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2a Boulevard des Moulins MC MONACO
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Tel:+377 92 16 61 16
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Famous for it's Grand Prix and for it's casino, Monaco is a small principality on the Côte d'Azur known informally as the "millionaire's playground". It's not difficult to see why once you're there. The huge yachts moored at the Port de Monaco and the expensive Italian cars cruising about alone is evidence of the affluent lifestyle that many of Monaco's residents are used to.

South of the port is the old town, Monaco Ville and the Palais du Prince, the official residence of the ruling monarch. Just like Buckingham Palace it has a changing of the guard, occurring daily just before midday. Unlike Buckingham Palace however, the public are allowed guided tours given around the state apartments every 10-15 minutes during the day.

Not far away is the Cathédrale de Monaco, whose principal attraction is that it holds the final resting place of former Hollywood star, Grace Kelly. She became part of Monaco's royal family when she married Prince Ranier III in 1956 but she died in a car accident in 1982.

Also nearby is the Musée Océanographique, regarded by many as Monaco's most compelling attraction. This was set up in 1910 by Prince Albert I and for a time it's research laboratories were managed by Jacques Cousteau. This place holds no less than 90 tanks which contain the most bizarre sea creatures you can possibly imagine.

On the north side of the port is the Casino de Monte Carlo. Provided you're over 21, carrying a passport and moderately well dressed, you can enter and see at first hand how Monaco's unique system of taxation operates!

For a particularly splendid view of Monaco, it is worth going to the Jardin Exotique, home to around 7000 different varieties of cacti and succulents. With the entry ticket you also have access to the Observatory Caves and the Musée d'Anthropologie Préhistorique nearby.

The F1 racing usually occurs in May or June. This is when the streets of Monaco are converted into a racetrack. Because of this, the course is relatively narrow for today's F1 cars and due to the elevation shifts and tight cornering, Monaco is regarded as still one of the most demanding courses on the F1 circuit. This is a true spectacle where the pavements are heavily crowded and every square inch of viewing space is ticketed for the event. Another option for car racing fans is the Monte Carlo rally in January, run as the first part of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Monaco has a lively cultural scene of concerts, opera and ballet, held at various venues. There are over 130 restaurants, so finding a place to eat is not difficult. Many sporting activities are possible including a mountain-top 18-hole golf course, tennis, any water sports you can think of, a free beach at the eastern end. A lively nightlife is possible thanks to establishments like the Monte Carlo Sporting Club at the eastern end of town and the American Bar at the Hôtel de Paris by the Place du Casino. Interesting ways to look at the area include helicopter tours of the coast and glass-bottomed boat tours to look at the sea life in the bay.

Evidently there's a lot to do but then this is a small country. It has its own coins (aswell as the euro), it has its own stamps, it has its own country dialling code and it has its own dialect. It is a truly unique place to visit.

What to See - Monaco Attractions

Naval Museum Location Map
Terrasses de Fontvieille, Fontvieille
showing about 250 scale models of famous ships
| Admission charge | Opening Times: 10h-18h | Tel: +377 92 05 28 48

Monte-Carlo Opera Location Map
Place du Casino, MC MONACO 98000
an opera company based at the Casino
| Admission charge | Tel: +377 92 16 22 99

Casino de Monte Carlo Location Map
Place du Casino, MC Principauté de Monaco 98000
world famous casino that has been running since 1865
| Admission charge | Tel: +377 92 16 20 00

State Apartments of the Prince's Palace Location Map
BP 518, MONACO CEDEX 98015
the official residence of Monaco's ruling monarch
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep:9h30-18h30; Oct:10h-17h | Tel: +377 93 25 18 31

Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium Location Map
Avenue Saint-Martin, Monaco-Ville 98000
housing the world renowned aquarium which holds rare species of marine plants and animals
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Oct-Mar:10h-18h;Apr-Jun,Sep:9h-19h;Jul-Aug:9h-20h | Tel: +377 93 15 36 00

Museum of Napoleonic Souvenirs Location Map
Place du Palais, Monaco-Ville 98000
housed in the south wing of the Prince's Palace, holding a collection of Napoleon I's personal effects
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep:9h30-18h30; Oct:10h-17h | Tel: +377 93 25 18 31

Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology Location Map
Boulevard du Jardin-Exotique, Moneghetti 98002
which is entered via the Exotic Gardens
| Admission charge | Opening Times: mid May-mid Sep:9h-19h; mid Sep-mid May:9h-18h | Tel: +377 93 15 80 06

Museum of Stamps and Coins Location Map
Terrasses de Fontvieille, Fontvieille
opened in 1996, showing Prince Ranier III's impressive personal collection
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jul-Sep:10h-18h; Oct-Jun:10h-17h | Tel: +377 93 15 41 50

The Prince of Monaco’s Collection of Cars Location Map
Terrasses de Fontvieille, Fontvieille
consisting of over 100 vintage and veteran motorcars
| Admission charge | Opening Times: 10h-18h | Tel: +377 92 05 28 56

National Museum of Automatons and Dolls Location Map
17 Avenue Princesse Grace, Monte-Carlo 98000
a museum housing over 400 dolls from 18th and 19th centuries
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Easter-Sept:10h-18h30; Other:10h-12h,14h30-18h30 | Tel: +377 93 30 91 26

Wax Museum of the Princes of Monaco Location Map
27 Rue Basse, Monte-Carlo
a collection of waxwork figures re-enacting scenes in the Grimaldi dynasty's history
| Admission charge | Tel: +377 93 30 39 05

Exotic Gardens Location Map
Boulevard du Jardin-Exotique, Moneghetti 98002
a rock-face hugging garden of exotic subtropical flora
| Admission charge | Opening Times: mid May-mid Sep:9h-19h; mid Sep-mid May:9h-18h | Tel: +377 93 15 29 80

Japanese Garden Location Map
Avenue Princesse Grace, Monte-Carlo
a hamonious combination of stones, waterfalls, ponds and vegetation, blessed by a Shinto priest
| Opening Times: 9h-nightfall

Observatory Caves Location Map
Boulevard du Jardin-Exotique, Moneghetti 98002
a network of stalactite and stalacmite caves 60m below the Exotic Gardens
| Admission charge | Opening Times: mid May-mid Sep:9h-19h; mid Sep-mid May:9h-18h | Tel: +377 93 15 29 80

Monaco Cathedral Location Map
4 Rue Colonel Bellando de Castro, Monaco-Ville 98000
an 1875 Romanesque Byzantine cathedral containing graves of the royal family and where the Monaco Boy's Choir sing
| Opening Times: boy's choir singing on Sundays Sep-Jun:10h

Louis II Stadium Location Map
7 Avenue des Castelans, Fontvieille 98000
a large sports complex that is home to AS Monaco Football Club
| Admission charge | Tel: +377 92 05 40 11

Fort Antoine Theatre Location Map
Avenue de la Quarantaine, Monaco-Ville 98000
an 18th century fortress converted to an open air theatre
| Admission charge | Opening Times: open in the summer months only | Tel: +377 93 15 80 00

Monte-Carlo Ballet Location Map
Place du Casino, MC MONACO 98000
a ballet company based at the Casino
| Admission charge | Tel: +377 92 16 24 20

Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra Location Map
Boulevard Louis II - BP 197, MC MONACO 98004
originally founded in 1856
| Admission charge | Tel: +377 92 16 22 99