June deadline set for Académie Rainier III enrollments

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Following the recent Open Day for parents and prospective students, enrollment for the 2024/25 school year is underway at Monaco’s Académie Rainier III.

Though the school year is nearly out, there’s still plenty on the agenda at the Académie Rainier III, Monaco’s leading music and theatre educational establishment. 

There are several events planned for the month of June, such as the traditional Gala de l’Académie Rainier III on 12th June, where the students will be accompanied by members of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the presentation of students’ end-of-cycle examination pieces at the Théâtre Princesse Grace on 19th June, and the grand finale at the Fort Antoine on 28th June, which will see the student body perform a jazz and contemporary fusion piece entitled From Aerophonics to Big Band Jazz. 

Another important feature of the calendar is the deadline for enrollments for the 2024/25 school year. 

The enrollment process for new students aged six and up officially opened on 11th May. This group has until 11th June to submit the required documents and information to the Academy’s team. Returning pupils, meanwhile, have until 24th June to ensure their dossiers are up to date. 

All enrollments can be made online via www.academierainier3.mc. For further information and assistance, contact +377 93 15 28 91.  

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Monaco to host the official start of La Vuelta 26

It’s been announced that Monaco will host the official start of the La Vuelta cycling race in 2026. 

The announcement was made official during a ceremony organised at the Yacht Club de Monaco in the presence of Prince Albert II, Minister of State Pierre Dartout, Yan Le Moenner, director general of Amaury Sport Organisation, and Javier Guillén, general director of La Vuelta. 

After Portugal, the Netherlands and France, the official start of the 81st edition of the famous Spanish cycling race will once again take place abroad.

The inaugural stage, and the start of the second stage, will be hosted on Monegasque territory, adding to the list of high-profile sporting events celebrated in the Principality’s streets, including the Formula One Grand Prix. 

Other cycling events hosted in Monaco include the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2009, and the start of the final time trial of the 2024 Tour de France, which will connect Monaco and Nice during the last stage of this year’s race. 

Running from 17th August to 8th September 2024, this year’s La Vuelta will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,265 kilometres.

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From dinosaurs to today: A Fàbrica to host biodiversity event for children

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Ahead of World Environment Day, the Mairie de Monaco is organising a special biodiversity-themed event for children at the A Fàbrica workshop that will cover everything from the age of dinosaurs to the modern day. 

On Saturday 1st June, the A Fàbrica venue in the Parc Princesse Antoinette in the Jardin Exotique neighbourhood will be hosting two interactive biodiversity talks.  

The first, for children aged between six and eight, will start at 10am and finish at 11.15am. The second, for older children between the ages of nine and 11, will kick off at 11.30am and end at 12.45pm. 

Planète Mômes will be leading the talks, which are set to cover a range of epochs and natural cycles from the time that the dinosaurs walked the Earth to today. 

The events are entirely free to attend, but reservations are required as spaces are limited. For more information and to reserve a spot for your children, contact +377 93 15 29 33. 

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Top tips for travelling to and from the Monaco Grand Prix

With the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix just days away, now is the time to finalise your travel plans. To help you on your way, here’s the Monaco Life guide to travelling in and out of the Principality on the biggest weekend of the year. 

 It is no overexaggeration to describe the Grand Prix de Monaco, which will be taking place between 24th and 26th May, as the biggest event of the year in the Principality. 

To accommodate the racing and the thousands of fans who flock here over the course of the three days, roads are closed, carparks are shuttered and access to certain parts of the Principality is seriously limited for both drivers and pedestrians. 

For motorsports fans and businesses in Monaco, this is a small price to pay to welcome such an emblematic and iconic race, but there are some knock-on effects, particularly when it comes to travel.  

Getting into the Principality can be difficult during the event, so here’s our advice on achieving a smooth arrival and departure from this headline destination.  


Taking just seven minutes from helipad to helipad, flying into the Principality from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is, without doubt, the quickest and most stress-free way to get to the action.   

It can take as long as two hours – or more – to cover the same distance by car or taxi during the Grand Prix, so swapping traffic jams for scenic views is a great option if you can afford it. Blade, which is owned by Monaco-based Monacair, is offering rates from €550 on 24th, 25th and 27th May, while prices start at €650 for ‘Race Day’ flights on 26th May. 


Travelling in by train or bus is the preferred option for many motorsports pilgrims.   

The train journey from Nice to Monaco takes around 20 minutes. On the Grand Prix weekend, trains will depart Nice roughly every 15 minutes and cost less than €5 if you book in advance.  

