The epitome of luxury and the hideaway of the rich and famous, Monaco is now one of the most popular destinations for tourists
By: Karishma Parkash
Posted on: October 10, 2010
The epitome of luxury and the hideaway of the rich and the famous, Monaco is now one of the most popular destinations for tourists.
Famed for its glamour and wealth, Monaco is the second smallest city in the world. Rapidly becoming one of the world’s most desirable destinations, it is possible to sample everything in just a couple of days. With over 300 days of sunshine a year and mild temperatures, Monaco celebrates art, culture, sumptuous cuisine, spas, beautiful surroundings and spectacular landscapes enthusiastically. Add to this high-adrenaline activities like the Formula One Grand Prix, casino gaming, land and water sports and exciting nightlife, you will definitely want to go back for more. Monaco offers a great balance of historical and modern attractions. So go ahead, take some time off and learn the shortcuts and hidden roads to maximize your experience in Monaco and Monte Carlo!
Care to admire 19th-century extravagance? Visit Monte Carlo‘s famed casino and try your luck. Go ahead and marvel at the enchanted architectural work in every street of Monaco. If living life king size is your way to go, the Hotel de Paris will sweep you off your feet. Whether you choose to be amazed by Port Hercule’s floating palaces or uncover the slow lane in the meandering streets of old town Monaco-Ville, Monaco has something for all!
Must see, Must Do
For all vintage car lovers, Monte Carlo is home to one of the world's most priceless vintage car collections, owned and cherished by the Prince of Monaco and displayed for public viewing within its museum. Approximately 100 vehicles are on show in a 4000 sq mt area and categorized according to His Serene Highness wishes by class or period: military, horse-drawn carriages, popular, veteran, vintage, sports cars, classic and prestige.
A complete delight to the senses, The Princess Grace Rose Garden is a tranquil spot in Monaco with over 4000 rose trees. It is no wonder that it is one of the most popular places in Monaco. Rather be indoors? Monte Carlo has plenty of indoor museum attractions to keep visitors busy. The outstanding Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium steals the limelight with more than 4,000 fishes.
Travel back in time to visit the Princes of Monaco at the popular Wax Museum which trace the history of the Grimaldi dynasty (dynasty that ruled the country for a long time) and contains life size models of the royal members. Feeling a little more adventurous? Discover Monaco from the sea with a fascinating boat tour called ‘Aqua vision’. It is a catamaran-type boat equipped with two windows in the hull for underwater vision, thus allowing the passengers to explore the natural seabed of the coast in an unusual way.
Gentlemen, Start your Engines!
Mark your social calendars because Monaco’s streets host the best known Formula 1 Grand Prix-Monaco Grand Prix is a treat for race enthusiasts. This famed event takes place at the Circuit de Monaco which is laid out on the city streets of Monte Carlo and around the harbour of Monaco. It is probably the ultimate test of driver skill since the street circuit features many elevation shifts, tight corners and is generally a narrow course. The main attraction of the Monaco Grand Prix is the proximity of the speeding Formula One cars to the race spectators. The thrill of screaming engines, smoking tires and determined drivers makes the Monaco Grand Prix one of the most exciting races in the world.
The inaugural Monaco Grand Prix was held in 1929. Since then the event has kept many of its traditions, including its unique timetable, where the race weekend starts on Wednesday, takes a break on Friday, and then resumes on Saturday. Luxury yachts are the ultimate way to experience this event and can be booked in the Port to provide optimum race viewing for groups of 10-150 guests.
Another highlight that completes your visit to Monaco is The Monaco Yacht Show held annually in September from 22-25 at Port Hercules, Monaco. This Yacht Show is the only yacht show worldwide that is exclusively devoted to superyachts of at least 25 meters in length for sale. It is the largest floating luxury yacht display in Europe of super and mega yachts bringing companies and individuals alike to show off the latest and greatest luxury yachts for sale in Monaco. Perfectly placed in the heart of the Mediterranean with one of the largest luxury yacht harbours worldwide, Monaco is a country you must visit.
For your ultimate shopping experience in Monaco, do not miss the lively and colorful streets of Monte Carlo which are home to a wide range of luxury shops, haute couture fashion houses, perfumeries and jewellery houses. Yachting accessories can be found around Port Hercule and designer jewellery along Square Beaumarchais and Avenue de Monte Carlo.
Monte Carlo is one of the most unique places in Europe, presenting the best of lavish spa and wellness options for rejuvenation. Known for its rich and famous lifestyle, Monaco offers many relaxing experiences for your mind, body and soul. Every hotel in the country offers one of its kind rejuvenation and spa experience with the combination of traditional and modern therapies.
The people of Monaco are very fond of fresh scrumptious food and thus it is impossible for anyone to go hungry. The country caters to all types of cuisines. Take your pick from a variety of beach restaurants, pizza places in the harbour, delightful sushi restaurants in state of the art buildings, brasseries on Casino square, dinner shows with champagne, gourmet Michelin starred restaurants and many more…
So the next time you decide to go globetrotting, be sure to visit Monaco with Monte Carlo on top of the list.