Things to do in Monaco

Other than tax-free wealth and fancy casinos, Monaco is most well known internationally for its sporting events, particularly the world-famous Monaco Grand Prix - the epic Formula 1 race through Monaco’s streets. It’s held in May annually since 1929 and is possibly one of the biggest and best things to experience in this very tiny country.

The other popular attraction of Monaco is undoubtedly the Casino de Monte Carlo, strictly for the high rollers with eye-watering entrance fees to grace the grand marble and gold interior and a dress code to suit. Other visitors to Monaco are draw to a different grace – Princess Grace, the beloved wife of Prince Rainier and Hollywood screen goddess. Royal fans can get their fix with a tour of the Palais du Prince, see the Monaco Cathedral where Rainer and Grace wed (and where she now lies) and drool over the Prince’s vintage car collection at a dedicated exhibition.

You can also explore history, art and culture, most notably in the old town of Monaco-Ville where medieval architecture, period buildings and charming streets and alleys abound amid plenty of other attractions and picturesque sights.

But most people who visit Monaco just like to chill on the beautiful beaches where there’s a much more relaxed dress code. With its lovely Mediterranean climate and placed ideally on the French Riviera, there’s rarely a day that isn’t great for the beach here. Don’t miss one of the local favourites, Larvotto Beach. Celebs may like to lounge on yachts, but finding your own slice of shore is free! Here’s some more of our fave things to do in Monaco.

Monte Carlo Casino

Want to win big bucks? Or just watch the pros? Head to the main gambling and entertainment complex of the Casino de Monte Carlo where you’ll see big dollars inside and outside the complex – look out for sports cars circling Casino Square.

Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo

Want to look like the beautiful people on the French Riviera? Book in for a treatment at this day spa with its four lavish floors of treatment rooms, restaurants, salons and an incredible pool.

Larvotto Beach

Catch a few rays on the glitziest beach in the world. Monaco’s Larvotto Beach is a pebbly beach where you can spot the rich and famous on and off the shore.

Monaco-Ville

Known by locals as ‘The Rock’, this older part of Monaco is positioned on a rocky headland jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea. It’s where you’ll find the royal palace and other historic sights.

Oceanographic Museum

Built up from the cliff, Musée Océanographique de Monaco houses a fascinating collection of marine life with an incredible aquarium with 4,000 species of fish and a shark lagoon pool.