WHEN BEST TO GO
The Riviera is mild all year round and it is generally dry apart from March and April when rainfall is at its heaviest.
Snowfall is rare though locals often flock to the Alps for skiing in the winter. Some bars and restaurants are closed out of season (October to April). May to September is certainly the best time to go when the city is lively and the weather hot and dry.
Tipping in restaurants is nearly always included in the bill, normally a charge of 10 to 15 percent of the bill total. Doormen and porters, on the other hand, still need tipping, generally anything up to €5. A smoking ban came into effect in 2008 and smoking is now prohibited in all public places including bars, restaurants and public transport.
Dress in Monaco is generally liberal but many of the bars, restaurants and casinos, especially Casino de Monte Carlo, do expect guests to dress appropriately. For men this means donning a jacket, though tie is not normally necessary, while women should dress conservatively.
French, though English is widely spoken
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24 HOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT
SOS – all services: 112
On-duty Doctors & Night Pharmacies: 141
US +33 4 9154 9200 (Marseille)
UK +33 4 9115 7210 (Marseille)
Predominantly Roman Catholic
The Elite Rent-a-Car Network stretches far and wide across Europe and with offices right across the Riviera it is certainly the favored option for touring the region.
Chauffeured and self drive cars are available including all the latest supercars such as the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Mercedes SLS AMG and the Maserati Grancabrio.
Agency Manager: Olivier Clariond
+377 9777 3311
34 Quai Jean-Charles Rey
HELI AIR MONACO
Helicopter is the only way one should travel between Nice Airport and Monaco.
Heli Air Monaco has acquired a great deal of experience in transporting VIPs from one to the other having done so since 1976. They also specialize in ‘on demand’ flights further afield across the Riviera.
+377 9205 0050
Heliport de Monaco, Fontvieille
Known for regularly transporting the Monegasque Royal Family and visiting heads of state, Monacair is fully suited for transporting Elite Travelers, having done so since 1988.
A wide fleet of aircraft, some taking up to 12 passengers, are ideal for excursions along the Riviera or simply shuttling in and out of Monaco.