Monaco may be small, but it is certainly not to be ignored. A city state principality located on the Mediterranean and surrounded by France, Monaco – and its famous area of Monte Carlo – is known as a home to the rich and famous. Although Monaco is not officially a member of the European Union, its location and proximity to France means that using the Euro is the only real currency option.
Monaco is also one of the most expensive countries in the world in which to live, even though it is a tax haven. With the average 3 bed apartment outside of the city costing nearly €10000 per month, you may not want to add Monaco to your list of potential places to retire! But the principality offers a great number of things to do for visitors, and it can be done without a massive dent in your finances if you plan carefully.
Things to do in Monaco
Monaco is more than casinos and racing cars. The stunning old town Le Rocher makes an interesting place to explore, and if you fancy it you can take a look around the royal family’s residence (if you get there before midday you can see the changing of the guard) or head over to the cathedral to the burial place of Princess Grace of Monaco.
If you are not a beach person, of if the bling is getting a bit too much for you, why not seek solace in the enchanting Japanese Gardens. Here, shelter from the heat under the lush exotic foliage or contemplate life while watching the fish in the ponds. The Jardin Exotique is also a lovely green space in Monaco, and features many pretty and interesting exotic plants and flowers.
Tours and museums
Museum buffs can take a break from the sun with a visit to the oceanographic museum. Here, take in interesting exhibitions about local sea-life and its aquarium. You could also take a tour of the world famous Monte Carlo Casino, even if you don’t fancy your hand at a little bet it is worth it for the architecture alone.
Spotting the rich and famous
Sitting whiling away the hours in a roadside café is one of the best ways to soak up the atmosphere in Monte Carlo, or simply stroll the marina and ogle at the superyachts moored at a cost of $5000 per night in the quiet season. You could also just spend some time in the Place Du Casino, and if you fancy it continue on with the glamour with a trip to the opera in the Opera De Monte Carlo
If you are heading to Monaco, pack your glad-rags and make sure you’ve enough cash to get by. Many of the suggested activities above are however either free or bear only a small charge, so Monaco can be yours, if just for one day….