Averages for Monte Carlo in May
Rumour has it that the Principality of Monaco receives over 300 days of sunshine a year, and as the precursor to summer, May should have a number of sunny days to uphold this reputation. The lovely weather of May delivers. The month is a continuation of the sunny and comfortable weather of April and a precursor to the summer heat of June
Averages for Monte Carlo in May
Rumour has it that the Principality of Monaco receives over 300 days of sunshine a year, and as the precursor to summer, May should have a number of sunny days to uphold this reputation. The lovely weather of May delivers. The month is a continuation of the sunny and comfortable weather of April and a precursor to the summer heat of June, July and August.
While the sea temperature is still quite cool at the beginning of May, it is officially beach season. The sea temperatures only reach an average of 17°C (63°F), but visitors and locals are starting to spend more and more time in and around the water.
However, more importantly to many the month of May means it is also race season in Monte Carlo. Humidity is higher than other months, often at 77%, but nothing could dampen the excitement that originates in the streets of Monte Carlo, and permeates throughout the Principality of Monaco – as in May Monte Carlo hosts the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix.
The month of May remains relatively cool. The average temperature in May is 17°C (63°F). Despite the lower temperatures for this month, the Monte Carlo weather remains consistent and predictable. The day-to-day change in temperature is slight, with an average high temperature of 19°C (66°F) and an average low temperature of 15°C (59°F). Visitors can easily plan for the mild weather by brining a light jacket and appropriate footwear.
Rainfall throughout the month of May is minimal, at an average of 64 mm over the course of the month. There is an average of 5 rain days throughout May. The temperate and dry weather makes it an ideal time to visit the Principality of Monaco, whether for racing, yachting or simply sitting on the seaside
There are still some cooler days, particularly at the start of May, but overall May in Monte Carlo is enjoyable and exciting.
Grand Prix de Monaco, Monte Carlo by Shann yu.
Where to Stay
The Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort is built at water’s edge on a peninsula in central Monte-Carlo. The resort is situated on 4 hectares of the most desirable real estate in the world. The Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort has 334 rooms, the majority offering views of the Mediterranean, and a full-range of hotel services, including exquisite restaurants and bars, yoga classes, a lagoon complete with Jacuzzis and water features and a covered pool.
For those wanting a boutique hotel experience in Monte-Carlo, the best option is the Port Palace Hotel. Most of the hotels located in Monte-Carlo are steeped in architectural history or defined by its seaside location, however the Port Palace Hotel offers something new to the Monte-Carlo hotel market, an upscale boutique hotel.
Reviewed as chic, yet affordable, the Port Palace Hotel exemplifies a small, luxury hotel. Every guest room in the hotel boasts a view of the marina, and the central location and proximity to the Monte Carlo Casino and Port Hercules makes the Port Palace Hotel the ideal option for the Monte-Carlo Grand Prix, or any event in Monte Carlo.
Things to Do
May, the weather is warmer, the Mediterranean is calmer, and Monte Carlo becomes “the place” to be, as it is time for the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix. The excitement level of Monte Carlo reaches its peak for this famous race. Perhaps the most renowned automobile race in the world, and likely the most glamorous, the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix takes place in late May each year. First run in 1929, the race is always driven along the Circuit de Monaco, a technically difficult route through the winding and narrow streets of Monte-Carlo.
Before the Formula 1 racers take to the street in late May, be sure to experience the winding, twisting roads of Monaco-Ville by foot. Monaco-Ville is the old town of the Principality of Monaco, and the narrow cobblestone roads twist and turn with historic beauty in contrast to the modern high-rises and apartments of Monte Carlo. Monaco-Ville is picturesquely built upon a rocky cliffside overlooking the Mediterranean and Port Hercules. A morning or evening walk among the enchanting buildings and cobblestone alleyways is sure to win over any doubter of Monte Carlo’s charm.
May is also the perfect time of year to stroll the grounds of the Monte Carlo Casino. From the flowers to the fountains, the grounds staff at the Monte Carlo Casino ensures the property is gorgeous throughout the year, but the warmer May weather means the plants should be in full bloom and views from the Casino terraces filled with enchanting colours.
Hit the Beach
The month of May means beach weather has arrived in Monte Carlo, but luckily, the crowds have not. During May, Larvotto, the public beach within Monte Carlo, will have plenty of space to spread out a towel or grab a sun chair. However, be aware that like other locations along the Mediterranean, Larvotto Beach is a pebble beach and can be difficult to walk along. However, the rocky terrain does not stop the rich and famous from showing off their designers, jewels and the latest in resort fashion.
Eating & Drinking Out
You would expect that a chic, high-end restaurant located on the edge of the Mediterranean would offer stunning views over the Sea, but L’Horizon Deck at the Monte Carlo Beach Club offers something better. Uniquely located around the Monte Carlo Beach Club swimming pool, Le Deck offers dinning packages for brunch and lunch that includes full access to the Monte Carlo Beach Club and, except in July and August, one deckchair and two towels per person to enjoy the club’s facilities.
Those firsts whispers of summer invite visitors to seek the perfect rooftop to sip cocktails, and in Monte Carlo there are a number of glamorous restaurants and bars for a sundowner. Open from April through October The Horizon Deck Restaurant & Champagne Bar at the Fairmont Hotel has views over the Opera House, Prince’s Palace and a legendary Casino.
Often the favorite for drinks al fresco is the Odyssey at Hotel Metropole, and the twinkling lights of Monte Carlo look best from Le Grill, the rooftop restaurant and bar in the Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo.