After taking the time to discover the essentials of Nice then visit Eze Village and its exotic garden, it was towards Monaco that we continued our escapade in the heart of the French Riviera. For a day, I invite you to discover the Monegasque capital, rich in history, with my city guide to visit Monaco.
Last summer I let myself embark on a getaway to Monaco, an authentic city with pretty alleys, good addresses and lots of activities to do and discover. Monaco is a small region on the Mediterranean Sea located between the French city of Nice and the Italian border. The Principality of Monaco is also one of the smallest countries in the world with its 2.02 square kilometers, after the Vatican. In comparison, it is also smaller than Central Park in New York! Did you know ? It is also one of the most densely populated countries in the world, ahead of Macau in China and Singapore.
1 | Visit the Oceanographic Museum, our favorite
This 6,500m² museum dedicated to the sea was founded in 1889 by Prince Albert I of Monaco and was directed by Commander Cousteau. A magnificent building built on the side of the mythical Rock of Monaco which offers a superb panorama of the Mediterranean Sea from its roof terrace. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful museums that I have had the opportunity to see, which pleases young and old alike. Simply grand!
- Count 12€ for students in high season, and 14€ per adult.
- If you are in possession of the French Riviera Passknow that this activity is included in it.
2 | Take a walk in the exotic garden
Another big crush! Laid out on the side of a cliff, the exotic garden overlooks the Principality of Monaco. To access it, however, you will need to motivate yourself! Thank God, there are elevators all over the place to make it easier to get up. Along the way, you will be able to enjoy superb panoramic views of the Rock and the city while discovering hundreds of different species of cacti. A relaxing interlude between two visits. As with the Oceanographic Museum, this visit is included in the French Riviera Pass.
3 | The Prince’s Palace of Monaco
It has been the official residence of the Prince of Monaco since 1927. It is located at the top of the Rock and can be visited every day from June to September. You will thus be able to discover the “large apartments”, the Sainte-Marie tower, the Clock tower and the Cour d’Honneur. Every day at 11.55 a.m. you can also watch the changing of the guard.
4 | The rock
Direction the oldest Monegasque district which rises 60 meters above the sea. This is where the Prince’s Palace and the Oceanographic Museum are located. The visit is done on foot or in one of the small tourist trains.
5 | Palace Square
Located opposite the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, the square is lined with superb buildings. We love these candy pink facades! It is from here that you can reach the small tourist streets that make up the town centre.
6 | Port Hercules
It is the main port of the city. You can see yachts there and enjoy the panorama of the city… seen from below! The port is bordered by several restaurants. We recommend the “Caffè Milano”, an Italian restaurant that offers delicious dishes. A delight !
7 | The Monte Carlo Casino
Another must-see in Monaco: the Belle Epoque style casino designed in 1879! In front, you can admire a work that looks like Chicago’s “Cloud Gate”. Two James Bond films were filmed here.
8 | Monaco Cathedral
For history lovers, you should recognize this emblematic building since it is here that Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco were married.
9 | Stroll through the city center
It almost feels like being in Italy with these pretty narrow and colorful streets, these lively restaurants and bars, where you can have lunch and have a drink on the terrace.
A visit to the Oceanographic Museum, a must that will delight both children and adults. It is grand!
How to go to Monaco?
By plane – Monaco is located 22 km from Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport. Allow 25 minutes by car via the highway.
By bus – Ligne d’Azur lines 100, 100X, 110 and 112 connect Monaco to Nice and Menton, with a bus every 15 to 30 minutes.
When to go to Monaco?
The climate is favorable for visiting Monaco from May to September.