House to the wealthy and famous, Monte Carlo exudes style and panache. The locals walk the paths having a swagger; you could smell the affluence. Town is a charming blend of chic city living and wonderful sun kissed shores. Monte Carlo is a compact city; the top way to explore is by foot. The narrow streets and tight alleyways are home to a fascinating array of petite shops, bars and restaurants.
1. Monte Carlo Casino
Built in 1863, this architectural masterpiece overlooks the Mediterranean and has to be a priority on your own sightseeing list. It has a remarkable gold and marble atrium designed by the celebrated architect Charles Garnier.
The Monaco Grand Prix has been held annually since 1929 and is regarded as one of the very prestigious races in motor sport. The roads are transformed from hectic public highways into a Formula 1 circuit in a remarkably brief space of time.
3. Prince’s Palace
The palace is open to the general public from June to October. The courtyard is paved with over 3 million coloured pebbles, beautifully arranged in geometrical patterns. Built in 1215, the palace was originally a fort before being transformed into a luxurious home.
4. Monaco Cathedral
This magnificent cathedral was built in 1875 and is the final resting ground of Princess Grace. The cathedral’s wonderful organ was painstakingly restored to its former glory in 1988.
For more than a century this high-end spa has pampered and delivered the ultimate in relaxation. Treat yourself to a day you’ll never forget.
6. Metropole Shopping Centre
Filled with designer stores to fit those of Paris and Rome, the Metropole is a shopper’s heaven. A stroll around Casino Square will present you with precious stones of the best quality.
Plenty of quality restaurants and bars present themselves in the more conventional parts of town. Here it is possible to tuck into local specialities for example Monegasque cuisine.
8. Caf de Paris
The exciting mixture of locals and visitors generate a warm atmosphere, whether sitting outdoor or dining indoors. The menu has an international flavour and daily specials are always advocated.
9. The Grimaldi Forum
View concerts, opera, ballet, as well as festivals and exhibits, such as the Monte-Carlo Masters tennis.
10. Stade Louis II
What the dwelling of AS Monaco Football Club lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in quality. Despite a capacity of only 18,500 (smaller than most top football clubs), the earth’s architecture make it one of the more memorable stadia.