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City Breaks Monte Carlo

For some, city breaks in Monte Carlo are all about the glitz, glam and thrilling roll of the dice in one of several swanky casinos. Others might be interested to explore a more cultured side to Monaco’s most famous district. Explore lush and varied gardens. Visit the cathedral to take in an uplifting spiritual performance. Wander to the market to shop like a local. Or write your designer wish list in the high-end boutiques.

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Best time to visit: Monte Carlo enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year and a temperate climate, so there isn’t really a bad time to visit. You can see people sunbathing on the beach as late as mid-October.

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Fly to: Nice Cote d'Azur International Airport, around 15km southwest of central Monaco.

Alternative transport: You can also travel by Eurostar to Paris, with onward tickets to the South of France and Monaco.

If gambling’s your game, you’ll find plenty of ways to spend your free time here. There are several other activities in Monte Carlo that may be less well known but equally worth the trip. We’ve picked out our top recommendations, to help you choose.

The last resting place of Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, Monaco Cathedral makes you stop and take notice. The dazzlingly white, Roman-Byzantine-style building features a grand organ with four keyboards and hosts spiritual concerts. Add a visit to your list of things to do in Monte Carlo.

Whether you’re feeling lucky or not, no city break in Monte Carlo is complete without a visit to the world-famous Casino which adjoins the opera house. Leave your flip-flops at home to enter a mesmerising world of roulette wheels, craps tables and slot machines set within extravagant, gilt-edged surroundings.

It’s easy to see why Monaco is hailed as the international capital of luxury. Carré d’Or is a haven for haute couture boutiques. La Condamine and the Fontvieille and Metropole shopping centres are some of the best places in Monte Carlo for spending your hard-earned holiday money.

MONTE CARLO IS BEST FOR...

Gamblers: Try your luck at the tables, wheels or slots in one of Monte Carlo’s several casinos.

Window shoppers: Gaze longingly at some of the world’s finest haute couture in the boutiques of Carré d’Or.

Architecture admirers: Visit the cathedral, casino, opera house and several swanky hotels built in a range of impressive architectural styles. 


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Monte Carlo is French

Currency: The currency used in Monte Carlo is the euro (€)

Local time: Monte Carlo is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Nice Cote d'Azur International Airport, around 15km southwest of central Monaco.

Alternative transport: You can also travel by Eurostar to Paris, with onward tickets to the South of France and Monaco.

Flight time from UK: 2 hours

Tourist Information: Further Monte Carlo tourist information can be found at www.visitmonaco.com/en

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/monaco for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Monte Carlo.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Reaching highs of 25(°c) in July and August, things cool down to around 8 in January and February. Sea breezes make the evenings cooler, and the highest chance of showers comes in October and November.

Best time to visit: Monte Carlo enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year and a temperate climate, so there isn’t really a bad time to visit. You can see people sunbathing on the beach as late as mid-October.


GETTING AROUND

Taxi: Whether you need help to get your shopping back to your hotel or you don’t feel like walking after a night out at the casino, you’ll find taxis available to take you where you want to go.

Bus: CAM, Monaco’s bus network is an easy way to travel between the main tourist attractions. A bus boat is also available to take you across the port to the cruise ship terminal.


EVENTS

Grand Prix: Every May, F1 racing fans descend on the city streets of the principality of Monaco to watch the famous Grand Prix. Prepare yourself for the heart-stirring roar of engines.

A break with a bang: Pyrotechnic specialists arrive from around the world each July, to compete for the chance to create the fireworks display for Monaco’s national holiday. Expect some of the most original displays you’ve ever seen.

Yachting elite: Port Hercules is the place to be seen each September when Monaco’s Yacht Show comes to town. Admire around 100 of the world’s most impressive vessels.


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