With an area of 2.020 km2, Monaco is the second-smallest country in the world. Although it is very small in size; the country is a glamorous and extravagant gateway for tourists. It is one of the most expensive and wealthiest places on the planet. The country has princes and princesses, grand lifestyle, first-class restaurants, magnificent hotels, million dollar boats, and luxurious yachts.
Nestled in the middle of Côte d’Azur and blessed with more than 300 sunny days a year, sailing and yachting are very popular in Monaco. Charter a yacht to explore the French Riviera and anchor in the deep blue waters just offshore and enjoy numerous water activities. Admire the country and the sparkling sea from your Jet Ski or fly board.
Relax under the sun in Larvotto Beach, enjoy the botanical garden of Jardin Exotique, Visit the Prince’s palace, be amazed by the Monte-Carlo Opera House, experience the Monaco Grand Prix, or bask in the glitz and glamour of Monte-Carlo. As multi-million dollar yachts are so popular here there is an annual trade show “The Monaco Yacht Show”.
Main Attractions in Monaco
- Larvotto Beach is Monaco’s man-made beach. There is both a public and private area on the beach. A couple of minutes’ walk from Monte-Carlo and tourists will find this pebbly beach. The sea is calm which makes it the perfect beach for families. However, it is also popular with topless sunbathers.
- Cap Ferrat is located at the heart of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, between Nice and Monaco. Cruise here and discover what the Mediterranean Sea has to offer. It is beautiful above and below the water. Tourists will find abundant marine life in its spectacular diving sites.
- Crique des Pêcheurs is a small and rarely visited beach located below the Rocher. It is extremely narrow and covered with gravel, but it is a good place for those who seek peace and quiet atmosphere. It also offers a snorkeling area.
- Eze Village is a medieval charm with an incredible coastal view. It’s perched on a hill above the Mediterranean Sea, overlooking the Cap-Ferrat peninsula. Visit the Exotic Garden and the Fragonard Perfume Museum in the base of the town.
- Saint-Tropez offers a stunning view of the full stretch of the French Riviera. It’s a fashionable resort town. Wander around the tree-lined squares, bask in the sunshine at a café terrace, and take a walk in the cobblestone streets in the Old Town.
- Musée Oceanographique stands on a massive foundation almost 90 meters above sea level in Le Rocher. It is one of the world’s oldest museums that contain rare species of fish and marine life in various astonishing colors and shapes.
Ports and Marinas in Monaco
- Port Hercule is a natural harbor and is the only deep-water port in the country. The port is the most elegant in Europe and has been a busy anchoring point. It can accommodate up to 700 yachts of a maximum of 135 meters. Numerous different yachting events are held here all year round.
- Port Cap d’Ail is located on the west of the Rock of Monaco. The lighthouse of Cap Ferrat and Tête de Chien Mount help tourists to get here by sea. It is surrounded by a scenic landscape. The port has 260 berths that provide access to water and electricity. The maximum depth allowed for boats is 25 meters at the entrance. A refueling station, shipyard, and Wi-Fi are available.
- Port of Fontvieille is located in the center of the residential neighborhood of Fontvieille. Its proximity to tourist facilities enables guests to find dining places and accommodation quickly. The port can host 275 vessels of a maximum of 30m. Basic marina facilities like water, electricity, and sanitary facilities are provided.
Weather and Seasons in Monaco
Monaco has a Mediterranean climate. The summers are long, dry, and warm while the winters are short, wet, and mild. Summer afternoons can be hot but still pleasant, with an average temperature of 21 °C to 26 °C. The sea breezes bring cooling relief to the heat. The season starts in July and lasts until September or October with July as the warmest and driest month. August is the ideal month for swimming.
The temperature will decrease in autumn. It is the season with most rain, especially October and November. Winter is still very pleasant, with January as the coldest month with an average temperature of 10 °C. Days will start to get longer in spring that starts from April to May.
Yachting is generally possible all year round since the country does not experience extreme weather. The sea is usually calm with friendly waves.
How to Get to Monaco
There is no airport in Monaco, but Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport is nearby. Tourists can choose local buses or helicopters to get into the country. There are helicopter flights between Nice Airport and Monaco’s Heliport several times a day that costs around 140 EUR and takes around 7 minutes.
Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport is an international airport located 5.9 km southwest of Nice. The airport has international connections with major cities in Europe and the Middle East. It has seasonal flights to and from the United States and Canada. There are several budget airlines that operate flights from this airport, namely EasyJet, Jet2.com and Wizz Air. There is no international boat transport to/from Monaco, but cruise ships arrive at Monaco’s cruise ship terminal.
There are several excellent modes of transportation in Monaco such as trains, buses, bikes, and taxis. Taxis costs around 15 EUR for journeys within the country in normal traffic. There are various bus routes and most buses can be found at the railway station.
- The official language is French. Monegasque, Italian, and Occitan are also widely spoken. Most people, especially in the tourism area can speak English.
- Euro (EUR) is the currency in Monaco. 1 USD converts to 0.83 EUR. ATMs are easily available within the country and the most convenient way of getting cash. Credit Cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants, and shops. Tipping is typically not required. However, tip porters 1 or 2 EUR.
- Most of Monaco’s population follows Christianity. There are small groups of Muslims and Jewish. The country celebrates major Christian holidays including Easter, Easter Monday, and Christmas.
- Monaco’s cuisine is rich in history. The must-try cuisines are Gnocchi, Stocafi, Brandamincium, and Porchetta. The country is home to many reputable restaurants such as Blue Bay, Le Louis XV, II Terrazzino, and Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo.
- EU and US citizens do not need a visa to enter Monaco. Monaco is treated as a part of the Schengen Area. Due to the Monaco-France agreement, if you will need a visa to visit Monaco if you need one to visit France.