Best Things To Do in Monaco

In addition to beach-bumming and Champagne-sipping, you can visit the fish at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, the cacti at the Exotic Gardens and the changing guards at the Prince's Palace. You could also experience some spa treatments at Les Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo or try your luck at the slots of Monte-Carlo Casino. When you're not touring the city's top attractions, simply admire the stunning scenery while sampling some delicious Monégasque fare.

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  • #1
    Things to do in Monaco
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    #1 in Monaco
    Beaches, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Beaches, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    One of Monaco's most popular beaches, Larvotto is a free-to-the-public shore located just a short walk from Monte-Carlo. But like many French Riviera beaches, this one has pebbles rather than sand, so bring some sturdy shoes and be prepared to shell out some euros for a chair rental.

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  • #2
    Monte Carlo Casino
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    #2 in Monaco
    Casinos, Entertainment and Nightlife
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Casinos, Entertainment and Nightlife
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Perhaps the attraction that best exemplifies Monaco's capital city is its casino. The building's beaux-arts design was overseen by Charles Garnier, architect of the Paris opera. And likewise, this grand casino also contains the city's opera and ballet. If this complex looks familiar, it's because you may have seen it

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  • #3
    Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
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    #3 in Monaco
    Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Founded in 1910 by Prince Albert I (also a sea captain), this museum and aquarium are must-sees in Monaco. The prince went on dozens of expeditions, and the exhibits are the fruits of his explorations: For example, the skeleton of a whale featured in the museum’s zoology room. And the

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    Prince's Palace
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    #4 in Monaco
    Historic Homes/Mansions
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Historic Homes/Mansions
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    This lavish Monaco-Ville palace is home to the prince, of course (it’s in the name after all). The royal residence has sheltered the Grimaldi family (of the 13th century) and Prince Rainier III and his lovely wife, Princess Grace (of the 20th century). Today, Rainier’s son and heir, Prince Albert

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    Princess Grace Rose Garden
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    #5 in Monaco
    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Thousands of roses blossom and diffuse their sweet scents in Fontvieille’s Princess Grace Rose Garden. Located in the southeastern corner of Monaco, this garden is a great place to find respite from bustling Monte-Carlo. Here, you’ll also find palm and olive trees; and while in the area, you should take

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  • #6
    Monaco Cathedral
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    #6 in Monaco
    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    This Monaco-Ville cathedral is probably most popular because it contains the grave of Grace Kelly, the actress-turned-princess of Monaco. Its history also dates a bit further back: The site once held a 13th-century church, but the current cathedral hails from the late 19th century. Inside, you can admire its regal features,

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    Museum of Antique Automobiles
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    #7 in Monaco
    Museums
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums
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    1 to 2 hours
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    None other than Prince Rainier III funded and gifted this museum with his personal collection of cars; if you go gaga for autos you'll absolutely love the array on display here. There are nearly 100 vehicles, which range from carriages (as in horse-drawn ones) to the Rolls Royce that Grace

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    Exotic Garden
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    #8 in Monaco
    Parks and Gardens
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Parks and Gardens
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Plant lovers and horticulturists unite: The Exotic Garden, which lies along La Condamine's cliffs, is "fantastic," according to recent visitors. This garden has been open for more than 75 years and has cultivated an extensive collection of rare plants and cacti. You'll see more than 1,000 plant species – and even

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    Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo
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    #9 in Monaco
    Spas
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Spas
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Translated as "The Sea Baths of Monte-Carlo," this spa is one of Monaco's most beloved. Salons, gyms, treatment rooms and restaurants are spread across four lavish floors, and though the spa is very discreet about its clientele, it often serves the jet-set crowd (think: Formula One and quasi-royalty). Spa treatments

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