The name Monaco immediately conjures up images of sheer luxury; palatial yachts lying in a glistening bay, legendary casinos where the high rollers gamble away fortunes, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, and all with the soundtrack of the most glamorous Grand Prix in the background. Monaco has all that concentrated into its tiny city-state, measuring less than a square mile.
A much-loved playground for the world’s elite for nearly a century, Monaco is unlike any other place on earth. But there’s plenty more to discover in this intriguing destination. The old town of Monaco-Ville, with its charming network of mediaeval streets, is home to a 13th century fortress; the private residence of Monaco’s reigning Prince and Princess.
Monaco also houses some of the finest learning institutions in the world, most notably the Oceanographic Museum built by Prince Albert I as a palace to combine his two great passions, art and science. Inside, you’ll find an aquarium featuring a world-class collection of Mediterranean sealife including sharks, octopus and tortoises, as well as a panoramic terrace overlooking the amazing harbour.
Nearby, the tranquil gardens of the Jardin Exotique are a perfect respite from the fast paced city. Containing hundreds of rare exotic plant species, it’s also home to the world’s largest collection of cacti and there’s a grotto you can explore on a guided tour.
Once out of reach to all but the ultra rich, Monaco is now a captivating holiday destination accessible to everyone. Whether you choose to soak up the sun on one of its family-friendly beaches, discover its historical treasures or just wallow in the pure lavishness of your surroundings, holidays in Monaco are an experience you’ll never forget.
With the kind of scenery that drew great artists such as Chagall and Matisse to its shores, the timelessly elegant town of Nice lies just a few minutes along the coast from Monaco. Sprinkled across the crescent-shaped Bay of Angels, Nice rivals its neighbour with glitz and glamour, with perhaps a more relaxed, low-key vibe. One of the French Riviera’s hotspots, here you’ll find a heady mix of thrilling historical fascinations and effortlessly cool urbanites frequenting the luxurious beach clubs. Friendly and wonderfully stylish, Nice makes a perfect day trip on your Monaco vacation.
For a taste of the undiscovered Riviera, the sleepy town of Menton lies just a stone’s throw from the Italian border. One of the region’s charming little secrets, Menton is slowly welcoming more visitors who are attracted by its microclimate, its beautiful old town and its reputation for some of the finest cuisine on the Côte d’Azur. The laid back beaches are the perfect place to take advantage of its 316 sunny days a year, while its Baroque basilica holds an annual music festival each August. For the foodies, the renowned Mirazur restaurant enjoys stunning views from its hilltop perch and boasts not one but two Michelin stars.
Fancy a chance of bumping into your favourite movie star? A name synonymous with its film festival, Cannes is also a picturesque city in an idyllic location with enough world-class shops and boutiques to satisfy even the most discerning bargain hunter. A wonderful town to explore on foot, the maze of narrow cobbled streets in the Vieux-Port are lined with authentic old houses and bistros, while the palm tree fringed promenade is home to stunning art deco-style buildings and luxurious hotels. And of course, the Palais des Festivals is the place to head to in May to see the stars from Hollywood walk the red carpet.
In what must be one of the most spectacular settings of any museum in the world, the Oceanographic Museum is housed in a vast neoclassical palace, nesting on the rock above Monaco. Also known as the Jacques Cousteau museum, as the underwater pioneer was the curator for more than 30 years, it contains Europe’s leading aquarium. With more than 6,000 specimens on display, you can discover the incredible diversity of marine life in the Mediterranean and watch the spellbinding sharks prowl the waters of their lagoon.
Monte Carlo Casino
The absolute must-see on your Monaco holiday, the Belle Époque grandeur of the Casino de Monte Carlo transports you into your own James Bond fantasy, even if your idea of high stakes gambling extends no further than the slot machines in the reception! If you really want a date with lady luck, there are any number of games on offer, from roulette to blackjack, poker to baccarat. For those who’d rather keep a tighter grip on their Euros, the casino opens between 9am and noon every day for tours and is also home to Monte Carlo’s opera and ballet.
The Prince’s Palace
The official home of the head of Monaco’s constitutional monarchy, the Palais du Prince is a lavish royal residence built on the site of a fortress dating back to 1215. Today, you can tour the extravagant state apartments with their beautifully preserved 16th century frescoes, as well as the imposing throne room and Mazarin Salon. At precisely 11.55am every day, the traditional changing of the guards takes place in the square, attracting thousands of visitors.
French Riviera cuisine
Perhaps more than any other, French cuisine is famous all over the world and the food along the Côte d’Azur is the highlight of the entire country. The glorious Mediterranean climate, verdant countryside and sparkling blue waters produce all the ingredients of their ‘Cuisine du Soleil’ or sunshine cuisine. Home to some of the most venerated restaurants in Europe, eating in the French Riviera is an unforgettable experience.
As you’d expect for a city so renowned for its wealth and splendour, Monaco has more than its fair share of top-class places to eat. There’s as many Michelin stars here as film stars and restaurants such as Le Louis XV are the epitome of fine dining if you’re in the mood to really treat yourself. Away from the extravagant haunts of the rich and famous, you’ll also find unbeatable dishes in many of the cosy local brasseries at much more reasonable prices. The region’s speciality bouillabaisse, a hearty traditional fisherman’s stew, is a particular favourite, made with the freshest seafood caught just a few miles offshore.
The glorious excesses of Monaco are now there to be enjoyed by holidaymakers from all walks of life. Once the preserve of the rich and famous, this charming city on the beautiful French Riviera is easily accessible and full of life.
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