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Panoramic view of Monte Carlo harbor in Monaco

Things to do in  Monaco

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Home of the Monaco Grand Prix, the Monte Carlo Casino, and belle époque architecture, Monaco has fame and a line-up of things to do that far exceeds its size. It’s among the world’s smallest countries, but it really doesn’t care. Occupying an elegant enclave on the French Riviera near Italy, the principality pays little attention to its European neighbors with its own sovereignty and tax breaks that attract a fiscally flush crowd. Superyachts, supercars, and super-high spenders are drawn here, along with curious vacationers who want to see how the other half live.

Top 15 attractions in Monaco

Monte Carlo Casino (Casino de Monte-Carlo)

Immortalized on screen as the preferred nightspot of choice for James Bond, Monte Carlo Casino (Casino de Monte-Carlo) is famous for its glamorous clientele and decadent decor. Its Belle Epoque facade along the seafront in the tiny city-state of Monaco draws visitors from all over the world.More

Old Town of Monaco

The small principality of Monaco, teetering on the side of a cliff that spills down to the Mediterranean, jams loads of history into its 500 acres (202 hectares). The Old Town of Monaco, aka Monaco-Ville and The Rock, is home to a number of historical buildings, monuments, and alleyways that transport visitors back to the Middle Ages.More

Cathédrale de Monaco (Monaco Cathedral)

This cathedral is one of Monaco’s most important religious buildings, famous for its grand organ. It was built on a site that dates back to the 13th century and has played a significant role in Monaco’s royal history.More

Prince's Palace (Palais Princier de Monaco)

Dating back to 1215, the Prince's Palace (Palais Princier de Monaco) is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco and one of Monaco’s most impressive landmarks. As well as hosting state occasions and royal celebrations, the palace receives flocks of tourists who come to tour the lavish state rooms and watch the traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony.More

Oceanographic Museum (Musee Oceanographique)

Rising majestically from the cliffs above the Mediterranean, Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum (Musee Oceanographique) is one of the most renowned marine science centers in the world. Discover a highly varied collection of marine life and objects, and come face-to-face with your favorite sea creatures in the aquarium.More

Japanese Garden (Le Jardin Japonais)

Though Monaco is limited in real estate area, the small principality is home to quite a few green spaces, including the beautiful Japanese Garden (Le Jardin Japonais). It was created in 1994 following strict Zen design rules at the wishes of Princess Grace of Monaco. The almost 2-acre (0.8-hectare) garden hosts a waterfall, small mountain, pond, and tea house.More

Opera de Monte-Carlo

Opened in 1879, the Monte Carlo Opera is a grand auditorium in the Monte Carlo Casino complex that hosts not only operas but ballets and performances by the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. It has premiered many works by composers including Massenet and Saint-Saëns.More

Hercules Port (Port d'Hercule)

The glamorous principality of Monaco is one of the highlights of the French Riviera and a hugely popular cruise destination, welcoming some of Europe’s biggest cruise lines. Arriving at Hercules Port (Port d'Hercule) is an experience in itself, as you dock beneath the dramatic Rock of Monaco, gazing out across the glittering Mediterranean.More


Just a few miles from the French border, the Italian city of Ventimiglia is famed for its scenery and for its history. Ancient Roman ruins number among its top attractions, while Côte d’Azur day-trippers regularly cross the border to soak up its seaside charm, shop its weekly market, and relax on its two beaches.More

Casino Square (Place du Casino)

One of Monaco’s highlights, Casino Square (Place du Casino) is home to the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino, as well as the glamorous Hôtel de Paris and other storied landmarks. A popular destination for both high rollers and curious visitors, the square has a reputation for opulence that’s known the world over.More

Exotic Garden of Monaco (Jardin Exotique de Monaco)

The Exotic Garden of Monaco (Jardin Exotique de Monaco) is an open-air display of succulent plants from arid regions around the world—namely the Americas, Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula. At the base of the cliff is the Observatory Cave, a large cavern fit for visitors and local spelunkers to explore its prehistoric rock formations.More

Monaco Naval Museum (Musée Naval de Monaco)

Home to over 250 model ships, as well as numerous naval objects and artworks, the Monaco Naval Museum was founded in 1993. Drawn from the collection of shipbuilding enthusiast Professor Claude Pallanca and supplemented with artifacts owned by Prince Rainier III, it remains one of the city’s most fascinating and unusual institutions.More
Monaco Top Cars Collection (Exhibition of HSH The Prince of Monaco's Vintage Car Collection)

