Best Activities To Do As a Tourist in Monaco
Monaco may be tiny (only 3-4 miles long and not terribly wide), but this glamorous French Riviera poised principality definitely has plenty to do. It also boasts a warm climate, a stunning coastline, and lots of lush nature to enjoy.
If you are lucky enough to be a tourist in Monaco here’s a list of suggestions on some amazing things to do, see or visit while you are there.
Visit the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
The name may not be very exciting but there are lots of fun things to do and see here. As well as exhibitions and a display of over 6000 ocean specimens there are games, aquariums and even sharks! Children will love the touch tank which allows them to see some of the cuter sea living creatures like starfish up close.
Admire the Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III
A must-visit for car fans, especially if you like Ferraris. There are lots of rare models, but you don’t need to pay a fortune to get in as the admission fee is under ten euro.
Relax in the Japanese Gardens
This peaceful spot is totally free, and an oasis of calm, which makes it worth a look if the pace of sightseeing has left you tired. Communing with nature has never been so relaxing.
Peep at the Prince’s Home
The Palais du Prince is a 13th century architectural wonder which was once a fortress. If the flag is not raised it means the Prince is away and his home is open to the public, providing a great opportunity for tourists to marvel at the ornate decorations.
Take Pictures Outside the Casino de Monte Carlo
This stunning building is extremely photogenic, and glamorous too, but it’s probably best admired from the outside. Visitors can take pictures of both the facade and the fancy cars of casino members, but to go inside means paying a hefty fee and seeing little, as the best sections are reserved for private members.
Visit the Monaco Cathedral
The resting place of former Monaco prince, this imposing white stone building dates from 1875, but boasts treasures from earlier centuries inside. Make sure to see the throne carved out of white marble, as well as the grand organ.
Enjoy some time at Larvotto Beach
This is the only beach open to the public, and it’s great for both sunbathing and playing in the water as nets have been put into place to keep the area free of those dreaded jellyfish. Some water sports, incusing jet skiing and kayaking are available here too.
Catch a Show at the Opera de Monte Carlo
This amazing opera house was built back in the 1870s, and decorated in magnificent red and gold colors. There are also a lot of intricate carvings and sculptures inside to take your breath away. The venue hosts operas, but also music concerts and ballet performances, so it’s worth checking what’s on while you are in the area.
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