From the 17th until the 20th of May, 2018, the Principality of Monaco honors its close relationship with South Africa with the South African Week that showcases the traditions and gastronomy of Princess Charlene’s country.
Little reminder... Princess Charlene of Monaco is a former Olympic swimmer for South Africa and patron of the South African Red Cross Society. Princess Charlene was born in Rhodesia and her family relocated to South Africa in 1989.
Celebrate this tight bond thanks to brilliant South African chefs that will cook their delicious specialities alongside Michelin-starred chef Michel Ravin from l’Orange Verte and the Blue Bay Monte-Carlo.
It's that time of the year! The summer season is officially kicking off on the French Riviera with the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival, taking place May 8 - 19, 2018.
Should you be in the Principality of Monaco during that glamorous and buzzing time, here are ways to enjoy the Cannes Film Festival from Monaco.
Going to Cannes
Cannes is about 40 km away from Monaco and is accessible by car, bus, train, boat and helicopter.
When talking about the Principality of Monaco, one cannot avoid mentioning the Monte-Carlo Casino. It is an iconic venue where one can dream big, win big, and be James Bond for a night, and it can all happen at the EPT European Poker Tour presented by Monte-Carlo Casino that is held from April 24 to May 4, 2018.
Poker players from around the world gather around the tournament table and cash games of the European Poker Tour for 11 days of an an incredible poker experience.
This event is the chance to win one of five Platinum Pass packages to the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship worth $30,000 each.
Let's get artsy in the Principality of Monaco. On April 28 and 29, 2018 will take place ArtMonte-Carlo, the internationally renowned modern and contemporary art trade fair.
ArtMonte-Carlo is having its third edition this year with yet another incredible selection of art galleries and artists.
Monaco has never embodied luxury as much as with Top Marques Monaco, the most exclusive car and luxury show is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year with a special edition not to be missed.
April 19 to 22, 2018
The 15th edition of Top Marques Monaco will take place at the Grimaldi Forum from April 19 to 22, 2018 where four days of spectacular luxury await you in the Principality of Monaco.
What to expect
Top Marques Monaco is the only live auto show worldwide where one can actually drive the latest supercars and the most expensive cars on the planet on a real F1 track, the iconic Monte-Carlo Grand Prix circuit.
We mentioned last week the 112th edition of the Rolex Tennis Masters Monte-Carlo that will take place April 14 - 22, 2018, and on that occasion is organized a special Gala, "La Grande Nuit du Tennis" on April 20.
Friday April 20, 2018
The "Grande Nuit du Tennis" will be having its 26th edition on Friday April 20, 2018 in the prestigious Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Monte-Carlo, with a dinner-show that will take your breath away.
Not only the delicious gourmet foods and a one of a kind entertainment will enchant you, but the players and tournament partners of the Rolex Tennis Masters Monte-Carlo will be attending the event as well.
The Rolex Tennis Masters Monte-Carlo are a big event in the Principality and for the world of tennis. Its 112th edition will take place this year from April 14 to 22, 2018.
The tournament is one of the biggest clay court tennis tournaments worldwide and is broadcasted on television in over 60 countries. The Rolex Tennis Masters Monte-Carlo is a major European tournament in the prestigious ATP World Tour Masters 1000 category.
Organized in partnership with Monte-Carlo Societe des Bains de Mer, it takes place at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea. What an incredible setting to enjoy great tennis and see the top 10 international players in action.
Last year's edition of the Rolex Tennis Masters Monte-Carlo was won once again by Rafael Nadal. Who will will this year you ask?
On Saturday, March 24, 2018 took place in Monaco the 64th edition of the Rose Ball, following the theme of “Manhattan”. The Rose Ball benefits the Princess Grace Foundation.
Manhattan in Monaco
Thanks to the incredible work and imagination of Karl Lagerfeld, the Rose Ball 2018 offered its 900 guests a fabulous journey full of jazz and hip-hop, with the amazing feeling of actually being in a trendy bar of the Big Apple. The Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting de Monte-Carlo was decorated with 17 murals by Sempé, together with 270 sqm of printed drop cloth on the walls, and a total of 14.000 roses dressing each table. A magical dinner and party with carefully selected performers, such as The London Swing Orchestra, Taj Mahal or the Pockemon Crew, the most awarded battle dancers worldwide.
First launched in 2015, “Goût de France/Good France” is a worldwide event that celebrates French Gastronomy with one dinner, the world’s greatest and biggest French dinner ever. For the fourth consecutive year, “Goût de France/Good France” is having its dinner on March 21, 2018 with 3000 participating chefs in 3000 restaurants with 3000 different menus in 150 countries across five continents, and the Principality of Monaco is one of the participating countries with seven restaurants joining this one of a kind event.
