Monaco: Royalty & Roulette
The tiny principality of Monaco, between Nice to the west and the north Italian coast, is an independent sovereign state ruled by Prince Albert II of the Grimaldi family. Its exclusivity and preferable tax system make it home to some of the world’s largest yachts. For fast paced, glitzy lifestyle, Monte Carlo is the perfect playground for grown-ups who appreciate the finer things in life. From the superyachts lining the marina and the sports cars circling Casino Square to the boutiques – there is nothing understated about this bold enclave of luxury. Local cruising includes stunning anchorages in easy reach of nearby Cap d’Ail or Cap Ferrat. From Monaco, the Italian Riviera is a natural onwards charter destination.
If partying until dawn is not on the agenda, enjoying an Aperol spritz in Casino Square is recommended. Visit the Oceanographic Museum or the Palace, act like a local and take a dip in the saltwater pool at Port de Hercules where you have a spectacular view over the harbour and the yachts. Plan in advance to attend the Grand Prix in May, where you can watch the race trackside from the back of your yacht, or attend the Monaco Yacht Show in September.
Take the French Riviera helicopter tour from Monaco and get an incredible birds eye view of the coastline
Stop for lunch at Anjuna Beach is only 15 minutes outside Monaco: dine with your feet in the water
Stop for a drink at the Hôtel Hermitage: one of the best views of the harbour is from the terrace at Crystal Bar