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  • 1 Monte Carlo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du casino

    With its casino, palaces and luxuriant gardens, the name Monte Carlo is synonymous with gambling and the high life. Developed in the late 19C by the Bains de Mer company, Monte Carlo is today a tightly packed haven of rich villas and buildings. To th..

  • 2 Exotic gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Clinging to the cliff, offering a view that extends as far as the Italian Riviera, the Jardin Exotique provides a rare change of scenery, with 900 varieties of beautiful semi-arid plants. Species include hundred-year-old cacti, euphorbias, giant aloe..

  • 3 The Rock of Monaco Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue St-Martin

    Overlooking the sea, the rock (rocher) is crowned with the ramparts of the old town and has an almost theatrical feel. The attractive 16C-18C houses, all painted in the same bright salmon pink, are huddled together in a maze of pretty narrow streets...

  • 4 Casino terrace Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    pl. du Casino

    An oasis of palm trees, the casino terrace offers a splendid view of the coastline from Monaco to Bordighera. The surrounding gardens, adorned by the Hexa Grace, a work by Vasarely in enamelled volcanic rock, were laid out on the rooftops of the Spél..

  • 5 Musée Océanographique Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Avenue St-Martin

    Created in 1910 by Prince Albert I, the Oceanographic Museum takes visitors on a voyage into the deep. Many come just for the spectacular aquarium, which houses 6 000 specimens, and the highlight of which is the Lagoon, an incredible reconstruction o..

  • 6 Jardins Saint-Martin Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    av. St-Martin

    In the Saint-Martin gardens, Mediterranean foliage scents the shaded streets which provide narrow passages onto the seafront. Here you will see a bronze statue of Albert 1, sculpted by François Cogné in 1951, and the relics of the Saint-Nicolas churc..

  • 7 Jardin japonais Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    It was Princess Grace who had this garden designed. It is an oasis of green. Here, everything is symbolic. Some of the arrangements follow Shintoïstes ideals. Case in point is the arched bridge which is red to represent happiness and which takes you ..

  • 8 Musée d'Anthropologie préhistorique Interesting

    Museums and art

    bd du Jardin-Exotique

    Presented in a very scholarly manner, the museum's prehistoric Anthropology collections recall the lives of the Côte d'Azur's first settlers. They include an impressive number of Homo sapien, skelletons, some of which are of Grimaldi negroids, in add..

  • 9 Collection de voitures anciennes Interesting

    Museums and art


    Monaco, the birthplace of motorsport, was long overdue a museum in honour of the motorcar. The exhibition centre has five levels and in addition to Prince Charles III's barouches you can see a series of vehicles that explain technological development..

  • 10 Musée de la chapelle de la Visitation Interesting

    Museums and art

    Place de la Visitation

    Decorated in the Baroque style, the chapel of the Visitation houses a collection of 17C religious art by Barbara Piasecka-Johnson. The Spanish school, is particularly well represented in this museum with the group of Apostles painted in grisaille by ..

  • Occupying one of the wings of the palace, the Napoleon museum houses objects which belonged to the emperor, whose Florentine family were distantly related to the royal family of Monaco. Amongst the snuffboxes, watches, opera glasses, and ceremonial g..

  • 12 Palais du Prince Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place du Palais

    The somptuous Grimaldi palace was built in the 17C on a Genoan forteress from the 13C that was joined to the rock. The very beautiful Honorary Court of the Hercules Gallery, is to be admired; decorated with frescoes by Ferrari, on and three million p..

  • 13 Place du Palais Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    It would be a shame to miss the changing of the guard which takes place in the palace square at 11h 55 precisely. In the square, you will see cannons from the Louis XIV period, flanked on one side by the promenade Sainte-Barbe, which dominates the Aï..

  • 14 Parc paysager

    Nature and gardens

    pl. du Campanin

    This landscaped garden spread over 4 hectares in the Fonteville district, is set around a beautiful expanse of water and is home to plants from all around the world. It boasts the famous "Princess Grace" rose-garden, in which you will find ..

  • 15 Musée des Timbres et des Monnaies

    Museums and art

    11 terrasses de Fontvieille

    The Stamp and Coin Museum set up in a modern building houses interesting and princely collection, the main attraction of which is the set of beautiful triangular-shaped coins. The oldest coins, which boast the inscription "Monaco", date fro..

  • 16 Musée naval

    Museums and art

    Terrasse de Fontvieille

    In this museum there are about a hundred model ships to see, from ancient times to the present day. Originating from the Price's collection, some of oldest models in the collection were constructed by Albert I himself, in 1874. One of the most striki..

  • 17 Rue Grimaldi

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Grimaldi

    The rue Grimaldi is the central street of the Condamine quarter and runs from the place Sainte-Dévote to the place d'Armes, below Rocher, where where a market is held every morning. The orange trees which line this very busy shopping street give it a..

  • 18 Église Sainte-Dévote

    Religious buildings

    pl. Ste-Dévote

    Sainte-Dévote church has stood on the site of an ancient chapel dedicated to the patron saint of Monaco since 1870. Legend has it that she ended up here when her boat ran aground on the Monaco coast in 312. It is believed she had a very frail boat an..

  • 19 Port de la Condamine

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd Albert 1er

    This huge bay was an important stop for the phoceans and then the Romans. Today occupying the same site the Condamine port developed by Albert 1 at the start of the 20C, harbours the coast's most luxurius yachts. Beside the town's main shoping area, ..

  • 20 Chapelle de la Miséricorde

    Religious buildings

    r. Princesse-Marie-de-Lorraine

    The Misericord chapel was built built by the Brotherhood of the black penitents in 1646. Inside, note is the beautiful statue of recumbent statue of Christ, sculpted par the Monocan Bosio at teh end of the 18C. During the Good Friday festival, the st..

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