Nestled comfortably between the Alps and the Mediterranean, the small principality of Monaco is no longer only a sparkling gambler’s playground.A captivating combination of modern luxury, sophisticated style, and enduring culture, Monaco has endless rewards for those who explore its lively heart.
Holding the title as the world’s second smallest country, and occupying an area tinier than London’s Hyde Park, Monaco makes a splash that belies its size from where it hugs the Mediterranean shore. The principality seems to be in a constant state of celebration, welcoming world-class displays of art and sport, while hosting a permanent parade of casinos and exciting nightlife.
Easily mistaken for an exlusive seaside sanctum for the rich and famous, Monaco is a tiny world of lavish casinos, five-star hotels, and generous yacht-filled waters. The enchanting area of Monaco-Ville on the Rock is an old armoured town, and home to such cultural delights as the Prince’s Palace, the Cathedral and the Oceanographic Museum.
Outside the historical Monaco-Ville however, the vibe is more modern Manhattan than Mediterranean, as Monaco’s contemporary-side shines. Fontvieille is home to a harbour, sports complex, and impressive heliport, while Moneghetti hosts the Révoires and the Exotic Gardens. But the biggest and brightest of all is undoubtedly the capital Monte-Carlo, which for many is Monaco. Full of glittering casinos, luxury hotels and dazzling beaches, Monte-Carlo is a jet-setter’s dream.
One of the greatest joys of Monaco is to be found sailing into Monte-Carlo harbour, brilliant at any time of day. Docking before sunrise sees the lights of the principality sparkling throughout the mountains and the brightness of the many casinos lighting up the dawn. Arriving while the sun is high above, allows a spectacular chance to admire the stunning yachts floating on the harbour and marvel at the gleaming neatness of the small country.
Home to royalty and the brightest artistic personalities, Monaco basks in over 300 days of sunshine a year, making it a beach-lovers heaven. There are private beaches at both the exclusive Monte-Carlo Beach Club, and the Beach Plaze Sea Club, perfect for sunbathing, relaxing swims and building sandcastles with the family.
Sport is also a much-loved pastime in Monaco, and it is home to several entertaining sporting teams and hosts popular world-class events every year. Those lucky enough to be in Monaco during the third week in May will witness Monaco at its most magnificent, primped and primed for the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Monte-Carlo hosts the ATP Masters Series Tennis every April, and has a prestigious team in the French Soccer League whose home matches are a genuine event at the Louis II Stadium. If watching all the exhilarating action has you eager to get active yourself, Monte-Carlo has superior squash and tennis courts, and a panoramic golf course at the Monte-Carlo Country Club.
The Monaco Yacht Show
The Cote d’Azur has always been an idyllic location for those in the yachting fraternity, offering glistening blue waters and the most stunning backdrops for a relaxing luxury cruise.
However, every year one of the most important events in the yachting industry is hosted in the crown jewel of the Cote d’Azur. The Monaco Yacht Show transforms the stunning Port Hercules from an unsuspecting luxury port into an exclusive showcase of the world’s largest and most beautiful yachts.
For almost 20 years the Monaco Yacht Show has attracted thousands of enthusiasts, high-net-worth individuals and key industry figures to gather year after year at a show which stands at the very heart of the superyacht industry; the ideal opportunity to witness the true beauty and the attraction of the Cote d’Azur.