MONACO

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As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, you’ll connect to the real Monaco in a way like no other. Sitting glamorously as part of Côte d'Azur, French Riviera, we arrive in Monaco. Bordered by France and the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean Sea, this was once—and still is—a summer playground for writers, artists and the world’s elite. Here, you will trace the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Despite its affluent reputation, the Riviera offers more than celebrity spotting and a harbour of super yachts. Savour the French-influenced cuisine, tip your hat to 90 years of Grand Prix history and appreciate the grandeur of one of the world’s best marine museums. Monaco is often conquered as a day trip ticking off sites like Prince’s Palace of Monaco and the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Visit Monaco for a little longer on Trafalgar, and you may just take home something deeper than a tan. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Triploves Highlights.

"From the fun nights at the Casino de Monte-Carlo to strolls along the luxurious Fontvieille Harbour, the world's second smallest country is definitely worth a visit"

Chris,

Travel Director

Monaco at a

glance

Currency

Euro

Winter avg temp

8°C

Summer avg temp

25°C

Time Zone

GMT +2

Capital City

Monte Carlo

Language

French

Good Morning

Bonjour

Good evening

Bonsoir

A summer playground for writers, artists and the world's elite, Monaco is famed for its super yachts and celebrities. Visit Monaco with our expert Trafalgar Travel Directors and you'll discover a country beyond its affluent reputation, from French-influenced cuisine to incredible marine museums.

Our top 3 things to do in Monaco

Once inside the extravagant walls of the Monte Carlo Casino, it’s hard to drag yourself away. But with the guidance of our expert Local Specialists, with Trafalgar you'll be rewarded with succulent gardens, impressive cathedrals and sunny days by the harbour.

Visit Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée

The burial site of the famed Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer III, the magnificent Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée—also referred to as Saint Nicholas Cathedral of Monaco—sits proudly atop the Rock of Monaco. Take in this symbol of the country’s identity, a famed landmark built using unique white stones from a nearby village that become even brighter in the rain.

Wander around Jardin Exotique

As well as containing over 1,000 species of cacti and succulents, at this three-acre botanical garden, you will find the most magnificent coastal views in the area. Stand atop the landscaped garden and spot the yacht-dotted port, the Rock of Monaco, Monte Carlo casino and even Italy.

Try your luck at Monte Carlo Casino

Rub shoulders with high-rollers at the ritzy Casino Monte-Carlo, Monaco’s place to be and be seen. With many sections open exclusively to high-calibre gamblers, this casino is one of the most exclusive gambling facilities in the world, and the famous film set of the James Bond film, Casino Royale.

Best museums in Monaco

This 200-hectare country epitomises modernity and glamour more than most countries in Europe. Our trips to Monaco take you beyond the glitz to discover the culture and heritage between the super yachts, the port and the million-dollar cars.

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Aptly perched on the waterfront is a planet of marine science, renowned worldwide for its expertise. Evoking an underwater nirvana, the museum-cum-aquarium guides you through more than 6,000 specimens. Setting an international benchmark for ocean awareness and conservation, you will find a new underwater world on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Princess Grace Irish Library

A by-product of a prince’s love for his princess, this 35-year old cultural centre ventures far from the usual tourist tracks. Walk down a side street, ring a bell and be greeted by a wealth of books. Rumoured to house almost every Ireland-related book under the sun, the trivial size of the library will quickly be forgotten. Between the covers, you’ll see Monaco in a new light.

New National Museum of Monaco

Contrary to its old-world Belle Époque exterior, the NMNM showcases contemporary visual art across two locations. Wander the light-soaked halls dotted with abstract sculptures and witness long-standing collections by international photographers. With bi-annual exhibitions dedicated to designers, thinkers and innovators, this museum is a fascinating addition to Monaco travel.

Best food in Monaco

With Italy and France in such close proximity, Monaco’s food draws upon the best of the Mediterranean diet. Everything we do in Monaco is enjoyed between unforgettable dining experiences.

Barbajuan

Originating in Monaco, this flaky savoury appetiser is a staple food excessively consumed on the country’s national day. A pastry stuffed with Swiss chard and ricotta, this dish has made its way along the French Riviera and across to Italy. But it is best enjoyed here in Monaco.

Pissaladière

A small modified pizza topped with onions, tomatoes and olives, this Monégasque appetiser is said to have originated in Nice. Find it sold at high-end bakeries or daily markets, and see locals snacking on it hot or cold throughout the day. It is the perfect combo of French food with Italian influence.

Fougasse

Found across Mediterranean countries in many different variations, Monaco serves a unique version of this crusty pastry topped with almonds. A practicality transformed into a delicious delicacy, fougasse was traditionally used to check the temperature of a wood-fired oven. Try it once and you'll be hooked.

A sun-hat

Both practical and stylish, a sun-hat is the ideal way to feel immersed in the chic Monaco setting whilst staying protected under the hot Mediterranean sun.

Linen dress or shirt

Linen clothing is a perfect complement for the warmer months in Monaco. Effortlessly go from summer days to balmy nights.

Comfortable flats

A comfortable and practical shoe is crucial for a trip to Monaco. The best way to explore this destination is by foot so you can find yourself comfortable as you explore hidden gems and grand sights of this glamorous nation.

Formal wear

Though there is no written dress code for Casino Monte-Carlo, you may feel out of place without the proper attire for an obligatory evening of rolling dice alongside Monaco’s A-list.

A good camera

Whether you’d like to take an HD photograph, film a continuous movement or snap a picture underwater, a good camera is a necessity for capturing your Monaco travel experiences.

What to pack for Monaco

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

Road Trip Adventures

Slide into your seat, grip the wheel, start the engine, and hit the open road. From Norway to South Africa, the tundra to the rainforest, there is no limit to what you can reach with four wheels and an adventurous spirit. The road trip is no longer a means to get from point A to point B in your country; it crosses borders into new places, allowing for pure freedom in exciting destinations. Measure your next journey in viewpoints, road signs, and the people you'll meet along the way!

Guide to Monaco Visa Application

Learn about the types of visas and the step by step process of obtaining a visa for Monaco and quarantine regulations in this comprehensive guide.

  This includes types of visa applications, what to declare, and what is prohibited.

Keep in mind these handy tips for a smart, stress-free, and on-time visa application experience! 

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