Monaco has made a name for itself on many fronts, from motorsports to luxury hotels. However, Monaco’s many green spaces are like a hidden treasure for those who love strolling through gardens which have a particular soul and flavour. The Monegasque parks and gardens, which cover around 20% of the Principality, have opened their doors to offer those special moments of respite.
Here is our pick of the best gardens of Monago.
Les Jardins Saint-Martin: located on the famous Rock, between the Palais Princier and the Oceanographic Museum, this verdant setting overlooking the sea is the perfect place to lounge, offering as many surprises as exceptional views of the Principality.
La Petite Afrique: a short walk from the legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo, this park with exuberant tropical vegetation gives you a feeling of escape. Halfway round, don’t hesitate to sit down on a bench and admire the setting around you: palm trees, fig-trees, Ginkgo Biloba, koi pond, etc. A genuine green escape in the heart of the city where the scents combine with the extravagant shapes of the trees, some of which are more than 100 years old.
La Roseraie Princesse Grace et parc paysager de Fontvieille [Princess Grace Rose Garden and Landscape Garden of Fontvieille]: do you want to see “la vie en rose?’ In a park conducive to rest and walking, you will be pleasantly surprised by this garden of elegance and a tribute from Prince Rainier III to his wife. It’s impossible not to succumb to the beauty, and the sweet perfume emanating from the 4000 rose bushes of every colour. On the way, you will discover a pond fringed with palm trees and olive trees in the midst of Mediterranean plants, tropical flowers and astonishing contemporary sculptures. Admire, breathe deeply and enjoy this peaceful setting.
Guests at Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo, one of the Principality’s iconic boutique hotels, can take in views of their magnificent floral space from the terrace while lounging comfortably on a long chair.