For a country that’s actually one of the world’s smallest, Monaco is nonetheless one of the most famous. This independent state has come to represent international glamour, it’s home to renowned icons like the Place du Casino in Monte - and, of course, the jetset and the ultra rich who’ve come to live here, drawn by its tax privileges and discreet banking facilities. All year-round, the sprawling beaches, the chic promenades and the scenic drives of Monaco enjoy pleasant weather. Monaco is also a strategic point for exploring nearby Provence, the French Riviera and Italy.

Monte Carlo (Cannes)

Welcome to the French Riviera. Once a small fishing town owned by monks, Cannes is now home to all the glamour of the International Film Festival and a multitude of major festivals and conferences each year. Up the coast is Nice, the capital of the Riviera that lies along the brilliant Bay of Angels. Monte Carlo is located in the Principality of Monaco, north of Nice on the Mediterranean Sea.

Known as the “playground of the Côte d’Azur”, Monaco boasts some of the most expensive real estate in the world. Home to gorgeous beaches, the world’s most prestigious casino and a glorious Oceanographic Museum, this town must be experienced to be believed.


  • Monte Carlo Casino, the world-famous landmark built in 1878, with elaborate décor game rooms, stained-glass windows, paintings and sculptures. High-class gambling here requires high-class attire; jacket and tie are required for men.
  • Prince Rainier III's private collection of antique cars in Monte Carlo (Monaco)
  • Monaco's Oceanographic Museum, where Commandant Jacques-Yves Cousteau served as Director until 1988. Exhibits range from Cousteau's diving saucers and equipment to a spectacular aquarium.
  • The Promenade de La Croisette, Cannes' coastline with flowering gardens and palm trees along the curve. Explore it at a leisurely pace, drinking in the stunning seaside view.
  • Nice's Promenade des Anglais and Quai des États-Unis for the best restaurants, high-class apartments, cafés and hotels, plus an astonishing view of the Mediterranean.