Exotic Garden of Monaco

62, boulevard du Jardin Exotique
98000 Monaco
High on the cliffs overlooking Monaco, the Exotic Garden is a showcase for the exuberance, strangeness and surrealism of nature. (Currently closed - due to re-open in 2025)

Sixty metres underground, explore a prehistoric cave with its spectacular limestone formations, formed over thousands of years.

The Exotic Garden

Spread over an area of around 15 hectares, the Exotic Garden is home to a thousand cacti and other succulent plants with stems or hypertrophic leaves which store water. Originally from the planet’s main semi-arid regions, these plants still produce plenty of flowers.  The principal flowering seasons are winter (January–February) for South African succulents such as Aloe and Crassula, and spring and summer for cacti, a family native to the American continent.
The enormous plants lining the paths of the Exotic Garden show the age of the collection, which served as the basis for the garden’s creation at the instigation of Prince Albert I.  Opened to the public in February 1933, and supplemented in the 1960s by a botanical centre and specialist tree nursery, the garden is one of the Principality’s most visited tourist attractions.

The Observatory Cave

At the base of the cliff on which the Exotic Garden is situated (called “the observatory” due to the small astronomical observatory that has long stood there), 100 metres above sea level, there is a subterranean chamber that is open to visitors. The limestone rock, carved out by carbon dioxide-containing water, is studded with caverns adorned with geological formations bearing evocative names: stalactites, stalagmites, draperies, columns, soda straws...

Expert-guided tours of the Cave are included in the entry ticket for the Exotic Garden. The tour travels from a depth of 98 metres to a depth of 40 meters (around 300 steps).  The chamber plunges down almost to sea level and is regularly explored by local cavers.
The presence of prehistoric humans in the region of the cave is confirmed by the bones of the animals that they ate.  These remains also provide an insight into how the climate has changed over the last 250,000 years.

If you enjoyed exploring the cave, you might also like to visit the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology. 


 Accessibility: Pushchairs and prams are not permitted in the garden (they may be left at the entrance). 
Due to the topography of the garden, accessibility for wheelchair users is limited to the flat area at the entrance to the exhibition hall.
The stunning panoramic view of the Principality and the Riviera is accessible.
Wheelchair users enjoy free entry and reduced rates are available for persons accompanying them.
People with disabilities will be charged a reduced rate on presentation of their disability card.
The Cave is not accessible by wheelchair and people with reduced mobility will find access difficult due to the numerous steps and narrow passageways.


Opening times and admission prices:
The Exotic Garden and Observatory Cave will remain closed until 2025 while renovation and safety work is carried out.
The Botanical Centre at the Exotic Garden is open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. There is no charge for admission.
The Exotic Garden Gift Shop also remains open, from Tuesday to Saturday, 8.30 am to 5 pm.