With a dashing history of battles and barbarians, Monaco is synonymous with fast cars, glittering nightlife and luxurious living. Home to a high proportion of millionaires, it really is a playground for the rich and famous. Three nights here, on the French Riviera, will enable you to make the most of the glamour that Monte Carlo and Monaco are known for the world over.
The Principality of Monaco has a coastline of 4.1 km (2.5 miles), a land border of just 4.4 km (2.7 miles) and a population a shade under 38,000. While tiny, it is the second most densely populated country in the world. The Grimaldi family have ruled since 1297 and today’s head of state is H.S.H. Prince Albert II as its head of state son of Prince Rainier III who ruled from 1949 famously marrying actress Grace Kelly. The famed Monte Carlo casino scene grew from its independence from France in 1861 when Prince Charles 111 needed plan for Monaco to be economically viable and created the Societe des Bains de Mer with hotels, a casino and a theatre – and the rest is history.
Transfer from Nice to Monaco (private hotel transfers available).
Visit Monte Carlo’s colourful La Condamine Market with over 200 shops around the traditional market at Port Hercule. Find specialist shops along the Rue Grimaldi, Rue Millo and Rue Terrazzani and the Princess Caroline pedestrian area. Visit leading attractions like the beautiful gardens of Monaco, the Prince’s Car Collection, the New National Museum of Monaco and the magnificent Oceanographic Museum.
In a pine wood with fabulous sea views is the The Lounge Dom Pérignon P2 at the La Vigie Mediterranean fish restaurant. This pop-up summer lounge offers food and champagne pairings by Executive Chef Paolo Sari and is open from 5pm until until September 4.
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Take a tour to St Paul de Vence, an historic, artistic town encircled by medieval wallsand with a musical fountain at its heart. This is the home of the Roux family’s famous Colombe d’Or hotel established by Paul Roux who became friends with artists such as Marc Chagall who lived here for many years, Matisse, Léger, Picasso, Calder and Braque, using their works to decorate the dining room and garden. Cannes and Antibes are also nearby, but make time for more of Monaco’s highlights such as the changing of the guard at the Prince’s Palace, the Monte-Carlo Grand Casino and the famous Grand Prix Circuit.
Transfer to Nice.
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