Why choose a cruise to Monaco?
Monaco is one of the world’s most densely populated countries, cramming its smiling people together amid narrow Mediterranean streets in the most stylish of ways. As far as movers and shakers go, this is the place to see and be seen, and a cruise to this port guarantees you’ll rub shoulders with millionaires and tread in the footsteps of superstars.
Yet Monaco isn’t so high and mighty that it’s out of reach to the average cruiser. In fact, taking a voyage that stops here might just be the best way to soak in its sun, fun and special something. As you’d expect, only the best Champagnes, finest wines, hottest cuisine and most cutting-edge fashion makes it here.
A guide to Monaco’s hotspots
Nowhere in the world lets you spoil yourself silly quite like Monaco. A simple stroll of the harbour alone will give you a sneak peek at the world’s most incredible and modern yachts, each bobbing in the harbour and quietly rivalling its neighbour for the most prestigious vessel afloat – besides your cruise ship, of course.
Among the zesty-orange rooftops and art-nouveau architecture, you’ll find that Monaco has its own feel in each of its maze-like neighbourhoods, all narrow streets and intrigue. It’s a lottery of casinos, fashion houses, churches and coffee shops, and you can also head to the coast to enjoy one of the best beaches in the Med. Plage du Larvotto has a distinct M-shaped stretch of sand that is nestled in one of the most upmarket parts of town.
Beyond the heart of the town you can also find Jardin Exotique de Monaco, one of the most glamorous and well-tended outdoor spaces in Europe. And if it’s a touch of history you’re after, look no further than the handsome Genoese turrets of the Palais Princier, home to the Prince of Monaco.
Cruise lines that sail to Monaco
Monaco is all about life’s little luxuries, and so are many of your favourite cruise lines. It’s no secret they go hand in hand as a result, and whoever your favourite cruise line might be, their Western Mediterranean itineraries are sure to delight you. Check out the likes of:
The best time to visit Monaco
The richest sun in the Mediterranean is an everyday occurrence in Monaco. Even in what would be the bleakest midwinter back home, Monaco shimmers with balmy sunshine that seldom dips below the teens on the thermometer.
Nonetheless, the summer months are when most of us choose to make the most of a Monaco cruise. From the end of May right up to the first days of September, temperatures rise up into the high 20s, and in July and August often feel right at home in the mid-30s. Monaco’s narrow streets offer plenty of reprieve from the sun, of course, and you’ll also find that the city’s liveliest in the summer as tours of hotspots like the Palais Princier open their doors to the public. Likewise, Monaco teems with life during Grand Prix season.
Whenever you choose to cruise to Monaco , you can expect bright skies and broad smiles wherever you roam. Nowadays, the playground of the rich and famous has opened up to us all, and it couldn’t be sweeter.