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Monaco: the Experience of A Lifetime

For more than a century, it has been an aspirational symbol of luxury and glamour. What the country lacks in size, it makes up for in history, culture, entertainment and character. Today it is reinventing itself while preserving its environment. It is home to numerous festivals, international sporting events, variety of museums, world-class hotels, exclusive shopping, sumptuous gastronomy and vibrant nightlife scene. Whether you look for a romantic or family gateway, a city break or a revitalizing experience, Monaco is FOR YOU.

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Be it by land, sea, air or rail, all roads lead to Monaco!

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Destination Overview

A diversity of museums and places to visit await.

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City Guides

Gaming fans have been flocking to Monte-Carlo for centuries.

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Things To Do

Activities

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Gaming
François Blanc, the Monte-Carlo Casino's founder once said, “we should do nothing here as it is done elsewhere”. The image of James Bond has become inseparable from the Casino de Monte-Carlo, which, with its Belle Époque architecture, is a reference for gaming and entertainment, not just in Europe but around the world. An exceptional selection. French Roulette, Trente et Quarante, Baccarat, Black Jack and Poker Texas Hold’em Ultimate. New and occasional players try their luck at the table games under the warm glow of Bohemian crystal chandeliers, while slot machine players hunt down lady luck in the Salle Renaissance or Salle des Amériques.

Monaco by Night
An exciting night or a night of glamour, night club or gala evening, a night in Monaco will always be exceptional! Thrills are guaranteed with an evening at the casinos or at Buddha Bar, Jimmy'z Monte-Carlo, Twiga Monte-Carlo and many other places. All different, they complement each other so you experience an exhilarating evening.

A night in Monaco offers such variety that you will need to spend more than one night to fully appreciate it, galas, international variety shows, lounge bars or techno music. Unforgettable memories to take away with you!

Relaxation and Wellness
Sun, sea and mountains, relaxing in the Principality is a true pleasure. As much for practicing sport as for a fitness break, the many suitable facilities and spas available in Monaco, will meet all your requirements. In addition, many sporting events can be followed throughout the year in the Principality.

Nothing is more calming than the Mediterranean Sea sparkling at the foot of the Rock. Under the Cote d’Azur sun you can indulge yourself in the pleasure of the sea and lounge on the Larvotto beaches; or alternatively luxuriate in the outdoor swimming pool with a view overlooking the port or even the many heated swimming pools available in the hotels.

Events

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The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (Throughout the Year)
Throughout the year, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra performs a wide variety of concerts on selected themes. Since its creation in 1856, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra has entertained a wide audience, including both adults and children, constantly re-inventing itself.

Concerts at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco (Summer)
During the summer, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the Prince’s Palace in the royal courtyard, the Cour d’Honneur. The idea came about in 1959, in the reign of Prince Rainier III, reviving a tradition that dates back to the 18th century. At that time, the Princes of Monaco regularly “gave music” in the Palace courtyard.

The Ballets de Monte-Carlo (Throughout the Year)
The Ballets de Monte-Carlo is one of the most prestigious artistic institutions in the Principality. Love of dance is a long-standing tradition in Monaco, born from the passion of a genius impresario, Sergei Diaghilev. This beautiful, ephemeral art is admirably represented in the country today by the new Ballets de Monte-Carlo structure, which incorporates the Company, the Monaco Dance Forum Festival and the Princess Grace Academy, led by Jean-Christophe Maillot.

The Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival (February/March)
The Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival has continued to explore music said to be “classical” since 1984, to show that it is anything but classical! It just has to be listened to in new concert formats, with artists who take risks and stray from the beaten track! Other moments of the festival are designed to be unmissable experiences, like the Surprise Voyage – a much-anticipated event which takes you to a secret location – and the Monaco Music Forum, which mixes jugglers, brass band, dance… in one mad day. Come and share these moments of pleasure with us.

