Lying on the Mediterranean Sea and bordered by France and Italy, Monaco is a small country offering a multitude of fun things to enjoy. Since the city is compact, getting around is easy. With that in mind, here are some of the best things to do in Monaco.
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See Prince’s Palace
The Prince’s Palace is the official residence of the Grimaldi family, the reigning family of Monaco. It’s been the Grimaldi family’s official seat for more than 700 years and where the famous Hollywood actress Grace Kelly lived when she married Prince Rainier III. The palace sits on Monaco Rock, right next to the Old Town, and visitors are allowed to visit some of its chambers, including a richly decorated room called the Throne Room.
Visit the Monaco Cathedral
The Cathédrale de Monaco is a Neo-Byzantine cathedral with an impressive facade of white stones. It’s the burial palace of the Princes of Monaco and holds the tombs of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. The cathedral houses the masterpiece of famous painter Louis Bréa, dating back to 1500. Another interesting work of art in the cathedral is the Episcopal throne, made out of Carrara marble.
The Cathédrale de Monaco holds mass every Sunday at 10 AM. It’s open to the public every day except during religious services. Visitors are required to dress appropriately when entering the cathedral.
The Formula 1 Grand Prix
The Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco is one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events and takes place each year in Monte Carlo around the last weekend of May. This event is one worth checking out, providing a unique and fun way to spend your time in Monaco. The race starts at Boulevard Albert 1 towards Place du Casino before making the harrowing turn at the Monte-Carlo Fairmont Hotel. If you are going to Monaco in May for the Grand Prix, it’s also worth attending another prestigious event, the Cannes Film Festival.
Walk around Jardin Exotique
Sitting on a hill that opens to the stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, the Jardin Exotique is an oasis of incredible vegetation. The gardens are well-tended and extend into the rugged cliffs, overlooking mesmerising sea views. Holding an exotic collection of plants from South America, Mexico, and Africa, the Jardin Exotique is a fantastic place to visit, away from Monaco’s hustle and bustle.
As you stroll through the garden, you’ll find a variety of cactuses and succulents. Check out the Observatory Cave, where you’ll find remarkable stalagmites and stalactites.
Cruise the Yachts
Monaco is synonymous with yachts, so cruising is essentially a popular activity here. Monte Carlo, the country’s capital city, is where Monaco’s main port sits, along the Mediterranean Sea. It’s a picturesque harbour with two large marinas, including one dedicated pier for super yachts and berthing cruise ships.
From Monaco, sail along the coast of Southern France and into Saint Tropez. Stroll along the town to marvel at its picturesque waterfront. Stroll through its charming streets and visit museums and galleries. Ascend to a hill to the Citadel of Saint-Tropez, where you can enjoy sweeping ocean views and the pretty harbour.