Surrounded by beautiful blue seas and a perfect climate, Monaco is a principality blessed with wealth, glamour and natural beauty. Fancy unleashing your inner Janes Bond or trying your luck at the casinos? Here are some of the top things to see and do next time you visit Monaco:
1. The Palais du Prince
Sitting high above Monaco, this impressive palace has its origins in the 13th century as a Genoese fortress. The palace is open to visitors when the Prince isn’t in residence and you can tell by looking for whether the flag is flying in the main tower. If it is, he is at home. Highlights include the gallery, the Blue Room, the chapel and the Throne Room.
- Monte Carlo Casino
As one of the most famous casinos in the world, this is a must on your Monaco itinerary. Its architecture follows the extravagant Beaux Arts style and was built in 1893. The interior of marble and onyx columns is lavishness and opulence defined. Be sure to visit the different games rooms, the stunning artwork and chandeliers.
- The Musée Oceanographique
Monaco boasts one of the oldest aquariums in the world that is dedicated to marine artefacts, exhibitions and oceanography. Some of the most interesting pieces relate to explorations undertaken by Jacques Cousteau. You’ll also find a Shark Lagoon and both Tropical and Mediterranean Aquariums, as well as more than 6,000 marine animals.
- Formula One Grand Prix
Each year in May, the streets of Monaco are taken over by the Formula One race. The race has taken place since the early 20th century and is a great event to witness if you’re in Monaco. Why not get up close to the action with a Monaco F1 Paddock Club experience? For more information, visit edgeglobalevents.com/f1-paddock-club/f1-paddock-club-monaco
- The Jardin Exotique
Not far outside the city centre, you’ll find the Jardin Exotique sitting atop a soaring bluff with views out over the ocean. As well as the breath-taking views, the gardens boast an eclectic mix of African and Latin American flowers and plants that enjoy the warm climate here. You’ll discover over 7,000 plant species and a cave full of stalactites and stalagmites.
- The Opera de Monte Carlo
Otherwise known as Salle Garnier, you’ll find this world-renowned opera house in the Place de Casino, the most famous spot in all of Monaco. Built in 1878, the interior is full of ornate decorations, frescoes and sculptures.