Monaco's Top 20
Collected by Sylvia Sabes, AFAR Local Expert
Place du Casino, 98000 Monaco
A golden crown of Belle Époque architecture, the notorious Casino de Monte-Carlo was an overnight success since its opening in the late 19th century. Like Bond, guests can order their martinis shaken, not stirred as they indulge in European or...
98015 Monaco-Ville, Monaco
The Prince’s Palace has stood witness to seven centuries of sovereignty and is still the Grimaldi family’s primary residence. From the Renaissance to the Napoleonic era, styles unfold as visitors are guided into the ornate State Apartments, led...
Fontvieille, 98000 Monaco-Ville, Monaco
A rose by any other name would not be the rose cultivated to honor Princess Grace. Prince Rainier III’s personal monument to his beloved wife blossoms into fragrant glory with a royal bouquet of 8,000 roses in 300 different varieties planted in a...
8 Rue Malbousquet, 98000 Monaco
A natural bay and the only deep-water harbor on the Riviera, Port Hercule welcomes jet-setters who also enjoy nautical excess. From the Quai Rainier 1er, take the electric bateau bus across the port to admire yachts with larger-than-life...
17 Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco
Monaco’s contemporary art museum is housed in two spaces: the Belle Époque Villa Sauber and the decidedly Mediterranean Villa Paloma. Once private homes, both villas were rescued and renovated to host regular exhibitions featuring...
62 Boulevard du Jardin Exotique, 98000 Monaco
Open in 1933, the Exotic Gardens of Monaco have become a tranquil maze of over a thousand species of cacti and succulents that thrive under the Mediterranean sun. In this dramatic landscape, the gardeners artfully cultivate a crucial refuge for...
Avenue Saint-Martin, 98000 Monaco
With Monaco facing the Mediterranean, it is no wonder Prince Albert I was passionate about marine biology and conservation. Looking to promote marine sciences and educate others, the prince opened the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco in 1910. There...
Quai du vieux port, 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
Dedicated to saving threatened marine wildlife, particularly the marine mammals of the Mediterranean, SOS Grand Bleu invites visitors to St. Jean Cap Ferrat to set sail for an afternoon on the historic Santo Sospir sailboat. Catch up with...
4 Rue Colonel Bellando de Castro, 98000 Monaco
Monaco’s first parish church Saint Nicolas was built in 1252. Standing next to the Prince’s Palace, the building was destroyed and rebuilt in 1873 by Prince Charles III. Now known as the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée de Monaco, this...
98000 Monaco-Ville, Monaco
From luxury cars touring the Corniche to race cars parked in front of the casino, cars rule the roads of Monaco. Prince Rainier III’s Private Collection of Antique Cars specializes in European-designed vehicles with nearly 100 models representing...
The Château de Roquebrune Cap Martin, also know as Château Grimaldi, is the oldest dungeon in France. Originally erected by Conrad I in the 10th century, the fortress grew into a village throughout the Middle Ages, creating a distinctly medieval...
10 Rue de la Paix, 06360 Èze, France
A maze of narrow medieval streets wind up and down this village perched along the Grande Corniche. The ruins of a château are now an exotic garden, and the 18th-century neoclassical Notre Dame of the Assumption church is a national monument....
1 Avenue Ephrussi de Rothschild, 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
The exclusive town of St. Jean Cap Ferrat is home to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a Renaissance-style palace with sumptuous furnishings and one of the most famous gardens in France. Beginning with a traditional French garden, the land is by...
Place Mariejol, 06600 Antibes, France
In 1946, Picasso worked from a studio in the Château Grimaldi of Antibes, creating 23 paintings and 44 illustrations that he gifted to the town. Later, 78 pieces that he designed for the Madoura pottery studios in Vallauris were added to the...
96 Boulevard de l'Observatoire, 06300 Nice, France
In the Alps above Nice, the Côte d'Azur (or Nice) Observatory is surrounded by 35 hectares of regional forest. Built by iconic French architects Charles Garnier and Gustave Eiffel, the striking observatory played a memorable role in Woody Allen’s...
60 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 06130 Grasse, France
In the 12th century Grasse was the tanning center of France, famous for its exquisite leather gloves. Five hundred years later locals realized that planting fields of fragrant flowers would combat the stench created by tanning. It was so effective...
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