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Exotic Garden (Jardin Exotique)

Step away from the hubbub of the city and into these peaceful gardens, where a huge collection of succulent plants thrive.

In the rocky terrain of Monaco's hills lies the Exotic Garden (Jardin Exotique), with a variety of plants that thrive in dry, hot conditions. The vast collection of flora grown here are known as succulents, a plant group which includes cacti and yucca trees. Many of the specimens here have been gathered from other similar terrains around the world, such as the deserts of the U.S. and Mexico. Arrive at any time of year to witness different plants flowering in bright colors.

Enter through the main gate and encounter the enormous “Mother-in-Law's cushion” (Echinocactus grusonii), a bulbous, thorny plant that is over 150 years old. Next to the entrance is a raised viewing point. From here, look out over the rest of the park and admire views of Monaco down below.

Follow the paths that wind through the park. Along the way you'll find tall, narrow cacti along Cereus Alley and more examples of the round grusonii as seen at the entrance. Rest at the bottom of the park in a quiet, shaded spot near the pond. Browse the collection at the greenhouse shop, which sells small examples of the flora displayed in the garden.

Make a trip underground to visit the Observatory Cave. Stalagmites and stalactites line the floors and ceilings of this subterranean space, where the temperature drops to a much cooler level. Smell the fragrances of the Mediterranean on the walk back up the hill, which leads past local plants.

Head to the neighboring Prehistoric Anthropology Museum, which you can access with your ticket to the garden. Learn about the prehistoric animals that once roamed this region and trace the history of humanity in the local area through fossils and archeological artifacts.

Find the Exotic Garden near the western border with France, about a 20-minute walk from the station. Park on the adjoining boulevard. Throughout the summer, the garden is used as an open-air venue for concerts and art exhibitions.


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Lodging Near Exotic Garden

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$243
Fairmont Monte Carlo

Fairmont Monte Carlo

12 Avenue de Spélugues, Monaco
4.4
of 5, from 801 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the Monte-Carlo area, this hotel is just a stone's throw from the Le Métropole shopping center and the Monte-Carlo Casino. The Port of Monaco and the Prince's Palace are also less than 1 km away.

$184
Hotel Novotel Monte Carlo

Hotel Novotel Monte Carlo

16 Boulevard Princesse Charlotte, Monaco
4.3
of 5, from 1,151 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Monaco hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Casino Square and Casino Monte Carlo. Monaco Harbour and Exotic Garden are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$387
Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

Square Beaumarchais, Monaco
4.7
of 5, from 195 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Monte Carlo, this luxury hotel is steps from Casino Square and Casino Monte Carlo. Monaco Harbour and Prince's Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$144
Riviera Marriott La Porte de Monaco

Riviera Marriott La Porte de Monaco

Port Cap D'ail, Cap d'Ail
4.1
of 5, from 371 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Port de Cap d'Ail, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Louis II Stadium and Chapiteau Espace Fontvieille. Prince's Palace and Exotic Garden are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$567
Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo

Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo

Place du Casino, Monaco
4.4
of 5, from 61 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Monte Carlo, this luxury hotel is steps from Casino Square and Casino Monte Carlo. Monaco Harbour and Prince's Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$219
Hotel Port Palace

Hotel Port Palace

7 Avenue J-f Kennedy, Monaco
4.4
of 5, from 476 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Facing the yachts in the harbor, this stylish boutique hotel is 0.3 km (0.2 mi) from Casino de Monte Carlo and Salle Garnier. Palais Princier and Musee Oceanographique are both 0.7 km (0.5 mi) away.

$126
Hotel Ambassador Monaco

Hotel Ambassador Monaco

10 Avenue Prince Pierre, Monaco
3.7
of 5, from 446 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in La Condamine, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Condamine Market and Prince's Palace. Monaco Harbour and Exotic Garden are also within 15 minutes.

$83
Aparthotel Adagio Monaco Monte Cristo

Aparthotel Adagio Monaco Monte Cristo

Rue des Martyrs de la Résistance, Beausoleil
3.7
of 5, from 336 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Les Moneghetti, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Casino Square and Casino Monte Carlo. Exotic Garden and Monaco Harbour are also within 1 mi (2 km).