Located on the French Riviera Monaco is the world’s second smallest country and is known for being a rich and posh micro state. The citizens look very stylish to match their fancy houses, cars and boats. Some of them show attitude but the majority is nice, friendly and smiley. Although Monaco seems to be wrapped in a golden curtain, there is no need for a big budget to visit this glamorous place.
Not all the Monacans are rich. There was a time when the properties became so expensive, the locals didn’t have another choice then to leave their birthplace. Although the rent and cost prices of an apartment are tremendous, the wages remain the same as in France. The government decided to make a few changes and when people can prove they are born in Monaco, they receive financial aid to pay the rent.
How could we afford a visit with our small budget? The driver who gave us a lift into Monaco knew a friend who had a spare room. One phone call later and we had a free place to stay! Buying food turned out to be cheap as well. We went to the supermarket just before closing time. At night time shops lower the price of food items that will expire the next day. We ate a lot of big salads with ham for only 1 euro!
Unless you want to place some bets in the casino of Monte Carlo or visit the exotic garden, a visit to Monaco is completely free. This confetti state is squeezed into 2,8 km² so you can walk everywhere. There is plenty of sightseeing to do. This little country/state/ city has an old part which looks like a colorful Italian village (except for the palace) ,a new part overgrown with fancy buildings and a harbor with beautiful sailboats and big yachts worth 30.000.000 euro. The city is build on the side of a steep hill so all the streets go down towards the harbor. Walking down is fun, going up is more challenging. You just have to be fit to climb the many stairs. Or you can take the escalators which we only discovered after reaching the top of the stairs, covered in sweat.
New part of Monaco
Palace of Monaco
Going down the stairs is a lot more fun!
How to visit Monaco for free? Hitchhike your way in, meet someone with a spare room, buy food that will expire the next day and go explore this beautiful little country by foot.
If you really want to have a room with a nice view, you have the option of getting yourself arrested. The prison of Monaco is built on the sea side so prisoners get a cell with a sea view. Saves you money in accommodation and in food (I heard they give their prisoners free pizza).
The location of the prison – doesn’t seem too bad to be locked up here if you ask me …
This vlog shows you the story of our visit to Monaco: