Jardin Exotique

Price guide: Mid-range

62 Blvd du Jardin Exotique, Monaco, 98000

Price guide: Mid-range

Jardin Exotique
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#4 of 6
expert-rated things to do in Monaco
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Relaxation

Expert review of Jardin Exotique

Prickly experience in Monaco's best gardens.

For such a packed place, Monaco crams in a lot of gardens. Whatever the state-let's reputation, it displays a serious concern for nature and beauty. The Jardin Exotique is the most interesting of the lot.

Perched high up at the entrance to the principality, it unravels down the rock-face, covering the descent with an extraordinary collection of cacti and succulents. Some date from early last century and have grown as huge as houses. It’s like wandering through a sort of vertical New Mexico.


Except that the views are more ravishing – way across the sea to the Italian Riviera. Believe me, it’s worth the bus trip up, even if you can’t tell a cactus from a cowslip.

The entry price also gets you into a cave within the gardens full of stalactites and stalagmites (be warned: there are 300 steps) and an on-site museum of pre-history.

Price advice: 

Adults 7.20 euros; over-65s 5.50 euros; 6-18 year-olds & students 3.80 euros.

Expert tips: 
Wear a decent pair of walking shoes. Flip-flops and, especially, high heels will struggle on these steep, wriggly paths.

More information on Jardin Exotique:

Price guide:
Park / garden, Viewpoint
62 Blvd du Jardin Exotique, Monaco, 98000
+377 93 15 29 80
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily, May 15-Sept 15, 9am-7pm; Sept 16-May 14, 9am-6pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
Wildlife / Nature

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