A visit to Monaco does not require much time. A weekend of two to three days is enough to discover the rock, walk on its streets and enjoy the sight of heights.
Lose yourself in the multitude of winding alleys adjoining each other along narrow alleys communicating with each other through vaulted passages. Head towards the cathedral, an architectural marvel. The Place du Palais will then welcome you and offer you a spectacular view of the Prince's Palace and the Mediterranean. 11:55 am rings the hour of the changing of the guard: the announcement made by two drums, a carillon and two trumpets will put you in the mood! For those who are passionate about the history of the Princes and Princesses of the Grimaldi family: the visit of their apartments is for you. Lunch break in one of the charming local restaurants. On the way to the Oceanographic Museum, its aquariums and exhibitions that will immerse you in a magical universe. Count 2h30 of visit. Once this is done, get on the local bus (line 1 or 2): direction the famous district of Monte-Carlo with its gambling casino. A gourmet break is required at the Café de Paris, an enchanting place that will take you back to another era: if the sun is shining, enjoy the beautiful terrace from which you can admire the cars of famous brands doing their show! Dinner at the port of Hercules by the water or at the more intimate port of Fontvieille. Evening at the Casino, the theatre, pub or disco depending on your mood and desires.
We will have a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean, Monaco as well as the French and Italian Riviera. The day begins with a visit to the Exotic Garden: perched on the cliffside, you will discover many species of succulent plants and other cacti. Below, the fascinating visit of the Observatory's Caves will surprise many people. We head back to the seaside, towards the beach and the Larvotto district. Lunch in one of the restaurants on the beach. The program is about relaxation, culture and Zen! Start your journey with a walk on the beach. Continue your journey by discovering the Japanese garden, a haven of peace with its basins, mountains and stylish greenery. Then cross Princess Grace Street and join Villa Sauber, a Belle Époque vestige that houses the collections of the New National Museum. Dinner around the Casino Square before taking a walk by night that will allow you to discover the Principality's illuminated monuments from a new angle.
Discover Fontvieille with its small harbor, its landscaped parks and its unmissable sites such as the Sculpture Trail, the Animalian Garden, the Collection of Antique Cars of S.A.S. the Prince of Monaco and the Roseraie Princess Grace. Finish your journey with a tour at Stade Louis II before going to the Condamine district behind the Hercules harbor that will welcome you throughout the day with its shops, houses, armaments, Halles Gourmandes and its typical market for fruit and vegetables.
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