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Image via thousandwonders.net

By Kevin Moran

While the tourism in Monaco, the second smallest and the most densely populated country in the world, is rife because of its position on the French Riviera, the real fun begins in the casinos. So here’s your Monaco casino travel guide!

It’d be a shame to experience this tiny country just for its gambling attractions though – with so much on offer, you could easily make a week out of your visit to truly appreciate the exuberance that Monaco possesses.

Monaco’s gambling industry couldn’t have come at a better time, helping the country to recover from the previous 50 years of economic turmoil, and since the opening of the infamous Monte Carlo Casino in 1858, its gambling prowess has gone from strength to strength.

The construction of several other popular casinos, including Le Casino Café de Paris, the Monte Carlo Sporting Club & Casino, the Sun Casino and the most recent Monte
Carlo Bay Casino have all provided perfect opportunities for visitors to have a little flutter.

Nowadays, Monaco is one of the leading names in the gambling world and an absolute must-visit if you’d prefer a short haul trip rather than heading across the Atlantic to Las Vegas. While much of your attention will likely be aimed at the various casinos within Monaco, you can also enjoy plenty of other attractions as part of your visit, including the Palais Princier, the Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium and the 19th century Monaco Cathedral.

However, the casinos are probably what you’re here for and you won’t be disappointed. Set yourself a budget if you wish to gamble alongside the rich and famous – it’s far too easy to lose sight of your gambling goals when you’re in the incredible Grand Casino. A passport is a necessity for entry into the gambling rooms of the complex (residents of Monaco aren’t actually permitted), so make sure you don’t leave it in your hotel room. Entry fees can range from a few Euros right into the hundreds, depending on what gambling room you plan to enter, so be careful. Dress code is strict and smart, so pack the suit jackets and ties, take the opportunity to dress to impress!

As far as accommodation is concerned, you can take your pick from hotels within the area, but be warned, if you are on a budget, you won’t be met with cheap stays. Expect average costs of €80p/n for a mid-range hotel or €320+ for something a little more “special” such as the Hotel Hermitage.

Of course, you’re going to need a little sustenance for your casino trip and there are plenty of restaurants in the vicinity for you to sample. If you prefer to save your cash for the gambling rooms, budget friendly eateries such as Pizzeria Monegasque would provide some ideal stomach-fillers, while Baccarat, Fuji and the Café de Paris are excellent mid-range treats. You could always splash out at the 3* Michelin restaurant – Louis XV, run by Alain Ducasse – for some truly splendid fare, too.

Image via casinomontecarlo.com

Image via casinomontecarlo.com

From the phenomenal interiors of the casinos themselves to the luxurious hotels and restaurants available, you’re in for a real treat if you have the cash to spare. A gambling trip to Monaco isn’t something that you could just jet off for though – it takes saving and planning to get the most from your stay. In the meantime, we’ve got you covered at SuperCasino, for the best live roulette, online blackjack, and online slots, all from the comfort of your own home.