Walking Tours/Hiking in Monaco
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Monaco is a wonderful and safe place to discover by foot. Here are some ideas for unforgettable strolls:
Surrounded by ramparts and overlooking the Port Hercule on one side and Fontvieille on the other, Monaco Ville, also called the Rocher, is the medieval heart of Monaco. With the majestic Palais Princier, a maze of quaint and narrow alley streets, vaulted passageways and colourful old houses, it is a different world from down below. The tombs of former Princes and of Princess Grace are buried in the neo-Romanesque style Cathédrale de Monaco, on Av St Martin. Surrounding the Oceanographic Museum are the beautiful St Martin Gardens, offering an exceptional panoramic view on Port Hercule. Monaco Ville is easily accessible from Port Hercule through a flight of stairs.
Le Jardin Exotique, located On the France-Monaco border, contains an exceptional collection of cactuses from Africa and Latin America. It is a very pleasant place to wander and the view on the bay below is truly spectacular. Down a few steps are the Grottes de l’Observatoire a prehistoric cave network where stalagmites, stalactites and limestone concretions are beautifully illuminated. The ticket to the Jardin Exotique also includes an admission to the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology.
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On the northeast side of Port Hercule is Monte Carlo district. Follow the waterfront and go up to the Casino Gardens and Terraces overlooking the sea . Further up, towards the Larvotto beaches is the Jardin Japonais, (Av Princesse Grace), a magnificent public park with a very relaxing ‘Zen’ atmosphere.
Coastal Path to Cap Martin: scenic 3km (one way) hike from Monte Carlo Beach to Cap Martin. Follow the sign to Promenade Le Corbusier. Offers superb views on Monaco Bay, all the way to Cap Ferrat.
Coastal path from Marquet Beach (500m west of the border with Monaco at Fontvieille) to Mala Beach in Cap d’Ail: A gorgeous 4km (one way) walk following a succession or rocky coves and secluded bays, while passing underneath sumptuous Belle Epoque villas.