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Things to do in Monte Carlo

Bag a ticket for Opéra Monte Carlo

Even in one of Europe's flashiest cities, Opéra Monte Carlo (tel: +377 9806 2828; www.opera.mc) is a stand out building. Spectacular and highly ornate, the theatre has been staging operatic performances since 1879. The Opera has played host to Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo in the past, so book early for these highly-sought after shows.

Enjoy a truly dramatic performance

For a performance with added drama, bag a ticket at Théâtre du Fort Antoine (tel: +377 9325 3227; www.theatrefortantoine.com). The venue stages outdoor productions in July and August in a stunning open-air amphitheatre overlooking the Mediterranean. As well as performing in the theatre itself, the participating companies runs street shows throughout Monte Carlo.

Hold on tight with a spot of tubing

Skim across the Mediterranean on a doughnut. No, not the sugary type, but a rubber one being pulled by a speedboat. Hold on for as long as possible before you take the inevitable plunge into the warm waters of the Côte d'Azur. For even more inflatable fun try SkiVol Watersport (+33 698 735 060; www.skivolwatersport.com).

Race around the Grand Prix circuit in a supercar

Monaco is synonymous with two things: money and fast cars. For an unforgettable experience, combine the two and jump behind the wheel of a luxury Ferrari. Liven Up (tel: +377 9797 1716; www.livenup.fr) have the keys and offer passenger tours as well as the chance for drivers to tackle the famous Monte Carlo circuit themselves.

Take a look around the grand Casino de Monte Carlo

Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Casino de Monte Carlo (tel: +377 9806 2121; www.casinomontecarlo.com) is one of the city's most iconic landmarks. See inside the interior, which brims with rococo ceilings, marble columns and grand chandeliers. For those with some cash to lose, the venue has roulette, blackjack tables and slot machines. Entry requires a jacket.