Monaco, land of the rich and famous

The Casino… The Grand Prix… The rich and famous. The world’s second smallest country certainly comes with a huge name. Just along from Nice on the Côte d’Azur, Monaco packs a lot into a small space.

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Monaco Cathedral

Monaco is famous for its princes and princesses and tourists flock to the cathedral to see the flower-covered graves of Princess Grace and Prince Ranier III.

If you're around on Sunday, you'll be able to catch the Monaco's boy's choir singing Sunday Mass.

You can find the cathedral in Monaco-Ville and it's well worth a visit if you have a spare hour to kill.

The gardens of Monaco

Perched on the slopes of the Principality, the exotic garden offers exceptional panoramic views of not only the garden, but the Port of Monaco too. Far from the bustle of the Riviera, lose yourself in this unique botanical garden dedicated to "succulent” plants that enjoy sun and dry weather. The cacti are of course in the spotlight with their variety of shapes and vivid colours. As with any garden, each season brings its own surprises; the aloe develops such beautiful flowers in winter, while most cacti bloom in spring and summer.


Tip: Below the garden is the Observatory Cave, join a guided tour and discover the succession of rooms decorated with stalactites and stalagmites formed over millennia.

Visit the Royal Palace

The royal palace of Monaco has been around since the 13th century and has been the fortified residence to the Grimaldi family for over 700 years. As you look around the staterooms - all 15 of them - remember that it’s still Prince Albert II’s home and office. The Musée des Souvenirs Napoléonien, in the south wing of the palace, showcases some of Napoleon’s personal bits and bobs, including a sock, hankerchief and some impressive medals and coins as well as uniforms and swords.