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The 8 best things to do in Monaco

The 8 best things to do in Monaco

Monaco is a city-state located on the southern edge of France on the Mediterranean. It is known for its warm climate, its blue sea and its many attractions for those looking to get away from it all for a few days or even a few weeks. Because there are so many things to do, things to see and places to visit, it is important that you plan your visit correctly. To help you get started, here are some things you should do and places you should visit to get the most out of your trip to Monaco.

Visit the Oceanographic Museum

The Oceanographic Museum was opened in 1910 and is therefore one of the oldest aquariums in the world. It is dedicated to oceanography and marine artifacts. It is home to three aquariums and over 6,000 specimens, making it perfect for those who love marine life. Younger visitors can also get a closer look and feel for different sea creatures in the museum’s dedicated touch tank. This tank contains baby sharks, sea urchins and starfish in an environment that is meant to mimic their natural habitats.

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Visit Monaco Cathedral

Monaco Cathedral is so imposing and breathtaking due to the white stones used in its construction. The cathedral houses the remains of former princesses and was built in 1875. However, it contains much older artefacts, including works of art dating back to 1500. Other attractions in the cathedral include the main throne carved out of white marble and the great organ.

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Enjoy the sun on Larvotto beach

Located by the sea, Larvotto beach is the only public beach in the principality. Because jellyfish thrive in the surrounding waters, the principality has placed nets around the beach to protect bathers. If you prefer the sun, you can sunbathe on the golden sand. For something different, try kayaking or jet ski on sea water.

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Visit the Monte-Carlo Casino

One of the first things you’ll want to do is visit the Casino de Monte Carlo. Officially called the Casino de Monte Carlo, it is a famous tourist destination due to its history. The casino was built in 1893 and is particularly stunning due to its Beaux-Arts style, which is not too common. It is also a great destination for James Bond fans as it is believed to be the setting of the Casino Royale James Bond novel.

While casino games have changed due to advancements in technology, nothing beats playing in the various Monte Carlo gaming rooms. All of these rooms are decorated in a variety of themes. Don’t let the decor and themes overwhelm you, as you might miss the stunning artwork and chandeliers that adorn the interior of the casino.

Monte Carlo Casino

Watch a Formula 1 race

The Monaco Grand Prix takes place on the streets of Monaco every May. The race passes through famous streets as well as famous attractions such as the Monte-Carlo Fairmont Hotel and Boulevard Albert I. If you are in Monaco at the right time, you can experience the thrill of watching the cars travel over 200 miles per hour and enjoy the atmosphere that accompanies the Grand Prix.

See where the prince lives

Monaco has a prince who lives in a residence northwest of the cathedral. The residence is built with function in mind, and while it’s not the most stunning piece of architecture, it’s still a place to visit, even for a few minutes. If you want more, you can join one of the cabin tours. The residence has a changing of the guard at 11:55 am which is a sight to behold.

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Enjoy the Princess Grace Rose Garden

If you want to get away from the busy streets of Monaco, visiting the Princess Grace Rose Garden is a great way to get away from it all. The garden is home to thousands of roses as well as olive and palm trees. The garden is also home to ancient contemporary sculptures that tell different stories depending on who you ask. Although some may think the garden is small, it is well maintained and has a wide variety of flowers.

Go shopping

Monaco is known as a great place for shopping, and so you can find a wide range of high-end items here. These include designer and luxury goods, jewelry, fragrances and more. Some popular areas to visit include the Venue de Monte-Carlo, the Boulevard des Moulins and the Avenue Prince Grace.

Monaco is a great destination, not only because of its rich history, but also because there is so much to do and see. You can choose to visit the beach, enjoy the architecture and older buildings, or enjoy the learning experiences at the various museums spread throughout Monaco.

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