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The Blooming Beautiful Gardens of Monaco

                  

The screech of tyres and fast pace of the Grand Prix is synonymous with Monaco, along with its glamourous casinos and sophisticated dining experiences. Its residents include the wealthy and successful, which is fortunate as some of the Monaco apartments for sale are fit for royalty! Princess Grace Avenue is one of the most expensive streets in the entire world to buy a home on. But there are more affordable options and for those seeking a new life in the sun they will find Monaco has more than just fast cars and luxury yachts.

There are many tranquil, green spaces in Monaco, scenic spots perfect for rest, relaxation and peace in beautiful surroundings. One of these is the Princess Grace Rose Garden, a tribute from Prince Rainier III of Monaco to his late wife Grace Kelly. If you are an old romantic at heart and a rose lover you will be in your element as there are over 300 kinds of them here – smelling the roses will take you an eternity! Adjacent to the rose garden you will find Fontvielle Park, a large space that combines parkland with a pretty lake and artwork. The sculptures that adorn the park include work from the renowned American artist Arman (a forefather of nouveau réalisme and buddy of Andy Warhol).

If you are swayed by the Monaco apartments for sale on the Avenue de Princess Grace then you will have the Le Jardin Japonais as your neighbour. A haven of peace and quiet, this intricate little garden is a sanctuary that offers a hideaway from the glamour and busy lifestyle that personifies Monaco. Prince Reiner III appointed Yasuo Beppu (a renowned landscape architect from Japan) to design the garden and the results offer originality and peace in equal measure. There’s a meditation area to lose yourself in, perfect after a busy day shopping Monaco style (just don’t spend too long adding up how much you’ve spent, this is a place for quiet contemplation, not panic).

For a regal treat head to Princess Antoinette Park which was named after Princess Antoinette (big sister to Prince Rainier). You will find it in the Condamine district and it’s the perfect place for a gentle stroll. There’s a breathtaking entrance and inside you will find meticulously manicured gardens and well-cared for flowers.

It can’t always be about peace, quiet and relaxation, though, if you have children they will appreciate a visit to the play area and a speedy race around on the go-kart track, heck you don’t need kids to visit that part, you’re never too old for a go on a swing and zoom about in a go-kart.

If it’s a taste of the exotic that you like then Le Jardin Exotique will live up to its name and wow your senses with its host of tropical plants. Hailing from South Africa and the Arabian Peninsula these are plants and flowers and cacti that you may have never witnessed before. There’s more than greenery here too with an observatory cave, where experts provide tours around the limestone rock caverns that can be found adorning the gardens.