This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Monte Carlo. To help you make friends with Monte Carlo before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Monte Carlo is a notable principality in Monaco, the second-smallest nation in the world. This city is located in the east and northeast of Monaco. From Monte Carlo, you can walk through the entire country in less than a day, making it an ideal place to visit.
Monte Carlo is best known for the Monte Carlo Casino, likely the most famous casino in the world. In order to gamble, you must pay an admission fee and be dressed formally. If you prefer not to gamble or dress up, you can visit the casino in the morning in exchange for admission. Outside of the casino you will find many other prominent buildings, as well as art.
Another event that attracts travelers is the Formula One race. This is a car race going through the streets of Monaco, mainly in Monte Carlo. Although the race-day viewing is blocked to everyone except for paying ticket holders and the inhabitants of a few apartments, the entire track can be seen for free on every other day of the year. Even those who are not avid racing fans will appreciate some parts of the track, such as the tunnel and the most famous hairpin turn in the world, the Fairmont Hairpin.
Although visitors mostly come for the above attractions, even a place as small as Monte Carlo still has much to see. There are parks such as a Japanese garden. Perhaps the best attraction is the view. Situated mainly on a hill, there are viewing points overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and you can walk down there to enjoy seeing the lavish yachts and relaxing on the beach. Within walking distance you can visit Monaco-Ville, home of the living Monaco royalty and resting place for the deceased royalty (including Grace Kelly). You can even walk from Monte Carlo into France!
Due to the limited space within the country and high property prices, your options for hostels in Monte Carlo will always be limited. It may be a better option to stay at a hostel in Nice or another city in southern France and utilize public transportation to visit. Whatever you choose, Monte Carlo will be a destination that you'll never forget!
Written by local enthusiast for Monte Carlo hostelsJessica Lippe