You might think you’re going to spend all your time in Monaco swanning round trying to spot movie stars, rock gods and racing drivers. Please don’t, for three reasons. Firstly, you won’t see any. Most of Monaco’s moneyed life takes place behind closed doors. Secondly, if you do, so what?
And thirdly – most importantly – there are more interesting things to do ... not all of which cost lots of money. Some are free.
The principality may be the tightest, fanciest concentration of wealth in Europe but soaking up that atmosphere - by, say, wandering the Place du Casino - needn't cost anything. Similarly, investigating Monaco's past (it does have one; it's not all Roger Moore and Lady Gaga) is both diverting and not outrageously expensive. It might occasionally seem a little over-done - but that's part of the fascination.
And most of what you need to see is easily walkable. Remember that the entire principality would fit into New York's Central Park, with space left over. Should you nevertheless get leg-weary, the bus service is cheap and efficient (see 'Getting Around Monaco').
How I’ve picked my things to do:
There are certain things which you should try to see on the first trip to Monaco (other than the bar terraces and restaurants, I mean). These are the ones mentioned here. They should give you a decent and, I hope, enjoyable, insight into the place.