DESTINATION OF THE MONTH – 2022
WEEK 4 OF 4
From sustainable hotels to eco-friendly transport options, here is how to spend the ultimate “Green Day” in the Principality:
The Green Arrival
For visitors who wish their transport to be as green as their carbon footprint, you have several solutions. You can access the destination from Nice Côte d’Azur airport and other cities of the Riviera via public transport: by bus (line 110) or by train. For a luxury, green transfer, the Monegasque company Ҽlimo has at its disposal a fleet of premium 100% electric vehicles with a chauffeur.
Visit Monaco’s Green Hotel of Choice: Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort
Once you have checked in, take the time for a stroll through the resort, which proudly holds the Green Globe label. Explore 400 m² of vegetable gardens, maintained by organic farming start-up Terrae, with the produce later being exquisitely prepared by the Hotel Chef, Marcel Ravin. Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort is one of the top performers in terms of reducing its use of natural resources; in 2019 the hotel achieved the feat of reducing its energy consumption by 30 % in only eight years of existence. Still today, it continues to pursue its commitment for the environment by installing 1,000 m² of solar panels on its roofs.
Roam the streets of Monaco by e-bike
Take advantage of Monabike, a self-service system of electric bikes. With 390 bikes and 42 stations, it’s easy to take a bike for an hour or more and put it back when you’ve finished your ride! If you prefer exploring Monaco by vehicle, line 6 of Compagnie des Autobus de Monaco, whose fleet is powered by Di-ester, stops right in front of the hotel.
*Insider tip: available since May, Monapass is the Principality’s all-in-one transport mobile-app, allowing you to keep all your transport passes together (bus, Monabike, on-street parking) on your telephone.
Get a Taste of Local Life
There is no better way to get to know the authentic side of Monaco than by wandering the Marché de la Condamine, the ideal place to enjoy the Monegasque culinary specialities, like the Barbagiuàn (a fried ravioli made with chard or marrow).
Lunch at Stars’N’Bars
Located on the port of Monaco, this American-style sports bar and family restaurant has always been sensitive to environmental issues. The restaurant’s dishes are “home-made” using ingredients from organic agriculture and the menu is displayed on a digital tablet to avoid the use of paper.
Stars’N’Bars is Mr Goodfish certified (a European program aiming to raise awareness of sustainable consumption of sea produce), and fights food waste by offering “doggy bags.”
With its medieval alleyways, the old town, located on the Rocher, houses the headquarters of the Government, the Palais de Justice, the Conseil National as well as the Palais Princier, the Cathédrale, la Chapelle de la Miséricorde and the Oceanographic Museum.
Visit the Oceanographic Museum
Built on the side of the Rocher de Monaco, the Oceanographic Museum, established by Prince Albert I, has been watching over the oceans for more than a century. With an internationally acknowledged expertise, the Museum has more than 6000 specimens on display, from sharks to seahorses via piranhas and clownfish, etc.. Since its inauguration in 1910, this Temple to the Sea, has established itself as a benchmark at international level for informing about, loving and protecting the oceans.
You can end the afternoon at the Brasserie de Monaco to enjoy a beer brewed on-site using organic malt.
Cross the Harbour by water-bus
Then, use the waterbus to cross the harbour. The waterbus is equipped with two electric engines powered by batteries and monocrystal solar panels.
To get back to your hotel, several solutions are available to you: the CAM bus, Monabike bikes, or why not try Mobee? This is the service of shared electric vehicles in the Principality, based on the principle of free-floating.
If you’re looking for healthy, balanced and authentic flavours, the Mediterranean cuisine with Tuscan influences of the Elsa restaurant is made for you. With its stunning view of the sea.
Monte-Carlo Beach is located near Monte-Carlo Bay and five minutes will suffice to get back to your hotel.
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