Having three days to explore Monte Carlo and part of the Cote D'Azur was a great way to start a holiday. Firstly the weather was perfect with maximum temperatures from mid twenties to low thirties Celsius. Coming from winter in Melbourne it was great to see blue skies and enjoy summer.
Monte Carlo has a reputation for being expensive - and it is. However, especially as the area is so small, it is easy to explore on foot and there are plenty of places where you can find good, inexpensive, food - especially on the foreshore. On our first evening we discovered a food outlet, Siklosi, near the marina, and ended up eating there each evening. The fish and chips with calamari rings were great. The marina, of course, is one of the special features of the city.
The Monaco Grand Prix has run through the streets of Monte Carlo since 1929. During our stay our tour driver took us over a large section of the course, including the grid area and the starting line. We also walked beside sections of the course.
|Grand Prix start line|
|One of the starting grids|
Monte Carlo is not the place to go for its beaches but we did find a beach when we followed the promenade along the shore away from the city.
Champions Promenade where the best known football (soccer) players in the world are invited to imprint their footprints on the promenade.