Monaco Top Cars Collection (Exhibition of HSH The Prince of Monaco's Vintage Car Collection)

Prince Rainier III of Monaco was passionate about cars and had a wide collection which is now open to the public. Not only does this carefully curated collection showcase some of the most desirable cars in the world, but it also offers a fascinating insight into the history of motoring.More
Louis II Stadium (Stade Louis II)

Louis II Stadium (Stade Louis II)

Founded in 1939 and rebuilt in 1985, Monaco’s Louis II Stadium (Stade Louis II) isn’t your typical sports arena. Its dramatic, seaside location sets it apart, as does the fact that many of its facilities are located underground. Home to AS Monaco and the Monaco national soccer team, it has a capacity of just 18,500 seats.More
Fontvieille Park and Princess Grace Rose Garden

Fontvieille Park and Princess Grace Rose Garden

Stretching from the Circus and Heliport to the Columbus Hotel, Monaco’s Fontvieille Park offers a welcome green space within the highly populated principality. Situated in a separate area within the park is the Princess Grace Memorial Rose Garden, an oasis of natural beauty and calm.More

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Taxi Monaco to Milan or Milan Airports

Taxi Monaco to Milan or Milan Airports

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Taxi Monaco to Florence

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The Best of Monaco Walking Tour

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All about Monaco

When to visit

The Monaco Grand Prix track hosts annual race events in May and June, the biggest of which is Formula One. Depending on how you feel about supercars and the surrounding buzz, you’ll either want to come to Monaco at that time or avoid it. Summers are always balmy and popular, but if you want to avoid the peak season prices, the shoulder months of April and October offer milder temperatures with fewer crowds.

Getting around

While there’s no shortage of parking lots in Monaco, they are expensive. Leave the car behind if you can, and take to the streets to explore this tiny territory; you can walk the length of it in around an hour if you want. Monaco also has a network of elevators, escalators, and moving walkways to make the hilly areas a little more manageable. There are public buses, too, which link up the sights for tourists.

Traveler tips

You don’t have to play or pay to enter Monte Carlo Casino. You can enter as a tourist (even with kids) for free via Place du Casino to see the atrium and order drinks at the bar. To join the tours, an ID is required along with a fee. If you want to play, there’s a dress code as well as age restrictions and minimum bets. Per Monaco tradition, players should first call in at Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, rubbing the horse’s knee on the Louis XIV statue to bring good luck.

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What should you not miss in Monaco?

Call in at Monte Carlo Casino to admire the grand atrium before walking the Monaco Grand Prix track into town. Drive to hilltop Eze for sweeping views of the Mediterranean, and make time for a nighttime stroll past Port Hercules’ lit-up luxury yachts, playing “which one I want” as you wander.

What is Monaco best known for?

Home of Formula One’s famous street circuit—the Monaco Grand Prix track—Monaco is a magnet for racing drivers, petrol heads, and the glitterati who accompany them. It’s also famous for its historic Monte Carlo Casino and the high rollers who play there, cruising in via yacht with money to spend.

Is Monaco worth visiting?

Monaco is worth visiting as part of a French Riviera vacation, although it’s a small and expensive base for a longer stay. Head here for a day trip, weekend break, or a port-of-call if you’re lucky enough to have a yacht, and you’ll quickly get a feel for this glamorous little country.

Can you walk around Monaco in a day?

You can walk around Monaco in a few hours as it’s small—roughly 1 square mile (2.5 square kilometers). Walking gives you the chance to people-watch, although on hot days you might want to hop on a bus for a cool ride; tickets can be bought on board, and young kids travel free.

Is there a dress code in Monaco?

There’s no dress code in Monaco, although with the number of flashy types in town, you might want to dress your best anyway. Note that if you want to play at the Monte Carlo Casino, there’s a “smart attire” rule and you’ll be turned away if you rock up in shorts and sneakers.

Is it rude to tip in Monaco?

It’s not rude, but it’s also not expected as service is always included in European bars and restaurants. However, if you want to give a tip for top-notch service, it will surely be welcome. Around 10 percent of your bill is a generous figure to keep in mind.


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