Famed for the Grand Prix, the Palais Princier and the Casino, Monaco offers glamour and luxury, but, despite the glitz, there are plenty of attractions for non millionaires! Plus with it’s warm climate and beautiful beach, it’s the perfect combination of city break and sunshine getaway.
Monaco is divided into different areas:
Monte-Carlo – The Casino, luxury hotels and leisure facilities, Larvotto beach, the Monte Carlo Sporting Club, the Boulingrins Gardens.
La Condamine – The port quarter
Monaco-Ville – The old fortified town, with the Prince’s Palace, the Cathedral and the Oceanographic Museum.
Fontvieille – The newest area of the Principality of Monaco. A man-made waterfront area features a harbor, stadium and sports complex, heliport, as well as some shopping areas.
Moneghetti – The Révoires and the Exotic Gardens
Built by French architect Charles Garnier in 1878. The impressive façade is complimented by manicured lawns, flowerbeds and fountains.
Café de Paris
Located on the Casino Square, it’s the perfect place to have a drink, people watch and admire the expensive cars arrive at the casino.
Perched on a cliff-side, the Oceanographic Museum has been watching over the oceans for over a century. Inside is an fantastic aquarium with a collection of rare marine specimens and a selection of antique sea exploration devices.
This Roman-Byzantine-style building houses the burial places of past sovereigns, including Prince Rainier and Princess Grace.
At the Palace’s main entrance visitors can watch the changing of the guard ceremony performed by the “Carabiniers”. The Palace also offers a breathtaking panoramic view overlooking the Port and Monte-Carlo.
Prince’s car collection (Collection des Voiture Anciennes)
This is the private collection of the late Prince Rainer III. For any car enthusiast, it is the place to go, there is everything, from carriages and old cars, to formula 1 race cars.
Beautiful gardens, with over 6000 species of succulents, plus stunning views over the Principality.
Luxury goods and designer labels, including Prada, Gucci and Hermes can be found in Monaco’s many swanky boutiques. Probably not the place for a bargain!
La Condamine is the best area for mainstream shopping, and food and flower market.
Food, drink & nightlife
There is a huge choice of international restaurants, many with Michelin stars, but super great value options can be found in the Old Town and harbor. Don’t miss the famous Café Grand Prix and the Stars “N” Bars, for a well priced beer and snack.
Monte Carlo is home to the glitziest bars, whilst Fontvielle and La Condamine offer a more relaxed atmosphere. Discos, casinos, cinemas, bars, concerts, theatre and comedy shows are all on offer throughout the year.
Monaco offers many beds, for every budget, ranging from great value 2/3 star hotels on the edge of the principality to the highest 5 star luxury, clustered round the Casino area.
It’s only a short walk from the city to beach, so your options are endless.