Explore France: The Prince’s Palace, Monaco

Explore France: The Prince’s Palace, Monaco

Monaco is a country in its own right and its own family lives and works at the Prince’s Palace.

The Grimaldi’s, Monaco’s ruling family, open parts of the palace during the high season which allows the public a rare glimpse into palace life.

One of the most luxurious royal residences in the world, it’s well worth a visit during your stay in Monte Carlo.

Between April and October you can look around the State Apartments where you’ll walk through the Mirror Gallery and have the opportunity to peruse the Louis XV Lounge, the beautiful Blue Room, the Throne Room and the Palatine Chapel.

Be sure not to miss out on the white stone St Mary’s Tower, and the ornate marble staircase at the Carrara.

Along the way, keep an eye out for the Renaissance fireplace, wood-panelled walls and 15th-century frescoes with images of mythical creatures.

Prince’s Palace also hosts a number of events during the course of the year, including its annual Christmas children’s party.

You can also go and see the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra play their open-air concerts in the courtyard, or watch the Changing of the Guard.

This takes place every day at 11.55am on the square in front of the palace.

After visiting Prince’s Palace, you should also visit the Place du Palais, where you’ll be able to enjoy the magnificent views of the royal building.

Also close by is the Oceanographic Museum which another must see in Monaco.

You can buy a joint ticket to cover both attractions.

Saint Nicholas Cathedral and Saint-Martin Gardens are also within walking distance.