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07 September 2023  |  Tourism

Monaco, the big meeting of the summer

Discover the City of Princes and discover the treasures of this extraordinary city.

The center of the city of Monaco is an open-air museum with its Perched Rock, its new Larvotto seaside district and its extension at sea, passing by the effervescent Place du Casino, unique in the world, discover the history of the Grimaldi and fall under the charm of the Principality of Monaco.

Monaco city center

Historical and institutional district of the Principality easily identifiable with its fortress which overhangs the city on its rock. Your gaze will be drawn to it. Like an air of "Notting Hill", let yourself be tempted by the charm of the city.

You will find the Prince's Palace there, built in the 13th century and then remodeled during the Renaissance. Guardian of a secular tradition with its Italian gallery and its 16th century frescoes, the Palace reveals some of its splendor to visitors. Duration of the visit: 34 to 40 minutes.

Monte-Carlo, the emblematic district

The Monte-Carlo district is one of the emblematic districts of Monaco. It includes, among others, the Place du Casino, the Boulevard des Moulins and its Saint-Charles Church.

The Place du Casino, designed around an Atrium surrounded by 28 onyx columns and the Salle Garnier.

The latter is intended to be a real miniature replica of the Paris Opera and is the only opera house in the world offering a view of the sea. The most beautiful lyrical shows are played there, with a real cinema set. The Place du Casino also hosts major concerts and events such as the Gala de la Croix Rouge.

Fontvieille, a multi-faceted district

It is the most western district but also the most recent of the Principality. You will find a small port where it is good to stroll at lunch or dinner time with many restaurants located along the quays.

The Larvotto, seaside district

The Principality's seaside district, newly renovated and inaugurated in July 2021 by Prince Albert II and brings together all types of activities. Going down towards the sea and the Grimaldi Forum, you will discover the Villa Sauber (New National Museum of Monaco) as well as the Japanese Garden. The Villa Sauber, is one of the last Belle Epoque villas in Monaco, it is now transformed into a museum and hosts several exhibitions a year. From 2025, you will be able to reach Larvotto beach via the new pedestrian zone of the new Mareterra district built on the sea.

Exotic garden, a district at the top

Following the western border of Monaco, the Jardin Exotique district is the entry point to the Principality for a large part of the visitors. At the beginning of the 20th century, Prince Albert I, a scientist and intellectual, launched archaeological excavation campaigns. Quickly the excavations in the Cave of the Observatory allow you to find the presence of Homo Erectus in this place (a species of prehistoric man). The Grotto today is part of the Exotic Garden of Monaco and allows a botanical journey with varied colors and shapes and to the depths of the rock. Also nearby is the Monaco Prehistoric Anthropology Museum, with a journey that began several hundred thousand years ago. The Exotic Garden, a district that mixes styles and eras. It is one of the highest places of Monegasque architecture. From the Cilla Isfahan, in the Persian style chosen in 1910 by the Iranian Prince Arfa Mirza Riza Khan, to the Simona building, whose particular style and luminous whiteness are the architectural beacon of the western entrance to Monaco.

Desire for getaways

Ideas for getaways as a couple, with friends, discover the getaways near Monaco.

The Principality seen from the sky by helicopter. Monaco is the ideal starting point for experiences in the air. Take advantage of a panoramic flight, take to the skies and discover Monaco and its surroundings from other perspectives via different routes ranging from 10 to 45 minutes.

Monaco towers, Monaco the grand tour

Set off to explore the Principality of Monaco and enjoy magnificent viewpoints aboard a bus or small trains for a guided tour of the City of Princes.

Shopping in Monaco

From the narrow streets of the Old Town where merchants display their typical souvenir items, to the shopping malls of the Métropole, the Allées Lumières or the Fontvieille Shopping Center with their ready-to-wear window displays.

Explore the surroundings of Monaco

Jean Cocteau museum

Located at the foot of the old town of Menton, opposite the covered market and by the sea, you will find the Jean Cocteau museum. It offers visitors exhibition spaces for collections and temporary exhibitions, an educational workshop, a graphic art cabinet, a space for documentary resources, a café, a bookstore and boutique.

Galimard Factory and Museum in Eze-Village

Fun and friendly, visits are open to everyone, all day long, with or without reservation, 365 days a year. It is a medieval village that is home to our charming establishment, in which the nostalgia of the past is harmoniously combined with our superb old bottles, and modern and refined perfumes. The composition laboratory of our Perfumer-House will also be part of this visit. The perfect time to discover anecdotes about the talent and work of the "Nose".

Augustus Trophy

Overlooking the Principality of Monaco, like a balcony suspended above the Mediterranean, the small town of La Turbie seems from afar to float in the azure, dominated by its gigantic Trophy of Augustus.

Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa and Gardens

At the top of Cap Ferrat, discover the Palace built in the Belle Epoque by Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild. Surrounded by magnificent gardens, it houses the rich collections of the Baroness.

Wellness in Monaco

Sun, sea, mountain, relaxing in Monaco is a pleasure. Both for the practice of a sport and for a stay in shape, many adapted structures and beauty institutes available in Monaco will meet your requirements.

Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo

The Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo combine innovation and know-how with 6600 m² dedicated to well-being, fitness and preventive health. An exceptional place in the heart of Monaco facing the Mediterranean for a luxury and healthy break. An exceptional place like an ode to the benefits of the sea and the Mediterranean climate, the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo is a haven of peace and luxury. From its heated swimming pool, the plunging view of the sea.

Spa Metropole by Givenchy

Designed by the architect Didier Gomez integrated into this Palace, this Spa embodies the philosophy of the establishments of the House: the choice of an exceptional place, the luxury of the spaces, the sophistication of the treatments.

Discover the list of wellness SPAs nearby.

The monuments of Monaco

Monaco Cathedral, a Romanesque-Byzantine style building, built in 1875 with white stones from La Turbie, houses the graves of deceased princes. Sacred Heart Church, Saint-Charles Church, Sainte Dévote Church, Fort Antoine, Palace of Justice, Prince's Palace, Changing of the Guard, Juan Manuel Fangio Statue.

The beaches, relaxation and idleness

You can enjoy peace and relaxation, but also many water activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling or jet-skiing, kitesurfing, windsurfing. You will be seduced by Lavotto beach, a newly redesigned seaside resort.

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