Monaco Rose Ball (March)
The Rose Ball was established by Princess Grace of Monaco in 1954. It is organized in March every year by the Monte-Carlo SBM group in the glamorous Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Monte-Carlo. This unique event brings together international high society for the first major society event of the year. In one evening, it illuminates the Principality with splendor and light, creating an atmosphere of brilliance and celebration. Chaired nowadays by H.S.H. The Reigning Prince Albert II and H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover, the Bal de la Rose is a symbol of glamour which continues the fascinating legend of Monte-Carlo, which it helped create. Its aura is such that it attracts many nameless admirers who wish to feel the dreamlike fairy?tale of Monaco.

Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (Mid-April)
The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tournament is a men’s tennis tournament played on clay, it is part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 category of events, organized by the ATP with nine tournaments which have been taking place since 1990 in Europe, North America and Asia.

The Historic Monaco Grand Prix (every two years at the beginning of May)
The Historic Monaco Grand Prix was created in 1997, on the 700th anniversary of the Grimaldi Dynasty. Unlike its Formula 1 counterpart, the Historic Grand Prix takes place every two years, a fortnight ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix. Only cars built up to 1980 are eligible to take part.

Formula 1 Grand Prix (at the end of May)
Exceptionally well known, this spectacular "city race", which takes place in a highly charged atmosphere, is one of the most testing stages of the Drivers’ World Championship. Thousands of gear-changes in a labyrinth of track, the slowest bend in the World Championship, the fastest breakdown service in the world: the Monaco Grand Prix will give you plenty of thrills.

Monte-Carlo International Fireworks Festival (July/August)
This free event attracts thousands from the area to view some of the most beautiful and original fireworks around. The competition has been held since 1966 and brings pyrotechnic specialists from around the world to show off their talent.

The Monaco Red Cross Gala (August)
In the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Chair of the Monaco Red Cross, accompanied by H.S.H. Princess Charlene and H.R.H. Princess Caroline, this charity social event takes place every year in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Monte-Carlo.

Monaco Yacht Show (end of September)
At the end of September, Port Hercule hosts the Monaco Yacht Show, an impressive spectacle devoted to the world of luxury yachting.

Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival
Since its creation in 2006, the festival has welcomed the high patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and we would like to thank him for the interest he continues to place in the event. The Festival will introduce us to, or possibly reacquaint us with, the biggest jazz stars as well as today’s fresh talents in this wonderful setting, a temple of music and art for over one hundred years.

Family

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ITINERARY #1
Begin your day by touching a starfish or stroking a baby Mediterranean shark at the Oceanographic Museum. After a spot of lunch in the streets of the old town, come and admire the famous Prince’s Palace. As you stroll down from the Rock of Monaco, pass by the Zoological Gardens, a treat for young and old alike. Finally, end the day on the terraces of the Honoré II promenade.

PLACES:
Oceanographic Museum
Change of the guard
Monaco Old Town
Zoological Gardens
Honoré II Promenade

ITINERARY #2
Begin your day by discovering the different periods in the region’s Prehistory and Protohistory at the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology. Then stop for a break in Princesse Antoinette Park, with its hundred-year old olive trees. Finally, head to Larvotto Beach and its Promenade des Champions to round off your Monegasque walk.

PLACES:
Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology
Princess Antoinette Park
Larvotto Beach
Promenade des Champions

Talk to your travel advisor about incorporating these into your visit to Monaco!

Monuments

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Monaco Cathedral
Built with the stark white stones from La Turbie in 1875, this Roman-Byzantine-style building houses the burial places of past sovereigns, including Prince Rainier and Princess Grace.

From the interior design, you can admire an altarpiece by the Niçois painter Louis Bréa dating from 1500 as well as the high alter and the Episcopal throne of Carrara white marble. Pontifical services are held during great liturgical celebrations accompanied by the harmonies of a grand organ with four keyboards, inaugurated in 1976 the magnificence of which permits the organisation of outstanding spiritual concerts. From September to June every Sunday at 10am, mass is sung by the “Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco” and “Cathedral Choir”.

Prince's Palace (State Apartments)
Guardian of an ancient tradition, this Palace located in a unique setting upon the "Rock" of Monaco, was built on the site of a fortress erected by the Genoese in 1215.

