Jardin Exotique de Monaco

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Jardin Exotique de Monaco
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Beautiful tropical gardens surrounding the Observatory Cave, featuring weird rock formations.
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maisiecymru
Swansea, UK69 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Had quite a quick visit here on our last morning in Monaco before having to catch flight back home. We had free tickets courtesy of an amazing British Airways/Principality of Monaco 3 day package offer. We were able to catch the no 2 bus up to the gardens (from the ‘upper level’ train station) and walked back. The gardens are breathtakingly beautiful, quite compact but clinging to the hillside with lots of steps and turns so that every minute seemed to give you another ‘Instagrammable’ photo. The main entrance provides a wonderful panoramic vista and the plants are just wonderful. It sounds pretty unchanged since 1933 and a lot of good work is done in conserving species of cactus. The observation platform and the caves did not seem to be open but we were very happy with what we saw.
Written February 9, 2020
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VesperLyndoo7
Kingston upon Thames, UK159 contributions
Aug 2019
We went to Monaco for a long weekend in August and this place was on our shortlist to visit. It's a bit of a trek to get to it walking, but I think there is a bus that goes there from the centre so you may want to consider it if you don't feel like walking up and down, especially on a hot sunny day.
Once there, we found the place really beautiful and worthwhile. True, it's not very different from other botanical gardens we have seen before but what makes it so amazing is the beautiful location it's set in and the gorgeous views over Monaco and the sea. I skipped the cave tour but my husband went and said it was very interesting (but a lot of steps back up). There were other visitors but the place was not crowded and it felt quite relaxing. The facilities are well maintained, the toilets are clean and bright. There is a small gift shop with fair choice of things if you'd like to take some souvenirs back home. Overall we'd recommend the gardens to anyone who is interested in gardens and caves and wants some quiet time away from the crowds, but do keep in mind it's on a slope and you'd have to go down and up stairs.
Written January 26, 2020
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mlbpafan
Loveland, CO1,631 contributions
Oct 2019
I thought I was being dragged to another garden, but this place is amazing! The plants, succulents and cacti here are fabulous and the views of the city are to die for! The size of these plants is amazing and the display of them is done very nicely. You basically walk down a slight incline back and forth through the plants. When you get to the bottom of the garden, you can simply turn around and walk back up the incline, or you can climb steps instead. We chose the steps which was taxing, but quicker. The views from up here are breathtaking and I would recommend a trip here, even if you don't go into the garden!
Written January 2, 2020
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vtc2017
Miami, FL1,721 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Beautiful garden and costal view. 5euros to get in but is wort it every penny. Plants from all over the world, a small koi pound and a cave. Very quiet during extra season but gets crowds during season. Next door is the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology.
Written January 16, 2020
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DavidKeltner
Broadview Heights, OH281 contributions
My wife and I happened on the the exotic garden during a casual walk around Monte Carlo. It is an extremely long garden which hangs on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranian. Both my wife and I are devoted to plants (she is a professional horticulturist). This garden provided awesome specimens of every imaginable Mediterranian plant. The size of the specimens was like nothing either of us had ever seen. There were rosmary herbs dangling several stories down the cliff. There were blooming woody tropicals several stories tall. I can't imagine how old the plant life was.

The views of the Med and the harbors below were equally as exciting as the plant lfe. This visit was surely one of the highlights of our ten day cruise.

Don't miss it!!!!!
Written March 2, 2007
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Destination38086
Graceville, Florida1 contribution
After having seen the Jardine Exotique featured on the American Television show Victory Garden, I planned my trip to southern Europe around going thru Monte Carlo to see the gardens.

I was not disappointed. I visited the gardens in late September and appeared to be the only one in the gardens.

They are simply breath taking. Much more that I had imagined. Could not believe the size of the plants. Most of the plants that were tree sized we grow in small pots in our homes here in the States.

Again, wonderful. If I ever get the chance to come to Europe again, I will come back to the gardens because, of course, by then, as in the nature of all gardens, something will have changed.
Written June 22, 2006
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divefan
St. Helena, CA610 contributions
May 2011
It's hard to impress this jaded garden lover, as I have been to so many across the world. However, this little gem in Monaco had me thrilled to the marrow. Somebody with a lot of money and a love for cacti managed to build this essentially on the side of a cliff, with fabulous views of the coast. There are charming little walkways and ponds, and even an underground cave. Who would thing you'd find an astounding assortment of cacti from South America and Mexico on the Mediterranean coast? The climate must agree with them, because the specimens were huge! Some of them looked so bizarre they may as well have been from Mars. Take the bus up to the gardens or you will be too worn out to enjoy them once you get there. There are a lot of stairs and some moderately strenuous walking.
Written June 3, 2011
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cobmw
Colorado23 contributions
The botanical gadens were nice. Mostly cactus well presented on fun paths along the hillside.

But the joy for us was in the views from the paths. Unobstructed views of all Monaco from a high vantage point. Stunning - bring your camera.

The other great surprise was the cavern at the bottom of the gardens. You go down 300 steps into beautiful underground caverns. Nice, well-lit pathways make it a fun adventure.
Take the bus from near the aquarium or park your car in the underground lot near the gardens (see signs).
Written July 9, 2008
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anjchang
Cambridge, MA9 contributions
I went backpacking with a friend and we decided to take a day off from the museums and casinos to see this beautiful garden. It was gorgeous and I remember we ooh-ed and ahh-ed a lot at the way the flowers and trees were arranged on the paths. It was a nice, easy path, and the weather was beautiful. The paths are well-kept and the staff is friendly. It was a nice break from the typical backpacker stuff. Most of the people who were there were families and couples wandering around. It wasn't too crowded, and I found it quite peaceful.
Written June 9, 2007
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HolidayForUs
Bath, UK2,281 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
We walked to the Exotic Gardens from the train station (uphill, about half-an-hour), which was signposted and easy to find. Bus number 2 goes from the railway station and terminates at the gardens. The gardens are free on Sundays with an entrance charge on other days. The ticket includes a visit to underground caves and a museum. There are toilets at the entrance with a fee and free toilets at the caves. There are very good views of Monaco from the gardens and plenty of viewpoints. The gardens are on a steep bank with lots of cacti and other exotic plants and sculptures. There is a recommended route through the gardens. At the bottom, there is an entrance to caves, where there is a thirty-minute guided tour available on the hour. There are some 300 steps to descend. On the return path to the entrance, there is a small museum with some archaeological artefacts. We were met by a lady at the entrance who gave us a free tour (we gave a tip at the end). Allow around two hours for a visit.
Written May 29, 2016
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