During our holiday in the French Riviera we visited Monaco. I wasn’t sure what to expect to be honest as all I knew about Monaco was that it’s well known for Formula One. But wow, what a beautiful place it is! It was so much better than I had expected it to be, and even more surprisingly there was plenty for the kids to do there.
Monaco is a principality, bordered by France but also very close to the Italian border. It is the second smallest country in the world, after the Vatican and has a population of over 38,000, making it the most densely populated sovereign state in the world.
When we arrived in Monaco we started by having a little wander around to get our bearings before stopping for lunch at a lovely little restaurant. The prices at the restaurants were quite high as you might expect somewhere like Monaco, but they weren’t completely unreasonable.
Next we grabbed an ice cream each (has to be done, right?) and then went to find the Princes Palace, which was just a couple of minutes down the street from where we had stopped for lunch.
Right by the palace is a spot where you can get the most incredible views over Monaco, it’s absolutely stunning!
We then did a bit more exploring, taking in the views as we went along. Monaco is actually quite a small place, but there’s still lots to see and do.
We then headed to the Oceanographic Museum which is a fantastic aquarium that the kids loved. We got to see a lot of tropical fish that we wouldn’t usually see in aquariums back home. There was turtles, sharks, clown fish and even piranhas! We paid €48 for a family of four which is a little on the pricey side but it’s still something that I would recommend doing. The kids really enjoyed it, and it’s a great way to get the kids out of the heat for a while.
The last thing we did in Monaco before heading back to our accommodation was visit the car museum – The Car Collection of HSH the Prince of Monaco. Now this wouldn’t usually be my kind of thing, it was something that my husband wanted to do but actually we all enjoyed it. The exhibition features almost a hundred cars of all ages, produced by the top European and American manufacturers, as well as six coaches belonging to H.S.H. Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
We paid €24 for entry to the museum for a family of four, which I think is very reasonable.
We had a fantastic day in Monaco and I would 100% recommend visiting. It’s such a beautiful place, with incredible views. Plus there’s plenty to do there with children, so everyone’s happy!
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