Fontvieille, a district built entirely on land
reclaimed from the sea, stands out by virtue of its sheer diversity. Whether
you are heading there for business or pleasure, Fontvieille has something for
Fontvieille is the Principality’s westernmost, newest
Surrounded by the sea, the district of Fontvieille has
its own little port, the perfect place for a lunchtime or evening stroll. The
boats and restaurants along the quays are a picturesque sight, overlooked by
the mighty cliffs of the Rock. You’ll find a wide variety of places to eat
here, with culinary offerings to suit all tastes.
From this district, you can admire the dazzling blue
of the Mediterranean with a helicopter ride. A flight over the Principality of
Monaco and the surrounding area is an unforgettable experience and there is simply
no better way to see the Côte d’Azur in all its panoramic glory from an exciting
new angle. Enjoy a very special trip in complete safety, any day of the week, with
the helicopter operators based at Monaco’s own heliport, which can be found on
Avenue des Ligures.
Choose Monacair - Tel: +377 97 97 39 00 or Héli Air Monaco - Tel: +377 92 05 00 50
Flight time is approximately ten minutes.
Close to the heliport, you’ll spot a vast white tent. This
is none other than the famous ‘chapiteau’ or big top, the venue for all kinds
of events, including the Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo and New Generation, presided by Princess Stephanie of Monaco, which takes
place here in January. Every year, the highly prestigious event rewards the finest
artists in their category, and winning a Golden Clown is the ultimate accolade.
Visit time is between 45 minutes and 1 hour: Tel: +377 92 05 40 10.
For flower lovers, a visit to Fontvieille Landscaped Park is a must during your stay in Monaco. The Rose Garden,
created by Prince Rainier III in memory of his wife, Princess Grace, covers 5,000m²
and is planted with 315 varieties of roses. Visitors and art aficionados will
appreciate the numerous sculptures Arman, Blake, Botero, Calder, César, and
others, found along the “Sculpture Trail”.
For children, there is a roundabout and play area on the edge of the park.
Visit time: 1 hr 30 mins.
For sports fans, Fontvieille is the place to be in
Monaco. The Stade
Louis II stands proudly in the heart of the district. Built in
1985, the 16,000 seater stadium houses a football pitch surrounded by an
athletics track, a multi-sports hall with 3,000 seats, and a heated Olympic fresh
water swimming pool. The facilities host a number of top class competitions,
including the Mare Nostrum, the Herculis athletics meeting, and Champions
League football matches, to name just a few.
Tel: +377 92 05 40 21
Walking up Esplanade Rainier III, you will see two
museums, zoological gardens, and a concert hall to familiarise yourself with
The Museum of Stamps and Coins opened to the public in early 1996, showcasing postage
stamps and coins from the magnificent private collection of H.S.H. Prince
Visit time: 45 mins - Tel: +377 98 98 41 50.
The Naval Museum houses some one hundred and eighty superb models of
famous ships, including a number of old pieces from the private collection of
H.S.H. The Sovereign Prince. Replicas of great transatlantic liners like Titanic
or Normandie sit alongside exploration vessels such as Jean-Baptiste
Charcot’s Pourquoi Pas, Calypso, Captain Cousteau’s Alcyon, or Dr Jean-Louis
Visit time: 45 mins - Tel: +377
92 05 28 48
Gardens overlooking the port of Fontvieille, on the southern side
of the great Rock of Monaco itself, were founded by Prince Rainier III in 1954.
The zoo is a sanctuary for abandoned animals, those seized by customs, or
exchanged with other parks. The zoological gardens offer a voyage into the
wilds of nature, without leaving the modernity of the Principality of Monaco.
Fr younger children, there is a play area inside the park.
Visit time: between 1 hr 30 mins and 2 hrs - Tel:
+377 93 50 40 30
The Espace Léo Ferré is one of the Principality’ most important cultural
venues, a multi-purpose centre capable of hosting a wide variety of different
events (shows and plays, concerts, exhibitions, etc.), in multiple different
configurations. Remember to check the programme in advance of your next trip to
the Principality, and plan your visit.
Tel: +377 93 10 12 10
As you can see, the Fontvieille district is a bustling
hub for a multitude of disciplines ranging from sport, culture and art to
industry and technology, whilst remaining a welcoming and peaceful place to live
© Benjamin Vergély / Stade Louis II