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Monte Carlo is a good place for a short term visit due to the close location of many sites within a short distance. Luckily the city is tiny and can be seen on foot within hours, and a short visit to the tourist office will reveal many sites. Here are just aa few.

Casinos

Monte Carlo is famous for its casinos. The most famous is The Casino de Monte-Carlo, which is an architectural splendor. Founded around 1863 by French architect Jules Touzet, it is possible to see the casino, but remember to be well dressed and bring your passport. Other casinos include the Casino Café de Paris, Sun Casino and La Rascasse

Museums and Collections

The Prince’s Car Collection is in Fontvieille, and may require more transport but is generally still walkable. The Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium on Avenue Saint-Martin are good to look at as the fish, invertebrates, sea growths, and a whale skeleton are fantastic.

Other Wondrous Sites

Walking near the coast, Avenue Saint-Martin has beautiful gardens and a Cathedral from the late 19th century, which was the place where Grace and Prince Ranier married. The Palais du Prince (Prince’s Palace) is in Monaco-Ville and has spectacular harbor views. The inside of the buildings has 15th-century frescos and 17th-century architecture.

The Opera House is called the “Salle Garnier” and was created by Charles Garnier. Frescoes and sculptures are a feature of the Opera House and a great way to get away from the outdoor sun or weather. The Opera House has had some of the most exquisite performances, ballet, opera, and concerts.

It is possible to see lots of Monte Carlo in a short time and get a general feel for the principality within a short distance. Music, architecture, museums, casinos, and even having a walk are a wonderful way to experience Monte Carlo.