If it’s glitz and glamour you’re after, look no further than the tiny Mediterranean state of Monaco.
Visit the world-famous Monte Carlo casino, marvel at the sports cars, admire the superyachts and mingle with the celebrities, playboys and millionaires who call this place home.
The crowds begin to arrive in spring and by the time the Formula 1 circus rolls into town for the Monaco Grand Prix – in May – high season has well and truly arrived.
During summer, prices are high and space on the beach is hard to find. Book ahead if you want to visit at this time of year or, if you’re after a cheaper fare to Monaco, head here in the spring or autumn.
Few tourists visit during winter, but the weather, though not sunny, is still mild, with temperatures frequently above 10°C in January.
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Most visitors arrive in Nice, but you can use the ‘‘Nearby airports’’ option to check fares to and from different locations.
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Optimal flight times from UK cities to Monaco include:
The nearest airport to Monaco is Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, just 20 miles away. The airport has two terminals and caters for 13 million passengers a year. It has good transport links, currency exchange, hire car and dining and shopping options.
Among the airlines that operate flights to Nice for Monaco from the UK are:
From Nice Côte d'Azur airport Monte Carlo is just 45 minutes away by bus. You can also book a cab or hire a car and drive. If you want to arrive in style, there is a regular helicopter service to Monaco from the airport.
Monaco may be small, but it is hilly and the road system is complicated, so the best way to explore Monte Carlo and beyond is by bus.
There is also a regular boat service across the harbour from Monaco Ville to Monte Carlo.
No trip to Monaco would be complete without a visit to the famous Monte Carlo casino. The spectacular building is open to visitors in the morning, when you can peek into the private gaming rooms.
Monaco’s Jardin Exotique is also a highlight. The steep gardens overlooking the harbour boast 1,000 species of cacti, caves and a museum of anthropology.
Each May, Monaco comes to a standstill for the biggest event of the year – the Monaco Grand Prix. The streets are closed, the hotels and marina are full to bursting and the place goes car crazy for four days. The fun begins with practice sessions on Thursday and the race itself takes place on Sunday.
If you want to gamble at the Monte Carlo casino wear a collar and tie and smart shoes, otherwise you will be refused entry.
Monaco has almost as many Michelin starred restaurants as it does billionaires. Be sure to book well in advance to get a table and make sure your credit card balance can take the hit.