Today the splendors of this Palace can be admired by all, such as its Italian-style gallery and its 15th century frescoes; its Louis XVth lounge all in yellow and gold, its blue room, a harmonious blend of glorious blue and gold; its Mazarin room covered with multicoloured wood-panelling; the Throne Room, decorated with an impressive Renaissance fireplace; the Palatine Chapel built in the 17th century; St-Mary's Tower, built from the white stones of nearby La Turbie; the Main Courtyard and its 17th century Carrara marble double staircase.

Fort Antoine
This fortress built at the beginning of the 18th century, is now an open-air theater; it was rebuilt in 1953 under the initiative of Prince Rainier III being damaged in 1944.

Its military architecture, watchtower and the almost total solitude which can be found there, combine to give it a unique and particular charm. Its stage has been pleasantly arranged with a pyramid of cannon balls at its center. The military architecture of the fort is emphasized by the pittosporum hedges which serve as protection as there is no parapet.

Museums

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Nouveau Musée National de Monaco - Villa Sauber / Villa Paloma
The NMNM reveals the Principality of Monaco’s Heritage and sheds light on contemporary creation through temporary exhibitions in its two locations – Villa Paloma and Villa Sauber. This approach is part and parcel of an unusual territory whose history has always been marked by the dialogue between artistic, cultural and scientific disciplines as well as the support given to creators, thinkers and researchers.

Oceanographic Museum
Built on the side of the mythical Rock of Monaco, the Oceanographic Museum (pictured above) has been watching over the oceans for over a century. Founded by the Prince Albert I, great grandfather of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, it was designed as a Palace entirely dedicated to Art and Science.

From the aquariums to the collections of Natural History, including the Shark Lagoon and the Turtle’s Island situated on the panoramic terrace, the Museum offers to visitors a unique learning experience to know, love and protect the oceans.

Faithful to the vision of its Founder "to gather together in a common eclat the two driving forces of civilization: Art and Science," the Oceanographic Museum opens its doors to contemporary art and hosts major exhibitions by renown international artists like Damien Hirst, Huang Yong Ping, Mark Dion and Marc Quinn.

Exhibition of HSH The Prince of Monaco’s Car Collection
Located on the Terraces de Fontvieille, this remarkable exhibition brings together almost 100 classic cars of all vintages and models, made by prestigious European and US car companies as well as six historic coaches now belonging to Prince Albert of Monaco.

The Sculpture Path
On the initiative of the Sovereign Prince, Monaco has been enriched over the years with inspiring works by internationally renowned artists. Sculpture occupies a special place in the Principality and many fine examples are strategically placed throughout: in the streets, walkways and gardens so the public can admire and appreciate these important and valuable pieces.

A collection of almost 100 breath-taking creations by contemporary sculptural artists make extraordinary cultural statements for the enjoyment of visitors and locals alike!

While many of these oversized sculptures are placed in gardens and parks throughout the Principality, a special pedestrian walk located in the Fontvieille district, features the majority of monumental works which may be discovered on foot.

Restaurants

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An integral part of the international ambiance that Monaco exudes, is the variety of cuisines available within its borders. Some of the world's great chefs share their passion for pairing great wines and friendly welcoming venues with their fine foods, using fresh, seasonal and local produce farmed, fished or lovingly tended in and around the Principality.

More than 170 restaurants and fine eateries dotted throughout the Principality offer specialties from gourmet grills to ravishing roasts using fresh fish, cured meats and local farm favorites.

Michelin Starred Restaurants
The Principality, favored place of gastronomy. An integral part of this new way of life which gives flavor to a stay in the Principality, gastronomy is greatly honored by the great chefs who know so well how to share their passion and pass on the richness of the land. Explore the menus of Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo, Le Blue Bay, Le Vistamar and more.

Brasserie Cuisine
So typically French, the brasseries offer the ideal place to enjoy a mouth-watering steak with French fries in a traditional atmosphere including waiters wearing their ubiquitous aprons. Visit Brasserie Cafe De Paris, Tony, and others!

