Monte Carlo is not a city and nor is it the capital of the Principality of Monaco. But it is the most famous of the four administrative quarters. The small country sandwiched between France and Italy packs quite a punch as one of the foremost tourist destinations in Europe. Monte Carlo is the playground of the rich and the powerful, with the Monte Carlo Casino as the jewel in the crown. The casino is well supported by Monte Carlo's high-end shops and luxury hotels in their bid to relieve you of any burdensome cash or plastic you may be carrying around. Historic monuments and exotic gardens in the other quarters bring more variety to the attractions. Not to mention the adjacent beaches in France and Italy or the F1 Grand Prix on the streets of Monaco. Get a car for hire in Monte Carlo, explore Monaco, and enjoy a fabulous and scenic drive on the French Riviera.
The best place to start is Place du Casino. You cannot miss the Monte Carlo Casino and Opera House, built in 1893 by Charles Garnier. It is a magnificent work of art, with stained glass, sculptures, and exquisite gardens with fountains. But what people come here for is the gambling. If you can tear yourself away from the casino, get a car for rent in Monte Carlo to see the rest of Monaco. The most popular tourist attraction is the 1875 Monaco Cathedral in Monaco-Ville. Other must-visit attractions include the Prince's Palace, exotic gardens, and the Oceanographic Museum. You can spend some time down in the docks and marina at La Condamine, and you will be seeing a lot of the Grimaldi Forum if you are here for a convention.
If you have any money left over after you come out of the casino, the rest will get wiped out in the shops in and around Place du Casino or in the Golden Circle. This is no place for budget shoppers. If you want to buy the traditional tourist trinket or two, head for the Condamine Market in Place d'Armes or the Boutique du Rocher on Avenue de la Madone. You can do window shopping anywhere, but it might be particularly enjoyable at the Princess Caroline pedestrian mall.
A hotel stay in Monaco is a wee bit different because the place is so small and all the good hotels are all managed by the SBM (Société des Bains de Mer). This ensures you enjoy the stay no matter which hotel you choose. The most historic one is the Hôtel de Paris, a historic monument from 1864 in the Place du Casino. The other top choices include the Fairmont Monte Carlo, Hotel Métropole, Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel, Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort and the Hotel Hermitage.
A visit to Monte Carlo offers you a unique opportunity to explore the French Riviera. Make the most of it by booking your car rental in Monte Carlo right now and charting out an itinerary to Cannes. You can make it in 45 minutes flat on the A8, but not with stops along the way. You simply must stop to admire and explore Cap d`Ail, Eze, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Nice, Cagnes-sur-Mer, and Antibes.
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