Here are the some of the best things to do in Monte Carlo, a city which is home to some of the most glamorous and historic sites in France. Monte Carlo is a real gem on the French Riviera, whether you’re into architecture, history, culture, food and drink or shopping, this beautiful French city has plenty to offer all tastes.
Places to go
With its striking belle-epoque architecture and gold and marble interior, you can visit the Casino in the mornings if you don’t wish to gamble. For those who fancy a flutter, over-18s can come after 2pm to check out the slot machines, roulette and blackjack tables.
Monte Carlo holidays just aren’t complete without a day spent lazing on Larvotto Beach. Or why not explore the Jardin Exotique? Home to the largest collection of cacti in the world, the views across the Mediterranean from here are genuinely breath-taking.
Visit in April or October to take advantage of the cooler temperatures (summer temperatures can rise above 30°C) and quieter atmosphere.
Of all the things to do in Monte Carlo, a visit to the Grand Prix course is a must. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to rent a supercar for the day to explore the winding track. If you’re visiting Monaco in late May, you’ll be just in time to see Formula One’s most iconic race for yourself.
On scorching hot summer days, one of the best things to do in Monte Carlo is head for the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium. It’s home to over 4,000 different fish and you’ll even spot a 66-foot whale skeleton, as well as deadly piranhas. Don’t miss a trip to the museum’s top floor restaurant, where you can enjoy beautiful Riviera views.
Places to visit
Monte Carlo isn’t known for its bargain hunting, but if you’re shopping for souvenirs or local arts and crafts, the Condamine Market in the Place d’Armes is well worth exploring. If you want to rub shoulders with celebrities and high rollers, you’ll find designer brands like Gucci and Hermes in the ‘Golden Circle’ area, or high-end jewellery near the Place du Casino; it’s a great spot for some window shopping.
Dining out in Monte Carlo has a reputation for being expensive, and if it’s fine dining you’re after, it doesn’t come much finer than the Louis XV Restaurant. If your tastes run a little on the more affordable side, head for the marina, where you’ll find plenty of family-friendly beach bars and cafes. When it comes to Monte Carlo things to do, relaxing with a cold beer or glass of wine by the marina should be near the top of your list.
A getaway to this iconic city is guaranteed to leave you feeling relaxed and you’ll return full of the ‘joie de vivre’.