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Monaco Tourist Attractions

Monaco tourist attractions are the principal reasons why large numbers of domestic and international tourists visit the city-state every year. Apart from Formula one Racing, tourism is one of the major revenue generators in Monaco.

Monaco is a small independent city-state situated in South West Europe on the northern central shore of the Mediterranean Sea. France, a neighboring country, borders Monaco on three sides. The center of Monaco is located at a distance of 9.9 miles (16 km) from Italy. The area of Monaco is 2.02 km2 or 0.78 square mile with an approximate population of 33,000.

Monaco is the name of the nation as well as the capital, which is the only city in the state. Affluent foreign nationals represent most of the population of the city (84%) since the place is known as a tax haven.

Monaco is a reservoir of tourist attractions. Popular tourist draws in the city include museums, monuments, gardens, sporting events, and casinos. Given below are the major Monaco tourist attractions:

Formula One Racing


Formula One Racing makes Monaco one of the favorite tourist destinations in Europe. The Monaco Grand Prix takes place every year on the roads of the city-state. The event is regarded as one of the most popular car racing competitions of the world. The construction of the Circuit de Monaco requires a period of around six weeks and it is taken away once the event is over and this takes another three weeks. The Formula One lap features various height modifications and hurdles together with a tunnel. The lap is extremely constricted and full of plights. All these make the lap one of the most challenging Formula 1 circuits in the world.

Museums in Monaco


Monaco is home to a number of popular museums. There are natural history museums, oceanographic museums, anthropological museums, naval museums, and museum of stamp and coins. Listed below are the most popular museums in Monaco:

Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology


Open daily:

  • 15th May to 15th September, 9 am – 7 pm
  • 16th September to 14th may, 9am – 6pm or nightfall

    Closed 19th November and 25th December.
    Prices (per person):
    Entry to the Museum Is Included in the Entrance of the Jardin Exotique
  • Adults: €7
  • Children (6-18 years) and students: €3.70
  • Seniors (+ 65 years): €5.40

    56 bis, boulevard du jardin-exotique
    Tel. +377 98 98 80 06
    Email : map@map-mc.com
    Visit duration : 30 minutes.

    Oceanographic Museum


    Open daily (except the day of the Formula 1 Grand Prix):
  • April to June: 9.30am – 7pm
  • July and August: 9.30am – 7.30pm
  • September: 9.30am – 7pm
  • October to march: 10am – 6pm

    Prices (Per Person):
  • Adults: €13
  • Children aged 4-18 and students: €6.50

    Partially handicapped accessible.
    Avenue Saint-Martin - Monaco-Ville
    Tél. +377 93 15 36 00
    Fax +377 93 50 52 97

    Visit duration: 2 ½ hours.

    Museum of Napoleonic Souvenirs and Collections of the Historical Archives of the Palace


    Open daily (subject to change):
  • December to May (except mondays) 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 5pm
  • June to September 9.30am – 6pm
  • October 10 am – 5 pm

    Closed from 12th November to 16th December, 25th December and 1st January
  • Adults: €4
  • Children aged 8-14: €2

    Visit duration with audio guide: 30 minutes

    Nouveau Musée National De Monaco - Villa Sauber /Villa Paloma


    June 8th 2010: reopening of the villa sauber September 18th 2010 : opening of the villa paloma Special events : from april 2010, subscribe to our newsletter for more information Contact: Nouveau Musée National De Monaco La Villa Des Pins Bâtiment B 8 rue honoré labande Tel + 377 98 98 19 62 Fax + 377 93 50 94 38

    Naval Museum


    Open daily from 10am – 6pm
    (Closed on 1st of January and 25th of December).
    Prices (per person)
  • Adults: €4
  • Children aged 8-14: €2.50

    Visit duration: 45 minutes to 60 minutes

    The Museum of Stamps and Coins


    Open daily
  • 1st October to 30th June, 10am – 5pm
  • 1st July to 30th September, 10am – 6pm

    Prices (per person)
  • Adults: €3
  • Children aged 12-18, pensioners and students: €1.50

    Visit duration: 60 minutes

    Museum of the Chapel of Visitation / Barbara Piasecka Johnson Collection


    Open daily (except Mondays) from 10am – 4pm
    Prices (per person)
  • Adults: €3
  • Children aged 6-14, pensioners and students: €1.50
  • Children under 12 years admitted free of charge

    Place de la visitation - Monaco-Ville
    Tel. +377 93 50 07 00
    Visit duration: 30 minutes

    Gardens in Monaco


    Gardens in Monaco are truly a feast to your sights. The magnificent gardens provide from blossoming rose shrubs and rare cacti to beautiful Japanese landscape. The unusual varieties of flora and fauna are a visual feast for the visitors. Given below are the popular gardens in Monaco that are a must visit:

    The Exotic Gardens and the Observation Cave


    Opens daily
    15th May to 15th September, 9am – 7pm
    16th September to 14th May, 9am – 6pm or until night fall

    Closed 19th November and 25th December
    Prices (per person)
  • Adults: €6.80
  • Children aged 6-18 and students: €3.50
  • Retraités (plus de 65 ans): €5.30

    Visit duration: 1½ hours

    Zoological Gardens


    Open daily (subject to change)
  • October to February, 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 5pm
  • March to May, 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 6pm
  • June to September, 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 7pm

    Prices (per person)
  • Adults: €4
  • Children aged 8-14 and students: €2

    Visit duration: 1½ – 2 hours

    Fontvieille Park and the Princess Grace Rose Garden


    Terre-plein de Fontvieille
    Free admission, sunrise until sunset

    St Martin Gardens


    Monaco-Ville
    Free admission

    Monuments in Monaco


    Monaco houses many historical monuments and architectural wonders. All these monuments display the rich cultural heritage of the city state. Some of the most famous monuments in Monaco are as follows:
     
  • Monaco Cathedral: 4, rue Colonel-Bellando-de-Castro - Monaco-Ville
    Tel. +377 93 30 87 70
    Free admission (outside religious services), 8.30am – 7pm (6pm in winter)
     
  • Fort Antoine: Avenue de la Quarantaine - Monaco-Ville
    Tel. +377 93 15 80 00
    Fax +377 93 50 66 94
    Free admission (except shows)
     
  • Sainte- Dévote Church
    Place Sainte-Dévote - La Condamine
    Tel. +377 93 50 52 60
    Free admission
     
  • Saint-Charles Church
    Avenue Sainte-Charles - Monte-Carlo
    Tel. +377 93 30 74 90
    Free admission

    Monte-Carlo Casino and Opera House

  • Place du Casino
    Tel : + 377 98 06 21 21
    Visit duration: 40 minutes.

    Restricted access – over 18’s only.
    Proof of identity required.
    Entrance fee: €10
  • Princely Palace (State Apartments)

    Open daily:
  • June to September, 9.30am – 6pm;
  • October, 10am – 5pm;

    Prices (per person):
  • Adults: €6
  • Children aged 8-14 and students: €3

    Monte Carlo


    Monte Carlo is a town and famous resort located in the principality of Monaco. It is one o the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Monte Carlo is home to the renowned Monte Carlo Grand Casino and a host of entertainment options. The nightlife of Monte Carlo is simply amazing and attracts party animals from all age groups. The casino is situated in the Golden Square, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Monaco. Other tourist attractions in Monte Carlo include:
     
  • Avenue Saint Martin
  • Le Beach/Larvotto Beach (Plages du Lavrotto)
  • Jardin Exotique
  • Japanese Garden
  • Monte Carlo Harbor