Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1,000,000 properties worldwide and 550 airlines worldwide

Search over a million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation.

Palace Square (Place du Palais)

Stroll around this picturesque and historic square, which borders the official royal residence of Monaco.

Palace Square, or Place du Palais, is a plaza in the heart of Monaco's old town at the center of Monacan life. Come here to see the Prince's Palace, a regal home that has a façade with an eclectic mixture of architectural styles. Behind the mansion loom the mountains of southern France. View the glamorous harbors on either side of the square.

As the historic center of town, the square makes a great starting point for sightseers. Approach the plaza from the city below. The first landmark you encounter is the statue of François Grimaldi. Inspect the bronze rendition which depicts the nation's leader disguised as a Franciscan monk. Grimaldi dressed as a monk to gain access to the prized Rock of Monaco in the 13th century. Cross to the west side of the square and notice how cannons line the walls here, recalling the palace's history as a fortress.

Stay on the square to witness the changing of the guard just before noon every day. The Carabiniers, dressed in bright white summer uniforms or black winter uniforms, perform the meticulously executed military drills in a routine that has not changed in 100 years.

Experience life as a royal by touring the State Apartments of the palace. More than a dozen of the ornately decorated rooms are open for the public to explore. Learn about the different functions of each chamber, such as the Blue Room, which was used for official receptions and features paintings of different generations of the Grimaldi family. Visit in summer to see evening concerts in the courtyard.

Facing the plaza is the official building of the Prince's Guard. Follow the narrow alleys leading behind this building to explore the old town, where you’ll find Saint Nicholas Cathedral and the Oceanographic Museum.

Palace Square sits on top of a rocky outcrop in Monaco, so it requires a bit of a climb to get here. Walk up Rampe de la Major or take a public bus. From the station, the journey should take about 15 minutes on foot.


Guide to Exploring Palace Square


Map

Top Hotel Deals

See all 4,068 properties near Palace Square
Fairmont Monte Carlo £186
Fairmont Monte Carlo

Fairmont Monte Carlo

12 Avenue de Spélugues, Monte Carlo, Monaco
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Monaco hotel is located on the waterfront, steps away from Le Metropole Shopping Center, Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track and Casino Monte Carlo. Monaco Harbour and Grimaldi Forum are also within 15 minutes. Monte Carlo Monaco Station is 14 minutes by foot and Monte-Carlo-Country-Club Halt is 29 minutes.

    Hotel Novotel Monte Carlo £131
    Hotel Novotel Monte Carlo

    Hotel Novotel Monte Carlo

    16 Boulevard Princesse Charlotte, Monte Carlo, Monaco
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Monaco hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Casino Monte Carlo and Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track. Monaco Harbour and Grimaldi Forum are also within 15 minutes. Monte Carlo Monaco Station is only a 3-minute walk.

      Columbus Monte-Carlo £138
      Columbus Monte-Carlo

      Columbus Monte-Carlo

      23 Avenue Des Papalins, Monaco
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Monaco hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Prince's Palace (Palais Princier) and Monaco Harbour. Casino Monte Carlo and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art are also within 16 mi (25 km). Monte Carlo Monaco Station is 21 minutes by foot.

        Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo £328
        Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

        Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

        Square Beaumarchais, Monaco
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Monte Carlo, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, just steps away from Casino Square, Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track and Casino Monte Carlo. Monaco Harbour and Grimaldi Forum are also within 15 minutes. Monte Carlo Monaco Station is 8 minutes by foot.

          Riviera Marriott La Porte de Monaco £117
          Riviera Marriott La Porte de Monaco

          Riviera Marriott La Porte de Monaco

          Port Cap D'ail, Cap d'Ail, Alpes-Maritimes
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located near the slopes, this Cap d'Ail hotel is in a national park, and within 1 mi (2 km) of Louis II Stadium, Chapiteau Espace Fontvieille and Prince's Palace (Palais Princier). Exotic Garden (Jardin Exotique) and Casino Monte Carlo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Monte Carlo Monaco Station is 24 minutes by foot.

            Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo £507
            Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo

            Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo

            Place du Casino, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Monte Carlo, this luxury hotel is steps away from Casino Square, Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track and Casino Monte Carlo. Monaco Harbour and Grimaldi Forum are also within 15 minutes. Monte Carlo Monaco Station is 12 minutes by foot.

              Hotel Ambassador Monaco £117
              Hotel Ambassador Monaco

              Hotel Ambassador Monaco

              10 Avenue Prince Pierre, Monaco
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in La Condamine, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track, Prince's Palace (Palais Princier) and Monaco Harbour. Exotic Garden (Jardin Exotique) and Oceanographic Museum are also within 15 minutes. Monte Carlo Monaco Station is 11 minutes by foot.

                5 Monaco 2 Double Bedrooms! 5 Mins Walk Casino
                5 Monaco 2 Double Bedrooms! 5 Mins Walk Casino

                5 Monaco 2 Double Bedrooms! 5 Mins Walk Casino

                1 Rue de Vedel, Monaco Ville, Le Rochet, Monaco, Monaco-Ville
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Monaco-Ville, this apartment building is steps away from Palace Square and Prince's Palace (Palais Princier). Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track and Monaco Harbour are also within 10 minutes. Monte Carlo Monaco Station is 17 minutes by foot.