48 Hours In Monte Carlo

Above: The Monte Carlo Casino (Photo: Matej Kastelic/Shutterstock)

The self-governing micro-Principality of Monaco on the Southern coast of France is known internationally for its wealth, its Monarch Prince Albert II, and its annual Monaco Grand Prix. Monaco’s main area, known as Monte Carlo, is an ideal place to get away from the stress and strains of everyday life, and who knows, you may just bump into one of the many celebrities who call Monaco home.

What to see

There is a vast amount of sights to see when in Monte Carlo, with the famous French Riviera being immediately present from arrival. Gaze out in awe at the hundreds of luxury yachts lining the harbour and see if you can spot your favourite celebrity. The Monaco Grand Prix, possibly the most prestigious car race in the world, takes place on the narrow winding streets of Monte Carlo. Walking through the streets allows visitors to see what the drivers see during the race; the calm sea in the distance and the hills and cliffs surrounding the Province.

What to eat

You definitely cannot be hungry when in Monte Carlo, but you may be a little surprised by the sheer range of cuisines available in this French inspired Province. The award winning Yoshi Japanese Restaurant in the Hotel Metropole, owned by acclaimed Chef Joël Robuchon, offers an unusual but very popular Japanese worker’s lunchbox, including tasty treats such as Wagu beef, caviar and sashimi; a little more luxurious than a true Japanese Bento Box. Yoshi’s Japanese worker’s lunch will set you back a breath-taking €195 (CA$ 284). Well worth a try if you can afford it.

What to do

It is only right to arrive in style when travelling to Monaco, so it is almost essential to take a helicopter ride from the neighbouring Nice airport. Taking just 30 minutes, and costing just €230 (CA$ 335) for a return trip in a comfortable helicopter, granting guests spectacular views across the Riviera, why not give it a try with Heli Air Monaco? When you find your feet again in Monte Carlo, visit the world famous Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, where all kinds of fish can be seen, ranging from starfish to ferocious sharks. Standing on top of the museum is a terrarium holding endangered African Spurred Turtles, and the terrace offers some of the best views in the Principality.

Where to shop

Unsurprisingly shopping is a big deal in Monaco. With so much wealth in such a small area, the world’s most luxurious brands can be found on Carre d’Or shopping street. Gucci, Prada, and Christian Dior, to name just a few brands present, offer the latest styles all tax free. Monaco Town’s historic district is home to a number of Monegasque souvenir shops offering all number of authentic memorabilia from your time in the Principality.

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