Passport to Monte Carlo: Top 5 reasons to visit Monaco

Published on July 19, 2016
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    Hotel de Paris

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    Place du Casino

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    Royal Palace Monaco

Passport to Monte Carlo: Top 5 reasons to visit Monaco monaco fr

Not many places in the world truly depict glamour. Standing proudly along the Mediterranean coast, Monaco is the second smallest sovereign state and here at FTC, we absolutely love it. Whether for a short break or an extended holiday, you can rest assured that your time in Monaco will be unique, thanks to a French Travel Connection exclusive programme we have crafted in partnership with the Monaco Government Tourist Office. But first, here is our take on why Monaco should be top on your ‘To Go To’ list…


① Centuries of history and culture

If you are looking to immerse yourself in history and culture, look no further. As you come in to land at Monaco Heliport (that’s right, your FTC Passport to Monte Carlo will have you swooping in via helicopter for free! – conditions apply), gaze over the impressive Prince’s Palace, built in 1191 and still the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. Do not forget to visit the State Apartments, the Italian Gallery, the Main Courtyard, Salon Louis XV and the Throne Room when you are there.


The Sainte Devote Chapel, dedicated to Monaco’s patron saint, is amongst the principality’s oldest monuments, dating right back to the 11th century. Although the name is now more commonly identified to the first corner of the Monaco Grand Prix track, it is definitely well worth a visit.


Monaco also boasts a wealth of museums, including the Oceanographic museum with its imposing aquarium and shark lagoon, founded by Prince Albert I in 1910. Opera and theatre lovers are spoilt for choice (we especially appreciate Monte Carlo’s Philharmonic Orchestra), whilst car enthusiasts can lust after the Prince’s collection of vintage cars.


② Gourmet destination

World-renowned chefs are behind some of Monaco’s top restaurants. As you can imagine, local Monegasque cuisine is very much influenced from its neighbouring countries, France and Italy. If you have chosen to stay in the legendary 5* Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo, built in 1864, dine at Le Louis XV restaurant. With 3 Michelin stars, the exceptional menus reflect Alain Ducasse’s gourmet journeys. High marks go to the mouth-watering Mediterranean seabass and wild strawberries with mascarpone sorbet. For more delectable food in luxurious setting, try Vistamar’s original “fish and vegetable” gastronomic concept in the Hermitage hotel.


The Monte Carlo Bay Hotel boasts a range of delicious restaurants. L’Orange Verte is particularly enjoyable for a light bite. For a plate of Mediterranean cuisine “à la Joel Robuchon” head to the chef’s main restaurant in the Hotel Metropole or opt for Japanese at Yoshi. You will not be disappointed! 


③ Casinos

Bond. James Bond. Feel like the suave British agent by wandering through the Black Jack and high-roller tables of the Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monte-Carlo Bay Casino, Sporting Monte-Carlo, The Sun Casino or Casino du Café de Paris. If gambling is what you are after, this is the place to be!


④ Spa

Monte Carlo is the jetset destination for a spa retreat and you certainly have an array of lovely spas to choose from. The sumptuous Thermes Marins de Monte Carlo and Les Cinq Monde, both part of the Société des Bains de Mer, are by far our favourites. Why not brave cryotherapy at Thermes Marins? It consists of standing in a -110ºC room for 3 minutes and is said to have huge benefits such as decrease inflammation, increase cell rejuvenation, improve skin tone and reduce signs of aging. We cannot wait to try! Alternatively, Fairmont’s Willow Stream also offers a peaceful heaven serenity, as well as Espa Metropole Monte-Carlo.


⑤ Events

Lastly, Monaco hosts a number of must-see events including the world-famous Grand Prix. Book your entire stay with French Travel Connection to live the excitement between 25th and 28th May 2017, when the principality will transform itself into a giant Formula 1 race track. Avoid squeezing through the hoards and watch the thrilling race from the Fairmont’s VIP terrace.


If you decide to visit Monaco in September (a perfect time of year to go), make sure you stay for the international meeting of all superyachts at the Monaco Yacht show. Famed for showcasing the most luxurious and elite yachts, it truly is awe-inspiring. This year’s will be held from 27th to 29th September.  


For tennis lovers, the Rolex Tennis Master is in the calendar for 20th to 22nd April 2017.


Tempted? Give our French Travel Connection specialists a call on 1300 858 304 to find out more about what is included in our Passport to Monte Carlo (clue: free Nice to Monaco helicopter transfers and free entrance to museums!).