Although Monaco is the second smallest independent state in the world (after the Vatican). There are many interesting tourist attractions that you must visit in Monaco. Monaco has become one of the attractive destinations for tourists. A small country that borders with France and Italy presents beautiful scenery, classy places, and the Formula 1 Grand Prix. All of this appeal would be enough reason for your visit to Monaco. In addition, Monaco is home to the jet set, as well as a destination for wealthy travelers who want to pamper themselves.
There are many activity to do in Monaco, see the grand prix formula 1, visit a giant aquarium with a collection of all kinds of fish from polar to tropical waters. All the time there are a variety of musical concerts, various kinds of sports, and restaurants with delicious menu offerings from around the world. For shopping lovers, there are plenty of shopping opportunities in Monaco, as the city hosts some of the most exclusive boutiques in the world. Everything from fashion to jewelry, Monaco boasts of some of the most prestigious brands such as Hermès, Céline, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Chanel. You can also find some very exclusive and rare antiques in many of the antique shops around the city.
Here are top tourist attractions in Monaco:
1. The Prince’s Palace
Prince’s Palace of Monaco image by Qypchak from panoramio.com
It is the residence of the Prince of Monaco. The Prince’s Palace is worth a visit. There are guided tours of the palace each day and usually run around the clock. The Palace also offers a breathtaking panoramic view overlooking the Port and Monte-Carlo. Everyday at 11:55 AM, in front of the Palace’s main entrance visitors can watch the changing of the guard ceremony performed by the “Carabiniers.” “Carabiniers” are not only in charge of the Princes’ security but they offer Him a Guard of Honor and on special occasions, are His escorts. The “Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince” has a military band (Fanfare); which performs at public concerts, official occasions, sports events and international military music festivals.
2. Monaco Cathedral
Monaco Cathedral, image by wikipedia
Monaco Cathedral was built in 1875 and stands on the site of a 13th century earlier church. It is a Romanesque-Byzantine church dedicated to Saint Nicolas and houses the remains of former Princes of Monaco and Princess Grace.
3. Oceanographic Museum
Monaco Oceanographic Museum image by wikipedia
You can admire and feel the atmosphere is fun with a collection of more than 4,000 fish and see the history of marine life through films, displays and exhibits in this famous attraction. This is a great place to bring your kids to see educational in nature plus enjoy a pleasant restaurant with a spectacular view. The museum was initiated by Prince Albert I of Monaco, a former Navy as well as marine researchers.
4. Formula 1 Grand Prix
Monaco Grand Prix image by wikipedia
The Grand Prix is 78 laps around 3.34 kilometers of Monte Carlo’s most narrow and twisted streets. The main attraction of the Monaco Grand Prix is the proximity of the speeding Formula One cars to the race spectators. The thrill of screaming engines, smoking tires and determined drivers also makes the Monaco Grand Prix one of the most exciting races in the world. There are more than 3,000 seats available for sale on the circuit. Formula 1 Grand Prix is an event that takes a lot of attention from all over the visitors in the world. If you are planning to come and see this show, you should contact the Automobile Club of Monaco to book tickets. But do not despair, because the prices start at around 60 dollars, but if you really want to experience this holiday try to book a hotel room with a view overlooking the circuit.
5. Monte Carlo Casino And Opera House
Monte Carlo Casino image by Z.graber
Monte Carlo Casino is the world’s richest and often most famous. You’ll need your passport to enter. The gaming rooms are spectacular, with stained glass, paintings, and sculptures everywhere. The casino building features an opera, ballet house, Ballets de Monte Carlo’s headquarters and Grand Theatre de Monte Carlo. It is located in the quarter of Monte Carlo and Monaco citizens are prohibited in the gaming rooms. You can visit the casino without playing, to see the beautiful marble and onyx atrium, or walk across the street to the public park that features contemporary art.
6. Jardin Exotique de Monaco
Jardin Exotique de Monaco, img by Katonams
It is a botanical garden situated on a cliffside in Monaco. It was opened in 1933, and has a rich collection of over a thousand species of succulent plants, especially cactuses. At the foot of the cliff, ranging in altitude between 98 and 40 metres, there is a large natural underground cave with caverns displaying many stalagmites and stalactites, draperies and columns.
7. Flower Garden Princess Grace
Pricess Grace Garden image by visitmonaco.com
As a dedication to Princess Grace, exactly two years after her death, the flower garden is established. This park offers beautiful flower arrangements with thousands of roses in a smooth and well-maintained. You can stop for a moment to take a breath, read a book, or simply enjoy the natural aroma here. The park is located in Fontieiville and open from sunrise to sunset, throughout the year.
8. La Condamine
La Condamine image by wikipedia
La Condamine is the second oldest district in Monaco, after Monaco-Ville. Here you see many luxurious yachts and cruise ships which usually adorn the docks in the marina. La Condamine is a thriving business district where you can visit the Condamine Market and rue Princesse-Caroline mall. With enjoyable landscaped areas and modern buildings.
9. Marlborough Fine Arts Gallery
Painting sold by Marlborough Fine Art in 1954 image by wikipedia
Marlborough Fine Arts Gallery was founded in London by Frank Lloyd and Harry Fischer. The gallery holds a grand collection of post-World War II artists and even paintings by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Jules Brassai, Louise Bourgeois, Dale Chihuly, David Hockney and Henri Matisse. Admission is free and the gallery also offers group exhibitions. The gallery has become a stage artists to showcase their talents.
10. Le Metropole Shopping Center
Le Metropole Shopping Center
If you are a lover of shopping, you will feel like at home in glitzy malls that offer fashion, gifts, entertainment and food. You can browse through the books and CD at FNAC, selecting the most coveted cigars in the Davidoff, found in the brilliant Italian jewelry Pomellato or examples of delicious Godiva chocolate in Blue Shop. This shopping area is located at 17 Avenue des Spelugues.