What to do in Monaco in August?
August 2021 Programme
Visit the Principality’s Must-see Sites
Family-friendly Attractions to Whet Your Children’s Curiosity
Enjoy a family-friendly stay at one of Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer’s hotels. Spend a dream holiday at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo with a programme of films, games, and activities for kids, or be pampered at the Monte-Carlo Beach or Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. And while you’re there, take the opportunity to visit Monaco! The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is hands-down the best place to take children. They will be amazed by the shark lagoon and the colourful fish in the reconstructed coral reef. Fantastic immersive activities are also provided, such as virtual diving in the Great Barrier Reef. In addition, the roof terrace offers picturesque panoramic views, a sea turtle centre, and a playground.
The Jardin Animalier de Monaco, located on the Terrasses de Fontvieille, is the perfect place to spend an hour as a family. See reptiles, monkeys, cockatoos, exotic birds, and even a hippo. It also has a small playground and zigzagging paths offering breathtaking views of Monaco.
Family Fun in the Sun
Head to the seaside for beach fun. Plage du Larvotto is hugely popular with families. It features a play area and a beach volleyball court. To enjoy family fun in style in Monaco, book your space at the Monte-Carlo Beach’s private beach. It offers watersports, such as tubing, flyboarding, and parasailing. Book a day by the sandy lagoon at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, surrounded by lush gardens. It is the perfect place for families.
Another way to keep kids entertained is to head to the Parc Princesse Antoinette. It offers a wide range of activities, including badminton, table tennis, volleyball, skateboarding, and mini-golf.
Where to Go With Friends
Get caught up in the excitement of Monaco during your getaways with friends. Experience the thrill of gambling at Monaco’s casinos: Elegance and prestige are on the cards at the Casino de Monte-Carlo, or slot-machine paradise can be found every day of the week at the Casino Café de Paris.
Then, treat yourself to a little retail therapy. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for at the Métropole Shopping Monte-Carlo and on the quays of the Yacht Club de Monaco. For the most exclusive shopping experience on the Riviera, head to One Monte-Carlo. Major fashion and luxury brands’ boutiques can be found on the Promenade Princesse Charlène, Avenue Princesse Alice, and Avenue des Beaux-Arts, including Fendi, Saint-Laurent, Vuitton, and Cartier. Finally, visit the Patio des Joailliers at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo to treat yourself to exclusive high-end jewellery.
The Best Places for Couples to Visit
Discover the most romantic places in Monaco for a couples retreat. Walk through the Roseraie Princesse Grace de Monaco surrounded by the enchanting fragrance of the flowers and declare your love. Stroll hand-in-hand through the exotic Jardin Japonais, admiring its carp pools and little wooden bridges. Wander through the little winding streets of the Old Town, in the shade of the Renaissance buildings, marvelling at their traditional charm. Admire the Palais Princier on the Place du Palais. See the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée nearby, where royal weddings are held.
For dinner for two at a restaurant, opt for the romantic atmosphere and Italian flavours of the Train Bleu at the Casino de Monte-Carlo. Share a tête-à-tête on the legendary Place du Casino at the Café de Paris Monte-Carlo. Spice up your evening at the Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo. Or savour cocktails and finger food on the waterfront terrace of the Blue Gin. It’s ever-so romantic at dusk.
Sights for Art Lovers and History Buffs
In August, cool off in the museums and make incredible discoveries. Each year, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco holds several contemporary art exhibitions in its two spaces: The Villa Sauber and Villa Paloma. The Grimaldi Forum also hosts a major exhibition each summer.
To immerse yourself in history, head to the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology to admire the collection of archaeological pieces from the Côte d’Azur.
The Top Attractions for Car Enthusiasts
Famed for its Formula 1 Grand Prix, Monaco is paradise for race car fans. If you want proof, visit the Car Collection of H.S.H. the Prince of Monaco, which is made up of some 100 cars. It features collector’s items from prestigious brands (Lotus, Rolls Royce, Ferrari, and more), vintage cars, race cars, and even carriages owned by Prince Rainier III.
Major Culture Events in Monaco in August
International Contemporary Art Fair: art3f
From 27-29 August 2021, nearly 3,000 artworks will be on display under the Chapiteau de Fontvieille. Visitors will be able to meet and chat with international gallery owners and artists during the event, which aims to make art more accessible.
International Festival of Amateur Theatre
From 17-22 August, the Auditorium Rainier III is hosting this festival, bringing together amateur theatre troops from around the world. The general public enjoys free entry to shows, symposiums, and workshops.
Outdoor Shows at Fort Antoine
Until 6 August, concerts, screenings, and theatrical performances will be held in the magical setting of Fort Antoine. Facing the sea, this small amphitheatre has origins dating back to the 18th century and will host the 51st edition of this unmissable summer event.
International Organ Festival
The gorgeous organ in the Cathédrale de Monaco will once again be in the spotlight during the 16th edition of this festival. Concerts, film music concerts, and lectures are on the program from 27 June to 15 August.
The Monaco Open Air Cinema
Every evening in summer, under the starry sky, films are screened outdoors at the foot of Le Rocher, facing the Mediterranean Sea.
An Unmissable Sports Event in August: The Palermo-Montecarlo Race
The famous offshore race kicks off on 21 August at 12 pm in the Gulf of Mondello, in Sicily. Multihull and monohull boats will skirt Corsica before arriving in the port of Monaco a few days later. The record to beat is 47 hours, 46 minutes, and 48 seconds. Organized each year by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia with the Yacht-club de Monaco and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, it is a key date in the sailing diary.
What is the Weather Like in Monaco in August?
Like July, August is one of the best times to visit Monaco. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, it offers long hours of sunshine and has very little rainfall, with temperatures between 20°C and 28°C. The sea is at its hottest at this time of year, with an average temperature of 24°C.
Where to Stay and Eat in Monaco in August
Treat yourself to a luxury 5-star stay by the sea at the Monte-Carlo Beach. Enjoy the comfort of its rooms and suites with sea views and the elegance and glamour of its Olympic-sized pool, private beach, and Michelin-starred organic restaurant Elsa.
Relaxation and an idyllic setting also await at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, with its sandy lagoon and Blue Bay* restaurant.
To stay in Monaco’s Carré d'Or district, book a palatial stay at the prestigious Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo or the luxurious Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo.
For a Michelin-starred meal with a view of the Mediterranean Sea, head to the terraces of Le Grill* or Yannick Alléno à l’Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo.
Make the Most of Summer in Monaco at the Best Bars with Terraces Overlooking the Sea
The Blue Gin is the ideal place to enjoy a drink while admiring the fabulous Mediterranean coast. Its panoramic terrace is considered one of the Principality’s best. Another unmissable bar in summer is the Vigie Lounge & Restaurant, where time stands still between the sea and the pine forest, as you enjoy yourself with family or friends. The Pisco Bar & Lounge at COYA Monte-Carlo spices up summer evenings with its Latino atmosphere.
Enjoy sea views in the heart of Monaco from the terrace of the legendary Bar Américain. And sip vintage champagne on the terrace of the Crystal Bar at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo with its fabulous view of the Port de Monaco and its yachts. Monaco’s best bars are bound to enchant you this summer.
Given the Covid-19 pandemic, activities and events in Monaco are subject to change or cancellation according to changes in government recommendations. To plan your visit, consult our dedicated page for updates on the situation.