September 23, 2015
For a pocket Principality, smaller in size than New York’s Central Park, Monaco is brimming with activities, whether cultural or unique to the city, such as the Monaco Grand Prix, the Monaco Yacht Show, the Palace, the Casino, the Cathedral or the Museums.
the Monte Carlo Casino is the most famous casino in Europe. The main foyer with its frescoes and high ceilings is open to the public, but high stakes and celebs are invited into the Super Private Salons behind the ornate door.
The Hotel de Paris Monte-Carloassistant to the Casino, is the most renowned in Monaco and is now undergoing a major renovation, the first since the hotel opened 150 years ago, to be reopened in 2018. This famous hotel also houses the restaurant Louis XV Michelin starred.
Perched on the cliff overlooking the port, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is a complete shark lagoon and coral reef aquarium. Founded by Prince Albert I, the great-grandfather of Prince Albert II, it was designed as a palace entirely dedicated to Art and Science. The panoramic terrace offers a sensational view of the sea and the skeleton of a 90-meter whale.
The Prince’s Palace was built on the site of a Genoese fortress dating from 1215. Marvel at the 15th century frescoes, the Louis XV Salon, the Throne Room, the Palatine Chapel, the Tour Sainte-Marie and the Courtyard of Honor with its double staircase. It is possible to visit the Palace together with the famous exhibition of the collection of old cars of the Prince.
The Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate of Monaco houses the tombs of Prince Rainier III and his wife Princess Grace. For the music lover, every Sunday at 10 a.m., the Little Singers of Monaco and the Cathedral choir are part of the mass, making the most of neo-Byzantine acoustics.
The Exotic Garden is located at the entrance to Monaco and is a real treat for the senses. A superb, sheer collection of botanical wonders, it is home to a nun-class sampling of cacti eclipsed only by the panoramic views. Access to the Garden Grotto 300 steps below the surface and the Museum of Prehistory is included in the admission price.
Larvotto Beach is the one Monegasques prefer for sunbathing and dating. The adventure lover will be in his element with the possibility of jet skiing, kayaking or paragliding. La Rose des Vents restaurant on the seafront is known for its excellent seafood.
The Rainier III nautical stadium is a public sports complex along the Route de la Piscine, near the port. During the Monaco Grand Prix, this is the hardest part of the track, offering unparalleled views of the entire track and the yachts parked at Port Hercules. The complex includes an Olympic-size heated saltwater swimming pool, with diving platforms up to 10 meters, and a 45-meter water slide. From December to March, the swimming pool is transformed into an ice rink.
Window shopping in Monaco, or shopping, is pure pleasure in this haven of luxury. That’s not all Cartier and Christian Dior, although the Principality has more than its share of luxury boutiques in the Carré d’or and the Allées Lumières opposite the Casino is a haven for prestigious brands. The Center Commercial de Fontvieille offers traditional shops and even a McDonald’s, while La Condamine, around the Port, has 200 shops and, every morning, a traditional produce market and a flower market.
Night falls and the Monegasque buzz goes up a notch!
A favorite of yachtsmen visiting Monaco during the boat show, Stars N Bars is basically a burger restaurant, with a twist. Besides the best burgers, steaks and American service in town, there is a diverse menu covering Mexican, Indian and Asian dishes. The restaurant also features one of the largest collections of sports stars in the world, including the racing car of two-time Formula 1 champion Mika Hakkinen.
With superb views, two restaurants and bars and Maserati and Ferretti exhibits at the Riva Aquaraman lounge, the Yacht Club de Monaco is open to members, visitors and VIPs, as well as members of reciprocal yacht clubs. A popular spot, the restaurant of the Société Nautique de Monaco is open to the public daily for lunch, except Sunday.
jimmyz remains iconic for 40 years and still attracts international crowds. This club, with an outside terrace, is exaggerated in every way and it is not exceptional to see people there.
The Living Room is yet another hotspot in Monaco that wakes up at 10pm until dawn.
Black Legend au Port Hercules is open seven days a week and specializes in blues, jazz and concerts.
The Monaco Brewery also includes a beer garden and offers a selection of local beers with a complementary menu.
The Fairmont hotel has a lounge bistro and bar, Sapphire 24. the NOBU-Restaurant is right next to it and in summer, the swimming pool on the 7th floor becomes the Nikki Beach Clubopen from noon, with music and cocktails.
Photos: Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and Visit Monaco.
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