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Where better to charter a luxury yacht than Monaco? Renowned as the ultimate mecca of yachting, this glamorous principality is a destination you do not want to miss during your French Riviera yacht charter. PHOENIX charter brokers have curated the ultimate guide to follow for your 1-day stop in Monaco for an unforgettable experience.


The ideal period for a yacht charter in Monaco spans from May to September. During these months, the weather conditions are most favourable, featuring warm temperatures and minimal rainfall. The peak months of July and August are characterised by bustling beaches and vibrant nightlife. In contrast, September provides a perfect balance of pleasant weather and fewer crowds, making it an excellent time for a tranquil yachting experience.


From May to September, Monaco shines with its premier events. In May, the Monaco Grand Prix ignites the streets of Monte Carlo with Formula 1 racing. This thrilling spectacle draws enthusiasts from around the globe to witness the high-speed action against Monaco’s stunning backdrop. Held annually over four weekends from late July to early August, Art en Ciel is a renowned international fireworks festival and competition. Pyrotechnic specialists from around the world showcase their talents in a bid to create the most mesmerising display. In September, the Monaco Yacht Show takes center stage, unveiling the world’s most luxurious yachts and latest marine technologies. Simultaneously, the Monaco Classic Week celebrates the elegance of vintage yachts through regattas and exclusive social gatherings. 


Monaco boasts world-class berthing options for yachts, catering to both luxury and affordability. Port Hercules (Port Hercule) is Monaco’s largest and most prestigious port, renowned for hosting superyachts amidst a backdrop of iconic landmarks like the Monte Carlo Casino and the Prince’s Palace. Port de Fontvieille, nestled in Monaco’s Fontvieille district, provides a quieter alternative with modern amenities tailored for yachts up to 30 metres. Its serene atmosphere and proximity to charming gardens and parks offer a tranquil stay. For those looking for a more budget-friendly option near Monaco, Cap d’Ail Marina just outside the principality provides competitive rates without compromising on quality service and proximity to Monaco’s vibrant attractions.


Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the iconic Café de Paris Monte-Carlo. Situated in the heart of Monaco, this café offers a quintessentially Parisian experience. Savour freshly baked croissants, a selection of pastries, and a rich coffee while appreciating the elegant atmosphere and the beautiful views of the Place du Casino.


After breakfast, take a short stroll to the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. This historic palace, home to the ruling Grimaldi family, offers guided tours of its opulent state apartments. Marvel at the grand architecture, priceless art, and stunning views over the Mediterranean. The palace houses an impressive collection of art, including frescoes, tapestries, and unique furniture. Additionally, you might catch the changing of the guard ceremony, a traditional spectacle that adds to the palace experience.


Next, head to the Oceanographic Museum, a masterpiece of marine science and oceanography. Founded by Prince Albert I, this world-renowned museum boasts an impressive collection of marine species, exhibits, and interactive displays. As you explore, you will encounter everything from vibrant coral reefs and exotic fish to historical diving equipment and marine artefacts. The museum’s stunning location on the edge of a cliff offers breathtaking views of the sea, making your visit both educational and visually spectacular.


For lunch, treat yourself to an exquisite meal at Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo, located in the Hôtel Metropole. This two-Michelin-starred restaurant seamlessly blends French and Mediterranean flavours in innovative dishes. The sophisticated ambiance and impeccable service make it a must-visit for culinary enthusiasts. Signature dishes such as ‘Le Caviar’, ‘La Langoustine’ and ‘L’Oeuf de Poule’ are must-tries on the menu, reflecting the chef’s innovative and refined culinary approach.


Take a leisurely walk through Monaco-Ville, the old town, and immerse yourself in rich history and charm. Explore its narrow, charming streets lined with historic buildings and charming cafes. Visit the Saint Nicholas Cathedral, where many of Monaco’s royalty are buried, including Princess Grace Kelly. Additionally, indulge in some shopping at the exclusive boutiques around, offering high-end fashion, jewellery, and unique souvenirs.


As an alternative, spend the afternoon at Nikki Beach, a chic and vibrant beach club located at the Fairmont Monte Carlo. Nikki Beach offers a perfect blend of relaxation and luxury with its stylish atmosphere and beautiful views of the Mediterranean. Enjoy the lively music, take a dip in the pool, or simply lounge on a sunbed while sipping on a refreshing cocktail. The club provides excellent facilities and top-notch service, ensuring a comfortable and indulgent experience. Nikki Beach is also renowned for its gourmet cuisine, so do not miss the chance to enjoy a delicious meal while you are there.


For a memorable dining experience, treat yourself to dinner at Cipriani in Monaco. Renowned for its elegant setting and exceptional Italian cuisine, this restaurant offers a sophisticated yet welcoming atmosphere. Located in the heart of Monte Carlo, Cipriani provides a luxurious dining experience with impeccable service and a menu that highlights the finest Italian ingredients. Start with the “Carpaccio alla Cipriani,” a classic appetiser featuring thinly sliced raw beef served with a light mustard sauce. For the main course, the “Risotto ai Frutti di Mare” is a must-try, combining creamy risotto with a selection of fresh seafood, capturing the flavours of the Mediterranean. Conclude with the “Vanilla Meringue Cake,” a signature dessert that offers a delightful combination of light meringue and rich vanilla cream, providing a perfect sweet ending to your dining experience.


No visit to Monaco is complete without experiencing the world-renowned Casino de Monte-Carlo. Spend your evening in this iconic casino, famous for its luxurious setting and high-stakes gaming. Whether you immerse yourself in the thrill of roulette and blackjack tables or prefer to observe amid the glamorous atmosphere, the casino offers a unique and sophisticated experience.


After experiencing Monaco, consider extending your yachting journey along the French Riviera. Cruise westward to Cannes, a city synonymous with glamour and elegance. Here, you can bask on the beautiful beaches, stroll along the iconic Croisette, and if your visit coincides with September, do not miss the prestigious Cannes Yachting Festival from the 10th of September. This premier event showcases the latest in luxury yachts and marine innovations, making is a must-visit for yacht enthusiasts. Alternatively, head east towards the Italian Riviera, visiting Portofino and the Cinque Terre, where colourful Cliffside villages and exquisite Italian cuisine await.

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