Sandy beaches, Formula One Grand Prix and casinos are what come to mind when most people hear about Monaco. The country offers this and much more. Occupying about 200 ha, Monaco is the world’s second smallest nation, but it’s hard to tell from a glance. A popular destination for tourists, Monaco provides a multitude of things to do and see. Whether you prefer a good shopping spree or laying on a beach basking in the sun, this place has something from every interest. When planning your itinerary for a Monaco visit, here are some ideas to try out.
Musée Océanographique de Monaco
Prince Albert, I founded the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco in 1910, and it has been a major attraction since then. The museum sits on a cliff edge, overlooking the beautiful ocean, which adds to its marine these. It holds over 6,000 species of marine life with stunning aquarium at its centre. Visitors can wander around the museum to see the specimens and artefacts that chronicle the evolution of marine biology. There is a Whale Skeleton Room, a turtle tank and a collection of aquariums that is a must-see.
Most confuse Monte Carlo and Monaco. Monte Carlo is a district, so it’s only part of Monaco. It is where you will find the famous rally and is also the region’s biggest gambling attractions. The Casino de Monte Carlo was a Charles Garnier (architect, Paris Opera House) creation, built in 1893. The iconic structure allows tours, so the public can see the differed operations going on. If you want to try out a few games, the casino is open from 2 pm. You can also look up the best rated online casinos for some other gaming options while in Monaco.
Palais Princier de Monaco
Constructed in the 13th century, The Palace is home to the Grimaldi family. It is a towering sight that rests on Le Rocher. The inside of the palace pays tribute to the Renaissance with large and fresco columns in the courtyard. Its interior decor is vibrant although only a small portion of the palace is open for visits. From the square of the Palace, you can see the Cathedral and St Martin gardens. The changing of the guard, which takes place at 11.55 am at the entrance of the Palace, is a nice spectacle.
There is the Jardin Exotique, one of the many gardens that add to the splendour of Monaco. Art museums, chic cafés and the Cathedral are other places on which to spend time. Despite its size, Monaco has its share of unique attractions that make it worth a day or two of sightseeing.