Monte Carlo Travel Guide

Monte-Carlo, unofficial capital of glamorous and lavish Monaco, is the epitome of wealth and glamour. The capital is a blend of towering high-rise buildings and narrow windy roads, boasting the legendary Monte-Carlo Casino, luxury hotels, elegant nightclubs and restaurants, views of the sparkling Mediterranean and of course, the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Established in 1866, Monte-Carlo was named in honour of Prince Charles III and is the richest of the country's four quarters. For years, Monte-Carlo has been the playground of the rich and famous, from Hollywood starlets to royalty from all corners of the globe. It is also one of Europe's foremost holiday resorts, but certainly not for the humble backpacker. The city has several attractions, such as the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium, the Monaco Cathedral and the Prince's Palace, several gardens, and other attractions centred on the country's famous Royal Family, such as an exhibition of HSH Prince of Monaco's private collection of classic cars.

There are many interesting diversions for the adventurous, such as catamaran trips, watersports, yachting and the Azur Express tourist train that links up the city's attractions, accompanied by multi-lingual commentary. The Old Town and its attractive City Hall are also worth exploring and, of course, when visitor's grow bored of sightseeing, the best diversion (and the cheapest) is merely to settle down with a fancy cocktail and people-watch in this fascinating and glamorous part of the world. Accommodation options range from elegantly understated hotels that offer a more local feel to luxurious resorts for the young and trendy, anyone from high-profile celebrities to old-money aristocrats for neighbours. Exceptional spa and wellness, and world-class fine dining are standard.