Best time to visit:
Monte Carlo has a warm, Mediterranean climate so is very pleasant from April through to October. If you wish to be in the action, the Formula One Grand Prix takes place each May or visit during September for the annual Monaco Yacht Show.
Key cruising areas:
A destination in itself, you can spend several days in Monte Carlo soaking up the glamour of the yachts that float in Port Hercules, the luxury boutiques, and the dynamic food scene. If you wish to explore further, Monte Carlo is ideally situated in the heart of the Côte d'Azur so is a perfect place to embark on a charter of the French Riviera with the hotspots of Cannes, Nice, and St Tropez just a short sail away. Monte Carlo can also be the start of a longer charter along the beauty of the Italian coast or wider Mediterranean region.
The Monaco Yacht Club is a must-visit while in Monte Carlo and offers spectacular views of Port Hercules and the yachts lining the harbor. Of course, stopping by the celebrated Monte Carlo Casino is a very popular activity – it attracts everyone from novice gamblers to professional poker players to James Bond himself. Even if you don’t wish to partake in a game or two, you will enjoy the grand building and ambiance of this historic venue.
Best spots for wining and dining:
There is an abundance of sophisticated restaurants to discover while in Monte Carlo. For delectable Asian-fusion experiences, Buddha-Bar offers an innovative menu within a sumptuous, buzzing environment. The world-renowned NOBU restaurant can be found at the Fairmont Hotel, as well as Saphir 24 bar – an ideal place for a nightcap with breathtaking views of the harbour below. You can enjoy champagne celebrations and spot celebrities at the Sass Cafe nightclub or enjoy a more tranquil evening drink at Le Tip Top.