In the world's second smallest country, there are plenty of must-sees. From the glitz and glamour of the Monaco district to its historical attractions.
It's easy to spend a whole day trawling through the many top attractions of Monaco, but it's worth getting out and exploring the city a little further to get a better feel for its unique history and culture.
1. Oceanographic Museum
One of the most popular things to do in Monaco is visit the Oceanographic Museum. This spectacular building sits elegantly along a cliff and overlooks the ocean from an 85-meter height.
The Oceanographic Museum has a large aquarium and a lagoon where you can see Sea Horses, bright tropical fish, jellyfish and octopuses. And you can even pet a shark.
2. Casino de Monte-Carlo
The Casino de Monte-Carlo is a must-visit when you’re in Monaco. It’s one of the most famous gambling houses in the world, and it’s also a key part of Monaco’s culture.
It’s not just a place for high rollers to gamble - it’s also a place where celebrities brush shoulders with industry barons and world leaders. It’s been featured in blockbuster films such as Ocean’s Twelve and James Bond movies GoldenEye and Never Say Never Again.
3. Casino de Monte-Carlo Gardens
The Casino de Monte-Carlo is one of the most famous casinos in the world, built in a Belle Epoque style back in 1863. It’s surrounded by beautiful colourful gardens and a huge terrace that offers stunning views of the Mediterranean.
The Casino Gardens are a series of lovely lawns and terraces that offer a tranquil spot to rest or stroll around. They also feature graceful fountains, exotic blooms and sculptures.
4. Monte-Carlo Beach
When the sun shines, Europe's elite flock to this terracotta-coloured haven at Monaco's easternmost border with France. As the jetty hums with gleaming super yachts, guests cocoon themselves on the long private beach and signal their server to serve another round of Champagne cocktails.
Designed by architect India Mahdavi, the resort's restrained retro splendour exudes elegance. With its private beach, olympic-sized pool and gastronomic restaurant Elsa, it's an ode to the Mediterranean.
5. Le Rocher
Le Rocher is a rocky promontory that juts into the Mediterranean and contains Monaco’s oldest quarter, Monaco-Ville. It is also home to the Prince’s Palace, Cathedral and Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.
Historically, the Rock was a prized defense position overlooking the sea that served as the stronghold of the Grimaldi dynasty. It is now a spectacular viewing platform that offers wide panoramic views over the Rascasse/Anthony Noghes corners below and the Palace above.
6. Sainte-Devote Chapel
The Sainte-Devote Chapel in Monaco is a historic church dedicated to the Principality’s Patron Saint. It was first built in medieval times and was later refurbished in Neo-Greek style.
Its story is based on the legend of Saint Devote, a Christian who was tortured to death in Corsica in the 4th century by the Roman governor Diocletian for her faith.
After her death, her body was supposed to be burned but she was saved and put on a boat headed for Africa where she would receive a proper Christian burial. When the boat was in rough waters a dove flew out of her mouth and guided it to Monaco where it ran aground at the entrance of the Gaumates Valley.
7. Grand Prix Statue
If you’re a big fan of motor racing, this is one place to visit in Monaco. It features a statue of Juan Manuel Fangio, who won five world championship titles.
This sculpture was created by Spanish sculptor Joaquim Ros Sabate. He also crafted several other sculptures dedicated to the driver.
It is located near the Rascasse curve on the street circuit in Monaco. It features Fangio leaning on his Mercedes Benz W196 that earned him a victory at the Grand Prix.
8. Condamine Market
Located on Place d'Armes, this market is part of Monaco's heritage. It represents the authentic heart of Monaco, where Monegasque people like to gather.
It is home to twenty or so traders inside the market hall, plus numerous fruit and vegetable sellers, florists and small local producers on Place du Marche.
The market hall is decorated with colourful sheet metal furniture, warm lighting – and heating equipment for winter – to create a friendly and welcoming spirit. It offers a wide selection of regional products, including Monegasque specialities such as socca, barbagiuans, pissaladiere and fougasse.
9. Metropole Shopping Centre
The Metropole Shopping Centre is an upscale shopping center located just a few steps away from the Casino de Monte-Carlo. It houses a large selection of renowned brands.
The place is popular with locals and tourists alike thanks to its range of shops and its marble interior. Its Mediterranean feel also makes it a pleasure to visit.
The place was originally built in 1980 by Nabil BOUSTANY, a world-renowned developer who fell in love with Monaco’s historic past, exceptional climate and privileged location on the Mediterranean Sea. He decided to build a stunning complex in the heart of Monte-Carlo.