Monte Carlo Vacations
Vacationers in search of a region steeped in beauty and culture, which truly attracts the rich and famous, need look no further than Monte Carlo. Here, visitors rub shoulders with the world’s elite, as everyone tries their luck at the famed Casino of Monte Carlo.
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The business district of the world’s second smallest independent state of Monaco, Monte Carlo has a lot to offer. The views alone of rich blue Mediterranean seas and lush mountains are worth the trip. From jazz festivals, eclectic museums, opera and ballet to high-stakes gambling and grand prix car races, Monte Carlo keeps visitors on the move.
The historic Oceanographic Museum, founded by Prince Albert I, is built right onto the Rock of Monaco. Breathtaking Monte Carlo Harbor provides the perfect ambiance for daydreaming and people watching. Dedicated to the city’s patron saint, the understated Chapelle Sainte Devote dates back to the 11th century, and is frequently visited by Monaco’s royal family. Enticing Japanese Gardens offer more delightful scenery in a city overflowing with enchanting vistas.
At night, crowds dress up in their finest attire to attend an entertaining evening at the opulent Opera de Monte-Carlo. It doesn’t get much better than this, as grand culture and high society mix with alluring views of azure seas in romantic Monte Carlo.
What To Do
People watch at the world-famous Brasserie du Café de Paris Monte-Carlo. Tour the entrancing Nouveau Musée National de Monaco located at the Villa Paloma and Villa Sauber. Visit the charming village of Eze, France near Monte Carlo. Walk through its cobblestone streets to a charming castle at the top of a hill. Hike down Nietzsche’s path, named after the renowned German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who used to walk here during his visits.
While this area is wonderful for people watching, Monte Carlo is also the perfect locale to check out luxurious cars and yachts.
Sit back and count the waves at Larvotto Beach alongside the international jet set. Dress in your finest attire for a night at the Opera du Monte Carlo, where such renowned entertainers as Enrico Caruso, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti have performed. Take a gamble on Monte Carlo; it’s clearly worth it.
Monte Carlo thrives on spectacle and glitz. The big one for the year has to be the Formula One Grand Prix, held in mid-May, when the world's best drivers hit the city streets and crossing the road becomes an extreme sport. Those who can't get enough of big, throbbing engines should also be in town in January for the Monte Carlo Motor Rally. Dedicated to showing off in all its forms, Monaco also hosts the International Circus Festival in January, the Great Magic Prize (an international prestidigitators' playoff) in March and the International Fireworks Competition (duked out in the natural amphitheater of Monaco's harbor) in early August.