Monaco Ville Flights:
Flights to Monaco
Ville Monaco-Ville is the old city part of Monaco, sometimes known as The Rock because of its location perched on top of a rocky outcrop. Monaco-Ville is often mistaken as the capital of Monaco, but being a city state there is not really a capital as such.
The nearest airport for flights to Monaco-Ville is actually in France, at the Nice Cote d’Azure Airport (airport code: NCE). There is a regularly-scheduled helicopter shuttle that can take you from Nice to Monaco, but it’s also just a half-hour drive if you prefer to drive yourself in a rental car. There are several 1-stop flights to Monaco-Ville, arriving at Nice Cote d’Azur, when coming from Johannesburg. South African Airways makes a transfer in Zurich, and so does Swiss Air. British Airways goes through London, and Turkish Airlines connects in Istanbul. Average flight times are between 14 and 20 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Monaco Ville:
Though most of Monaco has picturesque features, many visitors argue that Monaco-Ville is the nicest part of the world’s second smallest nation. Situated on its rocky and elevated outcrop that has the Port of Fontvielle on one side and the larger Port Hercule on the other, Monaco-Ville is very scenic and pretty. It’s retained a medieval character that really hasn’t changed much in hundreds of years, with narrow streets and alleyways it’s almost entirely a pedestrian only zone, which only helps to add to its charm and appeal.
Monaco-Ville contains homes as well as hotels, restaurants and shops, all of which are full of character, but as well as enjoying the ambiance of wandering around the quarter’s streets you can visit several attractions too.
The Prince’s Palace
The Prince’s Palace is one of Monaco’s and Monaco-Ville’s top attractions for several reasons. There are regular guided tours of the palace or simply admire it from the outside or watch the changing of the guard ceremony everyday at 11.55am. The palace is also renowned for its excellent views over the main port and to Monte Carlo.
Saint Nicholas Cathedral
Also located with the old Monaco-Ville quarter is Saint Nicholas Cathedral, also known more simply as Monaco Cathedral. It was built in 1875 and has a beautiful ornate exterior, and attractive interior that includes carrara marble.
The cathedral has the interred remains of former prince’s of Monaco as well as famous actress Grace Kelly.
The Oceanographic Museum
The Oceanographic Museum is the third popular attraction within Monaco-Ville. Not only does this museum and aquarium have impressive displays the outside is an architectural work of art that took 11 years to build. The aquarium has 4000 species of fish including a Mediterranean and a tropical ecosystem.
When Should You Visit?:
June to September are usually the most popular months to visit Monaco-Ville as you can enjoy warm and dry weather. This is the busiest time of year though so if you prefer to visit when quieter come out of season. Winters are quite mild, though this is when the most rainfall occurs so come prepared for rain.