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what can I do in MonteCarlo

I will be in Montecarlo in mid Oct. what is th best for a single person for 2 3 days in montecarlo?

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Two or three days is too much time in Monte Carlo. Take the train to Nice for a day, or St.Tropez.

Posted by
3313 posts

Watch the change of the Palace guard and look at ridiculously big boats on the waterfront. That takes about three hours. I guess I'd fill the rest of the time reading mystery novels...

Posted by
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I would suggest taking the train to Nice, and especially Villefranche-Sur-Mer. There are other towns in that area which are supposed to be nice, but I have not been to them so cannot comment. The Nice old town area is nice, the rest not so much. But Villefranche is a real gem.

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Gokhan, I agree with the others, there's not a lot to see or do in Monte Carlo, unless you're in the "right" income bracket. If you're planning to visit the famous Casino, note that there is a dress code. Without the proper attire, you won't get too far in the door. You might find it interesting to spend the better part of a day in Monaco, which is on the opposite hill from Monte Carlo. The Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace occurs at 11:55 daily, you could visit the Church where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier are interred, and there's an *excellent" Oceanographic Museum there. Depending on how much time you have available, you could also visit Villefranche, Eze or Nice (there's far more to do in Nice, including some great Art Museums). Cheers!

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1986 posts

Monte Carlo / Monaco. half a day max. old town Nice and Villefranche are worth it. I also emjoyed the drive along the Coast (west from Nice) the color of the sea is amazing and some little villages worth exploring. plus St Tropez has an interesting harbor and old town, in addition to being "St Tropez". I think its worth visiting with an open mind. Had a great bistro lunch there once

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There is a little more to do and see in Monaco than first meets the eye, but this will very much depend on what you are interested in of course. I'd list: walk in the little streets of the old city to Place st Nicolas and Placette Bosio, to the Cathedral and chapelle de la miséricorde and the ste devote church. see the square where there is the Casino (built by Garnier, yes, the same architect that worked on the Opera in Paris), go to the Condamine market in the morning and if you want to see the more hi tech part of Monte Carlo, go to Fontvieille, it's the part of the city that was built where the sea used to be (the sea was filled up to gain land). There are wonderful gardens really worth a visit: the st martin gardens and also the exotic garden (unique and a must!) There are quite a few museums, too, I'd recommend the oceanographic museum in particular. Also there are always quite a number of exhibitions, concerts and shows going on.

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Dear my friends, thanks for the all information you shared with me and spent time.. I will take care your advices and go to the Nice and St Tropez after a very good one day in Monaco as you detailed. I noticed that some of the replies are from Canada, I was supporting Canada Basketball team in the last week in Izmir Arena in World Championship unfortunatelly Canada is eliminated in the group. And I also watched all the macths of France (a very good bite to Spain)but Rudy, sorry for the Turkey bite you on Sunday. If we are lucky Turkey may play the final with USA in Istanbul on Sep.12th .. thanks and kind regards to all of you ,, Gokhan -(Turkey-Izmir)

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Be aware that there is no train service to St-Tropez. You can take a train to St-Raphael and then either a bus or a boat from there to St-Tropez. Personally, I wouldn't go that far myself. I'd go to Antibes (walled old town, Picasso Museum) instead; plus Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, and Eze-le-Village. If you are an art lover, don't miss the Chagall Museum and the Matisse Museum in Nice.

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Monaco is beautiful and definitely worth a full day. There's the Palace, the cathedral where Princess Grace is buried, several beautiful gardends, the aquarium that Jacques Coustea was proprieter of (with information in English), the Casino, and good people watching. My kids and I really enjoyed our time there. I don't know if it is only available during the summers, but there is a Carte Isabelle one day pass for the train. You can take it over to Italy just to say you've been there if you haven't. Personally, I didn't really like Nice as many of the sites are quite spread out. Antibes has a great art scene. Cannes was my favorite. Lots to see/do there. I'd recommend those over Nice.

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Sorry to check in late but I've been under the weather. Let's see - Jardin Exotique, a very steep and highly rewarding garden with loads of cactus and other succulents which have to be seen to be believed, many of them approaching 50 years old with wonderful views straight down! - Jardin Japonais down by the forum which is an exquisite Japanese garden - the automobile collection, - you could easily spend half a day or more at the Aquarium mentioned above, - it is easy to get a bus from Monaco to Eze-la-Village which is a walk up a steep road (ok footpath) into a medieval village which now has lots of artists shops and a Petit Casino (supermarket not gambling) , - the Casino, - just spend a day wandering around and getting used to the many levels and fascinating Monagasque methods of beating the height, - check out the cars in front of the Casino and Cafe de Paris, - drive an F1 simulator at the Stars and Bars down by the port, - drive a real red Ferrari around the F1 circuit, - or, if poorer, ride the buses around it or walk it, - go up The Rock and see the Palace, the church, the medieval village atmosphere, the Guard and changing thereof, - ever seen a heliport next to a rose garden?, - have a drink at the Columbus, - take the train one stop and walk back along the seafront path in Cap d'Ail while marveling at the sounds made as the surf crashes over the rocks, - go a little further and walk all the way around Cap Ferrat .... - ..... - Oh I just don't know where to begin. But then again we go to Monaco annually or better for several days each time. We find it a good base for all the other things mentioned by other posters above.