Yes, I know that Monaco is not in Provence, or France.I’m allowed to take liberties, especially for somewhere so attractive as the Exotic Gardens of Monaco.
If you are in this part of south-eastern France a visit to these gardens is indispensable. Covering about 3 acres the garden is set on a cliff overlooking the bay of Monaco and the French and Italian Riviera. It is absolutely stunning.
Cacti and Succulents as well as Mediterranean plants cover the cliff and have achieved a size and maturity rarely seen outside their natural habitats. There are more than 1000 varieties of cacti and succulents to admire.
A path meanders up the cliff and is surrounded on both sides with exotic plants and beyond that is the beautiful view of the Mediterranean coast.Â At the top of the gardens the view opens out to a panorama that includes the Rock of Monaco, the Port of Monaco and Monte Carlo.
As well as the garden there is aÂ cave at the bottom of the garden which was opened to the public in 1950. This can be visited with a guided tour to see the stalactites, stalagmites and naturally sculpted columns within.
Also on the same site as the Monaco exotic gardens is an Anthropology museum with archaeological exhibits collected from the Principality of Monaco.
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Visit soon, highly recommended, but you may prefer to visit for the day – from your villa in France. Accommodation and restaurants in Monaco are not always very cheap.