Monte Carlo in Monaco is the playground of the rich, where people- and car-watching is at its best and oceanfront vistas take in views of luxury yachts. Monaco’s wider beauty is never far from Monte Carlo as the country is so small. Take a day trip out to see the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum and the cathedral where Grace Kelly is interred.
Spend a languid hour drinking coffee in one of the cafés in Casino Square. Take in the flurry of luxury vehicles around the beautiful Casino Monte Carlo, its gardens and fountain. Bring a suit and tie to explore the casino’s interior and join James Bond lookalikes at the gaming table. Go to the opera at the Salle Garnier, a smaller version of the opera house in Paris. The ornate interior with its gilt moulds and ceiling frescoes add to the opulence of the opera.
For the real luxury experience, go window-shopping at the Golden Circle, an area encompassed by Avenue Monte Carlo, Allees Lumieres and Avenue des Beaux-Arts. Find the jewellers and houses of high fashion from Chanel and Prada to Saint Laurent.
Relax in Monte Carlo’s green spaces and beaches. Wander among the olive trees and flowerbeds in Princess Antoinette Park. Discover zen in the Japanese Garden’s artfully crafted landscape. Soak up the sun on Larvotto Beach, hire a pair of goggles to spot fish in the water, or enjoy lunch with Champagne at one of the oceanfront cafés.
Monaco is the home of the Monaco Grand Prix, a Formula One race that attracts a huge audience each year. Racing fanatics can hire a car and follow the famous route through the streets and tunnel of Monte Carlo and La Condamine. A cheap bus system services the coast of the Côte d'Azur.