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
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JOKO MUSLIM (13 months 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.
Micha Baumgartner (13 months ago)
Usually i'm not a big fan of those botanic gardens but this place is absolutely awesome. It is a very relaxed and calm area in the heart of the city.
Arun N (13 months ago)
Good place to go solo or with family. Beautify kept cactus in a green park! Lots of us and downs the stairs. Lovely sights of the monaco downtown!
Francis Tay (14 months ago)
An Eden amongst all botanical garden in Europe. A suspended garden, nestled between rock and vegetation, with a series of bridges, archways and narrow walk paths amidst hundred of species of outlandishly shaped exotic plants and cacti. This jardin exotique perched on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the principality of Monaco offering a breathtaking panoramic view stretching between the French and Italian Riviera's. It is an absolute must visit for any tourist coming to Monaco. Highly recommended.
Terence Lee (15 months ago)
Truly a one of a kind park. They now offer the "Museum Oceanographic + Exotic Garden" combo ticket for €10 for students which was just perfect for us as we were planning to visit both places. I would also recommend going the to cave tour which happens on the hour almost every hour. Even if you're not impressed by the exotic and exquisite plants, the views you can get of the cliffs of the French Riviera should at least make it worth it.
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