View of Monte Carlo, Monaco” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Artur Staszewski

Across the globe, there are many glorious attractions that appeal to vast numbers of tourists who are in the process of planning their latest vacation and with so many possibilities on offer, it is difficult to narrow it down to just one. In an ever-growing list of wonderful spots to visit, Monaco is becoming increasingly popular due to its breathtaking views and wide array of activities that are on offer. Whether getting out and about and exploring everything that the independent city-state next to France’s Mediterranean coastline has to offer, or simply finding the nearest beach and immersing yourself in the surroundings is your idea of a perfect getaway, then Monaco could be the ideal vacation destination.

Despite being widely renowned for its yearly hosting of the famous street race in Formula One, Monaco has far more to offer prospective visitors than what may generally be believed, and, because of this, we will highlight some of the most popular spots to visit in the Principality of Monaco.

Casino Monte-Carlo

Casino, Monte Carlo, Monaco” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by SCOTT_Brian

Since 1863, Monaco has had a rich casino-filled history and the industry has been one of the biggest reasons for the district really establishing itself. For those looking to immerse themselves in that history, the Casino Monte-Carlo is a must-visit spot. In the mid-nineteenth century, the casino was established through Monaco’s need for financial support during a period of debt. However, despite its early lack of success, the lavish casino has flourished in recent years and has become one of the city-states core tourist attractions. In order to enter the historic casino, it is vitally important to dress correctly as casual attire is not generally accepted.  The casino itself offers visitors a wide array of different games ranging from blackjack, roulette, poker, slot machines, and many more. With poker being one of the most popular games that are available, minimum buy-in requirements are enforced if players wish to participate. In the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the minimum bet total is €10. For many players, this is simply a step up from the wager requirements that they have become accustomed to at home. With many online platforms having set wagering requirements where users must deposit $10 to enjoy free spins and new player bonuses, the buy-in requirements of the Casino Monte-Carlo are unlikely to be alien to many players.

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Oceanographic Museum – Monaco” (CC BY 2.0) by Robert Haandrikman

While exploring the local casinos of Monaco may not be for everyone, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco represents another top attraction to visit in the city-state. With prices ranging from €5 to €16 depending on both age and the busyness of the season, the museum is a wonderful option for families looking to explore the educational side of Monaco. The museum itself is superbly located on the cliffside of Monaco and has been since 1910. For many, the main attraction of the museum is the 6m-deep lagoon which contains 450,000 liters of seawater. The tank itself comprises of a wide variety of sea life including blacktip reef and nurse sharks, hawksbill sea turtles, and more. Furthermore, with numerous activities, a restaurant which overlooks the Principality and Mediterranean, and a shop also on the premises, the museum is the ideal location for a fun, interesting day out for families of all sizes.

Jardin Exotique de Monaco

Up on the cliffs of Monaco you will find the Jardin Exotique de Monaco, a wonderful botanical garden. The garden itself was made open to the public in 1933 and the “Exotic Garden of Monaco” has stayed totally unique ever since. Much like the views on offer at the Oceanographic Museum, visitors are exposed to breathtaking views of the surrounding area of the Principality of Monaco. The flowers within the garden all flower at different points throughout the year which means that whatever season you choose to visit Monaco, you are likely to witness the garden’s incredible beauty.

Le jardin exotique de Monaco” (CC BY 2.0) by dalbera

At the very bottom of the cliff which is the home of the Exotic Garden, there is an underground cave which is located 100 meters above sea level. While the 300 steps within the cave may not be suitable for all visitors, its contents are specially adapted to ensure that all who enter are suitably equipped to enjoy the wonders on offer.

Larvotto Beach

Plage du Larvotto” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Kurayba

For those looking to spend their time lounging around on the beach and soaking up both the sun and the beautiful surroundings, then the Larvotto beach may be the place for you. It is celebrated as the city-state’s most popular sandy beach due it having free public access. With the incredible open views that are visible beyond the beautifully clear water, it comes as no surprise that Larvotto beach is regarded as one of the best in Monaco. Moreover, with Monte Carlo only being a short walk away from the shoreline, visitors can conveniently enjoy the very best of both worlds that Monaco has to offer.

Monaco Has Plenty to Offer

The city-state of Monaco has a lot to offer with activities ranging from casino visits, museum tours, cliffside garden walks and beach relaxation. The major district which is the home to approximately 39,000 people provides for the perfect getaway setting for families of any size. Even though Monaco is widely acclaimed for its Formula One street race, there are plenty of other fun things to do when you visit on vacation.