Located in the Principality of Monaco, Monte Carlo is a gorgeous city with a population of 3,500. Loaded with spectacular views and rich history, there’s a plethora of sights to see and even more things to do while visiting this city.
While Monte Carlo is known for its wealth, it is also one of Europe’s leading tourist resorts. The city boasts several museums, a palace and a cathedral. With so much to do and only three days to do it, below are the top things to do on your three-day visit to Monte Carlo.
Monaco Grand Prix
You can’t visit Monte Carlo without experiencing the Monaco Grand Prix. From Le Mans racing to Formula One, there’s an event that’s worth the watch and will be an experience to last a lifetime. However, if you would rather have an experience without fast cars, you can visit during a typical weekday and walk the track. Overall, the Monaco Grand Prix is a unique and exciting way to experience Monte Carlo.
Prince’s Palace of Monaco Museum
After getting your fill in at the Grand Prix, take some time to relax and learn about Monte Carlo’s history by visiting the Prince’s Palace of Monaco Museum. Here, you can take a tour of the richly decorated palace and learn about the princes that have made Monte Carlo what it is today. While the palace is home to the ruling prince, there is still lots to see, including H.S.H Prince Rainier III’s private car collection.
Part of Monte Carlo’s rich history comes from its successful casinos. Here, you can have a coffee at the Café de Paris and watch the ultra-wealthy shop and pass by on the streets. This area isn’t only a place to see the highlife of Monte Carlo. It’s also an excellent place to get some retail therapy or visit the luxury casinos that surround the square. One of the best ones to visit is the Casino de Monte-Carlo founded by François Blanc in 1868, who allegedly made a deal with the devil because of his fantastic success.
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Now that you’ve had some retail therapy and experienced the ultra-luxe lifestyle, it’s time to take a step back and relax at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Here, you can learn about the fish of the Mediterranean and take in all the beautiful, calming aquariums by watching the fish swim. With new exhibits and fish around every corner, there’s no reason why you should pass up the best aquarium in Monte Carlo.
Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate
Consecrated in 1911 and built on the site of the first parish church founded in 1252, this cathedral is a must-see. Not only does this cathedral boast one of the most powerful pipe organs in the world, but it also has several noteworthy 16th-century paintings on display, along with the relics of St. Devote, Patron Saint of the Princely Family and Monegasques. The Cathedral also served as the last home of the ruling princes and Princess Grace of Monaco.
Monte Carlo Opera
No trip to Monte Carlo is complete without a trip to the opera. After taking in all the culture that Monte Carlo has to offer, what better way to end your trip than with some of the most exceptional operatic performances Europe has to offer. Designed by Charles Garnier, the same architect that designed the Paris opera house known as Palais Garnier, this stop is the best way to end your trip on a high note, quite literally.
With so much to do in Monte Carlo, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go back for another visit to do all the things you didn’t get to do during your three-day stay. With Monte Carlo being such a gorgeous place and having such a rich culture, it’s easy to see why it is a popular destination. However, if you’re looking for a destination that is a little more laid back, then give Bend, Oregon a try.