Sunny terraces and nearby ski-slopes await you out of season in this fascinating micro-state
When you spend the winter in Monaco, you may not fancy swimming in the sea but you can still enjoy the sunny vibes of the Larvotto beaches on most days and marvel over the mega yachts adorning Port Hercules. Visiting the glitzy city-state in low season has many other advantages too. Whether you’re planning your first trip or are a Riviera regular (perhaps even boasting a prime piece of Monaco real estate, here’s why the Principality is as enjoyable in the middle of winter as it is at the height of summer.
For starters, you won’t have to share the city’s best attractions with hordes of visitors. You can come face-to-face with a blacktip reef shark in the Oceanographic Museum without elbowing your way through the crowds and watch the changing of the guard at the Prince’s Palace in peaceful solitude. Visiting Monaco in winter also means that you can explore Monte Carlo’s magnificent gardens and the narrow Old Town streets at your own pace, without having to navigate your way through a sea of camera-toting tourists.
If all this isn’t enough to entice you, note that the French Riviera boasts 300 days of sunshine a year: you can still soak up the sun’s warming rays while seated on any of Monaco-Ville’s pretty terraces. And even though numbers of visitors dwindle during winter, don’t think you’ll be short of interesting company. The city’s bars and restaurants are filled with friendly locals and lovers of unsurpassable gastronomic experiences all year round.
Added attractions of spending a winter in Monaco are the ample opportunities to fine-tune your aerials. Those who are experienced at whizzing down the slopes, as well as those keen to try out skiing for the very first time, will be glad to know that six of the area’s most popular resorts are within close proximity of the Principality. In fact, the highest ski-run of Greolieres les Neiges (80km from Monaco) boasts breathtaking views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea!
And if spending the winter in Monaco results in you falling head over heels with the much-spoken-about Principality, you’re also in luck: like the top sights, Monaco’s real estate agencies see less people visit in winter. This means that an agent will have all the time in the world to talk to you about your specific needs, and ultimately find you that perfect piece of Monaco real estate.