Welcome to the sunny shores of beautifully manicured and royally impressive Monaco and nearby Nice! These particular destinations will have you visiting regal, refined, and retail-conscious historic harbors.
This small monarchy is a "must see" if you're considering exploring this coast on a crewed charter. The surprisingly small harbor is usually full of mega yachts, which embody the high class spirit of the town. Monaco, often called Monte Carlo, is the second smallest independent state in Europe. The principality is set on a rocky promontory dominating the coast. The Palace is home of the Grimaldi royal family, the oldest ruling house in Europe.
Monaco has been a draw for the super-rich for well over a century, both as a playground and a tax haven. The Alpes Maritimes seem to push this small city and its harbor into the sea. For sundowners and nibbles, the Stars and Bars is a good place to sit, drink, and people watch. Situated close to the route of Monaco's Grand Prix, it is loaded with racing paraphernalia, which may prove fascinating even if you are not a Formula One buff.
Monaco's nightlife ranks among the best in the world, and its restaurants are a gastronomic adventure. Go ashore to get a different perspective on the harbor and its landmarks. The Hotel L'Hermitage and the Royal Palace look grandly upon the beautiful old town.
And don't miss Monte Carlo Casino. For raw, unadulterated glamour, this is the place.
Monaco's famous harbor, always lined with megayachts, is surprisingly small in actual size. The foothills of the Alpes Maritimes tower over the tiny principality. The harbor is lined with instantly recognizable landmarks: the Hotel L'Hermitage, the Royal Palace, the beautiful old town, and the Casino Royale. For raw, unadulterated glamour, this is the place. For shopping, there are countless shops in the twisty streets behind the port and in the old town.