This small principality, the 2nd smallest state in the world after the Vatican and landlocked in the middle of the Côte d’Azur, is the resort of the Jet-Set. Known for its top-of-the-range casinos and 5-star hotels, its marina and its huge yachts, its streets filled with large cars, its luxury boutiques, you can easily visit Monaco on foot in a day.
A quick overview of what to see…
☆ The rock
Located on the heights of Monaco, it is home to pretty alleys with old colorful houses, St Nicolas Cathedral, the St Martin gardens (below the cathedral) and the Prince’s Palace, official residence of the Prince and the Grimaldi family since 1927.
From up there, the view is breathtaking over Monte Carlo and the Mediterranean Sea!
☆ The casino
Designed by Charles Garnier in 1879, the Monte-Carlo casino is as magnificent as it is prestigious. Eldorado of gambling in the Belle Époque architectural style, this place has made the fortune of many players in the principality, but it is also renowned for the beauty of its salons.
☆ The Monte Carlo district
The most famous place in Monaco, synonymous with luxury and abundance, is a district integrated into the city of Monaco, which has around fifteen thousand souls living in sumptuous villas and gigantic buildings.
☆ Hercules Marina
☆ The Japanese garden
Right in the middle of the buildings, the place clashes a bit with its ponds filled with Koi carp and its Zen atmosphere. Admission is free.
☆ Larvatto Beach
The only beach in Monaco, located on Avenue Princesse Grace, is made up of two coves and extends over 400 meters below a beautiful promenade, in an environment of skyscrapers.
During our visit (in September 2020), a luxurious eco-district was under construction on the sea and spoiled the site a bit.
Unfortunately closed because of the Covid, we could not visit them!
☆ In conclusion, the visit of Monaco is done on foot in one day. Very easy to reach by train from Nice (a train every half hour for a 25 minute journey).
- Consult the accommodation available on the Côte d’Azur on booking.com
- Book a car on the comparator Carigami to explore this beautiful region.
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