7 Places in Monte Carlo You Need to Visit

Things to do in Monaco © Jan Vašek, Pixabay

If you had just Seven days in the deluxe principality of Monte Carlo, what would you do? We’ve saved you the trouble of thinking about that and put together a luxurious and thrilling itinerary just for you. So, all you need to do is pack your bags with fancy clothes worthy of a selfie with royalty and celebrities (because you just might run into one or two) and get ready for a holiday of opulence, entertainment, grandeur, and relaxation. 

First Stop? Casino de Monte-Carlo

Welcome to the Casino of all Casinos. A lavishly built and decorated entertainment and gambling complex, the Casino de Monte-Carlo was built in 1865 in the opulent Belle Époque style and stands in formal gardens with a spectacular view over the tiny principality of Monaco. It has been frequently visited by royalty and celebrities alike. But even if you don’t have the same bank balance as the rich and famous, you’re still welcome here. While you may not be able to score a PayPal casino bonus, you can try your luck at the table games, which include roulette and blackjack, and over 600 slot machines. Don’t forget to enjoy a cocktail as you take in the breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea that has served as a popular backdrop for many iconic movies, including two James Bond films, 1983’s Never Say Never Again and 1995’s GoldenEye. Who knows? Maybe we’ll see you in a feature film too. 

Casino de Monte-Carlo © Helena Jankovičová Kováčová, Pixabay

The Formula 1 Grand Prix 

Are you thrilled by revving engines and fast cars? Then make your way to the streets of Monte Carlo when it hosts the most prestigious racing event in the world – the Formula 1 Grand Prix. For this event, the streets are transformed into an electrifying and high-speed racing circuit with a spectacular view. The Grand Prix attracts racing enthusiasts from around the globe, and if you’re into auto racing, you just might meet one or two of your favorite racers. 

The Oceanographic Museum

Dive into the sea world in ways you’ve only imagined. Built on a cliffside overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the museum’s stunning location offers breathtaking panoramic views that create a serene and picturesque experience for visitors. At the heart of this incredible museum are its stunning aquariums, which are some of the biggest in the world. The museum hosts many exhibitions and showcases that let you see up close sea friends you may have never known existed. From starfish, seahorses, turtles, jellyfish, crabs, lobsters, rays, and sharks to sea urchins, sea cucumbers, eels, and cuttlefish, you’re sure to have a surreal experience.


 Your next stop? Monaco-Ville. To experience the rich history and the medieval past of Monaco is to visit this captivating destination. Located beautifully on a rocky cliff, Monaco-Ville is lined with charming streets and medieval architecture overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It’ll make you wonder whether you traveled back in time. But don’t stop there. Be sure to visit the Prince’s Palace where you’ll get to see the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony, and then enter the Palace to learn more about the Royal family and their lifestyle. With its breathtaking views, Monaco-Ville guarantees the perfect place to relax and soak in the principality’s beauty and charm.

A day at the beach is never a bad idea © Pixabay

Fine Dining in Monte Carlo

If you love yourself some food, you’re in the right place. Monte Carlo’s Michelin-starred restaurants cater to every taste and craving. The principality’s reputation for fine dining is well-deserved, with a variety of cuisines, from French to Mediterranean and beyond, so you’re spoilt for choice. Some restaurants you must try include Maya Bay for delicious Thai and Japanese dishes, La Montgolfière-Henri Geraci for French cuisine, Le Blue Bay for Caribbean and Mediterranean dishes, and Song QI for Chinese dishes.  Whatever your tastebuds crave, the restaurants in Monte Carlo promise an unforgettable culinary experience. 

Shopping in Monte Carlo

Imagine a whole street filled with your favorite luxury brands – that’s what you get on the streets of Monte Carlo. Located opposite the Casino de Monte-Carlo is the prestigious Avenue de Monte-Carlo and Allée François Blance, where you’ll discover the most renowned names in fashion, haute couture, perfumes, and jewelry. And you’ll get to do all your shopping under the warm Mediterranean sky. Now, that’s a memorable retail experience!

Larvotto Beach

After all that touring and shopping, it’s time to soak up more sun and feel the sand between your feet. So, go ahead and pack your sunscreen and sunglasses, and make your way to Larvotto Beach. It is known as Monaco’s most popular sandy beach – and one whose free access is a nice perk in one of Europe’s most expensive cities. But don’t worry; even though the beach has public access, it also has private areas where you can get away from the crowds.  


So, what are you waiting for? The trip of a lifetime awaits you in Monaco. Whether you’re into shopping, beautiful vistas, fine dining, or gambling, you’ll find it all here. “Rester c’est exister mais voyager c’est vivre,” as famously said by French songwriter Gustave Nadaud. To stay is to exist, but to travel is to live.

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