The 4 Best Places To Visit In Monaco + Top Things To Do with Kids [Travel Guide]

July 01, 2023

Find out why the tiny Principality of Monaco should be in your next European travel bucket list.

Monaco first came into my consciousness during college when I read a story about the Grimaldi Family curse which doomed members to endure unhappy married lives. The Grimaldi Family, one of the oldest dynasties in the world is the ruler of the Principality of Monaco.

French Riviera as viewed from Monaco
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The 4 Best Places To Visit In Monaco + Top Things To Do with Kids [Travel Guide]

    About Monaco's Grimaldi Family

    It was supposed that an ancestor of the Grimaldis kidnapped and violated a beautiful maiden who was the source of the alleged family curseIndeed, just by looking at the scandals that blemished the royal family’s name, one could presume that there was some truth to that curse.

    However, I was not intrigued by the curse or any scandal that befell this royal family; I was fascinated by the Principality (a country ruled by a Prince) itself which was a tiny country, one of the smallest in the world.

    I just could not reconcile that such a small territory, no bigger than a large park could be an independent country with its own government.

    Monaco, the idyllic microstate

    Since I was severely interested in Monaco, I read about it whenever an opportunity presented itself – that was mostly in the UP Library via books and the internet. With my succeeding research about Monaco, I found out that it was located off the coast of the French Riviera.

    It was one of the top and most opulent tourist destinations in the world. It was a gambling hub, as well as a citadel of art, music, and sports. 

     Monaco’s residents are also mostly rich and powerful personalities who drive around the ancient streets of the Principality in their luxury cars. Monaco was a haven for those who love and can afford the lavish lifestyle.

    Monaco is divided into four districts: the old town of Monaco which sits atop a rocky cliff, the main business center of La Condamine, the gambling district of Monte-Carlo, and Frontvieille which is an area reclaimed from the sea.

    The three largest ethnic groups living in Monaco are the French, Monegasque, and Italian.

    Things to do in Monaco with kids

    Since Monaco is very small, the best way to go around is on foot. However, there are buses within the city-state that go around shops, museums, and other tourist attractions.

    Trip map created using Wanderlog, a travel planner

    Here are the top places to visit in Monaco:

    1. Visit the old town of Monaco

    Also known as “The Rock,” the ancient town of Monaco dates back to the middle ages. Here, you can find the stunning Place Saint Nicolas and Placette Bosio, the Chapel of Mercy, Palais de Justice, and the Cathedral, a Roman-Byzantine style building that was built in 1875.

    Monaco Cathedral
    Monaco Cathedral (photo courtesy of

    Each day, the much-awaited changing of the guards happens in front of the Princely Palace, the official residence of the Grimaldi Family, at 11:55 AM so you might want to secure a good spot where you may watch this spectacle. I have read that parts of the Princely Palace are open to visitors so that is definitely worth checking.

    The other sights to see in Monaco town are the following:

    • The Saint-Martin Gardens
    • The Oceanographic Museum
    • The Museum of the Chapel of Visitation

    2. Explore Monte-Carlo

    The town of Monte-Carlo is the site of the magnificent Place du Casino, frequented by those who love to try their hand with lady luck. 

    However, there is much more to see at the casino. Watch an opera at the Salle Garnier, marvel at the artworks housed inside the casino, visit fine jewelry and antique shops, or take a stroll around the Casino Gardens and Terraces – the things that you can do seemed endless!

    The other places to see at Monte-Carlo are the following:

    • The Grimaldi Forum, an events center
    • The National Museum, 
    • The Japanese Garden, 
    • The Trocadero Garden
    • The Place des Moulins 
    • The Esplanade du Larvotto

    3. Take a stroll in Frontvielle

    The old town of Monaco
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    The reclaimed area of Frontvielle is home to the Stade Louis II, which is Monaco’s sports complex; the Sculpture Path, the Rose Garden, several notable museums such as the Exhibition of HSH The Prince of Monaco’s Vintage Car Collection, the Museum of Stamps and Coins, and the Naval Museum.

    4. Take a peek at life in Monaco at La Condamine

    If you want to experience what daily life in Monaco is like, then La Condamine is the place to go. Here, you will see stalls with fresh produce on display. There are also small cafes where you can enjoy a quick or light bite.

    Some of the places to see at La Condamine are the following:

    • Breathtaking gardens where one may admire exotic plants
    • The Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology
    • The Observatory Prehistoric Cave

    How to go to Monaco

    France is the most convenient access point going to Monaco with Cote d'Azur Airport in Nice being the nearest landing field. 

    A café in Monaco
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    Although one may charter a helicopter ride or take a train going to Monaco, possibly the most recommended transportation, if you want to enjoy the stunning countryside vista, is via bus, not the express but the regular Bus #100.

    How to apply for a Monaco visa (for Filipinos)

    Filipinos are required to secure a visa to enter Monaco. Since Monaco (as well as France) is part of the Schengen Area, one needs to apply for a Schengen Visa.

    For more information and other requirements, Filipinos may get in touch with the following:

    Consulate General of the Principality of Monaco

    • Address: #1, Arguilla Street, San Lorenzo Village, Makati, 1200 Metro Manila
    • Telephone number: (02) 812 1169

    Monegasque Consulate in Metro Manila, Philippines

    • Address: 2178 Paraiso Street, Dasmarinas Village, Makati, 1221 Metro Manila
    • Telephone number: (02) 810 9729


    Monaco is one of the best places in Europe that you can visit. It may not be as popular as other European countries but it has a lot to offer in terms of its heritage and history, as well as modern luxuries. 

    What's more, since it's just a small country, you can explore it in a day and spend the rest of your holidays just relaxing amid Monaco's laid-back vibe.

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    1. I would love to visit the museum of stamps and coins! We collect both. I love to see the variety they have!

    2. This looks like a beautiful vacation! BOY do I need one too!

    3. It is great that you could go to a place like Monoco. It seems like a trip from the Phillipines but it is exciting.

    4. I've never been to Monaco before. It looks like there's lots to see and do there. I need to visit.

    5. I can’t wait to visit Monaco, so much to see and do.

    6. Richelle Escat7 July 2021 at 18:54

      Thanks for sharing the contact details of the consulate. It's really helpful.

    7. Scarlett Brooklyn7 July 2021 at 18:56

      I have heard of this a few times. Their cathedral looks so stunning. Thanks for the pics.

    8. Monaco is such an exotic place with a fascinating history. Monte Carlo is my favourite place in Monaco.

    9. Monaco is such a beautiful city. I would have to add it to my itinerary when next I am in France.

    10. I love historic buildings, Monaco looks like such a beautiful city. I would love to see it one day.

    11. I am definitely intrigued by Monaco. And I would like to visit it one day soon.

    12. what a great city for a vacation. hopefully soon, its been too long

    13. This is a great post. I really want to visit Monaco but haven't had a chance to yet. To be honest I was clueless about what to see so your guide has been really helpful. I'd like to see the Old Town and the Casino.

    14. That does look like an amazing place to visit. I sure would love to go there someday. Seems like there is a lot to do.

    15. I've always wanted to visit Monaco. This is such an amazing travel guide. I will definitely be saving it for future use!