A guide to Monaco: five free things to do in the Principality

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If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to “do” Monaco, here are five great activities that cost absolutely nothing but provide plenty of entertainment.  

As the saying goes, some of the best things in life are free. Following on that line, Monaco Life has sought out five different activities and attractions that can be undertaken without spending a single centime.  


Monaco has lots of spectacular and landmark buildings, all of which are within an easy walking distance of each other.

The Casino de Monte-Carlo, the Café de Paris and Hôtel de Paris on Casino Square are three magnificent examples of Belle Epoque gorgeousness that just can’t be beat. The Casino can also be entered for free. 

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Monaco’s beautiful Casino Square: a must-see spot for tourists in the Principality. Photo credit: Monte-Carlo SBM

After a short walk up the hill to the Rock, visitors can gaze upon the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum and the Cathedral. All three of these iconic buildings also have nearby sea views to die for.

Also worth a look on the Rock are the tiny, twisty streets of the old town loaded with adorable souvenir shops that are great for browsing in.  


Plage Larvotto is public and therefore can be accessed entirely for free. The sandy beach, imported each year, offers plenty of space even on crowded summer days, a lovely, shallow entry to the sea and anti-jellyfish netting to keep away the nasties. Lifeguards are on duty for everyone’s safety and there are clean public toilets.  

Visitors can bring a towel, umbrella and a picnic lunch to while away the day without paying for a single thing.  


Monaco has several lovely gardens that are totally gratis 

The Princess Grace Rose Garden was created in Fontvieille as a loving legacy from Prince Rainier III in memory of his wife, Princess Grace, who died tragically in 1982 in a car accident. Opened in June 1984, it sits on 5,000m2 of land and features 315 varieties of roses, divided into seven themes, all perfuming the air with their delicate scents.  

Another free access garden treasure is the Japanese Garden, which is located near the Grimaldi Forum. Built in 1994 by Yasuo Beppu at Prince Rainier III’s request, it was created using strict zen principles and has a koi pond, islands, a waterfall, bridges, a tea house and, of course, lots of beautiful plants and flowers.  

The Japanese Garden near the Grimaldi Forum and Mareterra district. Photo source: Unsplash


For those willing to get their steps in, the famous Monaco Grand Prix circuit can be visited on foot. It may take up a chunk of time, but for fans of Formula 1, it’s a thrilling way to see the track up close and personal.  

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Tour the Grand Prix circuit on foot. Photo credit: Scuderia Ferrari Press Office


Monaco’s incredible pedestrian sculpture path has been created to allow the public to discover works by artists including Rodin, Bourdelle, Léger, Renoir, Arman, Cesar and Lalanne.  

Starting at the Place d’Armes, it is a two-kilometre stroll that takes roughly an hour and a half. For a full list of the pieces on display, as well as a recommended route itinerary, click here


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Featured photo credit: Monte-Carlo SBM / Jahan De Lestang Guillaume