Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Office
7 Upper Grosvenor Street
London W1K 2LX
Tel : +44 (0)207 491 4264
Fax : +44 (0)207 408 2487
To experience the traditional Monaco, visit the local market at la Condamine. Every morning, this large esplanade located in the heart of town wakes up to the colours and smells of the fruit and vegetable stalls, surrounded by shaded arcades where you can enjoy an aperitif and a bite to eat while reading the paper.
Opposite you can admire the "Rampe Major" staircase and its two 16th century gates leading towards the Rock.
Nearby, the pedestrian area of the Rue Princesse Caroline dotted with pleasant landscaped gardens, and attractive boutiques gently slopes towards the sea. At Port Hercule , you can go sailing on a 55 minute trip around the Bay of Monaco aboard a catamaran equipped with two underwater viewing compartments, tel: : 00 377 92 16 15 15. The port is a lovely place to stroll around with many bars where you can have a drink in the sun.
Then, head for les Moneghetti, where you will discover, among private villas from the early 20th century, the Parc Princesse Antoinette and its hundred year old olive trees with its miniature golf course (closed in September) and many facilities for children.
On the France-Monaco border, you will find the Exotic Garden. Opened in 1933, it contains remarkable species of cactuses from Africa and Latin America, from the aloe plants of Cape Town to the giant agaves from the Aztec regions. Over 7,000 varieties of plants flourish in this ideal climate. Visit duration: 2 hours,
tel: 00 377 93 30 33 65.
Within the Exotic Garden, 60 metres underground, visitors can discover the immense chambers of the Observatory Prehistoric Cave, where stalagmites, stalactites and limestone concretions are illuminated with wonderful lighting effects! Visit duration: 1½ hours,
tel: + 377 93 15 29 80.
Still on the Boulevard du Jardin Exotique, take a step back in time at the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology. Containing a series of priceless tombs originating from around the Principality, and notably Grimaldi, in Italian Liguria. This museum, founded in 1902 by Prince Albert 1st, retraces the most important stages in the history of the human race, from Australanthropus to Pithecanthropus and Homo sapiens fossils. Visit duration: 30 minutes,
tel: 00 377 93 15 80 06.
The walk from la Condamine to Moneghetti (excluding museums) lasts for 2 hours.
For the children there is the Princess Antoinette Park, the merry go round near the Stade Nautique and the children’s area at the bottom of the Princess Caroline pedestrian area.
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