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.
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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.
Geography and environment
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
Cup of coffee = 5 Euro
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 5.50 Euro
Three-course meal = 35 Euro
Short taxi ride = 5 Euro
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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: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Monaco/public-holidays
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:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
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.
|Monaco: A Novel||Eric Robert Morse|
|The Grimaldis of Monaco||Anne Edwards|