Things to do and see in Monaco
The Exotic Garden, opened in 1933, extends up until the very border between France and Monaco. An unbelievable collection of the rare types of African and Latin American cacti, aloe, and gigantic agave plants, delivered from the Aztecs’ plateau, is gathered here. The climate conditions of Monaco create perfect grounds for the growth of more than 7000 various types of plants.
The garden’s square is only one hectare, but it is nevertheless famous for having the most various plants from the most various countries growing there, such as Mexico, Peru, and South Africa. Here you can find the exotic porcini mushroom, the African lianas, and the palm trees, which give bananas’, orchids’, and irises’ harvest… The garden mainly consists of the succulents, which are the plants used to growing in a deserted climate.
One of the sights of this garden is the grot, located near the observatory. It is located deep under the ground, and is part of the local catacombs. In the catacombs you can see cliffs with the stalactites and stalagmites growing in them, as well as the underground lakes. You can go down into the grot with a tour guide (who speaks mainly French, unfortunately, but is always happy to provide you with a piece of paper containing a short story in the language you need). The excursions to the grot are conducted once in an hour (for example, at 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, etc.), last for around 30-40 minutes, and are popular with kids and adults alike.
[box type=”note”]Jardin Exotique Monaco
November – January from 9 AM to 5 PM,
February – April from 9 AM to 6 PM,
May – September from 9 AM to 7 PM,
October from 9 AM to 6 PM.
Closed on November 19, and December 25.
The length of the excursion: 2 hours
Tickets price: adults – 7.20 euro; children age 6 – 18, and students – 3.80 euro.
Address: 62 bvd du Jardin Exotique
phone: +377 93 15 29 80
How to get there: the last stop of the bus number 2 towards Jardin Exotique.[/box]
The photo is from the website https://www.jardin-exotique.mc/
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