Ten best things to do in Monaco: Our favourite Monaco points of interest

From visiting legendary landmarks to relaxing in luxuriant gardens, there are many things to do in Monaco. Here are a few of our favourites.


Arrive by helicopter

Some things just have to be done at least once in a lifetime and flying to Monaco in a helicopter is one of them.

During the seven-minute flight from Nice airport, you follow one of Europe’s most beautiful coastlines before Monaco’s iconic cityscape suddenly spreads out in front of you.

A transfer to your final destination in Monaco is included in the price.

Peek or play inside the Monte Carlo Casino

You can’t visit Monaco without exploring Monte Carlo. The district is home to luxury Monte Carlo apartments for rent and designer boutiques but it is the lavish Belle Epoque casino that is its main attraction.


The cars parked outside are impressive enough, but the casino’s atrium, which you can visit free of charge, is spectacular.

If you want to try your luck at gaming, the action starts at 14.00. The admission fee entitles you to a voucher, which can be used for the games or in the restaurant and lounge.

Cross Port Hercules in a solar-powered electric boat

Some of world’s most luxurious yachts are moored in Port Hercules, making it a must-see among Monaco points of interest.

When you’ve finished marvelling at them, enjoy a trip across the harbour aboard the “bâteau-bus”. This solar-powered electric boat runs between Quai Antoine 1er and Quai des Etats-Unis from 08.00 to 20.00.

Quai Antoine 1er lies on the side of the harbour near the old town. From Quai des Etats-Unis, a lift will take you up to the Monte Carlo district. Tickets cost EUR 2.

Wander around Monaco-Ville

Monaco-Ville stands on a rocky promontory jutting into the Mediterranean Sea. This is where the Principality’s history began.

Many Monaco points of interest are located here, including the Prince’s palace, the Oceanographic Museum and Saint Nicholas Cathedral, the final resting place of generations of Monaco royals.

The streets are lined with photogenic pastel-coloured residential buildings with cafés, restaurants and shops at their feet. Don’t miss Saint Martin gardens, where plants and flowers scent pathways overlooking the sea.

Stroke a starfish at the Oceanographic Museum

This world-reputed museum of marine sciences houses several thousand tropical and Mediterranean fish and sea mammals in reconstructions of their natural habitats. Top attractions include the shark lagoon and the Touch Tank, where children can hold crabs and stroke starfish while a guide regales them with fun facts. to-do-in-monaco-musee-oceanographique

From the coastal path below, admire the museum’s Baroque Revival architecture rising dramatically from the rockface.

Chill on the beaches of Larvotto

Lazing on Larvotto’s beaches is high up on visitors’ lists of things to do in Monaco.

The sea is calm and clean, restaurant terraces provide excellent food and drinks and the atmosphere is friendly. Pick a spot and spread a towel or rent a lounger and parasol. Then just relax and observe Monaco life at its most laid back.

Be amazed by cacti in the Jardin Exotique

This botanical garden is home to an impressive variety of succulents from the Americas, East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. It lies on one of Monaco’s highest points and offers sweeping views over the Principality and sea.


An entrance ticket to the Jardin Exotique gives you access to the prehistoric Anthropology Museum and the fascinating Observatory Cave.

Gape at the Monaco Top Cars Collection

Monaco Top Cars Collection in Fontvieille showcases Prince Rainier III’s gleaming collection of around one hundred classic European and American automobiles. In recent years, Prince Albert II has added to the collection, which is displayed over five floors.

Prince Rainier started collecting cars in the late 1950s and pursued his passion for decades. His collection spans the history of vehicles, starting with a few lovely carriages once drawn by horses. Highlights include Bugattis, Rolls-Royces and Formula One cars, including Lewis Hamilton’s 2007 McLaren and Nigel Mansell’s Grand Prix-winning Ferrari.

Also on display are vehicles used by the royal family, such as Princess Grace’s green Renault Floride and a Landaulet Lexus LS 600h that was specially designed for Prince Albert’s and Princess Charlene’s wedding day.

Meditate in the Jardin Japonais

Monaco’s 700m2 Japanese Garden was created according to Zen principles and is charged with symbolism.

This miniature representation of nature harmoniously combines lakes, mountains, hills, waterfalls and beaches.

Incongruously located in a busy area of Monaco next to the Grimaldi Forum, it provides a welcome oasis of greenery.

Step into France from Fontvieille harbour

Monaco’s second harbour is in Fontvieille, a residential and business area that many tourists overlook.


Admire the yachts and the sight of the old town perched high up across the sea, then stop off at one of the bars and restaurants. Continue your walk to the end of the harbour and climb the steps to the sea wall. A stroll along the wide pathway takes you to Cap d’Ail harbour in France.

If you cross the nearby beach, you’ll find yourself at the beginning of a five-kilometre-long coastal walk, a stretch of paradise that ends at the equally heavenly Mala Beach.

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