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Getaway to Monaco: all the information to prepare your stay

Resident or passing through the Côte d’Azur, don’t miss a trip to Monaco. Although it is tiny this “City-State” is really worth the detour. Contrary to what some believe, Monaco does not belong to the France. It is an independent state bearing the official name of Principality of Monaco. This tiny state is 24 km from Nice. It borders Cap-d’Ail, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and Beausoleil. Put on your thirty-one, we’re leaving trip to monaco.

Monaco: all you need to know before going on holiday!

  • The main places to visit : Casino of Monte-Carlo, Oceanographic Museum, Palace of the Princes of Monaco, Cathedral of Monaco, Exotic Garden of Monaco, Larvotto Beach, Opera of Monte-Carlo, New National Museum of Monaco, Museum of Old Monaco.
  • A favorite : going out to flame in the casinos of Monte Carlo.
  • Budget average for a day : from 120 to 150€/day/person for an average budget, including meals, visits, hotels and transport. It’s easy to spend more in Monaco!
  • Go : by plane, via Nice-Côte d’Azur international airport. Monaco is 22min drive from Nice by car. SNCF train at Monaco Monte-Carlo station. By helicopter or boat.
  • Or sleep : you will find a good choice of high-end and luxury hotels in Monaco, as well as apartment rentals and Airbnbs. Find your accommodation in the heart of Monte Carlo.
  • A dream hotel : the Hotel de Paris, Place du Casino, 5 stars.
  • Hotel prices : from 120 to 150€/night per double room on average for a comfortable 3-star hotel.
  • The unmissable event : the Monaco Grand Prix in Formula 1.
  • Recommended visiting time : 2 days, i.e. a full weekend, are the minimum to enjoy Monaco. Do not hesitate to stay 3-4 days to deepen the visit and explore the nearby surroundings.
  • Gastronomy : many great restaurants in Monaco. Varied cuisine.
  • A Monaco institution : The Louis XV – Alain Ducasse
  • On-site transportation : to discover the center of Monte Carlo, one moves mainly on foot. For long journeys, use taxis and buses.
  • In the surrounding area : Explore the French Riviera from Monaco.
  • When to go : the best season to visit Monaco is from April to June and from September to October to enjoy the most pleasant climate. In July-August for the atmosphere. In December for the end of year celebrations.
  • A website to check out : the tourism office Link

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History: Monaco and its rock

It’s hard to imagine that such a small rock could have caused so much talk about it, going so far as to acquire the international fame that is that of Monaco… because before becoming a princely family making the headlines of celebrity magazines, it must not forget that the Grimaldi are among the oldest ruling families in the world, since their tenure dates back to the very end of the 13th century!

Always considered an independent state (except for rare intermittences), the 2 square kilometers of Monegasque territory continues to attract stars and the jet set as much as tourists looking for glitz and Mediterranean. The prince’s palace and the palaces, the famous casino, or the oceanographic museum are the must-sees of Monaco, a small piece of entirely urbanized monarchist land which will undoubtedly continue to subjugate the world for a long time.

Travel to Monaco: what to see and what to do?

The Principality of monaco is very small, it can be visited in one day. So if you don’t plan to spend your entire stay there, you can schedule a Monegasque day in Monaco. This will be more than enough to criss-cross it up and down, with a visit to:

  • Prince’s Palace of Monaco : if you want to immerse yourself in the princely life of Monaco, be sure to visit the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. Its construction dates back to 1911. The palace is located on the heights of Monaco, thus offering a breathtaking view of the entire Rock. Visitors have access to part of the palace, including the Grand Apartments, where they will discover the Salon Rouge, a magnificent salon decorated in the Louis XV style, the York Room, the Yellow Salon, the Louis XV Room, the Officers’ Salon, the Salon Bleu where “official receptions” take place, to name but a few. Car enthusiasts will surely not fail to discover Prince Rainier III’s car collection, which includes no less than 100 vehicles. There are guided tours of the Prince’s Palace every day, every day at 11:55 a.m., in front of the main entrance you can witness the changing of the guard ceremony performed by the “Carabiniers”. And to end your visit in style, go to Prince’s Palace Museum : Museum of Napoleonic Souvenirs and the Palace Archives. Address: PI du Palais, Grands Appartements du Palais, Monaco-Ville – Tel: +377 93 25 18 31 – Visiting hours: daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Annual closure from November 1 to April 1.
  • Monte Carlo Opera also called Salle Garnier deserves your attention. Its construction dates back to 1879. Right next to the Opera, you have the Monte Carlo Casino, built in a lovely baroque style. Both buildings were designed by architect Charles Garnier. Address: Place du Casino – Tel: +377 98 06 21 21 – Open every day from 2 p.m.
  • Port of Monaco : if you want to see the most luxurious yachts go to the port of Fontvieille in Monaco. A pleasant walk to do in the middle of these jewels.
  • No stay in monaco without taking a stroll through the old town. Put on your 31, we embark you in a luxury setting. But people don’t just come to this district for its luxurious surroundings and for shopping. The Principality also knows how to be cultural. Its old town, a veritable open-air museum, is a discovery in itself. Go to the Place du Casino, to the Fontvieille high-tech district, and to end your visit in style, take a short stroll to the Comdamine market.

