On your next vacation to Europe consider a trip to Monaco. Below, Sharon has given you ten “must-see” places on your next trip to Monaco to consider.
Monaco is a magical and exciting place. As you get ready for your dream vacation, packing, getting a sitter for the dog, paying your auto insurance bill, don’t forget to plan the itinerary of your travels, making room for all of the special places you want to see. Like having great car insurance, having a great plan for your vacation will help you relax and enjoy the ride. Take a look at these top ten places to see in Monaco and fit them into your plans!
1. Palais du Prince
A tour of the Prince’s Palace is a must on any visit to Monaco, so be sure to visit when the Prince and his family are not around and tours are scheduled. The magnificent palace was built upon the Rock of Monaco in the thirteenth century and is filled with dozens of examples of luxurious, beautifully decorated architecture. You’ll love seeing the royal palace with its centuries of history up close!
2. Oceanographic Museum
Whether you have a passion for marine science or not, the internationally famous Oceonographic Museum is a must. Open all year, the museum hosts over 90 pools of stunning fish and sharks, many unique fauna collections, and every imaginable and glorious part of ocean life. It would easy to spend months watching and learning of the stunning lives of underwater creatures in the beautifully designed, world renowned museum.
3. Monaco Cathedral
Be sure to work in a visit to the beautiful and imposing Monaco Cathedral. The glorious white stones of the Roman-Byzantine-style architecture are the burial place for many sovereigns of Monaco, including Prince Rainier and Princess Grace, the home for an altarpiece by the Niçois painter Louis Bréa dating from 1500 and a famous organ with four keyboards. If you visit between September and June, come on Sunday to hear mass sung.
4. Fort Antoine
Built upon the tip of The Rock, the early eighteenth century fortress has been converted into a beautiful theater for outdoor performances. Apart from the shows, admission to Fort Antoine is free and well worth a visit. The military architecture is flawless and charming, from the semi-circle of seating around the stage to the watchtower that overlooks the water. If you can, go to a show! It is a magical experience in the secluded fort.
5. Jardin Exotique
Tour the exquisite botanical gardens to see a beautiful array of plants that thrive in the temperate climate of Monaco. Besides being the home to one of the great botanical gardens, the Museum of Prehistory and Anthropology is in the Jardin Exotique. Visit it to learn the history of the island and see relics from the pre-Roman and Roman periods.
6. Larvotto Beach
If you want to get some time in with the water and sun, plan a day at Larvotto Beach. Surrounded by clean water with fine sand underfoot, you can enjoy the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere without being too far from great places to eat and drink. Spend time laying in the sun and soaking in the view or splash around in the warm water. Larvotto Beach is a beautiful place to rest in the midst of your exciting vacation.
7. Monte Carlo Harbor
Take a trip down to the harbor to breath in the bustle and excitement of the sea-faring life. The harbor is packed with passenger ferries, luxurious yachts and boats of all shapes, sizes and colors. Spend your time taking in the sites of docked boats, yachts coming and going and don’t forget people watching! The harbor is the place to catch sight of the rich and famous.
8. The Cars of Monaco
If you visit in May or June, go to the Formula One Grand Prix. The cars racing through narrow streets at breakneck speeds take up one of the most challenging circuits in the district. If you go in the off-season of racing, at least take a look at Prince of Monaco’s Car Collection. Over 100 automobiles, all magnificent models in pristine condition, are on display.
9. Monte-Carlo Casino and Opera House
Famous for its opulent and stunning architecture, the Monte-Carlo Casino and Opera House is a favorite with every Monaco visitor over eighteen. If you can, make it to an opera in the breathtaking building built in 1893 by Charles Garnier, the architect of the Paris Opera House. The 28 Ionic columns made of onyx of marble paved atrium are enough to make it worth the visit. The casino is a favorite with the gamblers who visit Monaco, but not only for the amazing atmosphere!
10. Les Thermes Marins Spa
If you want a relaxing, pampering bit of luxury, be sure to make an appointment at the Les Thermes Marins Spa. Enjoy your messages and spend some time browsing the shops, having a drink at the classy bar and taking in the view of Hercule Port and La Condamine. It’s a good place to hang out.
Whether your main interest in Monaco is the history and the architecture, the society and entertainment, the resplendent gardens and museums, the harbor and beaches or the world famous gambling, make room in your travel schedule for these top places to see. Take time to visit something you’ve never experienced. Don’t forget to plan free time as well. Don’t make your vacation a rush from one important destination to the next, but plan a day when you can just kick back on the beach, be pampered at the spa or wander slowly through the Jardin Exotique. Whatever plans you have for your stay in Monaco, enjoy! It is a beautiful island filled to from one side to the other with beauty, history and its own world of wonder.
Author Sharon T.