Monaco’s Opulent Gateway to Europe: Discover Europe’s Best Luxury Holidays

Monaco has established its authority as a gateway to the most luxurious destinies in Europe since the mid-1800s when the Société des Bains de Mer was founded in 1863. This society created luxury hotels and famous casinos that became cosmopolitan destinations. The huge commercial success that came after helped Monaco to become recognized as a destination where wanderlust travelers can start their trip to explore further European locations offering the best luxury holidays.

Located in front of the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea in the French Riviera, this Western European country is nestled between Italy and France. These two of the European top destinations in the world are just some miles away from Monaco: you can visit Liguria, an Italian region if you travel just a few kilometers west, and you can easily continue to the center of Italy for another 16 kilometers. If you would rather visit France it’s located just 13 kilometers away and the northeast of Nice would welcome. 

Monaco is also close to Greece, another European destination that is extremely popular thanks to its Mediterranean characteristics as well: sunny weather, beautiful beaches, cultural heritage and delicious food. You can land in Spain on a 1 hour and 8 minutes flight. Let’s explore further what routes you can follow from Monaco to these luxury locations in Europe.

France: The Côte d’Azur

The Côte d’Azur is internationally known as the French Riviera. Considered one of the most exclusive destinations in Europe, the Côte d’Azur has charmed through the years thanks to its majestic location and Mediterranean scenery and 18th-century European aristocracy history.

One of the finest hotels around is the Montecarlo Beach Hotel. Located in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, in southeastern France, this Alpes-Maritimes commune is located just 23 kilometers away from Nice. It was built in 1930 in front of the blue waters of the French Riviera. 

Montecarlo Beach Hotel is famous for its exclusive beaches where you can escape from the crowds and enjoy amenities. You can rent a cabana with a private terrace that faces the sealine of the Côte d’Azur, including butler service that will cater to all your needs. The fine-dining restaurant Elsa is also located at the hotel and will delight your tastebuds with its focus on seafood dishes, which are made with organic and wild-caught fishing.

Due to its closeness to Monaco, Montecarlo Beach Hotel suggests trendy activities to do in Monaco such as assisting the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix event or the Festival des Etoilés Monte-Carlo with renowned chefs showcasing their gastronomic skills and exquisite dishes. The iGaming activities are also quite popular and a full experience with extravagant shows, restaurants, bars and hotels. Playing casino online is another entertaining option if you plan to chill in your hotel room instead of getting caught away with the night extravaganza.

Italy: Portofino Town

Portofino town is a harbor village settled on the coast of the Italian Liguria region. A favorite among celebrities, this colorful village is surrounded by Michelin restaurants and luxury boutiques, and it is the center of fishing and maritime life. Yatches tours are quite popular there, just go to the harborfront to confirm it. Maybe you will enjoy a nice sunny day admiring the coastline from one of these fine sailing vessels.

Belmond Hotel Esplendido is a choice that can meet your high-demand requirements, starting with the esthetical pleasure of observing the historical cultural architecture with modern retouches of the building. Located on the hillside of Portofino, the guests have access to a relaxing spa and two restaurants: La Terraza and Splendido Grill with a front to the harbor with stunning sea views. The rooms have airy balconies where you can sit or lie down to appreciate the coastline in the distance. Or maybe you would like to head to the vineyard and explore the regional practice of wine production.

The proximity of the Italian Liguria region to Monaco makes it possible to travel fast from or to Monaco. The Italian Riviera visitors will enjoy for sure the extravagant luxury at Monaco which offers a distinguished and unique experience for any traveler with high expectations.

Greece: Mykonos and Santorini

Just less than 4 hours flight away, Greece’s ancient charms await the Monaco visitor. The luxury islands of Mykonos and Santorini are the favorite places to hang out for island vibes that feel relaxing and soothing, surrounded by a scenic atmosphere of white villages and crystal clear waters surrounded by Greek heritage and yacht culture.

Enjoy this feeling at the Canaves Oia Suites. Located at Santorini, this hotel is the classic cliffside building type that characterizes the town. If you go outside you can appreciate views of the calderas. If you would rather visit Mykonos you should go to Cavo Tagoo Mykonos, a hotel that emulates the glamour and exclusivity vibes of its town. Both hotels have infinite pools with amazing views of the Mediterranean coast.

Monaco visitors that had enough of Montecarlo’s boastful nightlife will find the lively bars and clubs in Greece moderate and ease upon them.