From la Condamine to Moneghetti, the heart of Monaco

From la Condamine to Moneghetti, the heart of Monaco

To experience traditional Monaco, a visit to the local markets at La Condamine is a must. Every morning, the large esplanade located in the heart of town wakes up to the colors and fresh aromas of the fruit, vegetable and flower stalls, surrounded by shaded arcades where locals and visitors can enjoy fresh baked goods, a refreshment or a bite to eat while reading the paper.

Across the street, the "Rampe Major" staircase and its two 16th century gates lead upwards towards Monaco-ville, on "the Rock".
Nearby, the Rue Princesse Caroline, a closed-off street with pedestrian access which gently slopes towards the sea, is dotted with pleasant, landscaped gardens and attractive boutiques. At Port Hercule, take a 55 minute trip around the Port of Monaco aboard a romantic catamaran equipped with two underwater viewing compartments (tel: 00 377 92 16 15 15). The yacht-filled port is a lovely place to stroll around with many bars, restaurants and cafes to stop by for a leisurely drink, aperitif or snack.
Then, head for Moneghetti, where you will discover, among the private villas from the early 20th century, the Parc Princesse Antoinette and its hundred year old olive trees, 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 cacti from Africa and Latin America, from the soothing aloe plants of Cape Town to the giant agaves from the Aztec region. More than 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, and 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 fascinating Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology which contains a series of unique tombs originating from areas around the Principality, and most notably Grimaldi, in Italian Liguria. This museum, founded in 1902 by Prince Albert 1, 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 playground area at the end of the Rue Princess Caroline pedestrian mall.

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