The Discoverer
The Discoverer
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco | @nathanyelbns
Just because it’s the second-smallest country in the world doesn’t mean Monaco won’t leave you with big memories. The city-state was already associated with glamor when Grace Kelly added “Princess” to her name and James Bond tried his luck at the casino, and the last half-century has only added to its luxe reputation. You may not leave as a prince or princess, but you will feel like royalty throughout your stay.
Fun Fact:
Citizens of Monaco, known as Monégasque, aren’t actually allowed to gamble at the city’s casinos — only foreigners have that privilege.
#monaco | manjik
May — June
What could be better than late spring on the Mediterranean? As the city gears up for the Monaco Grand Prix — one of the most prestigious events of its kind — at the end of May, visitors inevitably pour in. Book early to stay ahead of the crowd.
#jardinexotique | @virginieoakenshield
Succulents and Skeletons
You've no doubt been to botanical gardens before, but have you ever been to one on a cliffside overlooking the Mediterranean? Jardin Exotique de Monaco is full of succulents from around the world, some of which were brought back from Mexico in the 1860s. If you still aren't impressed, know that there's also a cave you can tour that bears traces of our prehistoric ancestors.
Oceanographic Museum, Monaco | @fedrafedra
A World Below the Surface
This city by the sea offers ample opportunity to get up close and personal with fascinating marine life. You can do that and more at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, which boasts more than 6,000 specimens: everything from stonefish and sea horses to moray eels and jellyfish. There's also a cabinet of marine-world curiosities, the largest of its kind in the world, filled with fossils and diving gear. Bonus: it’s built on the side of the iconic Rock of Monaco, whose seaside views make it the ideal setting for such an experience.
Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort | @montecarlosbm | @montecarlobay
Up the Ante
No trip to Monaco is complete without at least a quick jaunt through Monte Carlo Casino, which first opened in 1863 and remains as vibrant as ever. You needn’t be a card shark to enjoy this gambling palace, however, as it’s one of the best spots to people-watch in the city. Take in the never-ending parade of luxury cars prominently displayed outside and admire all manner of characters inside. (Just don’t expect to meet any locals, as they aren’t even allowed to step foot in a casino unless they work there.)
#larvottobeach | @carlosbradley
Dip Your Toes
If you prefer pebbles to sand, Larvotto Beach is the place to be. Monaco’s coastline is most beautiful on this man-made beach, where you can swim in stunning, clear water. Just be sure to arrive early and bring a chair, as those pebbles are more fun to run through than they are to sit on. Those with deep pockets can get an even better view by chartering a boat or yacht for the day, because if you’re going to Monaco, you should really go to Monaco.
Shai's Discovery
"Known for being the land of the richest, Monaco is definitely more than that. Aside from the Casinos and luxury cars, experience the soul and history of this country. My favorite was walking around the castle area and not only witness the changing of the guards but also enjoy some of the best views of Monaco. From there you can see the peaks, buildings, and the port. It is absolutely breathtaking!"
Maya Jah |
The World on Your Plate
Don’t worry — not everything in Monaco is expensive. For example: Caffe Milano, a charming Italian eatery whose menu includes everything you’d hope for (Margherita pizza, lobster linguine) in addition to a few dishes you didn't realize you were dying to try (scamorza bacon cheeseburger, roasted turbot). You’d be forgiven for going with an old favorite, but Milano’s more outré offerings will reward your curiosity. The same can be said of Maya Jah, an Indian restaurant whose elegance shines through in both its tasteful decor and its mouthwatering selections. All the classics are there, plus a few Moroccan items thrown in for good measure.
Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo | @lmg_management
Lap of Luxury
A trip to Monaco is all about enjoying the finer things in life, and so it is at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo. With an exterior designed by Karl Lagerfeld, numerous awards to its name, and genuinely stunning views, the five-star property is every bit as luxurious as its price tag suggests. More affordable and still quite lovely is Novotel, which is fashioned in a French Riviera style and mindful of its guests’ health. Detox juices are served during the day, and the prime location will encourage you to walk to the center of the city when you aren't taking advantage of the pool, spa, or Turkish bath.
Monaco | @dodysoetanto
Royal Ravioli
"In Monaco you absolutely must eat the ‘Barbagiuan’, a fried ravioli stuffed with cheese, pumpkin or sliced meat. It is said that even the royal family goes crazy for it." – @dandysmo
Cliffs of Monte Carlo
"Monte Carlo has an exquisite landscape with beautiful cliffs around where all the yachts park." – @dodysoetanto
Full Speed Ahead
"Visit Prince Rainier's car collection, it is absolutely breathtaking. Apart from ‘traditional’ Formula 1 cars, you can find really awesome specimen in there." – @zaitsevavaleriya
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