The earliest train departs at 5.40am, while the last trains back from Monaco on 25th and 26th May are scheduled for 11.51pm – ideal if you decide to stay late in the Principality to soak up the atmosphere.   

Queues on the platforms aren’t uncommon, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time on either side to reach your destination on time.   


The bus from Nice might take longer than the train, especially given the extra vehicles and congestion on the road during the event, but it is still a viable alternative to driving in yourself and struggling to find a parking space. 

There are a variety of routes available, such as the Ligne Express 80 from Nice Airport and the 602 from the Vauban bus station in Nice to the Casino in Monaco. There’s also a new 600 bus line from Nice to Menton via Monaco and back, which replaces the old 607 and 608 bus lines. 


Another option is to travel to and from Monaco via a taxi or similar ride-hailing service like Uber or Bolt, but it is perhaps not as straightforward as one might think. 

As it stands, Monaco-registered taxis can only pick up passengers from within the Principality. There is no agreement allowing them to collect passengers from French territory.  

Meanwhile, drivers from over the border in France are permitted to collect and drop off passengers inside Monaco, but only if they have obtained an official vignette. Just 320 of these exist currently, putting the taxi and similar services systems under high demand, with prices that reflect those pressures. 


The Monaco Government has introduced discounted rates for the new Salines carpark during the Grand Prix weekend, offering a cost-effective alternative for visitors. With nearly 1,800 parking spaces and complementary shuttle services, which depart every 10 minutes, the Salines carpark has a set price of €20 for those who park their car before 3pm on the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. 

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AS Monaco’s Mike James named Most Valuable Player in the EuroLeague

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The Roca Team’s Mike James has been selected by a coterie of fans, media figures, head coaches and team captains as the Turkish EuroLeague’s Most Valuable Player of the 2023/24 season. 

AS Monaco’s star point guard, Mike James, has had an impressive season, averaging 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. His ability to make three-pointers is outstanding, getting the ball through the net for these tricky shots over 37% of the time, up 10% on last season.   

He also stands second in the league this season for free throws made (149), free throws attempted (193) and fouls drawn (182).  

So perhaps it was a surprise to no one but him that he would draw the attention of the wider basketball community and be singled out to win the league’s top individual honour, despite his side failing to make it into the Final Four.  

The 33-year-old American seemed completely unaware that he had been chosen, only finding out when he came in for practice on Tuesday 14th May.  

Representatives from the EuroLeague were there to film the occasion, a moment later posted on social media.

“After another unforgettable season, Mike James of AS Monaco has been chosen by fans, media, team captains and head coaches as the MVP of the 2023/24 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague,” confirmed an official statement from the EuroLeague. “The dynamic guard was the leader of a Monaco side that set a club record for wins as they reached the playoffs for the third straight season together and came within one win of the Final Four.” 

This is the first time that James, who has previously played for Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, Armani Milan and CSKA Moscow, has won the accolade.  


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Photos: Prince Albert awarded Commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit insignia

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In the presence of his family, Prince Albert II has been recognised for his services to the world of agriculture by French President Emmanuel Macron, who presented Monaco’s sovereign with the insignia as Commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit at a ceremony at the Palais de l’Élysée earlier this week.  

Princess Charlene, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella joined Prince Albert’s elder sister, Princess Caroline of Hanover, to witness the momentous occasion in Paris on Tuesday 14th May. 

French President Emmanuel Macron is pictured with Prince Albert II of Monaco, Princess Charlene, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. Photo credit: Eric Mathon / Palais Princier de Monaco

The Commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit is a title that dates back to 1883. It is a celebration of services to agriculture and related sectors, and around 340,000 recipients have been inducted into the Order over the last 140 or so years.  

Other notable individuals who have been honoured with the Commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit status include: Princess Caroline of Hanover; King Charles III of the United Kingdom; Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank; René Renou, the late President of the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine; and the late Queen Anne of Romania, the French-born aristocrat who married into the Romanian royal family in 1948.  

At this most recent ceremony in Paris, Macron gave a speech, saying, “Faced with the many challenges of our time, the historic friendship and values that France and the Principality of Monaco share are precious… I want to salute your contribution to the quality of relations between our two countries.”  

France’s president is believed to be planning an official state visit to the Principality. According to France’s Ambassador to Monaco, Jean d’Haussonville, there is a “real desire on both sides” to make this visit a reality before the end of 2024.  

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