Monaco, monarchy squeezes only in just 200 hectares, may be the globe’s second-smallest country (after Vatican), but there are 37,800 people living in it making it the world’s most densely populated country.
World-famous Monte-Carlo, capital of Monaco, is a great place for tourists to explore luxury: top Casinos and Festivals, Formula One Grand Prix track and largest super yachts docked in the port. Welcome to royal life on the French Riviera!
What to do in Monaco?
There are many things to do in Monaco and are mostly geared toward high-end and luxurious living.
Palais Princier de Monaco is the official residence of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, built in the 13th century as a fortress atop Le Rocher. Private residence of the Grimaldi family protected by the blue-helmeted, white-socked Carabiniers du Prince; changing of the guard takes place daily at 11.55am, when crowds gather outside the gates to watch the show. You have an opportunity to join a tour and enjoy priceless artworks collected by the family over decades. Highly recommended to buy tickets online in advance to save your time, avoiding queues.
Legendary marble-and-gold Casino de Monte Carlo. The building, open to visitors every morning, including the exclusive salons privés, is Europe’s most lavish example of belle époque architecture. Just remember, trainers (sneakers) are strictly forbidden and a jacket and tie is strongly recommended in the gaming rooms for men in the evening (and is compulsory for the salons privés).
Even if you are not a big fan of speed and adrenaline, you must have try this remarkable experience – Formula One Grand Prix event, which covers four days in late May. Monaco goes completely auto crazy and every road around is closed for the race. At other times of the year, tourists can walk the 3.2 kilometres circuit through the city.
Musée Océanographique de Monaco is definitely have to be on your list. Its centrepiece is its aquarium with a 6m-deep lagoon where sharks and aquatic killers are separated from colourful tropical fish by a reef. Upstairs, 2 substantial colonnaded rooms retrace the background of oceanography and also marine biology with photos, old devices, various samplings and interactive screens. Don’t miss the opportunity to see stunning view on the city from rooftop terrace.
Don’t miss a walk in Jardin de Monaco botanical garden located on a cliffside. Home to the world’s largest succulent and also cactus collection, from tiny echinocereus to 10m-tall African candlesticks, the gardens topple down the slopes of Moneghetti with a maze, staircases and bridges. Views are magnificent! Admission consists of the Musée d’Anthropologie, which shows primitive continues to be unearthed in Monaco, as well as a 35-minute guided excursion of the Grotte de l’Observatoire.
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