Jardin Exotique de Monaco

Monaco, Monaco

The Jardin Exotique de Monaco is a botanical garden located on a cliffside in Monaco. The succulent plants were brought back from Mexico in the late 1860s. By 1895, Augustin Gastaud, who served as the Chief Gardener of the State Gardens of Monaco, grew the succulents in the Jardin St Martin.

Albert I, Prince of Monaco acquired a piece of land in Les Moneghetti in 1912. He commissioned Louis Notari, the Chief Engineer of Monaco, to build a new garden with footbridges. During the construction, Notari found a grotto underneath in 1916.

The grotto was opened to the public in 1950, but it may only be visited with specialized guides. Evidence of prehistoric human inhabitants has been found in the cave. There is a museum of Prehistoric Anthropology within the Exotic Garden displaying many of those prehistoric remains. It was founded by Prince Albert I in 1902.



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Founded: 1860s
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Monaco


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Luis Alberto Valencia (13 months ago)
Wonderful place, relax and most of all view on Monaco and Montecarlo. Love it
Petina Madzharska (4 years ago)
It is very interesting for visiting place with a lot of different types of plants. Some of them are exotic and you can’t see them in many places. There is a historical museum in the garden. I liked it a lot because in my opinion it was more children oriented and information that you can receive there is presented in a very attractive and easy way. The view from the garden is also breathtaking because the garden is located on a cliffside and you can see the whole Monaco from it. The only thing that I regret for is that we weren’t able to visit the cave because it was closed that time of the year.
T C (4 years ago)
Beautiful garden and costal view. 5euros to get in but is wort it every penny. Plants from all over the world, a small koi pound and a cave. Very quiet during extra season but gets crowds during season. Next door is the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology.
Sarah Nossy (5 years ago)
By far one of my favorite gardens in a city that’s I’ve been to. Incredible views and an underground cave. Loads of cacti and succulents. I felt like I was on another planet. We bought a combo ticket which included entrance to the ocean museum.
JOKO MUSLIM (5 years ago)
It's a good place to escape from all the hectic atmosphere of city and enjoy the beauty of various cactus for a while. Be caution, you cannot take your baby stroller inside the garden.
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