Experience the casinos, boating and aquarium in Monaco!

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.

Known for

Casinos, Boating and Ports

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Where to stay in Monaco

Monte Carlo
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Monte Carlo

Casinos, Sports, Cafés

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

Cap-Ferrat
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Cap-Ferrat

Romantic, Spas, Small Town

Restaurants and gardens are just a few things travellers like about Cap-Ferrat. A stop by Cap-Ferrat Lighthouse is also recommended if you've got time to explore the area.

Monaco-Ville
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Monaco-Ville

Aquariums, Seafood, Ports

You'll enjoy the museums and seaside views in Monaco-Ville. You might want to make time for a stop at Prince's Palace (Palais Princier) or Oceanographic Museum.

Old Town
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Old Town

Casinos, Sailing, Ports

Old Town is popular for its beaches, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Chapel of the Penitents-Blancs or Casino Beach.

La Condamine
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La Condamine

Boating, Ports, Sailing

Waterfront views, casinos and shopping are just a few things travellers enjoy about La Condamine. Check out Monaco Harbour or Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track while you're exploring the area.

Old Town
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Old Town

Small Town, Ruins, Castles

Get to know Old Town by checking out its restaurants, seaside views and historical sites. Consider a visit to nearby sights like Eze Beach or Eze-Sur-Mer Port during your time in the area.

Top hotels in Monaco

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Novotel Monte Carlo
3 out of 5
16 Boulevard Princesse Charlotte, Monte Carlo, Monaco
£191/night
3 Sep-4 Sep
4.2/5Very Good! (57 reviews)

"I had a great time,everything was more then Satisfied, and I really enjoyed Thank you for everything"…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2019

Hotel Novotel Monte Carlo
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Fairmont Monte Carlo
4 out of 5
12 Avenue de Spélugues, Monte Carlo, Monaco
£277/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
4.4/5Excellent! (1,058 reviews)

"The staff service was excellent and quick really professionals"…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019

Fairmont Monte Carlo
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Le Meridien Beach Plaza
4 out of 5
22 Avenue Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo, Monaco
£229/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
4.2/5Excellent! (715 reviews)

"The best thing about this hotel is the private beach. Definitely worth paying for a sea view room with a balcony. Very expensive for food and drink but this is standard in Monte-Carlo. Overall enjoyed stay here and location good for accessing sites."…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019

Le Meridien Beach Plaza

Popular things to do in Monaco

Villa Ephrussi
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Villa Ephrussi

Tour this opulent villa on the French Riviera, admire the exquisite interior and take a relaxing walk through the estate’s many exotic gardens.

Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track
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Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track

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.

Saint Nicholas Cathedral
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Saint Nicholas Cathedral

Discover the ecclesiastical center of the principality at this grand white-stone basilica where royals are married and locals worship.

Top activities in Monaco

Monaco, Monte Carlo & Èze Tour
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Monaco, Monte Carlo & Èze Tour

£45

Be seduced by the glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo before exploring the picture-perfect old town of Monaco on this full-day tour from Nice. Then venture to the hilltop village Èze, perched high above the splendid Provence countryside and the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Half-Day French Riviera Tour with Èze & Monte Carlo
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Half-Day French Riviera Tour with Èze & Monte Carlo

£45

Venture up the beautiful French Riviera and pass gorgeous vistas of the Mediterranean Sea on this guided half-day tour. Visit enchanting Èze, Monaco's historic old town, and the glamorous city of Monte Carlo with an expert guide to fill your morning with adventure.

Monaco Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium tickets
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Monaco Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium tickets

£15

Discover a unique museum-aquarium, a 6 500 square feet palace dedicated to the sea. You'll see more than 2000 specimens of various Mediterranean and tropical species and you'll learn about the diversity of the inhabitants of the coral reef.

Small-Group Èze, Monaco & Monte Carlo Half-Day Tour from Cannes
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Small-Group Èze, Monaco & Monte Carlo Half-Day Tour from Cannes

£57

Gaze at the beauty of the hilltop hamlet of Èze, discover Roman ruins in La Turbie, and explore the enchanting cities of Monaco and Monte Carlo. This exclusive tour takes you directly to the front of the Prince’s Palace at the Rock of Monaco, giving you more time at this magnificent landmark.

Half-Day: Eze & Monaco
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Half-Day: Eze & Monaco

£37

Join the jet set on a half-day guided tour of some of the amazing towns and villages of the French Riviera. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Nice, and then travel by air-conditioned minivan to the hilltop village of Eze.

Personalized Chauffeur-Driven Tour
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Personalized Chauffeur-Driven Tour

£32

If you're looking to explore the beautiful Cote d'Azur at your pace and on your terms, this personalized sightseeing tour with luxury minivan is the perfect choice. Sit back in comfort as your personal guide helps you discover the best of the French Riviera in the most stylish way.