If You Love Cars Then You Need to Travel Here!

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When I think about Greece I can’t help but think about Greek Food. When I think about England, immediately London and tea come to mind. Thoughts of Belgium bring to mind chocolate. And when I think about Monaco I think about fancy cars.

A Lamborghini in front of the Casino de Monte Carlo
People milling about and admiring a Lamborghini in front of the Casino de Monte Carlo

In 2013 I was on a cruise that was scheduled to stop in Monaco for the day. That port was one of the reasons I booked that cruise, and I was looking forward to finally seeing this tiny country that was famous for its opulence. Unfortunately, the day we tried to dock was too windy and we ended up pulling back out to sea without ever getting a chance to set foot in Monaco. I had no idea at the time, however, that just two months later I would be back in the French Riviera and would finally get to see Monaco.

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View from the palace on the hill

Walk the Grand Prix track

Monaco is a fascinating country, with a unique history. And one of the most fascinating of all the wards (districts) of Monaco is tiny Monte Carlo. Monte Carlo plays host to a number of big events, one of which is the yearly Monaco Grand Prix. On a visit to Monaco, you can walk along the road which serves as the track for the Grand Prix each year.

Walking the famous Hairpin Turn, the slowest corner in Formula One
Walking the famous Hairpin Turn, the slowest corner in Formula One

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While there are many interesting things to see and do in tiny Monaco, if you are a lover of exotic cars, you will want to head up to the Casino de Monte-Carlo. During the day you will see a few nice cars parked around the property, but come evening the place will be packed with many different luxury cars from around the world.

Maseratis everywhere
Maseratis everywhere

We saw a Bugatti Veyron and McLarens and Maseratis and Maybachs. We saw so many Rolls Royces and Ferarris and Bentleys and Lamborghinis that we stopped taking pictures of them.

This Maserati reminds me of a spaceship
This Maserati reminds me of a spaceship

I am not a car person, but even I was impressed with all the cars that we saw. Someone who is a car person would have enjoyed the experience even more than I did.

Mercedes from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mercedes from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Rent an exotic car for a day

In addition to viewing more exotic cars than you’ve probably ever seen in one open public space before, you can also do many other fun things in Monaco. One of those things is to rent a luxury car for a day or for just a few hours if you’d like to take your own turn at the wheel of an Aston Martin or Lamborghini or another fancy car of your choice. You might never drive in the Monte-Carlo Grand Prix, but you can drive that same road yourself and pretend you are famous.

Have you been to Monaco? What’s the most expensive car you saw there? Did you rent a car for the day?

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