Cultural heritage of humanity
Chef Alain Ducasse founded this event, in partnership with the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. “Goût de France/Good France” recognizes the importance of French cuisine as a global diplomatic tool as the food and culinary heritage is a major draw for tourists to France.
The Principality of Monaco offers such a romantic location to celebrate Valentine's Day in style. Take full advantage of this occasion to take your lover on a date they won't ever forget.
Here are the top 7 things to do for a perfect Valentine's Day in Monaco.
The Principality of Monaco puts Venice front and center by honoring a long time Venetian tradition, the Carnival, with all its magic and fun, for this 2nd edition of the Venice Carnival in Monaco.
The one of a kind culture of Venice is being brought to you on February 17th, 2018 with the Grand Masked Ball that is to take place at the Salle des Etoiles, Sporting Monte-Carlo.
It’s time to discover the new edition of the Seasons of Russian Gastronomy that will take place at Café de Paris from January 30th to February 4th 2018.
This food festival highlights both Russian gastronomy and the different ways contemporary Russia expresses herself culturally. Hence the festival offering, during four days, exceptional gastronomic dinners coupled with Russian artists performances and entertainment.
We mentioned last week the 86th edition of the Monte-Carlo Rally, and only three days after it ends, will take place the 21st Historic Monte-Carlo Rally, from January 31st until February 7th 2018.
Only cars that have competed in the Monte-Carlo Rally between the years 1955 and 1980 can participate to the Historic Monte-Carlo Rally.
Monaco loves cars, and cars love Monaco. From January 22nd until January 28th 2018, will take place the 86th edition of the oh-so famous Monte-Carlo Rally.
For this 2018 edition, the organizing committee of the "Automobile Club de Monaco" has designed a route that resembles last year's while adding a few new tricks to the itinerary.
Let's kick off 2018 with a tradition strongly embedded in the Principality of Monaco's calendar of events, the International Monte-Carlo Circus Festival.
From January 18th until January 28th 2018, come and enjoy the 42nd International Monte-Carlo Circus Festival at the Fontvieille Marquee in Monaco.
The beauty of Christmas continues in the Principality of Monaco with the yearly event “The Royal Palace Christmas Tree”. HSH the Prince Albert II and his wife the Princess Charlene, have honored this traditional ceremony last Wednesday, December 20th 2017.
In the sure company of Santa Claus, the royal couple distributed a multitude of gifts to the 500 children of the Principality of Monaco, aged between 5 and 12, all gathered around the Christmas tree of the Palace courtyard. Dressed with a red cape, Princess Charlene was a perfect Mrs Claus, while Prince Albert was wearing his best Scrooge and Goofy tie, Christmas edition. The royal couple made it happen and played the game fully for the biggest delight of all the children.
Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Monaco
Wondering what to do for New Year's Eve in Monaco? Look no further, here are the top choices to celebrate and ring in 2018 in style in the Principality.
Monaco is one of the world’s luxury capitals and shopping is king. The Principality gives you access to the major leading names in fashion with the most prestigious labels in haute couture, perfumes and jewelry.
And there is no time such as Christmas, to enjoy and experience luxury shopping to its fullest. Monaco is such an enchanting place, with so many magnificent Christmas decorations, and your shopping experience will be as magical.
The Principality of Monaco may be tiny yet it has no less than six shopping areas, offering a wide selection of original gifts that are sure to make someone happy (including yourself!).
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas Village. The Monaco Christmas Village and all its activities are arriving to Port Hercules on December 6th 2017 until January 7th 2018, for the greatest joy of everyone.
Each and every year, Monaco’s Christmas Village is filled with a unique atmosphere where one can enjoy beautiful decorations and magical shows, making this wonderful time of the year even more so special.
Theme of 2017: “Santa’s workshops”, for unforgettable quality time with your loved ones.
Partying in Monaco is the best, so much so that the Principality of Monaco has its own International Clubbing Show. The MICS will open the doors of its 8th edition on November 8th and 9th, 2017, from 1pm to 8pm at the Grimaldi Forum.
The MICS is the leading trade show for providers and suppliers of nightclubs, bars, restaurants and beaches, presenting spirits and non-alcoholic beverages, sound and visual technical equipment as well as new technologies, together with indoor and outdoor design and architecture.
The MICS is so much more that a meeting between professionals, it is a place of exchange and conviviality with like-minded people sharing the same ambition: entertain ones customers and develop ones business, wether it is a night club, a restaurant or a day venue.