Monte Carlo City Breaks
Because of its status as a principality and not a fully-fledged country, Monaco doesn't have an official capital city. However, Monte Carlo is the biggest district and so there is no denying this extravagant and glamorous location's place as the unofficial capital.
Famous for its grand casino, expensive shopping area and palatial hotels at every turn, Monte Carlo is a playground for the rich and famous. You may want to coincide your Monte Carlo city break with the famous Formula 1 race which takes place on the twisting and turning streets every year and which provides a certain highlight of any trip during this time.
The size of Monte Carlo means that it can easily be explored, but there is still so much for you to uncover as you take in all that's around you. The location also means that day trips to the French Riviera are very easy to plan as part of your trip.
- Flight time from London: 2 hours
- Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport: 30km from the city centre; transfer time about 53 min
- Nearest railway station: Gare de Monaco
- Currency: Euro
Similar to most of things in Monte Carlo, the shopping is both exclusive and expensive. Rue Princess Caroline is one of the city's popular shopping areas where big names like Gucci, Armani and Versace are located under the Hotel Metropole. The Fontvieille Shopping Centre has 36 great shops, while malls such as Les Allées Lumières, Principality and the Metropole are also good for a day of shopping, with restaurants and cafés ready when your legs get weary.
Monte Carlo has a varied restaurant scene with food from all corners of the globe but also has some mouth-watering Monégasque dining specialities of its own that shouldn't be missed. There are plenty of excellent restaurants, that attract a truly international clientele.
The Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium is located 279 metres above sea level and contains stunning collections of marine fauna, numerous specimens of sea creatures, models of Prince Albert's laboratory ships, and crafts made from the sea's natural products. With over 200 families of invertebrates and 4,000 species of fish, the aquarium is now an authority on the preservation of the Mediterranean and tropical marine ecosystem.
Prince of Monaco's Collection of Classic Cars displays everything from carriages and old cars to Formula 1 racing motor. For any car enthusiast, it is the place to go.
The Prince's Palace (Palais du Prince) is where the daily changing of the guard ceremony takes place. It is a must-see for all tourists.
There are plenty of huge clubs, casinos and other great places to enjoy the nightlife. The Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo or the Monte Carlo Opera both offer world-class performances.