The tiny principality of Monaco is bordered entirely by France, and more specifically, by the French Riviera. Famous for its Grand Prix track and as an established destination for the rich and famous, there's actually much more to Monaco than motor cars.
City Breaks in Monaco: Top Holiday Lettings
Top 5 Things to See: 48hrs in Monaco
Monaco's compact size makes it ideal for a short city break. In fact, in 48 hours you can tick off all the top sights and even save some time for relaxing on the beautiful sandy beaches.
1. Exotic gardens
The Jardin Exotique de Monaco features a number of succulent plants from Mexico and Africa, including a gigantic 100-year-old cactus. Established on a cliffside, visitors can also visit the Prehistoric Anthropology Museum, located within a cave.
2. Monte Carlo Casino
No trip to Monaco is complete without a visit to the most famous casino in Europe, a location frequently used in James Bond films. The Monte Carlo Casino was built in a beautiful Belle Époque style in 1863. For those who are not interested in gambling, you will also find 18 bars and restaurants as well as an on-site theatre.
3. Prince's Palace of Monaco
The official seat of the Monaco Royals, the Grimaldi family, visitors are welcome at the palace all year round. Here you can find out more about this intriguing household. As well as the opulent state apartments, visitors can also view the Prince of Monaco's classic car collection.
4. Oceanographic Museum
This vast marine museum and aquarium is located in a historic cliff-edge building. The museum is home to a tactile basin for kids, a turtle tank, and at the epicentre, a six-metre lagoon which houses a collection of sharks and other tropical fish.
5. Circuit de Monaco
No trip to this tiny micro-state is complete without a tour of its famous track, site of the annual Monaco Grand Prix. For those visiting outside of a motor event, it is possible to take a walking tour of the circuit, which quite helpfully takes in many of Monaco's top sights.