The Principality of Monaco enjoys a very pleasant Mediterranean climate. Quite close to the subtropical climate, the region bathed in sunshine in summer, can sometimes be rainy in autumn and winter. If you are spending the last quarter of the year in Monaco, this guide to the “best activities to do in Monaco when it rains” will allow you to take full advantage of all that Monaco has to offer, even in the winter season!
Culture in the museums of Monaco
The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco : To the question “What to do in Monaco when it rains?”, the Oceanographic Museum will undoubtedly receive unanimous answers! At the heart of a building with monumental architecture, clinging to the Rock of Monaco overlooking the Mediterranean, the aquariums of the Oceanographic Museum are home to several thousand fish and corals.
The Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology of Monaco : Founded by Prince Albert I in 1902, with the aim of to preserve the vestiges of primitive humanities unearthed from the soil of the Principality and the surrounding regions”, the museum has been housed in the Exotic Garden of Monaco since 1959. Woolly mammoth and other vestiges of prehistory are waiting for you on your rainy day in Monaco!
The Car Collection of HSH the Prince of Monaco : It is on the Terrasses de Fontvieille that you can discover the magnificent collection of old cars belonging to Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
The Grimaldi Forum : A meeting place for culture buffs, the Grimaldi Forum is a must on winter afternoons in Monaco. Shows, concerts, exhibitions, ballets, congresses and operas: this gigantic complex hosts a large number of events throughout the year (like the sublime exhibition on Salvatore Dalí which took place this summer).
The Grand Apartments of the Palace : Open to visitors for part of the year, the State Apartments of the Prince’s Palace will not fail to amaze you. Works of art, antique furniture, gilding and moldings on the ceilings will brighten up your rainy afternoon in Monaco!
The New National Museum : This Monegasque museum made up of two establishments, the Villa Sauber and the Villa Paloma, offers a large choice of permanent and temporary exhibitions. It’s an excellent cultural outing to do during the winter in Monaco!
Delight in the restaurants of the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo
Restaurant Joel Robuchon (2* Michelin) : With 2 stars to its credit, the Joël Robuchon restaurant is a gem of gastronomy on the Côte d’Azur. Initiated by Mr. Robubon, the most starred chef in the world (31* in all), and his former disciple Christophe Cussac in 2004, it has become in just a few years an essential address for lovers of fine cuisine.
Find the dedicated article on the Mister Riviera blog: Restaurant Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo, the gastronomic heritage of the Côte d’Azur.
Restaurant Yoshi (1* Michelin) : Also located in the heart of the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, the Yoshi restaurant is the only Japanese restaurant in the world initiated by Joël Robuchon. Headed by chef Takeo Yamazaki, palates can’t get over the explosion of Japanese flavors that we discover with every bite.
Find the dedicated article on the Mister Riviera blog: Restaurant Yoshi, the star of Japanese gastronomy in Monaco.
Marvel at the beauty of the Principality’s churches
The Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate : If you like to visit churches when it rains, the Notre-Dame-Immaculée Cathedral will undoubtedly meet your expectations. This Romano-Byzantine cathedral is the main building of the Archdiocese of Monaco. The treasures it houses attract visitors throughout the year.
Sainte Devote chapel : This charming votive chapel, located in the Condamine district, was erected in memory of Sainte Dévote, the patron saint of Monaco. Sainte Dévote was a Christian martyr of the 4th century, whose body was placed on board a boat and made the trip from Corsica before being stranded on the coast of Monaco.
Get a makeover in Monegasque shopping centers
Fontvieille Shopping Center : With its 36 shops, the Fontvieille Shopping Center is the ideal place to spend a rainy day in Monaco.
One Monte Carlo : One Monte-Carlo is a brand new fashion district, with 24 luxury boutiques, 17 within the buildings themselves, on the new Promenade Princesse Charlène and on Avenue Princesse Alice. 6 others are added on the avenue des Beaux-Arts.
Find a cozy nest by investing in real estate
Whether you already own an apartment, or are passing through the region, rainy days provide an opportune time to view properties in Monaco. Winter is therefore the ideal season to contact a Monaco real estate agency.
Enjoy (moderately) in the famous casinos of Monaco
The Monte Carlo Casino : The Casino de Monte-Carlo is one of the most emblematic places in the Principality. Its wide selection of games, machines, restaurants and bars are sure to fill a rainy day in Monaco, or even keep you going late into the evening.
The Sun Casino : More than 300 games and no dress code! This is the perfect place to spend or earn money on a rainy day.
The Casino Cafe de Paris : The Casino Café de Paris is open 24/7. Its 480 slot machines, its table games and its restaurant-bar offering the possibility of having an aperitif at any time, are the ideal option for those who wish to know what to do in Monaco when it rains.
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(Article produced in collaboration with the agency Relevance Digital)