The Principality of Monaco is known for being one of the smallest independent states in the world, and is governed by its Royal Family… and it’s certainly a place fit for a prince or princess. Bordered by France and the Mediterranean Sea, Monaco is in a convenient and beautiful location that proves incredibly popular for tourists. But what makes it so special? Take a look at the reasons to visit Monaco in 2017…
It’s in the perfect location
It’s on the French Riviera, could anything be better than that? Monaco’s location proves perfect for tourists. Western Europe is known for it’s warm climate – but is never too hot, and is never too cold. Monaco provides the happy medium, the average winter temperature is just 49⁰F, and the average summer temperature rises to around 79⁰F – and they even boast 300 days of sunshine a year. Monaco is also located fairly close to neighboring countries. Italy is only 17km away if you wanted a little day trip, and Nice is only 13km away. How Nice…
It’s completely outrageous but so luxurious
Monaco has a reputation for being a hotspot for the rich and famous to splash their cash. Where else will you see Mega Yachts, exclusive shopping locations, and pure luxury? Only in Monaco. If you fancy living like the best of the best, Monaco should be your next destination. You don’t need to buy everything from the multiple Louis Vuitton, Prada or Hermes stores or stay in the 5* Hotel de Paris…but you can if you want. You’re on vacation, treat yourself.
But it doesn’t need to be expensive
Although Monaco has this reputation of being an expensive destination, you don’t need to be a wealthy globetrotter to enjoy the Principality. Instead, you can enjoy watching the rich splash their cash from afar, wonder at their multi-million dollar yachts as you have a peaceful stroll along their famous marina, and then enjoy your time in your affordable hotel room. Staying away from the main restaurants and casinos will allow you to explore restaurants, cafes, bars and attractions that are still luxurious..but with a less luxurious price tag. This way, you can enjoy the high life without breaking the bank.
You can visit Monte Carlo
Monaco doesn’t have a capital city. Instead, the principality is split into four quarters – one of which is the famous Monte Carlo. Monte Carlo and Monaco are both known for one main activity…gambling. Monte Carlo is rife with casinos, and visitors travel across the globe to play in some of the most famous casinos in the world. The Monte Carlo Casino is one of the oldest casinos in the world and was the first casino to grace Monaco. The casino lies in a palace-like structure in the famous Casino Square…so even if you’re not a gambler, it’s a definite must-see and photo opportunity.
It’s also perfect for a romantic getaway
Monaco isn’t all about extravagance. The principality is stooped in culture and history and makes the perfect romantic getaway. For starters, the location provides an amazing backdrop of hills and greenery. Because of its regal history, palaces, gardens, and cathedrals cover the region, and there is even the ‘Old Town’ to explore. This area is full of independent shops and cafes, cuddled along cobbled streets that you can explore at your own pace. So if you get tired of the glitz and glam, there’s plenty of places to relax and explore Monaco’s hidden gems. You can then finish off your romantic weekend by taking a dip in the hot tub or having a couple’s treatment at one of the many spas in Monaco.
Walk the roads of the Grand Prix
Monaco is also renowned for its yearly Grand Prix. If you want to explore Monaco in its true glory, getting tickets to watch the Grand Prix is a must. With even more super yachts lining the marina, thousands of people littering the streets and the super speedy Formula One cars zooming past you, the atmosphere really is second to none. However, tickets get snapped up quickly…especially if you want to park up your super yacht for the day. If you can’t get to Monaco to watch it, you can still experience the Grand Prix at different points in the year. The driving routes are scattered all across Monaco, and you can walk or drive it for yourself, and there are even Grand Prix tours that will explore the roads and information in more depth rather that speeding through like they do on television…