Get Inspired / Europe / Monaco Inspire Magazine - The Glitz and Grandeur of Monaco Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Monaco Inspire Magazine - The Glitz and Grandeur of Monaco story by: Inspire Magazine Ah, Monaco. You might have heard about celebrities vacationing in this tiny Mediterranean country nestled between France and Italy, or noticed its gorgeous scenery as the backdrop in a James Bond movie or two. This principality, complete with its own royal family, is famed for its glitz and glamour and attracting famous faces who indulge in all its luxuries. However, you don’t have to be rich or famous to enjoy the captivating centre of Monte Carlo or the country’s charming hilltop towns. No matter who you are, a little of this destination’s shimmer and shine is sure to rub off on you. BE SEDUCED There’s more to Monaco’s allure than its gorgeous cerulean waters, coral coloured rooftops and beaches. Everything about the country oozes charm and prestige, from its famed casinos to its luxury accommodation. Ah, Monaco. You might have heard about celebrities vacationing in this tiny Mediterranean country nestled between France and Italy, or noticed its gorgeous scenery as the backdrop in a James Bond movie or two. GRACE AND GRANDEUR: MONACO’S ROYAL FAMILY Its royal family makes Monaco even more magnetising. The royal Grimaldi family has a long and illustrious history dating back hundreds of years. Prince Rainer III, father of Prince Albert II, gained even more international attention when he married the dazzling American actress Grace Kelly in 1956, making her a princess. She gave up her film career to focus on royal life and charity work. H.S.H Prince Albert II now holds the throne. He and his wife, Princess Charlene Wittstock, a former South African Olympic swimmer, continue the fabulous reign. EXPERIENCE THE GLITZ AND GLAMOUR All things artistic and beautiful thrive in Monaco, through sunny days and long, balmy nights. Begin your experience in the popular district of Monte Carlo, the definition of luxury. You can visit the splendid state apartments of the Prince’s Palace, located on the rock, from April to October. Feast your eyes on bright colours, perfectly maintained gardens, intricate architectural details and awe-inspiring art. Of course, the famous Monaco Grand Prix is one of the world’s most prestigious Formula One racing events, and every year it enchants visitors and locals. The thrilling race takes place right on the streets of Monaco. Vehicles battle it out through the tunnel, around tight corners, and up and down hills. It’s recognised as being a particularly challenging course, which makes it all the more exciting! No Monaco visit is complete without a visit to the Casino of Monte Carlo. Built in 1863, the building simply drips with glamour and exciting tension. Its vast rooms feature magnificent frescoes, luxurious furniture, decorative glass, mirrors and more, creating an exceptionally exquisite atmosphere. QUAINT HILLTOP TOWNS Once you’ve had your fill of Monte Carlo, head into the hills for a more rustic experience. Eze, a typical Medieval French village nearby Monaco, is well worth a visit. Surrender yourself to the old-world charm of this medieval town with beautiful architecture and views of the glistening Mediterranean Sea, as well as plenty of galleries and shops to explore. Similarly, the nearby French village of St Paul de Vence offers plenty of medieval delight. You can jump aboard a tour to these locations from Monaco, or hire a car and drive yourself through the region’s winding roads. HOT TIP! LOVE MONACO’S MOTORING HISTORY? Visit H.S.H. Prince of Monaco Private Collection of Vintage Cars! 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