Monte Carlo famous for it wealthy locals is a place of style and panache. The smell of affluence gives off an intoxicating feel, with its swank city life and sun-baked beaches. The best way of discovering this small town is by foot. Its alleyways and little street are laced with charming shops, restaurants, and bars. Some of the 10 best things to do when your next visit Monte Carlo is as follows in no particular order.
- Monaco Cathedral
This astounding cathedral built in 1875 with the stark white stones from La Turbie, is also the resting ground of past monarchs such as Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. This Roman-Byzantine-style building house’s an amazing organ which was brilliantly restored in 1988.
- The Grand Prix Racing Route
Since 1929, The Monaco Grand Prix has taken place every year, it is arguably the most prestigious race in motorsports. A walk on this racing route should be on your list. In the preparation of this racing event, the busy public highway is in no time transformed to a Formula 1 racing circuit.
- Prince’s Palace
Built in 1215 initially as a fortress before its function changed to a luxury home. The Prince Palace is open yearly to the public between June and October. With its 3 million coloured pebbles paved courtyard, stacked in intriguing geometric patterns. It is no surprise a great Monte Carlo attraction.
- Monte Carlo Casino
This magnificent architecture looks across the Mediterranean. It was built in 1863, designed by the iconic architect ‘Charles Garnier’. Its unforgettable gold and marble atrium is worth a visit, even if you are not a gambler.
- Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo
This century-old luxury spa spread over 7000 square meters, has treated and cared for numerous individuals over the years. Take the time out on your visit and treat yourself to a relaxing and invigorating regime.
- Stade Louis II
This is the home of AS Monaco Football Club, despite the small holding capacity of 18,500, it makes up for in character. The ground’s design is beautiful and inspiring.
- Metropole Shopping Center
The designer shops here are at par with those of Rome and Paris. It is a shoppers delight, a walk along the Casino Square grants you the sight of real high-quality gems. You sure will end up parting away with more money than you budgeted.
- Monte Carlo Old Town
In this more traditional part of Monte Carlo, you will be spoilt for choice with its superb restaurants and bars. Don’t forget to try some of the local specialities such as the Monegasque.
- Café de Paris
The Café de Paris resides in the Casino Square; its warm and cordial atmosphere attract’s both locals and visitors alike. It is a good place to take a lunch break and observe the town’s dynamics; I recommend you try the daily specials.
- The Grimaldi Forum
The Grimaldi Forum is a top event place for cultural activities. It hosts lots of concerts, ballet, opera, festivals, and exhibitions. It is also home to the Monte-Carlo Masters tennis competition.
Hope you enjoy Monte Carlo, it is a great small town.