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What to do in Monaco

For families

Monaco has a reputation for being the playground of the rich and famous and hence, carries with it a reputation for being expensive, exclusive and, to a majority of the population, elusive and inaccessible to an average family or holidaymaker. It is true that Monaco is certainly a summer playground and it helps if your budget is unlimited but that doesn't mean that it's impossible to have a reasonably priced holiday or one that is suitable for children.

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Walk Monaco GP track.

Monaco is famous for its Grand Prix race in May and all year long you can see evidence of this famous race. If you can't make it to the race itself then it is still exciting to see the red and white striped curbs, walk the infamous tunnel and end up in Casino square.

Views are spectacular over the port, there's an ice cream parlour outside the Cafe de Paris at highest point on the track and visit Prince Albert's own private car collection.
Toyota F1
Tip: Watch Qualifying for the F1 race

Qualifying is a great and cheaper option If the race itself proves to expensive for the whole family

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Go to Monaco beach

Larvotto Plage is a well maintained, clean, safe family orientated beach. With wheelchair access it is also pushchair friendly with changing rooms, toilets, shops and restaurants all readily available.

There are shaded play areas and climbing frames for younger children as well as swimming platforms for older children. It's a great day out with resonably priced restaurants and snack bars for every budget or plenty of free space for picnics and games.

Larvotto Plage
Tip: bring parasols and beach toys.

If not using a beach club bring your own shade. The sea is sheltered here for young children.

Visit Monaco's Port Hercule

During the summer months there is a childrens adventure playground staged in the Port d'Hercule. They have rides for yound children along the lines of merry-go-rounds and hook a duck as well as trampolines or high rise climbing frames for older or more dare-devil children.

You'll find Karting and a circuit where you can try the Segwey as well as ice cream stalls and candy floss stands. Open till late during the summer months, fun for every age.
Fireworks over the water, Monaco
Tip: Go in the evening when it's cooler.

The international fireworks exhibition is staged here with countries competing every 2 weeks.

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Visit the Oceanographic Institute

The Oceanographic Institute is located up on the 'Rock' or Monaco's Old Town. Home to over 4000 species of fish as well as models of ships, sea creatures and the skeleton of 66ft whale.

They have fish that have never successfully been held in captivity before and one of the largest fish tanks in Europe. The Institute is housed in a magnificent historical building that adds to this atmospheric and magical trip into another world.
Oceanographique Museum dominates the Monaco skyline
Tip: A break from the hot summer sun.

See the famous Moray eel that is more than forty years old and the baby tanks where fish are bred.

What to do in Monaco

For Couples

Monaco is full on glamourous holiday destination and is a great place to spend a special or landmark vacation. The summer months have a unique holiday atmosphere where it seems that everyone is intent on having a good time. A holiday rental in Monaco is a great base from which to explore both the French and Italian Riviera's.

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Crystal Waters, Monaco

Go to a Monaco Spa

Les Thermes Marin is one of the most established and grandest Spa's in Monaco. Looking out over the Port from its elevated positon behind the Casino it offers stunning views as well as sea water therapies and guaranteed relaxation.

They welcome day trippers, for a price naturally, but it's worth it for the sheer joy and relaxation of being able to lie out on their sun terrace alone. It won't exactly inspire you into the gym especially not when there's waiter service too.
Tip: There is an excellent restaurant.

Four water treatments, incl access to the pool, sauna and steam room costs from 140 euro per person.

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Monaco Princes Palace

Explore Monaco Old Town

The Old Town of Monaco, also known as The Rock, is a beautiful place to spend the day. Its ancient architecture and narrow winding streets are impeccably manicured and maintained. As you would expect because this is where you will find Monaco's government buildings and the Prince's Palace.

There are restaurants and shops, museums and parks and a quieter more regal atmosphere than that of the rest of the town as well as breathtaking views.
Tip:Take the number 1 bus up the hill.

Take the guided tour of the Princes Palace you will be given headsets in your own language and see living history.

Park life, Monaco

See a movie in the summer cinema

After exploring the old town head for an early dinner and then a movie at the stunning outdoor cinema. With a back drop of the old Prison walls and a sheer cliff edge drop into the sea behind you it makes for a dramatic setting.

The movies are all mainstream blockbusters in their original versions. There are tables, cushioned chairs, reclining loungers if you want them, a bar selling cinema snacks also and clean toilet facilities.
Tip: Go early to wander around the park

This is cinema viewing at its very best. The back drop is every bit as interesting as any movie showing.

