A Quiet Afternoon in Monaco

The drive from Mont Boron (where we were staying) to Monaco is a beautiful and scenic route that takes you along the stunning French Riviera coastline. There are several places to stop along the way to enjoy the views and explore some of the charming towns and villages that dot the coastline.

You can watch the YouTube video of our drive at the bottom of this blog.

Here are some of the places you can consider stopping at on your drive from Mon Boron to Monaco:

  1. Villefranche-sur-Mer: This picturesque town is located just a few minutes from Mon Boron and is famous for its beautiful harbor and colorful buildings. You can take a stroll along the waterfront promenade and enjoy the views of the Mediterranean Sea.
  2. Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat: This exclusive peninsula is known for its luxurious villas and beautiful gardens. You can take a walk along the coastal path and admire the stunning views of the sea and the surrounding hills.
  3. Beaulieu-sur-Mer: This charming town is located between Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and is known for its Belle Époque architecture and beautiful beaches.
  4. Eze: This medieval village is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and offers spectacular views of the coastline. You can explore the narrow streets and alleys and visit the exotic gardens of the Eze Castle.
  5. La Turbie: This hilltop village is located just a few miles from Monaco and is famous for its ancient Roman ruins, including the impressive Trophée des Alpes monument.

Once you arrive in Monaco, there are many attractions to visit, including the famous Monte-Carlo Casino, the Prince’s Palace, and the Oceanographic Museum, where you can park your car.

Oceanographic Museum

The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is a famous museum dedicated to marine sciences and oceanography, founded by Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1910. The museum boasts a vast collection of marine life specimens, including fish, sharks, crustaceans, and marine invertebrates, as well as marine mammal skeletons. Visitors can explore the galleries showcasing marine diversity and the history of oceanography, watch sharks in the 90,000-gallon shark tank, and enjoy stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Monaco coastline from the rooftop terrace.

The museum also focuses on marine conservation and hosts many exhibitions and events related to sustainability and environmental protection. It is a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in marine science, oceanography, and marine conservation.

Saint Martin Gardens

Saint Martin Gardens is a beautiful public park located in the heart of Monaco. It was inaugurated in 1914 and is named after Saint Martin, the patron saint of the principality. The park covers an area of about 5,000 square meters and is renowned for its stunning rose garden, which features over 300 varieties of roses from all around the world. The garden is especially beautiful during the summer months when the roses are in full bloom.

In addition to the rose garden, Saint Martin Gardens has many other features that make it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The park has several fountains, sculptures, and benches where visitors can sit and relax. It also offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Monaco skyline, making it a great spot for photography enthusiasts. There are also several walking paths that wind through the park, offering visitors a chance to explore the different sections of the garden.

Saint Martin Gardens is open year-round and is free to visit, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers who want to take a break from the city’s busy streets. The park is located near several other attractions, including the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and the Prince’s Palace, making it easy to include in your itinerary when visiting Monaco. It is a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city and a must-visit destination for anyone who loves nature and beautiful gardens.

You can watch the YouTube video of the walking tour at the bottom of this blog.

The Palace of Monaco

The Prince’s Palace of Monaco is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco and the seat of the principality’s government. It is located in the old town of Monaco, on a rocky promontory overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The palace dates back to the 13th century and has undergone many renovations and expansions over the centuries.

The palace has a rich history and is filled with beautiful works of art and furnishings, including frescoes, tapestries, and furniture from different periods. Visitors can explore the palace’s many rooms and halls, including the Throne Room, the Blue Room, and the Palatine Chapel. The palace also has a changing of the guard ceremony, which takes place every day at 11:55 am and is a popular attraction for tourists.

In addition to its historical and cultural significance, the Prince’s Palace also offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Monaco coastline. Visitors can take a guided tour of the palace, which includes access to the palace’s terrace and gardens. The palace is open to the public from June to October and is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the history and culture of Monaco.

Tips and Suggestions

Monaco is a popular tourist destination all year round, but the best time to visit depends on your preferences and interests. The summer months (June to August) are the peak tourist season in Monaco, with warm weather and many outdoor activities and events. However, the crowds can be overwhelming, and prices for accommodations and attractions can be higher. The spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) months are also good times to visit Monaco, with milder weather, fewer crowds, and lower prices.

When planning your visit to Monaco, it’s important to keep in mind that the principality is quite small, so it’s easy to see most of the main attractions in just a few days. Some of the must-see attractions include the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum, the Monte Carlo Casino, and the Saint Martin Gardens. Consider purchasing a Monaco Pass, which offers access to many of the city’s top attractions at a discounted price.

It’s also a good idea to plan your visit around any special events or festivals that are taking place. Some of the most popular events in Monaco include the Monaco Grand Prix (May), the Monaco Yacht Show (September), and the Monte Carlo Rally (January). These events attract large crowds and can make it harder to find accommodations, so it’s important to book in advance. Overall, the best time to visit Monaco is during the spring or autumn, when the weather is mild, the crowds are smaller, and prices are lower.

Youtube Videos of Monaco

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