Monaco is a luxury that you can afford
"Vacation in Monaco" - this phrase always sounds expensive. Which, however, is not surprising – after all, it is synonymous with luxury life. Wealthy people come to the Principality from all over the world. However, to visit the city-state on the Cote d'azur, you do not need to have an impressive amount in the Bank. How to make a trip affordable – this and other popular questions of tourists are answered by experts of "Karlson Tourism".
How to get to Monaco?
Monaco does not have its own airport, so in any case, you will have to transit through neighboring countries. The easiest way is through France, which surrounds the Principality. The nearest airport is in nice, where several airlines fly direct scheduled flights from Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Upon arrival, there are several ways to get to Monaco: bus (2€), train (from 5€) or taxi (from 70€). Travel time - from 20 to 40 minutes. Faster only by helicopter. And in the literal sense-the tourist will be delivered in just 7 minutes. This transfer costs from 140 €. You can also get to Monaco from other cities in France and Italy on international trains that run to Monte Carlo station.
And how to get around in the Principality itself?
It is so small that it is easy to get around on foot. Even though Monaco is a multi-level country, akin to a layer cake. But this is not a problem, the city has several public elevators that are distributed throughout the country. This urban planning solution allows you to move very quickly. It is also worth at least once to ride a car to feel like a real racer. After all, city roads are the tracks of the Monaco Grand Prix.
Besides Formula 1, what events are held in Monaco?
The calendar of events in Monaco is full, with major international events taking place every month in the Principality. Rallies, regattas, exhibitions, film festivals, competitions and more. In total-about 700 per year, which makes Monaco the best place for event tourism. Everyone will find something to visit. Current dates can be found here.
Attractions: what to see in Monaco?
Despite its modest size, the Principality has many attractions. Let's list just a few. In the Museum of vintage cars, connoisseurs will find exclusive retro models. In the Oceanographic Museum, which seems to have grown out of a rock, you can see rare marine life. And, of course, no guest of Monaco can pass by the Monte Carlo casino-it is not just a gambling house, the Principality owes its prosperity to it.
Can I win at the casino?
Yes, and you don't have to wear a tuxedo or evening dress to visit. Everyone can play big: there is a free entrance to the casino lobby for tourists. It is curious that now the main entertainment of tourists was not opened for fun. The authorities thus tried to get out of the protracted crisis. A few years later, the country's economy has flourished so much that the residents were canceled income tax, which they do not pay to this day.
Why is Monaco a country of billionaires?
The Principality attracts businessmen from all over the world not only with its lifestyle, but also with its special tax system. In fact, there is no income tax, and the current rates are so low that Monaco is considered a "tax haven". At the same time, the level of GDP is the highest in the world. Many people seek to become a resident of Monaco, but it is not easy to do so.
Do I need a visa to visit a city-state?
Since there is no border with France as such, you only need the Schengen of the country through which the tourist will go in transit. When you arrive in Monaco, no one will put a stamp on your passport, but if you want to get such a souvenir stamp – you can do it for free at the Monaco tourist office. It is better to take an expired passport, so that later there will be no problems: some countries consider documents with such seals invalid.
Where to dine in Monaco for no more than 30 €?
Contrary to popular belief, there are many affordable cafes in Monaco. And you don't have to go to the outskirts of the country: for example, right next to the Monte Carlo casino is the popular Le Cafe Paris, where lunch costs within 30 euros. You can also have a hearty sandwich at the bakery or order a business lunch at the restaurant. And for real gourmets, go to Le Louis XV – it is the owner of three Michelin stars at once and the most famous place on the gastronomic map of Monaco.
Monaco is always perfectly clean, how do you manage to achieve this?
On the streets, it's really not scary to walk barefoot. Purity and Principality are inseparable concepts. Monaco is also a benchmark in the field of environmental protection. For example, residents have been sorting garbage for more than 10 years, the authorities support environmentally friendly transport, rely on science-intensive and environmentally friendly enterprises instead of heavy industry, and use renewable energy sources. And new areas that are built directly on the water are built in strict compliance with environmental regulations.
Where to live in Monaco if you haven't become a millionaire yet?
It is no secret that most of the luxury hotels in the Principality, some of them are located in real palaces. Feel like a member of the Royal family will cost about 500 € per day. However, there are many affordable housing options in the Principality, so any tourist can afford all the luxury of Monaco. After all, even in a modest "three-piece" cost from 100 € , the level of service will be at its height.