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The area is at its hottest in July and August, and the beaches are at their best in June or September.

Monte Carlo's month-long spring arts festival, Printemps des Arts, brings together the world's top ballet, operatic, symphonic, and chamber-music performers at venues across Monaco (Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Oceanography Museum, Hôtel de Paris) as well as in Cap d'Ail and Beaulieu.

Top Marques Monaco. What can you say about a four-day exhibition where you could buy anything from a AgustaWestland helicopter to a Rolex Submariner to a $55,000 bed? So much more than just exclusive cars, Top Marques takes place in the third week of April at Grimaldi Forum. 10 av. Princesse Grace, 98000. 377/97–70–12–77. www.topmarquesmonaco.com. €50.