The tiny, independent principality of Monaco is a fairy-tale capital where luxury hostelries such as the Hôtel de Paris, the Hôtel Métropole and the Hôtel Hermitage speak to an era of carefree wealth. Cartier, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and every other luxury brand imaginable have boutiques here. In no other place do tourists take pictures of parked cars as they do in famed Casino Square, where Lamborghinis, Bentleys and Ferraris proliferate.
Monaco also is the luxury yachting hub of the Mediterranean. Each year since 1991, Port Hercules has served as home to the Monaco Yacht Show, widely acknowledged to be the ultimate big-boat exhibition in the world. The show is a luxury venue geared toward yacht owners and prospective yacht owners. It is possible for the same clientele who are playing for high stakes in the back room of the casino to visit the show and add to their collection the ultimate luxury item: a superyacht.
This year’s edition of the show promises to be the largest yet in terms of exhibitors and yachts on display. “The demand for space at MYS has been a challenge to us for more than 10 years,” says Gaëlle Tallarida, managing director of the Monaco Yacht Show. “Jointly with the Monaco government, the Monaco show has been able to extend its footprint for 2014.”
The in-water display area has been extended to accommodate 110 yachts up to 100 meters (328 feet) in length. The shoreside facilities will host approximately 500 exhibitors. The show also will feature more than 100 special events—awards, lunches, galas and cocktail parties—taking place on board the yachts, at the exhibitor stands, at restaurants or in the principality’s top hotels.
Official website: monacoyachtshow.com
Show dates: September 24-27
Show hours: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Port Hercules, Boulevard Albert 1er, Principality of Monaco
Main show entrance: Darse Sud
Other entrances: Quai Louis II and Parvis Piscine
Admission price: general public (daily pass), 150 euros; professional 4-day pass 480 euros (ordered online), 500 euros (purchased at show).
Getting there: Monaco is 13 miles from the Aeroport Nice Côte d’Azur, which offers scheduled international air service as well as private aircraft services. Taxis, limousines, rental cars and scheduled helicopter services are available from the airport.
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