception is built of white stones from La Turbie and is a perfect example of the Romanesque-Byzantine style. It also hosts the graves of the late Princes and Princess Grace of Monaco.

The Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix is ​​one of the most prestigious and longest running car races on a street circuit. Organizing such a race on the cramped terrain of the Principality is a real challenge! If you are visiting Monaco at the end of May, take the trouble to attend!

The Fort Antoine Theater

This open-air theater was rebuilt in 1953 after its destruction during the Second World War. It maintains military architecture and gave its name to the annual and summer street arts festival “Le Fort Antoine dans la Ville”.

The Prince’s Palace

At the top of a 60 meter high rock, the Prince’s Palace of Monaco dominates the Mediterranean. Built in the 13th century on an old medieval fortress, the building is the official residence of the princes of the Principality of the city. The splendor of the decor and the history which accompanies it deserves to stop there.

Palace Square

The Place du Palais is flooded with light. It is dominated by the facade of the Château des Grimaldi and houses the bronze statue of François Grimaldi, who seized the fortress of Monaco. Every day at 11.55 a.m. the changing of the guard can be observed.

The Oceanographic Museum

Dedicated to underwater research since the beginning of the 20th century, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco was for a long time directed by the famous Commander Cousteau. The building includes 90 aquariums and many species of fish, corals and also a shark lagoon. A discovery worth experiencing.

The Prince of Monaco’s vintage car exhibition

The Prince’s collection of vintage cars is exhibited on the Terrasses de Fontvieille. It brings together nearly a hundred parts, all from the largest companies in Europe and America, but also coaches. If you like beautiful cars, you can’t miss this meeting!

The Fontvieille Landscape Park and the Princess-Grace Rose Garden

Covering nearly 4 ha, the charming landscaped park of Fontvieille is organized around a small lake, its palm grove and its olive grove. La Roseraie is a tribute to Princess Grace commissioned by her husband Rainier III. Today, it hosts no less than 8,000 roses and 300 different varieties.

The Path of the Sculptures

The sculpture occupies the entire city of Monaco. A pedestrian path has been organized in the district of Fontvieille which hosts the majority of them. This unique collection of works by internationally renowned artists can only arouse surprise and admiration.

Courthouse

Made of marine tuff and gray stone similar to that of the ramparts of Monaco, the city’s Palais de Justice is a beautiful building that must be seen for its facade inspired by Italian Gothic palaces and its beautiful entrance staircase.

The Exotic Garden

The Exotic Garden of Monaco is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious on the Côte d’Azur. Its series of terraces brings together an impressive number of plant varieties and from various origins: United States, Mexico, South Africa, Arabian Peninsula, etc. A delight for the eyes and the nose!

The Observatory Cave

At the bottom of the Exotic Garden cliff, the Observatory cave was a place of refuge in prehistoric times. Today it can be visited for its stalagmites and stalactites. The visit is guided by specialists to discover this first dwelling in the city.

Saint-Martin Gardens

The Saint-Martin Gardens are the city’s first public gardens. Suspended from the wall of the Rock, they promise unforgettable walks in the generous local flora. In addition to the breathtaking view of the Mediterranean, you will come across bronze statues including that of Prince Albert I.

Old Monaco

As an extension of the Place du Palais, the district of old Monaco is one of the city’s must-sees. Shops, restaurants and typical cafes, ice cream parlors but also cobblestones and small shady alleys make this corner of Monaco a place where it is good to stroll.

The Museum of Old Monaco

The Museum of Old Monaco is ideal if you want to discover Monegasque folklore and heritage: ancient everyday objects, ceramics, paintings, costumes, etc. It is good to know that this museum is open for free on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June to September.

The train station

Monaco station is attached to the French rail network. Very modern, it allows you to walk via the TER to other destinations on the Côte d’Azur and the Italian border but above all, it offers an extraordinary view of the sea.

Sainte-Dévote Church

This votive Chapel dates from the 11th century and is entirely devoted to the Patron Saint of the Principality and the Princely family. On January 26, each year, you could attend a somewhat special ceremony since a boat is burned on the church square.

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