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Dining in Monaco

Eat out in Monte Carlo

There are some great restaurants in Monaco. The standard is high and with influences from France and Italy the menus are varied. You can eat out very reasonably or you can go for the full-on gastronomie.

For relaxed outdoor dining try the beach front restaurants like Miami Plage or Rose des Vents or search out the restaurants with a view over the Port. Le Metropole, or go for the full on glitz of the Michelin star restaurants.
Tip: There is always the cocktail hour

Soak up the atmosphere of the more exclusive places with a aperitif or digestif at the bar.

What to do in Monaco

For groups of friends

Monaco in the summer months is a party town. Many of its wealthy residents return home for the summer months filling the bars, restaurants, beaches and clubs along with visitors and tourists. Monaco may be an entire country but it's also a small town with a small town community feel too so it is easy to meet people and get to know the best places to go to immediately.

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Take a Helicopter ride

This is the best way to get to Monaco from Nice Cote D'Azur airport. The price is based on a per person sharing, so if you are with a group of friends it makes it well worth paying that little bit more.

With rates starting from 55 Euro per person it's not much more than taking a taxi by yourself and it's infinitely more memorable. Go to RG guide for contact numbers of the companies that operate out of Nice airport and take a ride.
Arriving in style, Monaco Port
Tip: Use as a Taxi from the airport.

Start your holiday immediately and fly in from Nice airport. It serves as sightseeing and Taxi.

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Go to Monaco Beach

Monaco beach is gorgeous, it is man made and stony, as most of the beaches East of Cannes are, but it looks as if each tiny pepple has been personally interviewed for the position.

They are small enough and smooth enough to make a good impersonation of sand so you can lie out in comfort. The beach clubs are a cool places to hang out with food and drink on tap and live music in some.
Monaco beach
Tip: Linger at beach clubs in the evenings.

Head to Le Note Blue. The vibe is chilled out, with modern deco, fusion food and live jazz every night

Look for the Party

The summer season in Monaco is a full on party vibe. The town is full with long term residents, tourists and many of the worlds rich and famous who love to cruise this part of the Mediterranean coast, all the way from St. Tropez to Portofino.

You'll see all the biggest, most fabulous boats, exotic cars and beautifully dressed people roll into town who are all in the mood to kick up their heels and play. Anyone can join in so long as they make the effort and jump in.
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Tip: Make the effort and dress the part

Monaco is a town of extravagance and is the perfect place to go over the top. The dress code is 'fabulous'.

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Roll at Monte Carlo Casino

The Casino is a magnificent building, really old school glamour, although be assured booking in as 'Bond, James Bond' has been done before and is not the funniest thing in the world no matter how much champagne you've had.

You will need to be dressed well though and carry your passport with you in order to enter the Casino where you can play the tables and the slot machines or enter the private gaming rooms if you are a serious high roller.
Casino Fountain in Monaco
Tip: Relax first at the Cafe de Paris

Soak up the atmosphere and sights of Casino square at Cafe de Paris before entering and trying your luck.

Renting holiday or vacation accommodation in Monaco

Monaco is a unique destination with such a variety of holiday activities on offer for such a tiny country. Luxury holiday rentals, vacation villas to rent or more affordable simple apartments it has as much to offer, if not more, than anywhere else on the French or Italian Riviera. Browse through our listings by using the menu below. Happy holidays.


Some top holiday rentals in Monaco

Monaco 2 bed with sea view

French Riviera » Monaco » Beausoleil 55 sq.m. Apartment 0884
»Holiday rental apartment
»Price per night:$240.39
»Per person (x6):$40.07
City Centre, Tranquil
Two bedroom apartment that sleeps up to 6 very close to the Casino de Monte Carlo, the Grimaldi Forum convention centre and the shopping in Boulevard des Moulins and the Metropole centre. Easy and direct access to trains, airport and transport links.

Monte-Carlo Apartment

French Riviera » Monaco » Monte Carlo 178 sq.m. Apartment 0118
»Holiday rental apartment
»Price per night:$472.77
»Per person (x6):$78.80
Sea View, City Centre
This fully furnished two bedroom apartment has spectacular panoramic views over the principality of Monaco and the Mediterranean Sea. Located right in the heart of Monte Carlo, this apartment offers every conceivable amenity right on its doorstep.

Monaco Grand Prix apartment

French Riviera » Monaco 55 sq.m. Apartment 0264
»Holiday rental apartment
»Price per night:$721.17
»Per person (x4):$180.29
Beachfront, Tranquil
We have 3 private family apartments in Monaco for the Grand Prix at various prices. All of our private apartments are within a comfortable walking distance to the track.


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