Monaco is the second-smallest country in the world. It’s well-known for its casinos and fast cars. Monaco is more than meets the eye.
Monaco is a principality located in the heart the French Riviera. It has been ruled over 700 years by the Grimaldi clan. Prince Albert II, who succeeded Prince Rainier III in 2005, was elected to the throne. Grace Kelly was famously married to Prince Albert II in 1956.
Monaco is a small country, but it packs a lot in its 1.95 km.
Monaco is small, but it packs a lot in its 1.95 km. It has around 38,000 residents and only 9,000 Monegasque citizens. Monaco is known as “the billionaire’s playground” and its residents have the longest life expectancy of any European country.
Monaco has plenty to offer, even if your bank account isn’t as big as a prince’s.
Here are our top picks for places to visit in this charmingly small country.
Monaco travel rules
Monaco has relaxed its rules regarding mask wear as of 12 October. Except in limited circumstances, masks are not required in outdoor public areas. However, they must be worn indoors.
To prove that they are fully vaccinated, tourists from countries with red, amber, or green lists must show a valid certificate of vaccination. The UK and EU members are currently in the amber zone.
To eat in restaurants or bars, tourists may be required to show their vaccination passports.
Many visitors will travel through France to reach Monaco. It is important to know France’s travel rules .
5. Michelin restaurants, local markets
Monaco is the ideal destination for those who love fine dining and international cuisine.
Monaco is a place where you can indulge, pamper yourself. Guy Antognelli is the Director of Tourism at Monaco Government.
“There is a Japanese restaurant that has a Michelin Star, and a 100% organic restaurant Elsa. It’s the first Michelin-starred restaurant in the world.
“We also have the best French cuisine with Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse a l’Hotel de Paris. This is three-star. It’s very fascinating.”
You can also enjoy fine dining at the Monte Carlo Market . If you’re interested in seeing how Monaco’s 9,000 residents live, then visit the Monte Carlo Market . The market is open every day and serves local bread, vegetables, and other delicacies. You can also enjoy lunch in the food court while you watch the world go by.
You can get a real taste of Monaco with a local orange liqueur called “L’ Orangerie”. It is made from bitter oranges grown on Monaco’s boulevards.
A local orange liqueur, L’ Orangerie’ is available if you’re looking for a real taste of Monaco. It’s made from bitter oranges grown on Monaco’s boulevards. Philip Culazzo, an Irish businessman, first made the liqueur in 2017. Since then, the distillery has handpicked the oranges every year.
4. Enjoy the great life in Monaco’s natural areas
Monaco is a tiny country with many parks, gardens, and trees. In fact, 20% of the country’s territory is covered in green space. The Exotic Garden is a delightful place that brings together succulents from all over the globe.
If you feel brave, there is a cave under the garden, which is still 100m above sea level. It contains bone fragments, stalactites, and other prehistoric items.
The Oceanographic Museum is a great place to go if you want your tourism to be less scary. Monaco’s aquarium was built in 1912 and has since evolved to be more than just a fish tank. Antognelli says that the aquarium now houses a rehabilitation centre for sea turtles and an art and science museum.
Monaco is not a destination for beach lovers, but it does have a public stretch of sand called Larvotto. It is a man-made beach, with soft white sands. The clear waters are perfect for a refreshing dip. For those who have already had enough, there are many restaurants and eateries nearby.
3. Monaco’s rich history with fast cars
There is no better place for those who are interested in Formula One and fast cars.
“We have three Grand Prix. Antognelli says that Formula-E is two weeks before Formula One and that there is also a Classic Car Grand Prix.
“The largest group of people who are coming to Formula One are from Great Britain and Australia. They are competing against classic cars that were built in the 1930’s.
The Formula One Grand Prix is held in May and draws huge crowds of the famous and wealthy. Monaco is home to many racing stars, including Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc and others, due to its sunny climate.
A permanent exhibition, which includes classic cars, is available at the Prince’s Museum. It also features automobiles that were built before the advent of driving.
A permanent exhibition of Prince Charles’ vehicles includes classic cars, as well as automobiles that were built before the advent of driving. It can be found at the Terrasses de Fontvieille. The collection includes over 100 vehicles, some of which are Formula One winners. Some of the vehicles were even owned by Princess Grace de Monaco.
2. The Prince’s Palace & Princess Grace of Monaco
Monaco is the home of Europe’s longest-ruling royal family. It would be rude not to visit Monaco without visiting the Prince’s Palace. It is open to all visitors, but it depends on the time of year.
The palace is open from April through October. It closes the rest of the year. You can learn more about Grace Kelly, the Hollywood actress who was Princess Grace of Monaco in 1956.
You can visit her former state apartments, or, if you feel flush, go to Monaco’s shopping streets and purchase a Hermes “Kelly Bag” named after her.
Monaco is incomplete without visiting the casinos. You don’t have to be a high-roller, though. You can simply visit the bar.
Place du Casino is a large, beautifully maintained square that houses the country’s gambling establishments. There are four, the most famous being the Monte Carlo Casino. It is believed that Ian Fleming actually based Casino Royale, his first James Bond novel.
You can only visit the casino if you wish. Antognelli says that there is a bar in the casino so you can visit the bar.
“The area is for those who just want to try and then there’s the private casino with European-style gambling, roulette, and other table games, where you can wager more.
The Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo, which was the first hotel to offer hot-water to its guests, has been featured in many James Bond films. Antognelli claims that it has been completely renovated in recent years.
“Monaco’s transformation is underway, but Monaco wants to retain its DNA. We have restructured the Hotel d’Paris over the past four years.
“So if it’s your turn, you’ll see it, and you’ll say, ‘that’s Hotel d’Paris. Nothing’s changed.’ But in fact, it’s brand new. We only have the front of the palace. The hotel’s other parts were completely rebuilt.