Monaco conjures up images of princesses, high rollers and fast cars. And while this does seem like the land of the impossibly beautiful, its beauty is more than skin deep. Discover intricate cave networks, promenade along cliff tops and sip café au laits in centuries-old cafes. If you’ve ever wanted to know what a fairytale feels like, this is it.

Monaco Tours & Travel

Articles on Monaco

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Posted on Mon, 19 Jan 2015

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About Monaco

At a glance

Capital city: Monaco
Population: 36,300
Language: French
Currency: EUR
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)
Dialing code: +377

Best time to visit Monaco

Monaco basks in all that’s good about the Mediterranean. Hot summers are tempered by cool sea breezes and winters rarely get too cold. Plus you can enjoy sparkling sunshine year round with an average of only 60 rain days.

Monaco weather chart

Geography and environment

Set on a small, but hilly ribbon of coast in France, Monaco is Europe’s second smallest independent state (after the Vatican). Beautiful buildings and perfect streets clamber up the hillside and down along the coast in a natural amphitheatre - it’s as if Monaco’s natural beauty is on show. Italy is just a few kilometres away.

Top Picks

Top 5 High-Rolling Moments in Monaco

1. Putting It All On Red

Put on your best Bond-esque outfit and head to the Casino de Monte-Carlo. Order a martini, hover at the tables and rub shoulders with the jetset.

2. Play at Royalty

Monaco’s 13th-century palace has been home to the Grimaldis for seven centuries. In between peaking at the throne room and watching the changing of the guard, keep an eye out for one of the resident princes or princesses.

3. Shop the Golden Circle

Do a spot of (window) shopping in Monte Carlo’s Golden Circle. This is where the big brands live and you’ll be surrounded by Chanel, Louis Vuitton and shoppers who arrive by Ferrari.

4. Café de Paris

This is a café where even the toilets are worth a photo. Stop by for a café au lait and see how the other half live.

5. Jardin Exotique

Even if prickly pears and cacti aren’t your cup of tea, the million-dollar views from these exotic gardens are something to write home about. While there, head underground to explore Monaco’s prehistoric cave network.

FAQs on Monaco

Restaurants will include a service fee within the bill; however, tipping extra (while not absolutely necessary) is customary and will be appreciated by wait staff. Usually rounding up the bill or leaving spare change is sufficient. Feel free to tip more if the service has been exemplary or if you’re feeling generous.
Internet access is excellent in Monaco. Internet cafes can be found everywhere.
Monaco has excellent mobile phone coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
Monaco has western-style flushable toilets. Keep loose change handy to pay for public toilets.
Bottle of soft drink = 3 Euro
Cup of coffee = 5 Euro
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 5.50 Euro
Three-course meal = 35 Euro
Short taxi ride = 5 Euro
Yes, tap water is considered safe to drink.
Credit cards are widely accepted.
There’s good access to ATMs in nearly all urban areas.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 27 Sainte-Devote Day
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 9 Ascension Day
May 20 Whit Monday
May 30 Corpus Christi
Aug 15 Assumption
Nov 1 All Saints’ Day
Nov 19 National Day
Dec 8 Immaculate Conception
Dec 25 Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to:

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

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Responsible Travel

Monaco Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Monaco

1. Be considerate of Monaco’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

5. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Monaco: A NovelEric Robert Morse

The Grimaldis of MonacoAnne Edwards