Monaco is known to be one of the wealthiest community in the world, however, this community is also full of working mothers and fathers and their children who are also seeking interesting activities, at a reasonable price.
Monaco is not only known for it’s rich and famous, but it is also very kids friendly. Perhaps more so than neighboring France. There are many attractions and playgrounds for children, as well as many kids friendly restaurants. Monte Carlo the capital of Monaco), is booming with beautiful things to do for everyone – no matter what your budget is.
There is something for everyone in Monaco, and it does not have to break the bank.
In other words, you don’t have to be rich to be Monaco’s girl or guy.
With that being said, hope you enjoy this short video from the Palace of Monaco.
I have not mustered up the courage yet to actually attend one of the many Grand Prix races, as I’ve heard the noise is horrendous. Perhaps in the near future when the kids are well into their teens (now they are 10 & 11). But we do enjoy the ambiance, so every year we take a trip exactly the day after the Grand Prix.
Before I go into what to see and do, if you are traveling there and intend to pack you best Jimmy Choos or Louboutin that’s fine, but you most certainly need flats to walk around. No question, your feet will thank you. Monaco is full of stairs and hills going up, and what goes up must come down. So comfortable shoes are a MUST when visiting. And as a general rule, French and Monacoians do not wear sneakers when site seeing. Instead, they prefer more stylish (or plain) ballerinas and the likes.
Fact: People that were born in Monaco are called Monegasque; however people that are resident of Monaco are called Monacoians.
Here is how we spent our day in Monaco. This day was strategically planned to see the most and do the most in a day. I know Monaco quite well, as I’ve been frequenting there for the past 11 years, so this is what I would do if I were a tourist that wants the most of out my short visit.
Our first stop was The Jardin Exotic (Exotic Garden). Beautiful garden full of magnificent tropical trees and flowers. This is a great shaded walk if you are visiting in the summer months. You can take pictures of the garden, just no tripods allowed. Bizarre.
Our second stop consisted of a few places as they are all located in the same area. If you’re going to drive into Monaco you should know there 2 directions one should take when you get there. Either the Casino direction or the Port direction. We headed to the Casino direction at the famous Hotel Paris (go in for a drink, but be prepared to pay at least 30 euros for a cocktail), then we check out the cars – this site always amazes me with the countless Ferraris, Porches, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce parked in front of the Casino – and architecture of the Casino (though we did not go in), and then we rested our feet with a drink (grenadine and Fanta for the kids) at the Cafe de Paris. I always have an excellent time here with a tea, or coffee, or a glass of rosè, while people watching. All three places are located next to each other and only a stone throw away from The Jardin Exotic, so it was an obvious second stop.
Fact: Residents of Monaco (Monegasques and Monacoians) are not allowed to enter into the Casinos.
After our refreshments, we headed down to the port (literally a 5-minute drive) to have lunch at our favorite spot, Stars’n’Bars.
Stars’n’Bars has been our favorite family restaurant for the past 11 years. Not only do they have some of the best cheeseburgers, but they also serve up a wicked Sunday brunch, which includes eggs your style and bacon -or smoked salmon – and many more choices. They aren’t many like this on The French Riviera, as the typical breakfast is more on the sweet side (pain chocolate, croissant, tartine – baguette with butter and jam).
After lunch, we started out on our climb to the Palace. There are gazillions of stairways in Monaco, so make sure you have the right shoes. Your feet will thank you.
Even at the beginning of June, it got quite hot after lunch. The shaded gardens that lead up to the Palace were fresh and welcoming.
What a sight! I have never seen so many cannons and historical guns in one place. This was truly a unique take on The Palace’s ground decor. My imagination couldn’t help but run wild thinking of the old battle days. The perfect lookout.
The Palace guard patrols all day, rain or shine, he’s walking.
We ran into some different takes of sculptures just below the lineup of cannons. Just on the way to the children’s park, located in perfectly shaded gardens that beat the summer heat.
This children’s playground is a must if you have children and you’re visiting when it’s a bit hot. It’s shaded by gigantically beautiful trees that seem perfectly place to shade the little ones. Sit on the bench have a picnic (or just finish your lunch in peace) while the kids run wild in this super safe, super view, super Monaco playground.
After relaxing in the playground (my kids are 10 and 11 years old and still enjoyed it) for 30 minutes, we headed back to the car. Our feet were exhausted, but it was a great great day. Not too long (we started at 11 am and finished at 4 pm), but it was enough sightseeing for us for 1 day.
If you have more time it’s easy to do more in a day, but if your goal is to savor each moment and if you’re okay with a few things, then I suggest you take it easy. There is a lot to take in as far the environment around you, the cafes, the people, and of course the magnificent Mediterranean.
If you have additional time (we did not on this particular day), The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is absolutely breathtaking. That is, however, a whole review by itself.
I hope you enjoyed this Monaco, Monte Carlo review.
Drop a comment if you wish to know about anything I did not mention, I always happy to advise and share the beauty of the French Rivira!