10 Top Tourist Attractions in Monaco

Martina Rosado
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Port de Fontvieille

Nature lovers can go along a path through the gardens of Fontvieille, or may turn to the Fontvieille Museum to learn about the rich history of the Principality of Monaco. In addition to the waterfront and museum, visitors will find an open-air swimming pool and the French Park. Visitors can see a replica of the Statue of Liberty as well as the palace and the casino. Measuring 4 hectares, the French Park includes a circular path around the Mediterranean Sea and a pond with fish.

Monaco St Nicholas Cathedral

Oceanographic Museum

The Oceanographic Museum was built in 1986 and is home to a wide array of ocean-related exhibits and various marine animals. You will be able to see many of the creatures from the oceans and have the opportunity to touch some of them.

At the Oceanographic Museum, you are allowed to touch and interact with fish, sea turtles and other creatures of the sea. If you do not have children accompanying you, you may also enjoy spending some time at this museum as a couple.

The museum also houses a wide variety of different artifacts and collections and hosts a number of activities aimed at promoting the understanding of the Mediterranean Sea.

You will be able to see the exhibit spaces, the natural aquariums, the recreational beachfront surfing pool, the auditorium and the official reception rooms.

Since 1989, this museum has hosted the International Exhibition of the Mediterranean Sea, one of the largest in the world. It also provides a lot of information at its own facilities about the Mediterranean region, and several popular events are organised there for the visiting public.

One of the largest aquariums at the Oceanographic Museum is dedicated to the Mediterranean Sea. There are more than 14,000 square meters of tanks on display at the museum’s aquarium.

Many different marine animals representing different species are kept in the aquarium. One of the most visited parts of the aquarium is the tunnel, featuring sharks and other inhabitants of the Mediterranean Sea.

Larvotto Beach

Located about 2 miles directly south of Monaco, Larvotto Beach has a beautiful white sand beach with crystal blue waters. If you come to Monaco and haven’t seen this beach, I suggest you take a quick drive and check it out.

The beach is most known for its vibrant colors. It puts on an annual entertainment show with explosions and lasers surrounding the beach. The show is a little outrageous, but have fun with it and you’ll have a blast at Larvotto Beach.

Jardin Exotique

The Botanical Garden, with its palm houses, filled with ficus trees and statues, is one of the major attractions in Monaco.

The garden is spread over 3 hectares and inside there is an outpost in the South of France, an area between Monaco and France, where the flowers and plants are planted. Also, there is an aviary, a rainforest, a children’s paradise, and a museum. This garden is situated next to the Jardin Exotique, a similar garden.

The garden is easily accessed by a nice walk.

The garden is open daily from 9:30am to 6:30pm.

Entrance fee, adults: 2.20€, children and disabled: 1.30€.

Individual tickets are available up to 2 days in advance.

National Casino The Casino de Monte Carlo is easily located on the edge of the royal Palace. You can immerse yourself in a fantastic gaming experience with a variety of games from table games to slots. This is an exciting, top-class casino and, as such, does not accept any kind of credit or debit cards, only straight cash, Euros or US Dollars. It’s open seven days a week from 8:00am to 2:00pm.

The games are available into the wee hours of the night.

Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix is a motor race that has been held annually since 1929 in the Monaco suburb of Monaco in the Principality of Monaco.

The race is held in a street circuit that runs through the Port of Monaco and ends in Casino Square.

Further information about the Grand Prix can be obtained from the organisers website.

Monte Carlo Harbor

When you are in Monaco, you will want to walk around and check out the interior of its two major casinos. You will also want to learn more about these places by talking to the many people who work there.

These casinos are so popular that they have created an entertainment complex that includes several shows, restaurants, and a waterfront area. On the waterfront, you will also find a popular lookout point that offers stunning views of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

If you have time, take a walk along the pier to get a taste of what life was like back when it was a working dockyard.

You can best enjoy this area of the harbor by finding a bench to sit down and watch the boats as they cruise by. Although you don’t have to be an expert on boat design to enjoy it, you should know a little bit about how yachts are classified and how they are compared to other boats.

Knowing these things will help you appreciate the many awards that this area of the harbor has won.

Monaco-Ville (Le Rocher)

Monte Carlo Casino

Monaco, in addition to being a playground for the rich and famous, is also a cultural and commercial hub. So, in addition to the Prince's Palace, Casino Palace, Casino and Prince's Gardens, there are a number of other attractions to make Monaco a must-visit destination.

Monte Carlo Casino Hotel

This is one of the most famous casinos in the world, attracting tourists and celebrities (including Donald Trump) from around the world.

The building is notable for its design, incorporating pastel colors running under floor level, almost as if the building were made of candy. There is a bar and restaurant where one can eat, drink, play cards and watch the world go by.

Monte Carlo Beach

This is where you will find the harbor, guaranteeing you beautiful sights as well as a great spot to observe the world.

Portes de Monaco

This is a passageway that leads directly to the Prince's Palace and is the only way to go. You will see it on the way into the hotel.

La Rascasse

This is also the place where the famous yachts are moored. It is a pier with restaurants and is usually crowded.

La Croisette

This is a promenade along the sea and makes for a nice stroll.

Fontvieille

Prince's Palace of Monaco

The Prince’s Palace was the home of Prince Rainier III and his family, and it is currently the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. It has served as a temporary royal residence for many British, Spanish, and Russian monarchs, including Queen Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm I, Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, and Queen Elizabeth II.

The palace is constructed in the Italian Renaissance and French Empire style. It was built between 1911 and 1913 to replace the Prince's Palace in the harbor, and it replaced an earlier castle which was constructed in 1620.

The palace offers a fascinating museum with some of the finest works of art and furniture in Monaco, including rosewood dressers, marble staircases, and a collection of paintings by Salvador Dali.

Also, you can visit the private apartments of the Prince, a library and a media center.