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Expensive cars, grand casinos and a yacht-filled harbour - Monaco is a destination that exudes both luxury and glamour. The sovereign city-state sits on the French Riviera, measuring just 0.78 square miles. It’s possible to drive one side of the country to the other in under 10 minutes, making it easy to see plenty in just a few short days! Fly to Nice and from there it’s just a short drive, train journey or helicopter ride to the centre of Monaco.
Despite its reputation as a destination for the rich and famous, Monaco offers up a whole mix of affordable accommodation for all. No matter where you’ll stay you’ll be just a short walk away from the sights and the beaches - plus you can even pop into nearby France or Italy for a quick day trip!
Where to stay
This is the heart of Monaco and is where many of the hotels and iconic sights can be found. The bustling centre is awash with shops - both high-end and designer - as well as casinos, restaurants and picturesque harbours. It’s also one of the best places to base yourself if you’re visiting for the annual Grand Prix; the route runs along the coast and around the casino, so you’ll have a ring-side seat to all the action.
Accommodation in Monte Carlo takes in a number of luxurious 4* and 5* hotels boasting ocean views and swimming pools. However, the area is also home to a number of more affordable 3* hotels where you’ll find small but comfortable rooms. Given the small size of the country it’s hard to find a hotel with a bad location, ensuring you’ll never be too far from the main sights.
What to see
What Monaco lacks in size it definitely makes up for in hills, so be sure to pack some comfy shoes. One unmissable walk is one up to the top of the Rock of Monaco which houses the Old Town. Overlooking the sea, the rock is home to a warren of old streets and colourful buildings dating back to the 16th century. Another fabulous look-out point that sits high up on the cliffs is Jardin Exotique de Monaco, an open-air display of succulent plants that are usually found in dry zones around the world. With peaceful walkways through the garden, there are many opportunities to sit down and embrace the striking views out across the rooftops and over the harbour.
Even if you’re not a keen gambler, the elaborate casinos are a sight to behold. The Casino Monte-Carlo is the most famous of them all and has a variety of games to get stuck into, including roulette, blackjack and slot machines. The casino is also open in the morning for casual visits before the gaming begins. Opposite the Casino Monte-Carlo is the Casino Cafe de Paris, which stays open 24 hours a day.
Other must-see destinations in Monaco include the Musée océanographique, museum of marine sciences that offers an aquarium as well as plenty of interactive elements for the whole family. The Japanese Garden provides a serene area for relaxation amongst all the hustle and bustle, while fans of royalty might want to visit Saint Nicholas Cathedral to see the grave of Princess Grace of Monaco.
Unsurprisingly, Monaco goes all out when it comes to nightlife. Many of the nightlife goings-on can be found along the coast, ensuring plenty of opportunities to soak up the ocean views while you enjoy a tipple. Expect nightclubs open until the sun starts to rise, chic rooftop bars and classy cocktail bars that can verge on the pricier side of things. There are also a number of fancy beach clubs with plush sofas and chart-topping music.
What to eat
The national dish of Monaco is the barbagiuan, a savoury pastry that’s normally filled with Swiss chard and ricotta. You’ll find it being eaten everywhere on the pricinipality’s national day (19th November) but it’s also available as a snack from various markets and cafes. Given its coastal location, it’s hardly surprising that fish plays a big part in many of Monaco’s dishes; try stocafi, a fish stew made of dried cod, tomato sauce and onions, as well as brandamincium - salt cod that’s served up alongside a variety of local vegetables. For something sweet, be sure to try a slice of galapian, a delicious cherry and almond tart.
You don’t need to have bottomless purses to enjoy the shopping in Monaco, with high street stores and local boutiques sitting alongside world-famous designers. Métropole Shopping Monte-Carlo has a range of beauty, fashion and technology shops scattered around its three floors, while the Fontvieille Mall is home to more local stores. In the centre of Monte Carlo there are also several high-end designer stores for those who want to splash out - or just window shop.
Fast Facts about Monaco
- Direct flight time: Around 2 hours from London to Nice
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Currency: Euro
- Language: French
- Average price of a domestic beer: €7.59
- Average price of a bottle of wine: €12
- Number of Brit tourists per year: ?