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Things to do in Monaco and Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo is a beautiful administrative area of Monaco that offers a great summer destination for tourists. With a population size of over 15,000 people and an area of 0.61 square kilometers, Monte Carlo is replete with developed infrastructure along with picturesque landscapes, owing to its array of hills and river. If you are looking for a great destination for your summer to spend time with your friends and family, Monte Carlo is one place you should definitely go to.

Visit Monaco and Monte Carlo

There are many things to do in Monte Carlo that can enable you to have an exciting summer vacation. The area is replete with extravagance, owing to its luxurious hotels and resorts and a hub for shopping and leisure, despite having a small area. Here you can spend the perfect retreat with your friends or family members that will help leave a lasting impression. One of the many places you can add to your list of things to do in Monte Carlo is the Oceanographic Museum. This part museum and aquarium is the centre of the Mediterranean Science Commission and is devoted to illustrate and convey all the information there is about oceans. Developed in the Baroque Revival style of architecture, the museum is reported to have taken around 11 years to construct, and showcases a wide range of exhibits and collections of marine life including starfish, jellyfish, crabs, turtles, sharks, sea cucumbers, and more. In addition, visitors can also find a collection of ships, weapons, and skeletons of sea animals. This is great place to take your children to spark their interest in the field of biology. Other places you can visit include the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, Jardin Exotique de Monaco, Napolean Museum, and Grimaldi Forum.


Monaco and Monte Carlo attractions


In addition to the many points of interest, such as Jardin Exotique de Monaco, Napoleon Museum, and Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo also contains a variety of luxurious hotels and resorts. Among these include the Monte Carlo Bay 4-star hotel. Situated in the heart of Monte Carlo, the hotel provides guests with exquisite views of the Mediterranean coast, particularly the Nice Riviera, along with a choice of deluxe room and executive suites, each of which offer world-class amenities and facilities. Another hotel that you can consider staying is the Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo. Unlike the Monte Carlo Bay, this is a 5-star hotel, which means you can benefit from greater comfort and luxury along with premium facilities and services. Located near the sea front, you can enjoy beautiful landscape views right from your room window, and indulge in comfortable beds and interior décor. These hotels are well-known for being attractive honeymoon spots, so if you are deciding on spending quality time with your spouse, Monte Carlo is the place to visit. The area is also filled with countless places from where you can shop the latest clothes and electronic items. Some of these include the Le Metropole Shopping Center, Golden Circle, and La Condamine.

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Casino Monte Carlo

Casino Monte Carlo

The Casino Monte Carlo is a legendary casino. As the reputation of Monaco as a luxury resort grew, so did the legend of this grand casino. This is one of those things to do in Monaco which you simply cannot miss. You can just view it from the outside and leave, but that won’t be the experience we would recommend. The building is beautiful and the interior is even more beautiful. The casino has also become legendary for its association with James Bond.

Casino Monte Carlo was the basis of a fictional casino in a James Bond book, and since then, many movies have used it as a location. People who love James Bond movies make a pilgrimage to this casino just so they can gamble in the casino James Bond likes to be in. The casino was also featured in Ocean’s Twelve, which only made it more famous worldwide. You will be surprised by the elegance, and also the size. The casino is a bit smaller than most people expect it to be. However what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for with its elegance. The casino is very popular; expect there to be a queue to enter.

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Casino Square

Casino Square

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Casino Gardens and Terraces

Casino Gardens and Terraces

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Hotel De Paris

Hotel De Paris

Hotel De Paris is a legendary hotel. It is widely considered to be one of the finest hotels in the world, and a stay here will spoil the other hotels in the world for you. It is expensive, but you get what you pay for. That means Michelin star restaurants, amazing service, and a view to kill for. This isn’t going to be affordable for most people, but if you do have the budget for Hotel de Paris, do not try to save money and use a cheaper hotel; Monaco is for vacationing in peace, and staying in the best possible hotel is a big part of that.

This is a very fancy hotel, and there is a specific dress code you will need to follow in order to stay in this hotel. The bars are great, and the bartenders know about most drinks of the world. Foreigners love the bar, and it is truly an elegant place to drink it, like something out of a classic movie. The view of the town from the Hotel de Paris is also stunning. The hotel is undergoing renovations right now, and will continue to do so until 2018, but is still active.

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Opera De Monte Carlo

Opera De Monte Carlo

The Opera De Monte Carlo is another magnificent thing to do in Monaco. With its elegant beauty and posh atmosphere, the opera should not be missed by any tourist. It is actually located in the same building as the famed Casino Monte Carlo, and thus is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Monaco. It was established by Prince Charles III in the 1870s because he realized that while Monaco had a lot of natural wonders and entertainment to offer, it was lacking in the culture and arts area.

Places like Opera De Monte Carlo represent why Monaco is so successful. It has been lead by people who understood what the community needed in order to make a name for itself on the world stage. The opera here is successful because ever since its inception the focus was on keeping a premium atmosphere and attracting the best talent in the world. Thus you will be able to see some of the best opera performances in the world here. We would recommend getting a ticket for whatever performance is on; because we are sure it will be of the highest quality. Even if there is no opera happening, the building itself is beautiful enough to warrant a visit.

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The Rock

The Rock

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Prince's Palace

Prince's Palace

The Prince's Palace is one of the more unusual palaces we have seen. We would put it in our things to do list just because of the unusual nature and history of this palace. The first thing you will notice is that it doesn’t look like any other palace you have seen. It looks very plain, and seems to be a normal building, instead of the extravaganza we usually see in other palaces. This is also out of character for Monaco, a place known for its luxury. The reason is that Monaco’s rulers knew that unlike the palaces of rulers of big countries, they needed to make a building that was secure. Since Monaco doesn’t have a huge army, the palace needed to be fortified properly.

The result of which is this very practical palace. Another unusual thing about The Prince's Palace is that it has been used by the same family for the last seven centuries. Unlike other kingdoms where turmoil and political instability meant the ruling families changed often, Monaco has had a much more stable political history. The palace is active, and we would highly recommend visiting around noon when the guard changing ceremony takes place. It is very elaborate and traditional, and is definitely something we would recommend for all tourists.

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Fort Antoine

Fort Antoine

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Monaco Cathedral

Monaco Cathedral

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Oceanographic Museum Monaco

Oceanographic Museum Monaco

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is a must visit site for anyone who has an interest in the environment and in the oceans. It was established in 1910 and has been updated and renovated since then. The collection of this museum is enthralling, and it covers many aspects of the oceans.

The basic attraction here is the fishes. There are some very exotic fishes and other sea animals within the aquarium. This place is also great for families, as kids are sure to enjoy all the fishes and the exhibitions and displays within the museum. There is also an exhibition about Prince Albert I, since he loved to sail and to discover the oceans.

There is also a section dedicated to things usually found in the ocean, like ships, sea tools, weapons, and much more. We really loved the skeletons of the sea animals on display in the exhibit; they allow you to understand these animals much better, because you get to see how they move. The building of the Oceanographic Museum is also a beautiful and imposing site. Do not leave this off your things to do list if you are in Monaco.