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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.

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Hôtel Ambassador Monaco

Monaco's main attractions, including Monaco Rock, the Palais Princier and Port Hercule, are just a stone's throw away from this stylish, understated hotel. The 3-star stay comes with all the usual comforts, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning included, at a rather reasonable price. There's also an in-house restaurant that serves Mediterranean classics.

Le Miramar Monaco

What this little 3-star lacks in spacious rooms it makes up for in wonderful views. Overlooking Port Hercule, the Miramar has simple, modern sleeping quarters, some with balconies. Its SunDeck Restaurant is a real treat: very good food served on a panoramic terrace looking out over the port.

Hôtel Le Versailles

It isn't particularly inexpensive, but it's cheap for Monaco. Situated a few minutes of the Palais Princier, the Hôtel Le Versailles offers basic accommodation in a convenient location in La Condamine at the foot of Monaco-Ville. This 2-star also has a restaurant that serves French and Italian cuisine.

Hôtel Villa Boeri

Cross the road to Hôtel Villa Boeri and you also cross the border from Monaco to France. Yet despite being in a different country, the hotel is fairly centrally located with the Casino Square about 10 minutes away on foot. Some rooms have small terraces with partial sea views.

Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel

Away from the bustle of Monte Carlo's busy Casino Square is the Beach Hotel, a 5-star resort overlooking the Mediterranean. This luxury hotel was legendary in the 1930s, attracting high society from across the globe, and has retained its contemporary comforts. Guests can also benefit from a heated seawater swimming pool, stunning views and exceptional gastronomy.

Hôtel de Paris

Enviably situated in Casino Square, Hôtel de Paris opened in 1863 and is still the most glamorous place to stay in Monaco. Exquisitely decorated, the sumptuous rooms are decked out in antique furniture. Guests can also enjoy the luxury health spa, private beach and no fewer than three glittering restaurants.