Monaco. A place where Gatsby-age glamour is revived, where high society frolick under palm-fringed promenades, and where luxury yacht rental is de rigueur. Its southern position perched on the edge of the Mediterranean makes for long hot days and balmy summer nights, drawing in sun-seeking crowds from across the globe. And if you’re planning to visit this summer, a Monaco yacht charter will allow you to experience this country as it should be – in unparalleled luxury. Read on to discover all the possibilities of your dream Cote d’Azur escape.
Summer events to enjoy from your Monaco yacht charter
For such a small country, Monaco packs a lot into its summer season. Say farewell to spring and celebrate the start of summer at Monaco’s most iconic event – the Grand Prix. This annual event sees visitors flood the streets in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the action. So steer clear of the crowds and instead, opt to watch the race from the comfort of your luxury Monaco yacht charter.
When summer finally arrives, make the most of the long nights and catch a performance on the open-air stage at Palais Princier de Monaco. With heart-snaring surroundings and captivating performances by the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, expect to be inspired and awe-struck in equal measure.
Each year in July or August, Monaco puts on a dazzling firework display at Fort Antoine. This annual event draws in competitors from all over the world, all of whom put on a spectacular show in hopes of winning first place. Watch the show from the deck of your yacht – if you opt to dock at the Yacht Club de Monaco, you’ll be in prime viewing position, as Fort Antoine is just a stone’s throw across the water.
Unsurprisingly, Monaco is home to the most glamourous event in the superyacht calendar, the Monaco Yacht Show. This year, the world’s most luxurious vessels will descend on Port Hercules – an unmissable event for yacht owners and fanatics alike.
A fresh take on fine dining
Emblazoned with Michelin Stars, the Monaco food scene is something of a spectacle. Restaurants focus on Mediterranean simplicity and impeccable produce but with innovative twists.
For a grandiose affair, visit Le Louis Alain Ducasse in Hotel de Paris. As the first hotel restaurant to be awarded three Michelin Stars, it lives up to its reputation. Peruse its immense wine collection (currently standing at over 600,000) and ask the sommelier for the perfect pairing. Ducasse capitalises on the restaurant’s waterside setting, serving freshly-caught fish with even fresher twists. In summer, request a table on the terrace overlooking the ocean.
High-end shopping and local living
With big-name brands and upscale boutiques lining the streets, Monaco is a fashion-lover’s haven. If you’re set on a summer spending spree, you’ll find plenty of places to splash out at the Monte-Carlo Pavilions, with names ranging from YSL and Gucci to Valentino and Balenciaga.
To see a more down-to-earth side of Monaco, pay a visit to its authentic Provencal market, Condamine. Here, you’ll find local vendors selling fruit, veg and homemade delicacies every day of the week.
While Monaco is dazzling all year round, summer is when it really comes to life: visit the world’s only 3D open-air cinema, open nightly from June through to August; bask on the sands of Larvotto Beach and swim in the warm Mediterranean waters; and for beguiling views and a serene setting, head up to Jardin Exotique, where you’ll find countless species of cacti flowering throughout the summer months.
Nowhere does luxury quite like this ultra-chic country. With a Monaco charter yacht, you can experience the best side of this seafront haven, spending your summer in style.