Monaco Travel Guide

Monaco Holidays - Tours & Adventure Travel Guide

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“The Principality of Monaco, the second smallest principality in Europe and the second smallest country in the world, has a huge history of epic battles, castles, and kings. Squeezed into an area of 0.76 sq. miles, Monaco is bestowed with a warm sunny climate and picturesque landscapes. A popular destination for the world’s rich and famous, Monaco is also popular for different adventure sports, the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, the Monte Carlo Rally, football, rugby and golf. Monaco is located on the coast of Mediterranean Sea and is an amazing destination close to the Maritime Alps and the French and Italian Rivieras.”

Monaco Holiday Highlights

Skiing - Monaco boasts of some world class skiing facilities such as Chamonix, Alpse d’huez, Isola 2000 or Courchevel. Contact a specialist local tour operator who can organize tailor-made packages to suit you.

Water Sports - There are an abundance of water sports in Monaco such as water-skiing, parasailing, and wind surfing. Yachting is also popular and the season runs during July and August when the harbors are studded with yachts. You can also arrange local diving sessions and go fishing.

Beaches & Swimming - Larvotto beach is a popular public beach although there are also private beach clubs available. For swimming try the Prince Albert Swimming Pool in Louise II Stadium of Fontvieille and Rainier III Swimming Pools.

Jogging - Monaco offers some popular jogging tracks for fitness enthusiasts such as a 1,370 meter long sign-posted track. Also spread over 2km, Vita jogging track located in Olive Grove is also equipped with exercise equipment.

Golf - On the slopes of Mont Agel, Monte Carlo Country Club welcomes golf enthusiasts with their 18-hole golf course, which also provides panoramic views of the Cote d’Azur, Italian Riviera, and the Principality. There is also a mini golf course at the Princess Antoinette Park and is available year round.

Monte Carlo Casinos - Whilst in Monaco you can visit the casinos of Monte Carlo and gamble in building that were build as far back as 1878. Salle Garnier opera house stages many operas and music shows. There is a dress code and there are also private rooms.

Monaco Ville - Visit Monaco Ville where the Old Town is fascinating, and see the Prince Palace and State apartments with the Throne Room and geometrically patterned Main Court Yard.

Exotic Garden (Jardin Exotique) and Sait-Martin Gardens - For flora and fauna lovers visit the Exotic Garden with its thousands of species of cacti and many other herbs from all across the world. It is situated in a cliff giving panoramic views of Mediterranean Sea and Monaco. Similarly Saint Martin Gardens is another viewpoint in Old Monaco. If you want to experience the poet Guillaume Apollinaire’s inspiriting serenity that he acquired from this place, this garden provides you a good opportunity and sea-facing calmness.

Museums - Many museums in Monaco depict the ancient eras of kings and barbaric wars. The Museum of Napolionic Souvenirs and Collection of the Palace’s Historic Archives will take you back to the colorful history of Monaco. Visit also the Wax Museum of Princess of Monaco and Monte Carlo Story, a show that depicts Monaco’s history.

When To Go

Try to coincide your visit with some of the seasonal attractions such as the Monaco Grand Pix in May and January for the Monte Carlo Rally.

The best weather is seen throughout the long summer between May and September. June and august are the most popular months to visit and also the hottest.

Top Tips

  • Be sure to wear formal attire and adhere to the dress code when visiting casinos, clubs, dining rooms and formal restaurants
  • The accepted for of greeting in Monaco is shaking hands and kissing both cheeks if the person is more familiar.
  • The legal gambling age in Monaco is 18
  • Avoid carrying cameras in casinos, as they are mostly not allowed.

Classic Itineraries

  • Try your hand at the casinos of Monte Carlo
  • Celebrity spotting in the principality
  • Gaze at the magnificent yachts
  • See the Monte Carlo Masters Tennis
  • See golf at the Monte Carlo Open
  • The next Tour de France starts in Monaco
  • Watch AS Monaco football team
  • Watch the Monte Carlo Rally
  • Watch Monaco Grand Prix Formula 1

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