Monaco’s gardens and the Zoological Garden


Thanks to a real appreciation for its roots, the Principality of Monaco began thinking green well before the 21st century. The State has always focused on developing its parks and gardens as part of its town planning. An eco-friendly mindset and policy that the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer has fervently embraced from the very beginning.

A hotel, casino, and gardens…

When Prince Charles III founded the Société des Bains de Mer in 1863, lemon, olive and orange trees carpeted the Plateau des Spélugues where the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo and the Monte Carlo Casino would later be built. Spurred on by a desire to protect this natural heritage, the Principality entrusted the Société des Bains de Mer with the task of surrounding its establishments with “gardens, groves, pavilions and promenades to ensure foreign visitors enjoy a comfortable and luxurious stay”. Thanks to this royal request, glorious gardens now tower over the Place du Casino, featuring palm trees and fountains. While a section of this – the Jardins des Boulingrins – is temporarily home to the Promenade Monte-Carlo Shopping center, the nearby Jardins de la Petite Afrique gardens continue to exude the exotic aromas of their luscious vegetation. Almost 150 years later, in 2005, it was with a similar mindset that the Société des Bains de Mer inaugurated the Jardins du Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, a veritable journey for the mind and soul carried by breezes infused with Mediterranean and tropical fragrances.

An exotic oasis in the heart of the city

The pearl of the Principality, a kingdom that embraces the exuberant and the original, the Exotic Garden is the world’s largest rockery of succulents. Clinging to the cliff side, it offers exceptional sweeping views over the city and Riviera. Another green enclave with a thoroughly different exotic twist can be found at the Japanese Garden: a haven of peace and tranquility sheltered in the shadow cast by the Grimaldi Forum and designed in line with Zen philosophy. Bonsai trees and a little bridge fording a stream teeming with goldfish… It would be difficult not to fall in love with this charming park where rock, water and plant life co-exist in harmony.

Strolls and wanders…

In the Fontvieille Park, the sumptuous Princess Grace Rose Garden is a feast for the senses and treat for the soul. Come and admire the 4,000 rose bushes that thrive here. As for the St Martin Gardens to the south-east of the Rock, its little paths snake their way over the crest in the midst of luxuriant Mediterranean flora. A selection of enchanting walks to enjoy after a trip to see the Zoological Garden of Monaco and its 250 animals.