Destinations / City Breaks / Monte Carlo
A city break in Monte Carlo is definitely one for the Bucket List! Located within the magical Principality of Monaco, Monte Carlo is truly the stuff of legend. Chic, sophisticated, cool and classy, when you visit Monte Carlo, you'll be smitten forever.
From the pages of a fairytale, the Grimaldi Palace looms over the tiny Kingdom as the longest ruling monarchy in Europe. Hollywood came to town when Prince Rainier married Grace Kelly and the glamour of Princess Grace lingers on and just adds to the glitz of this already uber glamourous region. The Royal Family reigned here since the 13th century and the Monegasques are loyal subjects.
Mention Monte Carlo and the casino immediately springs to mind. The world famous Place de Casino is a byword for extravagence and gambling. Great fun for mild flutters on the tables, the chance to dress in elegant formal attire and rub shoulders with the seriously rich and famous, a holiday in Monte Carlo is unforgettable. A favourite haunt of the jet setters in a bygone age, Cafe de Paris could surely reveal some secrets and tasty titbits of gossip!
Monte Carlo is also home to Formula 1 Grand Prix at the end of May, so racing car enthusiasts can follow the circuit and feel the adrenalin. Enjoy a meal at one of the waterside restaurants overlooking the marina and gaze at the opulent yachts and enormous pleasure craft which cram the port. Sip a cocktail in the ornate surrounds of the deluxe Hotel de Paris. Go shopping on Boulevard des Moulins and give your credit card a whirl! Visit the Oceanographic Museum, hewn into the raw cliff face, for its amazing marine world collection and aquarium. Tour the lavishly decorated Cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace are buried.
But try a dramatic start to your holiday in Monte Carlo by driving the meandering Corniche (there are 3 of them!) all the way from Nice for some stunning coastal views. Pass through the delightful resort villages of Villefranche, Eze, Beaulieu and Menton. Arrive in Monte Carlo, rehearse your grand accent and dust off your jewels as a holiday in Monte Carlo can be anything you dream. James Bond strutted his stuff in Monte Carlo and brought a whole new meaning to "shaken, not stirred". Somerset Maugham coined the phrase "a sunny place for shady people", but Monte Carlo and Monaco deserve better. Famous faces, wealth and decadence, glad rags and glamour, millionaire's playground - the essence of holidays in Monte Carlo. A brilliant destination for a short city break.
Aer Lingus operates direct flights from Dublin to Nice and we offer a choice of hotels in the area.