When is the best time to fly to Monte Carlo?
Late spring through to the end of summer is a popular time to visit Monte Carlo. The sun is shining, rainfall is at a minimum and temperatures peak at around 27 degrees Celsius during July and August which are the hottest months. Although this is a great time to visit, there will be an increase in crowds and visitors should expect to pay peak prices for accommodation and flights to Monte Carlo.
One of the busiest months in the area is May as this is when the Monaco Grand Prix takes place. Visit during this lively time to see the excitement build for the race and the rich and famous descend upon the city.
For a slightly quieter holiday autumn can be a good time to visit. Although there is a higher possibility of rain, lower hotel rates may make up for this. Winter also welcomes fewer tourists so can be a great time to snap up bargain accommodation and a cheap flight to Monte Carlo. Even during January, the coldest month, temperatures don’t drop too low and on average stay between 5 and 13 degrees Celsius.
Monte Carlo overview
Monte Carlo is on the Riviera between Provence and Italy. A district of Monaco, not its capital, it sits on a rocky headland overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The original fortified town is Monaco-Ville, and this is where you'll find the major sights: the Palace (the guard changes at 11.55 each day and the state apartments are open from June to September); the Cathedral where the Grimaldi Princes and Princess Grace are buried; and the Oceanographic Museum. Monte Carlo's casino, dating from 1878, is world famous. It, and the opera, are located in Place du Casino. For many the appeal of a flight to Monte Carlo is to see the famous Monaco Grand Prix. Cars have zoomed and whizzed around the streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine in Formula One's showcase event since 1929.
For a respite from the card tables and fast cars, head to the tranquil Japanese Garden on Avenue Princesse-Grâce. The Princess Grace rose garden in Fontvieille has more than 4,000 rose trees, while the Exotic Garden, with 1,000 different species of cacti, is on Boulevard du Jardin-Exotique. Two hundred feet below are the Observatory Caves. For some free sunbathing pitch up at the manmade Larvotto beach.
Getting around Monte Carlo
If you want to take a flight to Monte Carlo, you’ll have to fly to Nice-Côte d’Azur International (NCE), which is located around 20 miles (32 km) from Monte Carlo.
Monte Carlo insider information
- Hear the words “Faites vos jeux” in the most famous casino of them all. Monte Carlo’s casino features marble and gold, and in the rooms at the back crowds gather at lightning speed around someone who is winning or losing in dramatic style.
- Princess Grace, the American film actress who married Prince Rainier and became a queen, is buried in the impressive St Nicholas Cathedral.
- Be here in May for the Monaco Grand Prix. It is the most exciting Formula 1 race with no room for driver error on the 77 laps around the twisting narrow streets of Monte Carlo. Luxurious yachts are moored in the marina and celebrities stay in the Hotel de Paris and the Grand.