Monaco city is the capital of Principality of Monaco. There is no clear geographical distinction between the city and the state. The state is considered to be the second smallest yet a very densely populated one in the world. It is the city of world’s famous millionaires and gamblers and is therefore very appealing for the tourists.
Along the Mediterranean coast lays an exquisite country between Italy and France named Monaco. The stunning beauty of this country makes many wishes to be its citizen. Located on the headland of this country is a district called Monaco city or simply The Rock. There are so many things to do in Monaco city that one wouldn’t know where to start. The city showcases the picture perfect view of glass towers and Mediterranean coastline. It is also known for its famous gambling casinos, fashion clothing, and mouth-watering food. The Monaco City is a fine example of luxury, elegance, and sophistication. With so many options available, there is no limit to the things to do in Monaco. The city of Monaco is truly a treasure of a country, with its narrow streets, upscale shops, lavish cafes and luxurious restaurants and what makes it even more special is that every turn and corner of the city represents the style of the medieval era. A mixture of glamour and gracefulness could be found in this city. Visiting Palais du Prince must be in the bucket list of things to do in Monaco City. This royal palace has been graced by the presence of all the royal families and rulers of Monaco. Visitors have access to the 15 rooms of the castle and some of them showcase personal items that used to belong to the military and political leaders of the state.
There are no limits to the beautiful places to visit in Monaco City including the famous Monaco Cathedral. If a tourist has time for only one thing to do in Monaco City then a visit to this Cathedral must be it. Among many others, another place to visit in Monaco City is the Oceanographic museum. This Museum is situated at one of the cliff sides of the Monaco city and it never fails to impress. The vast collection exhibits coral reef and sea predators along with 450 species of ocean creatures. Visiting the exemplary art exhibition of Marlborough Fine Arts Gallery is one the most requisite thing to do in Monaco City for the art lovers; however the beauty of paintings by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Joan Miró is special enough to leave anyone dazed with its beauty. Built in the early years of 18th century, Fort Antoine–which now serves as a theatre–can house 350 spectators in an enchanting setting and takes outdoor theater to a whole different level.
Jardin Exotique De Monaco (or the Exotic Garden of Monaco) is on a beautiful hillside location. The botanical garden features a wide variety of plants and flowers which you can enjoy. There is also a cave here below the gardens which you can explore as long as you have a guide with you. The gardens are very popular with tourists and provide a nice retreat from the hustle bustle of the city. The gardens are referred to as exotic gardens because they contain exotic flowers, collected from all over the world. The view from the gardens of the city is also stunning.
If you have even a passing interest in flowers and plants, make sure this place is included in your things to do list. The Jardin Exotique De Monaco isn’t very well known to foreigners and thus they often skip them when visiting Monaco. This is a huge mistake as we believe this to be a must-visit place. In order to be able to explore the cave below the gardens, you will need a special guide who will safely guide you in the cave. The cave is an archeological site and the remains found in it can be seen in an exhibit within the gardens.
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is a must visit site for anyone who has an interest in the environment and in the oceans. It was established in 1910 and has been updated and renovated since then. The collection of this museum is enthralling, and it covers many aspects of the oceans.
The basic attraction here is the fishes. There are some very exotic fishes and other sea animals within the aquarium. This place is also great for families, as kids are sure to enjoy all the fishes and the exhibitions and displays within the museum. There is also an exhibition about Prince Albert I, since he loved to sail and to discover the oceans.
There is also a section dedicated to things usually found in the ocean, like ships, sea tools, weapons, and much more. We really loved the skeletons of the sea animals on display in the exhibit; they allow you to understand these animals much better, because you get to see how they move. The building of the Oceanographic Museum is also a beautiful and imposing site. Do not leave this off your things to do list if you are in Monaco.
The Prince's Palace is one of the more unusual palaces we have seen. We would put it in our things to do list just because of the unusual nature and history of this palace. The first thing you will notice is that it doesn’t look like any other palace you have seen. It looks very plain, and seems to be a normal building, instead of the extravaganza we usually see in other palaces. This is also out of character for Monaco, a place known for its luxury. The reason is that Monaco’s rulers knew that unlike the palaces of rulers of big countries, they needed to make a building that was secure. Since Monaco doesn’t have a huge army, the palace needed to be fortified properly.
The result of which is this very practical palace. Another unusual thing about The Prince's Palace is that it has been used by the same family for the last seven centuries. Unlike other kingdoms where turmoil and political instability meant the ruling families changed often, Monaco has had a much more stable political history. The palace is active, and we would highly recommend visiting around noon when the guard changing ceremony takes place. It is very elaborate and traditional, and is definitely something we would recommend for all tourists.