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Monte Carlo

Monte-Carlo, unofficial capital of glamorous and lavish Monaco, is surprisingly unattractive and is embellished more by its citizens and visitors than its own attractions. The capital is a blend of ugly high rise buildings and windy roads, but does boast the legendary Casino, luxury hotels, elegant nightclubs and restaurants, views of the sparkling Mediterranean and of course, the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Established in 1866, Monte-Carlo was named in honour of Prince Charles III and is the richest of the country's four quarters. For years, Monte-Carlo has been the playground of the rich and famous, from Hollywood starlets to royalty, and business people dodging the taxman. It is also one of Europe's foremost holiday resorts, but certainly not for the humble backpacker. The city has several attractions, such as the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium, the Monaco Cathedral and the Prince's Palace, several gardens, and other attractions centred on the country's famous Royal Family, such as an exhibition of HSH Prince of Monaco's Private Collection of Classic Cars.

There are some interesting diversions, such as catamaran trips, watersports, yachting and the Azur Express tourist train that links up the city's attractions accompanied by multi-lingual commentary. Worth exploring is the Old Town, with its attractive City Hall, and of course when one is bored of sightseeing, the best diversion (and the cheapest) is merely to settle down with a fancy cocktail and people-watch

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Climate

Monte-Carlo, like Monaco, has a spectacular Mediterranean climate, boasting roughly 300 days of sunshine a year. July and August are the hottest months, while spring and autumn are the best times to visit, as temperatures are milder.
 

Top hotels in Monte Carlo

Le Méridien Beach Plaza
Le Méridien overlooks Monte Carlo and the Mediterranean Sea. Its private beach and indoor and outdoor swimming pools are complimented by a range of restaurants and bars with 24-hour service. Rooms at Le Méridien Beach…
Le Méridien Beach Plaza
Le Méridien overlooks Monte Carlo and the Mediterranean Sea. Its private beach and indoor and outdoor swimming pools are complimented by a range of restaurants and bars with 24-hour service. Rooms at Le Méridien Beach…
Fairmont Monte Carlo
This hotel provides 4-star accommodation between the Mediterranean Sea and the Casino of Monte Carlo. It has a pool, restaurants and a spa. A complimentary shuttle service leads to 4 nearby Monaco beaches that have…
Port Palace
Port Palace is a 5-star boutique hotel in Monaco overlooking Port Hercule. It offers a spa with a hot tub and hammam, just 1 km from the train station. All of the luxury air-conditioned guest…
Hôtel Columbus Monte Carlo
Elegant rooms and suites feature at the Hôtel Columbus Monte Carlo, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, the Princess Grace Rose garden and the mountains. The rooms have private bathrooms with a bath, shower and a…
Hôtel Columbus Monte Carlo
Elegant rooms and suites feature at the Hôtel Columbus Monte Carlo, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, the Princess Grace Rose garden and the mountains. The rooms have private bathrooms with a bath, shower and a…
Ambassador-Monaco
Located in Monaco, this elegant hotel offers guest rooms with free Wi-Fi access and a minibar. It is just 1 km from the Princely Palace and a 3-minute drive from Monte-Carlo Casino. All air-conditioned guest…
Ambassador-Monaco
Located in Monaco, this elegant hotel offers guest rooms with free Wi-Fi access and a minibar. It is just 1 km from the Princely Palace and a 3-minute drive from Monte-Carlo Casino. All air-conditioned guest…
Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo
Featuring an outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa, this 5-star hotel is located 50 metres from Monte-Carlo Casino. It offers lavish rooms and suites with a CD player and a marble bathroom. Each air-conditioned room…
Novotel Monte-Carlo
In the heart of the Principality of Monaco, Novotel Monte-Carlo is a short walk from the train station, Place du Casino and Grimaldi Forum. It offers a heated outdoor pool, a fitness centre and a…