Jardin Exotique

Address: 62 Blvd du Jardin Exotique, Monaco, 98000, Monaco
Telephone: +377 93 15 29 80

- Mid-range


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.

Value for money

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.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation