Places to Visit in Monaco

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Monaco’s location – at the foot of the Alps, nestled between the French and Italian Rivieras, and on the Mediterranean coast has always made it an attractive destination with holiday makers.

There are a large number of annual festivals and events taking place in Monaco that draw a huge number of visitors to the Principality. Sporting events such as the Monaco F1 Grand Prix, the Monte-Carlo Rally and the Tennis Masters Series have a long history and are highly prestigious.

Other main attractions in the Principality include the many museums (notably the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium), the Prince’s Palace and state apartments, the cathedral, the exotic gardens and the casino and opera house in Monte-Carlo.

The Monte-Carlo Casino and Opera House

Built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century, the Monte-Carlo opera house and casino have become world famous. The Salle Garnier, decorated in red and gold with many sculptures and frescoes, has been host over the years to many international performances of ballet and opera. The games rooms are decorated with many stained glass windows, paintings and sculptures.

The Prince's Palace

This palace was built on the site of a Genoese fortress. Features of the palace that can be visited include the Italian-style gallery, the Throne Room, the Palatine Chapel, the Sainte-Marie tower and the main courtyard.

Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium

This world famous museum of marine sciences is also an architectural masterpiece. It's façades rise over the sea to a height of 85 metres. The museum houses a priceless collection of marine fauna gathered by Prince Albert I and an aquarium with a huge variety of race species of fish. There is also a Sharks Lagoon presenting the diversity of coral reefs and their inhabitants.

Louis II Stadium

This huge sports complex in Fontvieille, a district of Monaco, was inaugurated in 1985 and hosts many international sporting competitions as well as being the home of the AS Monaco football team. The stadium also hosts Herculis, an international athletics meeting that takes place annually in July and is now rated as the second in the world.

Tourist Offices

All staff at the Monaco Tourist Office speak English and can help with tourism-related questions as well as questions on public transport.

The Tourist Office is provides general information on the area; much of it as appropriate to the resident as the visitor.

  • Monaco Tourist Office
    : 2a Boulevard des Moulins, 98000 Monaco
    Tel: (+377) 92 16 61 16
    Fax: (+377) 92 16 60 00

Further Information

  • Visit Monaco is the official Monaco Government Tourist Office website and provides for online hotel booking
  • is the official guide to the Principality, and has downloadable visitors brochures
  • Monaco Eye is an unofficial guide to Monaco with much information relevant to a tourist to the Principality