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Live Monaco by night

If the days in Monaco are made of shopping, cultural outings and walks, at night we dance, we drink and we bet! Here is a small selection of most prestigious places in Monaco by night:

  • The Monte-Carlo Casino, Place du Casino.
  • The Café de Paris, also located Place du Casino: we play Craps, Black Jack, American Roulette.
  • The Ship And Castle (42 quai Jean-Charles Rey) English pub.
  • The Gerhert’s Café (42 quai Jean-Charles Rey) concert bar.
  • The MC Carthy’s Pub (7 rue du Portier) bar with DJ.

Discover Monaco from another angle: by helicopter

Monaco does not have an airport. You will absolutely have to pass through Nice Côte d’Azur airport and continue your journey by train, bus, car or helicopter. From Nice airport, it takes 7 minutes by helicopter to reach Monaco. Departures are every 15 minutes from 8 am to 8 pm. As far as prices are concerned, they differ from one company to another and from one period to another. It is an experience to try absolutely during a stay in monaco. This helicopter ride allows you to admire the beauty of the landscapes seen from the sky.

Good to know : monacair operates a helicopter services between Nice airport and Monte Carlo. After collecting your luggage at Nice airport, go to the helicopter service waiting area. The helicopter will take you to the Monaco heliport in a few minutes, from where a valet parking service will take you to your hotel. Rates vary seasonally, around 100 euros at 300 euros and go up to 700 euros during the Cannes Film Festival.

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The Marlborough Fine Arts Gallery in Monaco: a must-see

Marlborough Fine Arts Gallery was founded in London by Frank Lloyd and Harry Fischer. A second gallery was opened in Rome, another in New York, and another in Monaco. The gallery has a collection of great post-WWII artists and even paintings by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Jules Brassai, Louise Bourgeois, Dale Chihuly, David Hockney and Henri Matisse. Admission is free and the gallery also offers group exhibitions.

Attractions in Monaco

  • Attend the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix

There are over 3,000 seats available for sale on the circuit ranging from €90 to over €500. Another option: residents of Monaco often rent their terraces for the event, but the prices are often exorbitant.

With Aquavision, discover Monaco from the sea in a catamaran-type boat equipped with two windows in the hull for underwater vision. The boat can take up to 120 people per trip. The cost for adults is €11, and for children €8.

Useful link

  • Monaco Convention and Visitors Bureau: Link.

Practical information and preparing for your trip to monaco

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Grand Prix Monaco (in May) www.grand-prix-monaco.com see more
Grimaldi Forum Summer Exhibition (from July to October) www.grimaldiforum.com see more
Rose Ball (in March) see more
Summer sale (in July) see more
Classic Week (in October) www.yacht-club-monaco.mc see more
Concerts at the Prince’s Palace (from July to August) www.palais.mc see more


Prince’s Palace of Monaco
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Monte Carlo Casino
Monaco Exotic Garden
Terrace of the Oceanographic Museum

Interesting places:

Japanese garden
Observatory Cave
The Rock of Monaco


Marquee Of Fontvieille – Avenue Des Ligures 98000
Canton Hall – Av. Albert Ii 98000
Variety Theater – 1, Boulevard Albert 1er 98000
Grimaldi Forum – 10, Av Princess Grace 98000
Graine De Mode Monaco – 35 Boulevard Louis Ii Rond Point Du Portier 98000
Opera Garnier De Monte-Carlo – Place Du Casino 98000
Sporting Monte-Carlo S. Des Etoiles – Avenue Princesse Grace Bp 139 98000
Louis II Stadium – 7, Avenue Des Castelans 98000
Auditorium Rainier Iii – Boulevard Louis Ii 98000
Princess Grace Theater – 12, Avenue D’Ostende 98000
St Paul’s Church – 22 Ave De Grande Bretagne 98000

Airport: Monaco Airport (MCM) see map / Altitude: 0 m. / Time difference: 1 (UTC)

Time difference (GMT time): 1 hour versus GMT

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