Gardens in Monaco
Exotic Garden and the Observatory Cave
This "extraordinary garden", abounding with several thousand "succulent" plant species, was inaugurated in 1933. Audaciously planted on the rocky mountainside, thriving superbly, it has become the object of worldwide admiration. This garden is the Kingdom of Nature's exuberance, and of its surrealistic oddities.
Sixty metres underground, a prehistoric cave unveils its spectacular limestone concretions formed during thousands of years!
The Animal Garden
Set on the southern side of the Grimaldis' Rock, HMS Prince Rainier III founded this garden in 1954. It shelters some two hundred and fifty animals belonging to roughly fifty different species: exotic birds, black panther, white tiger, hippopotamus, reptiles, primates, lemurs… Their comfortable living conditions are quite exemplary
As a stylised copy of Nature, with its mountain, its hill, its cascade, its beach, and its brook, this amazing park, 7000 m², is an authentic work of Art realised inthe strictest respect of the compactness concept of the Zen School of Thought. An exceptional Park at the city's feet, this garden is tinged with a particular atmosphere and harmoniously combines stone, water, and vegetation.
Fontvielle Landscaped Park and Princess Grace's Rose Garden
A small lake lined with olive and palm groves, covering four hectares, offering a pleasant and serene atmosphere. In this district of Fontvieille, while strolling on a pedestrian path one may discover numerous contemporary sculptures. Princess Grace's Rose Garden offers a calm and serene area fragrant with the scent of approximately 4,000 rosebushes.
The Casino's Gardens and Terraces
Uphill from the Casino, a formal "French" Garden with its lawns and magnificent fountains can be found next to the "Little Africa" Garden, with its exuberant plants. Downhill, sunny terraces lead to "Hexa Grace", an astonishing, multicoloured work of Art by Vasarely, overlooking the Sea.
These gardens hang on the southeastern side of the Rock; they are laced with paths, lazily winding along the crest. It's a thriving ground for wild Mediterranean flora and for a rich display of exotic species. Here and there can be found the luxury of Nature, classical works of Art, or a pond
Princess Antoinette's Park
Its majestic entrance is decorated with a spectacular curtain of Bougainvilleas.
It is the kingdom of the sacred olive tree. This natural site was probably the meeting place for our ancestor's Sunday reunions and other celebrations; it has become an amusement park dedicated to children of all ages