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Monaco

Dine in fine restaurants, admire extravagant yachts and sports cars, or duck into the famous Monte Carlo Casino for a high-stakes game of blackjack.

Monaco has long been a destination for the rich and famous and today offers visitors glamorous nightlife as well as beautiful old buildings and palaces.

Monaco is an independent principality on the Mediterranean, completely surrounded by France. It is a mere 500 acres (202 hectares) but is home to over 35,000 people, making it among the most densely-populated countries on Earth. It is ruled as a constitutional monarchy and maintains its own government and constitution. The country is best known for the many rich and famous celebrities drawn to Monaco's attractive tax laws and as a glamorous gambling hot-spot. Although home to some of the world's wealthiest jet-setters, there are still surprisingly affordable vacation options to experience the exciting Monaco lifestyle.

Go for a stroll around Monte Carlo Harbor or the Condamine Marina and gaze at multi-million dollar yachts. Wander over to the Old Town to see quaint old buildings and the Prince’s Palace. You can watch the changing of the guard and even take a tour of the interior. Keep exploring the Old Town to find Monaco Cathedral and the renowned Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Inside is an extensive array of marine species as well as a fascinating collection artworks and artifacts.

Make your way over to Fontvieille to check out the classic old cars collected by the princes of Monaco. Anyone out to relax should head to the exotic garden in the Condamine or the Japanese Gardens in Monte Carlo. If you need to cool off, go for a swim at Larvotto Beach.

When the sun goes down, change into your best clothes and visit the famous Casino of Monte Carlo. Wander past Lamborghinis and Aston Martins as you walk through to the lavishly-decorated interior. Enjoy the impressive paintings and statues and do some serious people watching. For a special night out, take in a show at the Opera of Monte Carlo. It’s a beautiful old building and hosts some of the most prestigious productions in the world.

Monaco is a great place to get a taste of how some of the world’s wealthiest people live. Enormous yachts sit in the harbour and elegant bars and boutiques abound. You can gamble in the classiest casinos and indulge in the finest cuisine or just wander the streets and take it all in. Be sure to stay at least a few days to really experience this spectacular principality.

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Where to stay in Monaco

Monaco featuring a pool, modern architecture and interior views

Monte Carlo

4.5/5Wonderful!(66 area reviews)

Monte Carlo is a destination visitors seek out for its beaches, abundant dining options and casinos. You might want to check out attractions like Casino Monte Carlo or Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo City Centre, Monaco, Monaco

Monte Carlo City Centre

1/5(1 area review)

Monte Carlo City Centre is known for its casino gaming, and you can make a stop by Casino Monte Carlo and Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track while in the area.

Monte Carlo City Centre
Monaco showing views and general coastal views

Monaco-Ville

You'll enjoy the museums and seaside views in Monaco-Ville. You might want to make time for a stop at Oceanographic Museum or Saint Nicholas Cathedral.

Monaco-Ville
La Condamine-Chatelard which includes a garden and a city

La Condamine

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

Waterfront views, casinos and shopping are some highlights of La Condamine. Make a stop by Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track or Monaco Harbour while you're exploring.

La Condamine
Fontvieille, Monaco, Monaco

Fontvieille

5/5Exceptional!(11 area reviews)

Gardens, seaside views and restaurants are some highlights of Fontvieille. Make a stop by Chapiteau Espace Fontvieille or Louis II Stadium while you're exploring.

Fontvieille
Les Moulins, Monaco, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur, Monaco

Les Moulins

4.5/5Wonderful!(8 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Les Moulins, Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track and Japanese Garden are top sights worth seeing.

Les Moulins

Top hotels in Monaco

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fairmont Monte Carlo
Fairmont Monte Carlo
4 out of 5
12 Avenue de Spélugues, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £255 per night

This family-friendly Monaco hotel is located on the waterfront, steps away from Le Metropole Shopping Center, Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track and Casino Monte Carlo. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (988 reviews)

"except the drilling noise (maintenance) in the morning around 9 am the hotel is perfect staff is friendly and professional, room was clean, great housekeeping they do their job spotlessly clean"…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020

Fairmont Monte Carlo
Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort
Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort
4 out of 5
40, avenue Princesse Grace, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
The price is £337 per night

Located in Monte Carlo, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grimaldi Forum and Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track. Casino Monte Carlo and Monaco Harbour ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (432 reviews)

"It was so ice, i hope i will see thisplace again. Thanks for everything."…"

Reviewed on 1 Apr 2020

Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort
Le Meridien Beach Plaza
Le Meridien Beach Plaza
4 out of 5
22 Avenue Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo, Monaco
The price is £268 per night

Located in Monte Carlo, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Grimaldi Forum and Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track. Casino Monte ...

4.2/5Excellent! (799 reviews)

"All ok, staff very friendly and professional. Good breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2020

Le Meridien Beach Plaza

Popular places to visit in Monaco

Casino Monte Carlo
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Casino Monte Carlo

4/5(255 reviews)

Take a trip to the glamorous heart of Monaco, where you can try your luck with games or simply explore the palatial landmark.

Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track
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Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track

4.5/5(117 reviews)

Every year, these winding city streets host the annual Monaco Grand Prix, said to be one of the toughest races in the Formula One calendar.

Monaco Harbour
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Monaco Harbour

4.5/5(407 reviews)

Walk along the oceanfront in Monte Carlo and see superyachts, glamorous casinos, historic cathedrals and celebrated museums.

Paloma Beach
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Paloma Beach

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Paloma Beach, a popular beach in Nice.

Oceanographic Museum
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Oceanographic Museum

5/5(14 reviews)

Get a close look at a vast array of marine life at this striking museum, which seems to have been carved out of the cliff face.

Casino Square
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Casino Square

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Watch people come and go on this central plaza, which is surrounded by some of the most elegant gambling venues in Europe.

Top things to do in Monaco

Personalized Chauffeur-Driven Tour
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Personalized Chauffeur-Driven Tour

£267
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Monaco, Monte Carlo & Èze Tour (T2)
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Monaco, Monte Carlo & Èze Tour (T2)

£44
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Italian Riviera Full-Day Tour From Nice
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Small-Group Italian Riviera Full-Day Tour From Nice

£79
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Monaco & Monte Carlo by Night Tour (T10)
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Small-Group Monaco & Monte Carlo by Night Tour (T10)

£45
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Private Tour on a Solar Powered Boat near Nice & Monaco
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Private Tour on a Solar Powered Boat near Nice & Monaco

£58
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Cruise Excursion "Highlights of the French Riviera" with Licensed Guide
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Private Cruise Excursion "Highlights of the French Riviera" with Licensed Guide

£653
Per adult

Reviews of Monaco

4.8

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Mar 2020

Monaco is an enchanting place to be.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Jan 2020

Best city break yet. Monaco is the most awesome place on earth

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Sep 2019

our 3rd visit we love Monaco

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Sep 2019

Amazing other world

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Aug 2019

Expensive, luxurious, safe and stunning

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Aug 2019

Great for a short visit - unsurprisingly expensive. Recommend: Take comfortable walking shoes/sandals - there are plenty of hills Try eating in the COSTA market and some wine from the Bar le Zinc - reasonably priced great wine.

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