Monaco, Plan your Sustainable Luxury Getaway - Day 1


Côte d'Azur - French RivieraFood and WineNature and Outdoor ActivitiesCoastal

Monaco Aerial shot day
© BVergely - Monaco Aerial shot day

Reading time: 0 minPublished on 12 October 2023

Planning your trip to Monaco, but not sure what to do? If you can stay for 2 nights, let us show you what this responsible destination has to offer!

Let’s start with your day 1 in Monaco.

Start with a Green Arrival- For visitors who want their transport to be as green as their carbon footprint, there are several solutions. You can access the destination from Nice Côte d’Azur airport and other cities of the Riviera via public transport (line 80): by bus or by train. For a luxury, green transfer, the Monegasque company Ҽlimo has at its disposal a fleet of premium 100% electric vehicles with chauffeur.

Welcome to Monaco! And welcome to the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. With its Green Globe certification label, the establishment is part of the Monte-Carlo SBM group. If you have an electric vehicle, a super charger (rapid charge in only 15 minutes) is at your disposal. Terrae Vegetable Garden Monte Carlo Bay © MONTE-CARLO Société des Bains de Mer Terrae Vegetable Garden Monte Carlo Bay © MONTE-CARLO Société des Bains de Mer

After check-in, take a stroll through the resort. You will find a 400m² vegetable garden, maintained by Terrae, where organic fruit and vegetables grow, Hotel Chef Marcel Ravin uses the produce in his cuisine.

Chef Marcel Ravin at Monte Carlo Bay © MONTE-CARLO Société des Bains de Mer Chef Marcel Ravin at Monte Carlo Bay © MONTE-CARLO Société des Bains de Mer

With its sand-bottomed lagoon, its luxuriant garden and its Spa, the hotel is one of the top performers in terms of reducing its use of natural resources and continues to pursue its commitment for the environment by installing 1,000 m² of solar panels on its roofs.

10.00 a.m. It’s time to explore Monaco. Nothing could be simpler, take the bus no. 6 from in front of the hotel - Compagnie des Autobus de Monaco has a fleet powered by Di-ester & electric power.

In moments you will be at the Casino, leave your transport to wander around the famous Carré d’Or – before exploring the Jardin de la Petite Afrique home to amazing tropical species. And here the Heritage Tree Trail begins, so you can stroll through the various gardens of Monaco and explore the natural heritage. Did you know our very own Wollemi Pine can be found in Monaco. Discovered in 1994 in sandstone gorges 200 km northwest of Sydney, there are less than a hundred of these trees in the wild. Nowadays 3 of these treasured and rare trees grow happily in Monaco!

12.30 p.m. The Marché de la Condamine is at the foot of the Rocher. An ideal place to enjoy the Monegasque culinary specialties, like the Barbagiuàn (deep fried ravioli made with vegetables) and get a taste of local life.

La Condamine Market ©BVergely La Condamine Market © BVergely

More and more restaurants are committing themselves to a responsible approach and here you will find establishments labelled “Restaurant Engagé”. This indicates that they are working on a daily basis to reduce and sort waste, fighting food waste, single-use articles, supporting local initiatives, reducing energy and water consumption, and raising their customers’ awareness on all these pressing issues.

2.30 p.m. Direction Monaco-Ville! With its medieval alleyways, the old town, located on the Rocher, houses the headquarters of the Government, the Palais de Justice, the Conseil National as well as the Prince’s Palace, the Cathedral, and the Oceanographic Museum.

Monaco Ville ©BVergely Monaco Ville © BVergely

Built on the side of the Rocher de Monaco, the Oceanographic Museum, established by Prince Albert I, has been watching over the oceans for more than a century. The Museum has a world-renowned scientific aquarium with more than 6000 specimens of sea life to marvel at, there are seahorses, piranhas, clownfish and an exceptional outdoor turtle rescue area.

Since its inauguration in 1910, this Temple to the Sea, has established itself as a benchmark at international level for informing the public about, loving and protecting the oceans.

Oceanographic Museum © DTC Monaco BVergely Oceanographic Museum © DTC Monaco BVergely

4.30 p.m. Next up, visit Jardins Saint Martin nestled between the Oceanographic Museum and the Cathédrale. Like all the other public green spaces of Monaco the gardens are maintained organically and have the ECOCERT label. You will identify several heritage trees thanks to the panels or the Trail brochure. At the foot of the cliff, you might be lucky to see cormorants fishing or basking in the sun or the pair of peregrine falcons that call these cliffs home, visible mainly in the cove of Fontvieille.

What could be better than taking an electric taxi back to your hotel? The "Monaco City" service was created to meet the growing demand for public transport during the summer season. It's a solution that offers soft mobility services.

Dinner time? If you’re looking for healthy, balanced and authentic flavours, the Mediterranean cuisine with Tuscan influences of the Elsa Restaurant is made for you. With its stunning view of the sea. Monte-Carlo Beach is located near Monte-Carlo Bay and five minutes will suffice to get back to your hotel. Facebook: @VisitMonacoAustralie Instagram: @VisitMonaco_au


The magazine of the destination unravels an unexpected France that revisits tradition and cultivates creativity. A France far beyond what you can imagine…

See more