Top Two Can’t-Miss Sites in Monaco
The Principality of Monaco is the second-smallest country in the world – behind Vatican City! The country is in the French Riviera, along the Mediterranean Sea. I popped over to Monaco for a day while spending a long weekend in Nice, France. Monaco is a very quick (and scenic) train-ride from Nice.
Most people associate Monaco with the Monte Carlo Casino and the Grand Prix, but the destination has a lot more to offer. It’s like visiting a city, but you get to add a whole new country to your list! If you’re short on time, I recommend visiting two highlights – Le Palais des Princes and Jardin Exotique de Monaco.
Le Palais des Princes
Just south of the Exotic Garden is Le Palais des Princes de Monaco, the official residence of the Sovereign Prince. The opulent Prince’s Palace was built in 1191 and is also a great place to visit. Tickets are required to enter the palace, but the outside area is free! The uphill trek from La Condamine is worth the exercise for the views along the way (but there are also tourist buses and a mini-train available to avoid the hike). There are great views on both sides of the palace, and racing fans can see the F1 track from the square. I quite enjoyed exploring the narrow streets with adorable little shops. At noon each day, you can catch the changing of the guard ceremony in Place du Palais!
Jardin Exotique de Monaco
The Jardin Exotique de Monaco, a garden on a cliff overlooking the Port de Fontvieille, is an absolute must-visit. The Exotic Garden opened in 1933 and has a collection of succulents with spectacular views over the coast! Tickets cost about 7 euros for entry (there are discounts for children and Seniors) and include a tour of the Observatory Cave and the Prehistoric Anthropologic Museum. The garden is open daily (other than holidays) starting at 9:00am, and closes between 5:00/7:00pm depending on the season. Tours of the cave are offered every hour after 10:00am.
I have always wanted to visit here! These spots look so amazing. I will have to check them out.
After I’ve watched some movies, featuring Monaco (including Grace Kelly), I already included this country in my bucket list. It was majestic, and the whole view is breathtaking!
Monaco looks soooo scenic! I love the view and vibe. Thanks fo sharing! I’ll add it to my to go list.
Binge on Basics
Will visit these sites when I visit Monaco for sure!
Le Palais des Princes is really photogenic and rest of the places are also worth exploring.
Monaco is such a lovely place to visit and not only for the rich and famous like it use to be!
Monaco is on my list from so so long. Your post inspires me to go there NOW.
The Travel Bunny
I only spent about half a day in Monaco last year, so I got to check Jardin Exotique de Monaco and a bit of the town (Wanted to get to the marina). Will keep the palace in mind for next time we’re visiting family in the south of France!
(PS. Careful not to leave your data on if you’re from the EU, as not all companies have affordable prices for roaming in Monaco)
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So pretty! I love places where you can get a mix of nature and city