Mediterranean Cuisine
With its seafood, regional dishes or Monegasque specialities, Mediterranean cuisine is one of the simplest and healthiest forms of cooking, with its olive oil and fine herbs offering many a surprise. Visit Le Dauphin Vert, Horizon Deck, or Castelroc for delicious eats!

Monaco's diverse offering of restaurants won't leave you hungry!

Shopping

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Monaco is unquestionably the international capital of luxury. The greatest names in fashion quickly established themselves in the Principality, haute couture, perfume, jewelry; the most beautiful finery has found its showcase in the Principality of Monaco.

One Monte Carlo
One Monte-Carlo is a brand-new fashion district, with 24 high-end boutiques. The One Monte-Carlo complex is a major new development in the very heart of Monaco, offering a global luxury experience just yards from the iconic Place du Casino. Combining high-end residential units, retail spaces, top restaurants, cultural and business facilities, the ultra-modern district surrounds the Promenade Princesse Charlène, a new pedestrian area lined with trees and seven buildings, designed to be a transparent and green space.

Métropole Shopping Center
Opposite the Casino Gardens, The Métropole Shopping Center welcomes you into a luxury décor of beautiful marble under a magnificent period chandelier. It is open Monday to Saturday, from 10:00am to 7:30pm. Enjoy with its 80 boutiques. The shops are high-end and luxury and in a beautiful relaxing setting. 130 parking spots – Open daily 24/24

Fontvieille Shopping Centre
The Fontvieille Shopping Centre combines practicality and completeness with elegance. Indeed with its large car park and 36 shops including hi-fi equipment, music, furniture and clothes together with various restaurants, a Carrefour hypermarket and a McDonalds, you will find everything you need on a daily basis.

YCM Gallery
The establishments located on the quai of the Yacht Club de Monaco offer a dedicated shopping haven at the heart of the Port Hercule. Be it to purchase or enjoy a glass from a vast selection of over 2,300 wines and spirits at The Wine Palace Monte-Carlo, or to revel in the stylish, modern clothing and fresh takes on heritage designs for men, women, and kids at Brooks Brothers, or choose from a selection of luxury watches for men and women at Rolex or to get a quote from Only Yacht, insurance brokers specialized in yacht and super yacht insurance.

Sports

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Nothing could be easier in Monte-Carlo than to enjoy water sports in the Mediterranean, from the more traditional to more uncommon ones, anything is possible in Monte Carlo! Invigorating activities available in the Principality include windsurfing, water skiing, wake boarding, banana boats, jet skis, parascending, Larvotto Beach and Monte Carlo Beach. Sailing is within easy reach with the enthusiastic professionals of the Monaco Yacht Club. There are two ways of discovering the rich secrets of the Monaco seabed: dive or take part in a boat excursion to discover whales, sperm whales and dolphins, a few nautical miles from the coast.

Play tennis, in the unique setting of the Monte Carlo Country Club, with its 23 tennis courts including 21 in clay, the same place where the greatest champions begin the tournament season or try t he Tennis Club de Monaco. Enjoy a round of golf at the prestigious Monte Carlo Golf Club an 18 hole par 71 course on Mont Agel, overlooking the Principality in enchanting surroundings

Go for a run on the soft track above the Avenue Princesse Grace with panoramic views over the coast or on the 2.5 km health track tucked away in a 6,600-square-metre olive grove by the Exotic Garden, with 20 fitness stations. Both are free of charge and open daily. The Via Alpina taking advantage of existing footpaths, links the Principality of Monaco to the Italian city of Trieste. Follow this itinerary and you will travel through 8 countries around the Alps: France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovenia and the Principality of Monaco.

In Monegasque territory, departure and arrival are on the Palace Square. The path, clearly marked, continues through the Saint-Martin Gardens and down Avenue de Porte Neuve, across Place d'Armes towards the Exotic Garden. It then crosses into French territory in the direction of La Turbie. The trail has 8 stages in the Alpes Maritimes department, from the Col de la Lombarde to La Turbie.

The mountains are only a short distance from the Principality, and in the winter, a two-hour drive makes it possible to ski in the nearby French resorts or Italian resorts.

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