Visiting Monte Carlo is one of my dream, along with going to French Riviera…it just sounded so glamorous somehow.
We took the bus no.100 to Monte Carlo leaving from Segurante. We had to take the tram from our Hotel to Place Garibaldi first. It was a good 40 minutes ride along Nice coastline and we stopped at Place d’armes, the gateway to Monaco.
We entered Monaco from Place d’armes which took us to the Palace square located uphill.
Monaco, officially Principality of Monaco, located along the Mediterranean Sea in the midst of the resort area of the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera). The city of Nice, France, lies 9 miles (15 km) to the west, the Italian border 5 miles (8 km) to the east. Monaco’s tiny territory occupies a set of densely clustered hills and a headland that looks southward over the Mediterranean. Many unusual features, however, have made Monaco among the most luxurious tourist resorts in the world and have given it a fame far exceeding its size.
Many visitors to Monaco alternate their hours between its beaches and boating facilities, its international sports-car races, and its world-famous Place du Casino, the gambling centre in the Monte-Carlo section that made Monte-Carlo an international byword for the extravagant display and reckless dispersal of wealth. The country has a mild Mediterranean climate with annual temperatures averaging 16 °C and with only about 60 days of rainfall.
View from the Hill
From the palace we walked downhill, passing the amphitheater and toward the jetty to take the bateux bus to the Casino.
Casino of Monte Carlo and around
Visiting Monaco is not complete without visiting the famous Monte Carlo Casino and taking in the refined atmosphere of the Principality. Iconic truly is the word.
The casino is open for tours between 9 am and 1 pm each day. From 2 pm until 6 am, gaming is in full swing. Anyone can enter the Monte-Carlo Casino building without showing ID to have a look in the atrium, which is admittedly grand in itself. As you walk straight into the building from the newly pedestrianised Place du Casino you will enter this atrium, and located on the left is a bar and aperitif area. You can also have a look into the Salle Renaissance, a slot machine room, for free. In these two areas, you do not need to adhere to a strict dress code. Children can go into the atrium and bar area, but not the Salle Renaissance. On the right of the atrium is the entrance to the casino, where you will need to follow some slightly stricter rules.
Dress Code in visiting the Casino:
Visit from 10 am to 1 pm
- Bermuda shorts, T-shirts and sport shoes tolerated
- Holey or faded jeans, tank tops, sweat suits, sportswear, shorts and beach dresses, running shoes and sandals and flip-flops for men are not permitted.
Opening of the games to people over 18 years old who are not banned from gambling, photo ID is mandatory. From 7pm, the dress code smartens up:
- Shorts, T-shirts, short sleeved shirts and sweatshirts are not allowed
- Dark jeans, dark sport shoes or casual chic shoes tolerated
Behind the Casino is Monte Carlo Larvotto beach. It was very empty when we were there because the weather was cold and gloomy. It would have been a sight to visit during summer.