Is Monaco worth visiting? The short answer is yes. If you aren't sure if Monaco is for you, this article includes my top reasons for visiting Monaco and why it is a perfect destination for solo travellers.

Solo Travel in Monaco

This luxury destination located on the French Riviera attracts many travellers from around the world because of its sights and atmosphere.

Monaco in Europe, is the second smallest country in the world and travelling solo in Monaco is perfectly safe for a woman. Being an affluent state can mean that tourists may be targeted so just keep your valuables close by.

There is a dress code, so don’t walk around barefoot or in swimwear if you’re not on the beach. Because of its location on the French Riviera, it helps to speak a bit of French to get by. Below is our solo guide on how to travel in Monaco.

10 Top Reasons to Visit in Monaco

It’s classy, it’s chic, and it’s full of millionaires, yet this tiny country on the French Riviera is the most densely populated country in the world. It’s hard not to be a tourist here, and underneath the glitz and glamour, there isn’t much culture, but it is definitely worth paying a visit to if you’re in France or Italy. * Read: Monaco on a Budget

1. Its numerous attractions

There are amazing things in Monaco. For example, you can visit the Exotic Garden of Monaco and sixty metres underground is an observatory cave where you can see stalagmites and stalactites formed over 1,000 years.

Remains from the cave can be seen at the Prehistoric Anthropology Museum. There’s also an Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium with 4,000 species of fish, The Marlborough Fine Arts Gallery, and a few gardens to walk around, including the Princess Grace Rose Garden.

Monte Carlo Casino

2. Its renowned casinos

We know it’s touristy, but there are many fun things to do in Monaco, and you really can’t come to Monaco and not visit one of the casinos. There’s not just the famous Monte Carlo casino either (which dates back to 1863). You can have a flutter at the Sun Casino or the Cafe de Paris too. Don’t forget to check out the fancy cars parked outside.

3. It’s a paradise for Formula 1 fans

The Prince’s car collection is a must for car enthusiasts, and there are also Formula One cars if you’re a lady who likes the Grand Prix. Boulevard Albert runs along the waterfront and is the starting point for the Grand Prix, with the main race course in the streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine.

* Don’t visit during the Grand Prix season (the end of May) if you don’t want to spend a small fortune.

View of a calm blue bay dotted with numerous luxury yachts and boats, with a scenic backdrop of rolling hills and coastal homes in Monaco, France.

4. Its luxurious yachts

Monaco is famous for its yachts, and if you love super yachts, then you will literally be in your element. There are two ports here: Port Hercule, where the cruise ships dock and Fontvieille, which has great views of the Monaco Cathedral, built in 1875.

5. Its stunning beaches

Plage du Larvotto is one of the most beautiful beaches. This public beach is where you can lay to your heart's content, then have a bite in one of the restaurants on the church square or the waterfront or just pop into the supermarket if you’re on a more modest budget. It is one of those places that make Monaco worth visiting.

Aerial view of Monaco overlooking a marina with boats, featuring historic terracotta-roofed buildings and a fortified wall along the cliff edge.

6. You can visit The Prince’s Palace of Monaco

The Prince actually lives in a palace set on the ‘rock’ of Monaco, which has been the official residence of the Prince of Monaco for more than 700 years. The changing of the guards takes place here each morning, and it’s definitely worth a look.

7. It’s a fantastic place for shopaholics

Monaco needs to be on your bucket list if you love shopping. You can find amazing boutiques selling high-quality clothing, luxury handbags and other gorgeous accessories.
Another reason to go shopping in Monaco is that it’s tax-free!

8. The weather is gorgeous

Monaco has Mediterranean weather, which means it enjoys sunny and mild temperatures all year round. Summers are warm in Monaco, but you expect pleasant temperatures the rest of the year. Monaco is your best choice if you love escaping the cold and rainy winters.

Monaco

9. It’s easy to get around

You don’t need to spend much money on moving from one side to another, and, in fact, the best way to discover Monaco is on foot. You can walk from the east to the west of Monaco in 45 minutes. However, it is also well-connected. You can travel by bus, rent a bike or take a taxi.

You can explore nearby beautiful cities like Nice or Cannes by visiting Monaco too.

10. You can visit one of Monaco's oldest districts

Meander around the passageways of the medieval village of Monaco-Ville or La Condamine, the second oldest district. Although it’s more of a business area, there is a market and mall here. The highest point in the country is in Les Revoires district at 161 metres above sea level, but you don’t have to go this high to witness the sparkling lights of the yachts as the Old Town offers a picturesque night view.

The shopping here is more on the expensive side with designer labels and boutiques, so window shopping is a good alternative, or pick up a Monte Carlo casino souvenir from the shop outside; great for a little treat.

Overlooking view of Monaco marina with neatly parked white yachts, flanked by a curved promenade of terracotta-colored residential buildings.

Accommodation in Monaco

Getting Around Monaco

Because it’s such a small country, walking is the best way to get around. There’s also a good and cheap bus service that runs well into the night. An electric boat called ‘Bateau Bus’ will take you across the harbour from the Old Town to Monte-Carlo.

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From the Airport

If flying into Nice, there are buses from the terminal to the Gare Routiere bus station then board the number 100 bus. There is also a direct coach service from Nice airport to Monaco which runs from 7.00 to 21.00 seven days a week and takes 30 minutes.

Resorthoppa operates a cheap airport shuttle that will take you to the city centre or your hotel.

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How long do I need?

You can see all of Monaco in under one day but if your wallet can stretch, then stay longer to treat yourself as a Princess of Monaco for a weekend.

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Travelling onwards (check visas before you travel)

To France – There are buses to Nice or Menton or take the train service. The number 100 bus takes you to Nice in an hour, and there is no border crossing.

Where can I go from here?

  • Rome – 1 hr 15 mins
  • Paris – 1 hr 40 mins
  • Geneva – 1 hour

* Flying from Nice

FAQs

  • Can I drink the water? Yes.
  • Is tipping expected? Yes for hotels, restaurants, guides and spas.
  • Fixed price or barter? Fixed price.
  • Any ATMs? Yes.
  • Which side of the road do they drive? Right.
  • Good for vegetarians? Yes.
  • Any seven wonders of the world? No.
  • When is the best time to visit Monaco? Spring or autumn.

Map of Monaco

 

Facts

Budget – £80 a day

Capital – Monaco

Population – 33,000

Language spoken – French

Local Currency – Euro

Do I Need a Visa?

Vaccinations Required

Flying time to Nice – 1 hr 45 mins

Useful Info

Airlines to Nice

The Best Time to Go – July

What Plugs Do I need?

Events and Festivals in Monaco

Local Cost Guide

Driving Distances

Local Customs & Etiquette

Did you know? Monaco is ruled by a Prince and you have to apply to Prince Albert to live here.

Lingo – Useful French Phrases

Responsible Tours

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Day Tours

Monaco Tours by Locals

Eco-Friendly Hotels

Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo

Volunteering

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Mind Body & Soul

Spa Treatments at Monte Carlo Bay

Combination Treatments at Thermes Marins

Weather in Monaco – Below is the annual weather forecast for Monaco from January to December.

Monaco weather

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