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A glittering city-state on the French Riviera, Monaco has been a by-word for European glamor for generations. The lavish haunt of movie stars, royalty, and business movers and shakers, it's also a playground for mere mortals who want to soak up the sun amid ornate Rococo and Belle Époque landmarks. It's not just about mingling with millionaires and admiring elegant architecture, with the local wildlife and sweeping sea views also set to stun and beguile all visitors.

Things to see

Perhaps the most iconic building in all Monaco is the Casino de Monte Carlo, or Grand Casino. Plushly laid out and alive with the whir of roulette wheels, this palatial playground for high-stakes schmoozers has the kind of old-fashioned glamor conspicuously missing from your average, everyday casino. Strolling nonchalantly through its grand doors will make anyone feel like a holidaying head of state. If it's actual royalty you're after, had over to the Prince's Palace of Monaco – not only is the stately fortress a feast for the eyes, but you'll also get panoramic views over Monte Carlo. Meanwhile, Monaco-Ville is the medieval part of town and presents you with a warren of walkways dotted with cozy restaurants and souvenir shops. It's also where you'll find the Saint Nicholas Cathedral, the resting place of the movie legend and member of the Monaco royal family Grace Kelly, aka Princess Grace. A particularly family-friendly attraction is the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, which boasts a vast aquarium where sharks and sea turtles glide by in front of dazzled spectators. You can also see incredible skeletons and fossils, and antique diving equipment dating all the way back to 1797.

Hotels in Monaco

It won't exactly come as a shock to know that hotels in Monaco can be on the luxurious side. There is 5-star accommodation that's breathtaking inside and out – think sumptuous white icing-like facades, stained glass ceilings, opulent bars, and guestrooms decked out with antique furniture and glittering chandeliers. It says something about the inherent style and expectations of Monaco that even the mid-range, chain hotels look the business, boasting wide turquoise swimming pools and sleek, contemporary guestrooms that will make you feel right at home.

Where to stay

There's a good variety of hotels in Monaco spread out across this small but sumptuous city-state. Some are dotted throughout the Monte Carlo district, which is perfect if you really want to immerse yourself in the chic, extravagant Monaco of myth. Having said that, there are more hotels to be found in less famous areas such as La Colle, Moneghetti, and Fontvieille, as well as accommodation that overlooks the brilliant blue of Port Hercule.

How to get to Monaco

While there aren't any direct flights to Monaco, it's only a short distance away from Nice Cote d'Azur Airport, which handles flights from a wide range of cities. There are frequent bus services from the airport to Monaco, taking around 30 minutes to get you there. Helicopter transfers are also available if you want to arrive in style. In Monaco itself you can pretty much walk anywhere – that's one of the advantages of its small size. More buses are also available to get you across the city speedily.