As glamours as the French Riviera is, the area with the most allure is none other than Monte Carlo which is actually in the country of Monaco which is surround by France on all sides but one, which is on the Mediterranean. Monaco is known for it’s high end jetsetter lifestyle. There’s the Monte Carlo Casino with a 10 Euro cover charge and a strict dress code policy come the evening. If you’re hungry Le Louis XV located at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo (across from the Casio) offers (at the time of writing) Mediterranean sea bass, fennel and local citrus for 110 Euros. And if shopping is your thing you’ll find Gucci, Valentino, Hermès, & Prada just to name a few of your options. And if you’re looking for excitement at the end of May there’s the oh so famous Formula 1 Grand Prix. Monte Carlo is a place where dreams come true. Where an American girl can one day grow up to be an actual Princess (And have an Hermès bag named after her!) It sounds beautiful, because it is. But just how long do you really need to see Monaco?
Well take a look at this information from Wikipedia:
“Monaco has an area of 2.02 km2 (0.78 sq mi). Monaco has a land border of 4.4 km (2.7 mi), a coastline of 4.1 km (2.5 mi), and a width that varies between 1,700 and 349 m (5,577 and 1,145 ft).”
As you can see Monaco is quite a small country. I have been there twice myself. I didn’t necessarily have to go back a second time, as I had seen everything the first time, however, when you’re in Nice, you’re a mere 20 minutes (by train) from the spectacular beauty of Monte Carlo. How long did it take me to see everything? A day.
If you are someone who wants to spend days shopping and nights at the casino, feel free to stay awhile, but for someone who wants to get a taste of the glamour that is Monaco, stay in Nice, take the train in the morning, and come back the same night. It’s easily do-able, and I’d say a lot easier on your wallet.
Yesterday I wrote about the beaches of Nice, so know that the beach in Monaco that I went to was sand, and when I went (May) there was no cover and I could bring food! (I cannot speak for high season if that is the case or not) So for as expensive as Monaco may be, at least there’s a bit of a reprieve when it comes to the sand and the surf.
In a day I was able to walk around the 4 sections on Monaco, spending the most time in Monte Carlo as that’s where the shopping, the casino, and the main attractions are. I also was able to spend an hour at the beach and some time walking along the port. There was time for me to get multiple meals and still be back in Nice at a decent time.
Have you been to Monaco? How long did you spend there?