Discover our local Gay Monaco Guide and insiders’ recommendations, for best gay bars, clubs, restaurants, museums, monuments, shopping …
A Rock, princesses, and sunshine all year round.
The principality regained a glamorous and international aura in the 1950s, with the marriage of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, Hitchcock’s star actress.
Since then, Europe has been suspended by the escapades of the princely family.
Affairs and love stories with bodyguards, bodybuilders, famous actors … there is always something new happening on the Rock.
Monaco seems to be hotter than Buckingham.
Princess Stephanie, in particular, had a very tumultuous life. Without being a full gay muse, she showed great sympathy for the LGBT people and was involved against AIDS for many years.
In the early 1980s, she began a brief career as a singer, and her big hit, “Comme un Ouragan,” got thousands of gay people dancing on the dance floors of France and Italy.
The city has never been bombed, yet it seems to have been almost wholly rebuilt in the 1960s and 1970s.
About thirty luxury skyscrapers, filled with billionaires, follow one another along the narrow streets. All this gives the city a surprisingly Mediterranean Hong Kong feel.
Beyond the royal castle perched on its rock, some monuments worth a visit. First of all, the superb Opera House and the famous Casino, which were completed in 1879 by Charles Garnier, the architect of the incredible Paris Opera House.
The interiors of these two buildings are genuinely splendid, made of stucco, marble, and gilding, in an opulence straight out of the Belle Epoque. Liberace would have loved those places.
Another must-see is the Oceanographic Museum, one of the richest and oldest in Europe, surrounded by a garden from which you can admire a magnificent panorama of the Mediterranean Sea and the coast.
Regarding gay life, nothing special happens in Monaco.
Eze Beach, located a few kilometers from the Principality, is extremely popular with gays. Its access is quite sporty, but the effort is well deserved because the setting is superb.
For a lively evening, and a much more affordable accommodation, you should settle in Nice, the LGBT capital of the French Riviera. Like Monaco, Nice is extremely popular with Italians.
Gay day trip from Monaco
Two places are essential for your visit.
First of all, in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a splendid neo-renaissance palace built in the Belle Epoque, surrounded by an incredible garden.
Its pink facade gives it a little Dynasty feel, and we expect to see Alexis Colby chased by a Krystle Carrington at every moment.
If in the distance you think you see Madonna riding a jet ski, you are not dreaming, as Cap Ferrat is like Monaco, a real landmark for stars.
However, the sponsors did not go so far as to take inspiration from the many erotic decorations and objects that have been found in these ruins, and which are now on display in the Prohibited Cabinet of the Archaeological Museum of Naples. That’s a shame…