If you’ve yet to visit one of the smallest countries in the world, the put it on your list right now because Monaco might be a tiny place, but it has so much to offer and a rather huge ego – in a good way! Known for all sorts of luxuries – yachts that are more like mansions than boats, and an abundance of incredibly fancy vehicles, to name a few, this micro-country also has the most amazing views.
Monaco is basically cliffs and water – and since the water happens to be the Mediterranean, prepare for a rainbow of the most vibrant blue, green and turquoise hues! You can easily pop to Nice, France or Italy for a bit, but Monaco definitely has enough excitement and fun to fill two whole days. Brace yourself, because it’ll be the most amazing 48 hours!
Pro Tip: If you don’t like cars, don’t visit in Grand Prix week. There will be cars everywhere. Also: if you do like cars, visit in Grand Prix week. There will be cars everywhere.
So much to do, so little time! You might as well hit the ground running and start the adventures straight away, or you might miss out on some of the best ones. And we can’t have that, can we?!
Isn’t it weird how water can both have a deep, turquoise color and be crystal clear at the same time? It is, but it’s also awesome for anyone who wants to see some of the most majestic and clever sea creatures there is: whales and dolphins. On this private tour, you’ll not only be surrounded by some of the best vistas the Mediterranean has to offer, but there are also killer, sperm and fin whales as well as lots of playful dolphins roaming the waters – a real feast for your hungry eyes!
Did all the happy dolphins, somersaulting in the air (let us dream, please?), make you want to do some splashing around in the gorgeous water as well? Good, let’s go beaching! If you want to skip the whales and stay all day at this watery paradise we won’t blame you, because there are so many things to do! Other than swimming, surfing and water skiing, there’s jetpacks, jet skiing, hoverboarding – and loads of fun tube rides! Shall we just skip the rest of the experiences and stay here the whole time?
All you really have to do to find some amazing Insta material is close your eyes, hold up your camera and take a snap, but some places are just a little bit more iconic, photogenic and awesome than others. Like the Casino de Monte-Carlo or all the luxurious yachts. And that’s not all, folks!
This garden, surprisingly lively and vigorous for being in its 90s, sports a fantastic collection of so many different kinds of cacti and other succulent plants from all over the world and your only problem will be what cactus to pose in front of. You also need to check out the Observatory Cave with all of its geological formations: there’s stalactites, stalagmites (why on earth are those names so similar?!), draperies and columns – and prehistoric humans used to hang around!
The oldest part of any city will usually offer you a delicious taste of the yesteryears of the area and while this is true for Monaco, this isn’t just any old Old Town! No, because Le Rocher, or Monaco-Ville, can be found on a large rock, looking over the gorgeous cliffs and the seemingly never-ending blue ocean. And you know what else? It still has the medieval winding alleys and ridiculously picturesque places. The only way not to get some absolutely stunning photos here would be if your battery tragically died.
Remember how Monaco’s size is rather tiny? Well, it’s actually about the size of Central Park in NYC – meaning that you can easily brag about walking through a whole country in one day! Despite this, there’s still a lot of physical fun to be had – let’s have a look!
If you like getting your adrenaline highs from climbing rocks and boulders, then you’ve probably already realized that this cliffy country will be able to provide you with not only fantastic climbing opportunities but also even more fantastic (if that’s even possible!) views. It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or eat steep cliffs for breakfast either, because there are fab routes for every climber. Unless for anyone who prefers ice climbing, that is.
Those cliffs are also the perfect habitat for winding mountain roads, and what are mountain roads great for? Yep. Cycling. Renting a bike is one of the best ways to both get around, soak in some of those incredible vistas that despite being mentioned a lot here never get old, and to get some adventurous exercise! You’ve got everything from leveled coast routes to hardcore climbing routes favored by cyclists training for Tour de France to choose from – just remember to bring loads of water!
While you’re out and about you might as well check out some of the amazingly charming and quaint villages in the area. In Menton, bordering Italy – you can walk there on the beach! – you’ll be met with the most adorable streets and shops; it all smells like lemons, too! If you’re sick of the azure ocean views (as if!), pop to Gorbio, almost untouched by the impact of tourism, and walk through the narrow streets and vaulted passages. You’ll be surrounded by rocks and olive – the perfect place to take a hike (in a nice way)!
Are you already packing your bags and looking up the climbing routes with the best views? If not, you’re probably trying to decide which awesome water activity to try first. That’s cool. Either way, do consider giving Monaco some of your precious time because it is really good, and don’t forget to tell us all about it!