Tucked between the French Riviera and Italy, Monaco is a very popular stopover among yacht charterers cruising the French Riviera. With its high-end shopping, fine dining, vibrant nightlife, shiny cars and luxurious yachts, Monaco has all the glitz and glam. But one needs to look beyond to find that Monaco is full of history and that there is actually plenty to do in this micro country. Here is an overview of the best attractions, sights and tables for your next Monaco yacht charter. Whether you’re in Monaco for a day yacht rental or a French Riviera week yacht charter, check out our recommendations.
A visit to Monaco would be incomplete without going to the famous Casino built in the Belle Epoque architectural style. Designed by Charles Garnier, the Monte-Carlo Casino is as beautiful as it is prestigious. This eldorado of the game has made the fortune of many gamblers but it is also known for the beauty of its atrium, paintings and lavish lounges. Before heading back to your yacht, don't miss the superb Hôtel de Paris on Casino square.
Walk up the hill called Le Rocher to discover the historic heart of Monaco. With its lovely houses, alleys and ramparts, the neighbourhood is truly charming. Explore the Prince palace – official residence since 1927 -, the Chapel of the Visitation and the Cathedral. The changing of the guards takes place each day at 11:55am. On your walking tour, don't miss the Saint-Martin gardens which offer superb panoramic views over the Mediterranean. If you are planning to have lunch there, we strongly recommend the restaurant La Montgolfière.
Luxurious facilities, experienced and pleasant practitioners, Monaco has a number of spas where you can enjoy a moment of relaxation. Among our favourites, Les Thermes Marins overlooking the Port Hercule, a true haven dedicated to the wellbeing and pleasures of the senses with sea-water swimming pool, sauna, hammam, beauty centre, juice bar and state-of-the-art fitness. The Spa Metropole by Givenchy is also recommended.
If you are looking for a Michelin-starred experience, you’re in the right place. Louis XV, Le Vistamar, Blue Bay and Joël Robuchon are all great options. The 3-Michelin-star Louis XV restaurant is located in the spectacular Hôtel de Paris and is one of the most reputable French restaurants for fine dining. Le Vistamar in Hôtel Hermitage serves on a beautiful terrace with views over the port and specialises in locally caught seafood and fish.
In addition to its Michelin-starred restaurants, Monaco has some glitzy spots for dining. Maya Jah is the place to taste all the Indian specialities in a trendy atmosphere. After dinner, head to the bar for a cocktail and a few dance moves. At Maya Bay, indulge in Japanese and Thai dishes amid a jungle setting. World famous Nobu and Buddha Bar are also on the list!
If your Monaco yacht charter allows some time for a cultural discovery, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is really worth a visit, both for the neoclassical building built on the cliffside and for the fascinating exhibitions. With its huge aquarium gathering over 6000 varieties of the marine world, the museum is a treasure for any enthusiast of the fauna and flora of the seas. Top sights include the shark lagoon pool and the whale skeleton.
Monaco is peppered with luxury designer boutiques – you can shop the greatest names in fashion, perfumery and jewellery. For something a bit different, head to Le Metropole shopping center. Fitted with marble and chandelier, this underground shopping paradise is home to high-end shops and antique stores.
Monaco is ideally located on the Mediterranean coast and makes for the perfect yacht charter destination. From Monaco you can easily cruise to several charming coastal towns where you yacht can anchor in a picturesque bay such as Beaulieu, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat or Villefranche-sur-mer. We highly recommend renting a yacht in Monaco if you wish to explore more of the French Riviera. On an extended yacht rental you can even set sail to the Italian Riviera and discover enchanting Portofino and the Cinque Terre.
Depending on the dates of your Monaco yacht rental, you may well be able to attend one of the prestigious international events that Monaco is holding every year including the Monaco Yacht Show, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. Considered as the beginning of the yachting season, the Monaco Grand Prix is a lifetime experience and you can take this to the next level by watching the race from the deck of your charter yacht!! How exciting!
Check out our non-exhaustive selection of the best yachts available for a Monaco yacht rental. Looking for more information about renting a yacht in the south of France? Contact us or head to our French Riviera yacht charter destination guide. We’re here to assist with your Monaco yacht charter and make your yachting holiday memorable!