Monte Carlo Basic Information
From looks alone, Monte Carlo is a million-dollar spot, but that’s not the only reason why millionaires are attracted to the lavish piece of seaside. Monte Carlo, and Monaco as a whole, enjoys a tax-free lifestyle. The flipside to this is that Monaco’s residents are forbidden from gambling or even visiting Monte Carlo’s famed casino. For more info on Monte Carlo, keep reading.
Monaco has the same visa requirements as France. Because France is party to the Schengen Convention, Australian passport holders can also holiday in Monaco without a visa for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. Just make sure you have at least 6 months’ validity on your passport, and check whether you will need a transit visa. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For the most up-to-the-minute visa information, contact the Consulate of the Principality of Monaco in Melbourne.
Although Monaco is a sovereign state and not a member of the European Union, it still uses the Euro as its currency - pretty handy if you’re travelling along the French Riviera. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Euro fluctuates constantly, so it’s a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit card or debit card.
In such a ritzy spot, you’re going to dine like a royal in Monte Carlo with fine dining establishments, exclusive restaurants and charming bistros and cafes. Monaco cuisine is heavily influenced by the neighbouring gastronomic giants of France and Italy with some traditional Monegasque dishes like stocafi, dried cod in a tomato-based sauce; barbagiuan, a pastry stuffed with pumpkin and rice or spinach; socca, a chickpea pancake; and fougasse, a bread topped with aniseed, orange, flower water and nuts. If money is no option, indulge at one of the top restaurants in Hôtel de Paris, or try the iconic Café de Paris, which has been open since 1882.
The after-hours scene in Monte Carlo is glamorous, exciting and endless with many places open until dawn. Take your pick from Café de Paris, Salles des Palmiers, Sun Casino or the Grand Casino. They’re all pretty different and pretty awesome. Much like Vegas, even without a drink or a poker chip, a Monte Carlo casino experience is still worth your while, especially with the many bars and venues located inside. A visit to Monaco also would not be complete without seeing a show at the Opéra de Monte Carlo. Remember to dress to impress to gain entry into the clubs and casinos!