Monte Carlo is best for...

Food markets: Head to the Place d'Armes to try the chickpea pancake Socca and the fried pastry Barbaguian

Marina backdrops: Enjoy relaxed lunches and Bavarian beer by the marina, perfect for recharging your batteries

Fine dining: Home to many elegant restaurants and famous chefs, Monte Carlo is perfect for extravagant dining experiences

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: Monte Carlo's main airport is Monte Carlo Airport

Monaco’s tiny size means most of its traditional food and drink comes from neighbouring France or Italy. So you won’t find many dishes that are specifically Monégasque, although you can try barbajuan, which is a fritter stuffed with ricotta and Swiss chard. You can also sample some of the best French cooking around. Even though Monte Carlo is only home to 3,500 people, it has some of the world’s finest restaurants and a good sprinkling of Michelin stars. People in this city demand the best, so expect high quality ingredients, gourmet dishes, luxurious surroundings and top class service.