Exotic Garden, Monte-Carlo
One thing in Monte Carlo that will not cost you a King's ransom is to visit the gardens which are adjacent to the aquarium. The local very pleasant climate is obviously conducive to growth and the gardens are immaculately kept. If you have lost all your money in the Casino, this might be the place to come and reflect on your folly!
I hope the photos give some sense of the beauty of the place.
This garden is one of the natural wonders of Europe.Situated on the rock overlooking the sea. The panaroma of the superior platform gives a wonderful sight which extends to Italy and entire principality.
The Exotic Garden is a genuine museum of flora. The most presentative family of the succulent plants is the Cacti originating from America. The first Cacti were imported since the 16th century. Because of the climate (annual average 17) most flowers remain open any time of the year. I visited there in March and it was snowing for short time but many flowers were blossemed.
There is a big cave "La Grotte" with small columns and stalagmites. If you have energy for almost 300 steps, it is worth to see. There is a guided tour every hour.
Opening Times: 9.00-19.00 May 15th-Sep 15th
9.00-18.00 During the other months
Great view from Exotic Garden. It takes 1.5-2 hours.
You can have baverages or hot drinks in a small cafe in the Garden. If it is snowing or hailing ( I had those in short time when I was visiting the garden) it is cosy to have hot drinks in this small cafe.