First of all, where is Monaco?
In case you don’t know it’s nestled in the south-east of France, only 10 km from the Italian border is a popular tourist destination.
This micro city-state in the French Riviera is a synonym of luxury and glamour and a place loved by the rich, famous and powerful.
Monaco is also home to the most renowned casino in the world which is constantly surrounded by fast luxury cars such as Ferrari, Bentley or Lamborghini.
This country, even though small in size offers many fun attractions and the good news is you don’t have to own a great deal of money to experience them.
Here is a list of the best things you can do during your next trip to Monaco.
9 Fantastic Things To Do In Monaco
1. Take in the Sunshine at Larvotto Beach
Monaco is located by the Mediterranean sea which makes it a perfect spot for sunbathing, relaxing and swimming in the warm water.
Even during the winter months, when the rest of Europe is freezing cold, you will still most likely be able to enjoy a warm climate and plenty of sun.
If you happen to visit the Principality during Spring or Summer don’t forget to head to the Larvotto Beach – a public sandy beach, put your feet up and plan your next travel adventure there.
Besides the well-maintained beach, the area boasts many seaside restaurants and brasseries where you can enjoy delicious French food and refreshing drinks.
2. Visit the Oceanographic Museum
When you visit Monaco, a trip to the Oceanographic Museum is a must.
It was built over a century ago and both, its architecture and the picturesque location are absolutely breathtaking.
Situated on a cliff side rock, just above the sea, this museum features thousands of specimens and many amazing exhibitions dedicated to marine life.
The ticket prices depend on the time of the year and on your age. For the adults, the price range is between 11 and 16 Euros while for the kids and teenagers between 5 and 12 Euros.
Good to know: Opening hours are usually between 10 AM and 6 PM.
Make sure to plan your visit well, since the Museum is located in Monaco-Ville where cars aren’t allowed and therefore you’ll need to take a short walk to reach the entrance.
3. A Luxury Shopping Session
Monaco is sure a great place for shopping (or window shopping if you prefer) and is full of prestigious boutiques and high-end stores.
The Metropole Shopping Centre has a huge selection of jewelry and fashion stores but features health and beauty shops as well.
Also, Fontvieille Shopping Centre is a great spot for shopping with its large parking lot, its 36 furniture, fashion and high-tech shops and various restaurants.
Simply by taking a walk around Monaco, you will often come across luxury boutiques such as Prada, Dior, Gucci or Chanel just to name a few.
These boutiques are mainly located right next to the Casino and around the Hotel de Paris.
4. Visit the Monte Carlo Casino
When I think of Monaco one of the first things that comes to my mind is certainly the renowned Casino.
Apart from being a gambling center, the Casino is also one of the most important and interesting tourist attractions.
Located in the heart of Monaco, called Monte Carlo, the Casino is on the southern end of the Place du Casino between the Hotel de Paris and the Cafe de Paris.
Even spending just a few minutes there will make you dive in the posh world of the celebrities – with the most luxurious and expensive cars that you can imagine passing right in front of your eyes.
It is also possible to visit the Casino inside, where you can take a tour around and the ticket price is approx. 10 Euros. Keep in mind that taking photos inside is forbidden.
5. A visit to the Opéra de Monte-Carlo
Opened in 1879 this opera house, which is actually a part of the Casino, offers a world-class repertoire.
Visiting this Opera is an unforgettable cultural experience that you will certainly want to repeat.
The most famous artists in the world have exhibited in the majestic Salle Garnier, from Enrico Caruso to Placido Domingo and, of course, Luciano Pavarotti.
Also, it’s impossible not to notice the luxury decorations and unique architecture that makes the entire location even more special and magical.
6. Experience the Monaco Grand Prix
One of the most popular things to do in Monaco is attend the Grand Prix.
You don’t have to be a huge fan or an expert of Formula One to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and all the excitement of this event.
The Monaco Formula One GP is held once a year, usually in the month of May and the best Formula One racing drivers in the world take part in the competition.
During the weeks right before the event, you can enjoy driving your car around the city and passing through the exact same track that the GP follows.
All the road signs are also modified before the race so you can even see the starting grid on Boulevard Albert I.
Who knows, if you’re lucky enough you might get an autograph or even a picture with Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg.
7. Witnessing changing of the guard at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco
The Prince’s Palace, which dates back to the 12th century is one of the most important places to visit in Monaco.
While there, make sure to witness the ceremony of changing of the guard, it takes place every day at 11:55 AM and attracts thousands of enchanted spectators.
I personally love this iconic tradition and always try to get there a bit earlier in order to get the best spot and take the most of it.
8.Relax at one of Monaco’s amazing parks and gardens
One of the best things to do in Monaco is to soak in the beauty and serenity of it’s amazing parks and gardens.
You wouldn’t want to miss The Jardin Exotique de Monaco that is especially famous for the succulent plants and also a perfect location to relax in the middle of the city.
The Japanese Garden is wonderful as well, very peaceful and filled with little bridges and water ponds.
Other great parks and gardens in Monaco include The Princess Antoinette Park, The Fontvieille Park and the Princess Grace Rose Garden and the Casino Gardens and Terraces.
As you can see there is no shortage of gardens in Monaco and the micro city-state offers a wide range of green spaces where you can take a break, read a book and get some sun.
9. Enjoying a cocktail on the Monaco Promenade
Conclude your day in Monaco on the picturesque Promenade where you can enjoy a cocktail and finger food and at the same time admire the amazing view in front of you.
There are many fantastic bars and brasseries that transform into night clubs later on where you can dance and listen to live music.
Parking in the evening is very easy and not expensive – you can often park for free on the side of the road or for a few Euros you can use the underground parkings.
Planning a Trip to Monaco
Hotels in Monaco France
- Booking.com has over 25 properties in Monaco. You get free cancellation on most rooms and a best price guarantee.
Flights to Monaco
- Skyscanner is a comparison website that searches millions of flights. Once you find your best deal, book directly through the airline (no extra fees).
Car Rental in Monaco
- RentalCars.com is the world’s biggest car rental booking service that compares all the major brands like Hertz, Avis, Alamo, and Europcar.
Tours of Monaco
- Viator is a Trip Advisor company and offers small group tours of Monaco to the most popular places and attractions
- Get Your Guide also offers tours of Monaco, with guaranteed cancellation and skip the line tickets. See all options here.
Do you have any tips on what to do in Monaco? What do you think are the best things to do in Monaco?
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