The Palais Princier, or Prince’s Palace at one end of the rock platform that supports Monaco-Ville.
The Palais Princier is the official residence of Prince Albert II. Built in 1191 by the Genoese it’s been fought over for hundreds of year but has been home to the Grimaldi family off and on since 1297 (when François Grimaldi captured the fortress disguised as a monk) with a little help from their French friends.
Tours of the Palace State Apartments are available throughout most days or just wander the streets for free, check out the panoramic views over the port and Monte Carlo and watch the changing of the guard at 11. 55am daily.
The little streets in the old town are very reminiscent of Nice’s Vieille Ville, and prices didn’t seem too different either.
The Oceanographic Museum
The Musée Océanographique. Photo by Gleb Radchenko.
The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is magnificent and recognised worldwide as an authority on marine life, presenting a huge collection of stuffed marine life forms in addition to a vast, 6m deep Mediterranean-life aquarium housing 6, 000 specimens including sharks, sea turtles, moray eels, giant guitarfish and so on, as well as a growing coral reef, a tactile pool, a bizarre but educational nursery, an avante-garde ‘Liquid Galaxy’ exhibition created by Google and film shows.
In the summertime The Rock also offers a spectacular open-air cinema in a beautiful setting with very comfortable and spacious seats.