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Planning a short break to Monte Carlo? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Monte Carlo. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Monte Carlo. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

International Circus Festival

Chapiteau de Fontvieille, Monaco. This festival held each year in mid-January was created by HRH Prince Rainier of Monaco, who was fascinated by the circus world, since childhood. It was created to showcase the Big Top’s greatest performers and two of the best performers receive the coveted Gold and Silver Clown awards. This weeklong ceremony features some really wonderful animal acts, hilarious comedy performances and excellent aerobic accomplishments. Even though all the acts are judged for their technical difficulty and creativity by a jury, children will still enjoy every moment of the acts that are featured.

Monte-Carlo Casino

Place du Casino, MC 98000, Monaco. What is a visit to Monaco without a visit to the Monte-Carlo Casino even if it is only to see the high-rollers spending money like water? The casino built in 1878 by Charles Garnier has an atrium paved in marble and is surrounded by 28 Ionic columns made of onyx. The casino is open daily but only to those over 18 years old with a dress code of jacket and tie for men; identification is compulsory. There are different gaming rooms such as the European Rooms, Private Rooms and the English Club. Some have slot machines and Roulette, Trente & Quarante and others only European and English Roulette, Trente et Quarante, Chemin de Fer, Black Jack and Craps.

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Monte-Carlo Opera

The opera house also known as the “Salle Garnier” was built by the famous architect Charles Garnier and was inaugurated in 1879 by Sarah Bernhard. The auditorium of the opera house is decorated in red and gold and has frescoes and sculptures all around the auditorium. Looking up to the ceiling of the auditorium, the visitor will be blown away, by the superb paintings depicted there. The opera house is flamboyant but at the same time very beautiful. There have been some of the most superior international performances of ballet, opera and concerts held in the opera house for more than a century.

Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium

Avenue Saint-Martin, MC98000, Monaco. This impressive museum was opened in 1910 by its founder, Prince Albert I. It took eleven years to build and used stone from La Turbie. The museum has two floors devoted to some outstanding specimens of marine fauna, which were collected by the Prince himself. Visitors will see plenty of sea creatures which have been stuffed or are in skeleton form and this includes the skeleton of a 66 foot whale. The aquarium is in the basement and has an extraordinary show of marine flora and fauna. There are more than 4,000 different fish and over 200 families of invertebrates. The aquarium has just launched a new creation the "Shark Lagoon", which is a huge tank depicting not only the colours of the coral reefs, but its residents as well. There is so much to see here that at least two hours is needed to see everything. When you have totally exhausted yourself and the children walking around the museum and aquarium, you can relax in the restaurant on the top floor and admire the wonderful view of Monaco and the Italian Riviera.

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Cafe de Paris

Place du Casino, Monaco. This cafe situated next to the casino is a must, even if it is only to have a drink. The visitor will find a lively mixture of both locals and visitors as this is the best place to see and be seen; with an atmosphere that is truly French. Whether the weather is good or bad the cafe caters for both inside and outside dining. The cafe has an international menu and the daily specials are highly recommended.


Exotic Garden

Boulevard du Jardin-Exotique MC98000, Monaco. The exotic Garden (magic garden) is one of Monaco’s finest tourist attractions. It was opened in 1933 and all the plants have been planted on the rock-face. Visitors from around the world have come here to admire the beauty of the varied species of plants. Due to the wonderful climate in Monaco, the plants bloom almost throughout the year. There are foot bridges along the cliff allowing visitors to stroll around and admire both the plants and the superb views of Monaco and the Italian Riviera. It is definitely worth making the time to visit this extraordinary attraction. The visitor will also find the Prehistoric Anthropology Museum in the garden. Entrance is free.

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Observatory Caves

Boulevard du Jardin-Exotique, MC 98000, Monaco. The Observatory Caves can be found 200 feet below the exotic gardens and contain huge prehistoric chambers. Inside the caves visitors will be able to see how the stalagmites, stalactites and limestone are all growing either up or down or even having joined. This is really an exceptional place to visit as the columns take many years to form. The columns have been superbly illuminated to give the very best effect. The caves are open daily except November 19 and December 25. Entrance fees for Adults $8.08 and children 6-18 $4.10 this price includes a visit to the museum. Opening times are May 15 – Sept 15 9am-7pm – Sept 16 – May 14 9am – 6pm or nightfall.

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Zoological Terraces

Terrasses de Fontvieille, MC98000, Monaco. The zoo which was opened by H R H Prince Rainier III in 1954 was built on the south face of the Rock of Monaco which overlooks the Port of Fontvieille. The zoo contains about 250 animals who are housed in perfect conditions. There are about fifty different species of animals such as the Black Panther, white tiger, hippopotamus, lemurs and exotic birds to name just a few. Visitors to the zoo can spend about 1 or 2 hours enjoying not only the animals but the peaceful atmosphere as well. The zoo is open daily but closes between 12pm and 1pm. Entrance fees are Adults $4.82 and children 6 -14 $2.40.

Condamine Market and Rue Princess Caroline Pede

The Market has been in existence since 1880 and can be found in the Place d’Armes. The building wherein the Market is situated is today a modern and functional one with lifts and moving pavements connecting it to the Condamine car-park. Right next to the Market visitors will find the esplanade which is lively and attractive. Just a short walk along the esplanade is the rue Princess Caroline pedestrian mall and to make your walk more enjoyable, areas along this route have been beautifully landscaped.


Quai des Etats-Unis, Port d’Hercule, MC 98000, Monaco. Aquavision gives you the opportunity to discover Monaco from a completely different angle. This catamaran-type boat will take passengers along the coast of the Principality, where you will be able to see The Rock of Grimaldi, the Palace, the Cathedral and many more places of interest from the sea side of Monaco.

The boat is equipped with two windows in the hull which allows passengers to see the seabed. During the trip passengers will be given a truly memorable experience when the boat stops at Cap d’Ail for a look at the seabed and its creatures through the hull of the boat. The trip is approximately 55 minutes long and runs from June-September. The costs are Adults $13.25 and children 3 – 18 and students $9.65.

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