Le Larvotto

A stay in the Principality can recharge your batteries in a fraction of a second. The benefits of the sea are self-evident.

Walking down towards the sea and the Grimaldi Forum, high tech conference and events centre, you will discover the National Museum - villa Sauber and the Japanese Garden.

The National Museum - Villa Sauber, 17 avenue Princesse, is one of the last Belle Epoque villas in Monaco. In the absence of indisputable documentation, we do not know the precise date of the Villa's construction. However it is stated that at the beginning of the 1900's it belonged to the Blanc family who played a fundamental part in the development of the Société des Bains de Mer and the Casino of Monte-Carlo. Since 1969 the house and garden have remained the property of the Principality of Monaco. By proposing two exhibitions a year in each venue, the NMNM reveals a long-ignored heritage and develops the discovery of the contemporary scene. As of now, “Training for a Museum” has determined the programmes of the Villa Sauber and the Villa Paloma according to two themes that are intimately linked with cultural, historical and artistic heritage of the Principality: Art and Performance at the Villa Sauber, Art and Territory at the Villa Paloma. Tel. : +377 98 98 91 26.

La Promenade des Champions est une allée qui rend hommage aux plus grands footballeurs, tels que Platini ou Maradona…. Il s'agît de suivre les empreintes de pieds gravés dans le béton, sur environ 100 mètres, derrière le Grimaldi Forum et longeant la mer. Ce passage est entièrement gratuit. Les animaux peuvent également s'y promener.

The Japanese Garden (free admission, 9am – sunset) is located on the Avenue Princesse Grace. This magnificent garden, designed by the landscape architect Yasuo Beppu has been laid out over 7,000 m2 at the edge of the Mediterranean. An authentic work of art, it blends stone, water and plants in marvellous harmony. This park at the foot of the city is blessed with a special atmosphere accentuated by the use of water sprays on the bushes of azalea, rhododendrons and camellias.
The walk will take around 1 hour (excluding museums). 

For children, there is the merry go round on the Esplanade du Larvotto.