Take a Trip to Monaco on the South Coast of France
Monaco is the tiny city-state located on the South Coast of mainland France, nestled in between Nice and the Italian border. If it’s sunshine, sparkling seas and sumptuous living that you’re looking for, then Monaco is certainly the place to be. Along with the glitz and glam of the well-known district of Monte Carlo, this small country offers stunning gardens, a beautiful seaside oceanographic museum and an amazing Old Town built on The Rock. Despite its small size, you’re guaranteed never to get bored during a visit to this magical country.
Known for its year-round good weather, Monaco is a great place to visit at any time of year. However, if you are particularly fond of flowers and all plant-based existence, then it’s especially fun to go when the gardens are in full bloom. Locations like the Jardin Exotique, Les Jardines Saint-Martin and, of course, the Princess Grace Rose Garden are a delight to all senses, especially in the Spring. The Jardin Japonais provides the perfect space for a spell of peace and tranquillity, whereas the Fontvieille Park (host to the Princess’ Rose Garden) deserves a wander around in the sunshine.
In a country that often plays host to droves of celebrities, millionaires and other high-flyers, it’s nice to know that you can find peace of mind amongst the greenery.
Soak up the Sun
Of course, when holidaying on the south coast of France, you must carve out some time to soak up the rays on the beautiful white sandy beaches. The only public beach available is Larvotto Beach, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of space for everybody here. If you’d rather not pay extra to sunbathe in the private section with a sun lounger and parasol, you’re more than welcome to set up in the public section. Much like La Barceloneta in Spain, Larvotto Beach is artificially created. However, this ensures that it remains clean and comfortable for everybody wanting to use it – and a good job too as it runs parallel to one of the most expensive streets to live on in the entire world, Avenue Princess Grace.
Even if you’re not the type to spend hours laid out in the sunshine, at least take the opportunity for a stroll along this exquisite stretch of sand next to the sparkling sea.
Paint the Town Red
After some hardcore relaxation, you might be ready to don your glad rags and sample the other side of Monaco. In a place that’s such a hit with the glitterati, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to 5 star restaurants, bars and clubs; after all, Monaco has the highest concentration of millionaires in the world to keep entertained. One place that is an absolute must-visit is the Casino de Monte-Carlo. Host to the Monaco Grand Prix, home of the city’s Grand Theatre and Ballet, and location for two Bond movies, the Casino is the last word in opulence. Here you can sample one of the many games tables, catch a show or simply wonder at the breathtaking architecture. Alternatively, you could join the online revolution and sample the latest on-screen versions of classic casino games from the comfort of your hotel room using a smart phone or tablet. There’s no shame in preferring a cosy hotel room in the evening over the hustle and bustle of a busy city; the key to having a good time is finding a balance between the two.
Monaco is a fascinating place with a unique history. This means that it has plenty of museums, cathedrals and other significant buildings to visit during your stay. The Palace should be right at the top of your list; if there were any building other than the Casino to perfectly encapsulate the city-state, it would be this one. It’s reminiscent of a confectionary marvel from the outside and boasts an overwhelming amount of gilt and moulded plaster on the inside. Tours of the interior are available and recommended. You should also make sure to take a trip to the awe-inspiring Musée Océanographique, or Oceanographic Museum. Built directly overlooking the ocean itself, it has three expansive aquariums and a whole host of different sea creatures to marvel at. It’s one of the oldest aquariums in the world and contains artefacts collected be Jacques-Yves Costeau himself.
Monaco is a delightful country filled with everything you could possibly need for entertainment, relaxation and indulgence during your stay there. Make sure that you don’t get completely swept up by the swanky bars, the fine dining and the palatial shopping centres; there is beauty in the simpler pleasures as well, like the gardens and the seascapes. However you choose to spend your trip, you can rest assured that it will be a holiday to remember.