Thursday, 17 June 2010

Monte Carlo by Annie Clougherty

I visited Monte Carlo, Monaco at the end of April with Kirker holidays. On arrival at Nice airport we were transferred by helicopter which I would thoroughly recommend for seeing the coastline, this takes just 8 mins.

We stayed in the hotel Metropole which is a stylish and elegant 5 star hotel in a very central location, the service was exceptional and the rooms were very well appointed. There is a 2 star Michelin restaurant on site which offered a wonderful menu. The hotel also features a large heated outdoor pool and terrace which overlooks Casino Gardens. They also have an ESPA spa.

We were only 2 minutes walk from Casino Square, where you must visit the Casino in the evening as it is very grand and opulent. Also a must do in Casino Square, is to have a drink at the Café De Paris and people watch the millionaires coming and going in their fancy cars!

Monte Carlo is very easy to explore on foot as it only covers a 2km square area, but be prepared to walk up and down a lot of steps. The harbour is well worth a visit, to see all the lovely yachts and boats and there is a beach nearby as well. We visited the Prince’s Palace and his private car collection which is very interesting (when travelling with Kirker they include the Monte Carlo Passport which includes many entrances into attractions and helicopter transfers both ways in winter and one way in summer).

Monte Carlo is a fascinating and interesting place, with over 5000 millionaires in 2km. It would suit those who like the finer things in life.

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