A fortified town seized by the Grimaldi family in 1297, Monaco covers just 473 acres. Made famous when Hollywood Princess Grace Kelly wed Prince Rainier, Monaco continues to attract the rich and famous. With it’s favourable tax system, it is now home to 5000 well-heeled citizens, living in some of the most sought-after real estate in the world.
Straight out of a Bond film (Golden Eye to be exact), this is a town for those who love fast cars, glitzy gambling, Michelin-starred dining and shopping for luxury brands.
If you can time your trip, be sure to visit Monaco during the Grand Prix. It will cost you but is often considered the best Grand Prix in the world for both the spectators and the drivers. As Mika Häkkinen says, “Winning Monaco is better than winning the World Championship.” You can watch the cars race around town from the comfort of your very own hotel room. The Fairmont Hotel offers the best view of not only the race but the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, and on to France and Italy.
Given Monaco’s minuscule size, stumbling upon the main sites is a certainty. You don’t even need my advice! Walk through town, from the Place du Casino to super-car spot at the remarkable Monte Carlo Casino and all the way over to the Castle for the changing of the Guard (11.50AM daily).
What I most love about Monaco is the people. The Monegasque are proud of their heritage, their history and their inclusion in this historic, and small monarchy. Each and every person I continue to encounter shows me love and respect and shows such hospitality that I kept returning.
Will I see you there for the Grand Prix next year?!
The Fairmont Monte Carlo,
12 Avenue des Spélugues, 98000 Monaco.
24 Avenue Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco.
The very best dining experience I’ve had to date in Monte Carlo is at Maya Bay. Choose from the Thai or Japanese restaurant and indulge in the finest food, in the chicest moody and romantic surrounds.
Buddha Bar Monte Carlo,
Place du Casino, 98000 Monaco.
The newly refurbished Pavillions Monte-Carlo, designed by Richard Martinet, are in place for the next four years and host some of the world’s most iconic fashion houses including Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu, Alexander McQueen and Sonia Rykiel.
Walk through town, from the Place du Casino to super-car spot at the remarkable Monte Carlo Casino and all the way over to the Castle for the changing of the Guard (11.50AM daily).
French Riviera Heli Tours
Heli tours are surprisingly inexpensive.
For the ultimate instagram opportunity, take a heli-tour over Monaco or take the fastest route on to Saint Tropez by air.
Shop my Monte Carlo style..
Thank you to The Fairmont Hotel Monte Carlo
and to Monte Carlo tourism for hosting me so graciously.