Main roads to be closed during Sainte Dévote festivities on Friday 26th January

Road closures and diversions for both drivers and pedestrians should be anticipated in the run-up to and during Monaco’s upcoming Sainte Dévote celebrations. Here’s what you need to know about getting around the Principality on Friday 26th January. 

Ahead of its patron saint celebrations on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th January, a schedule of planned road closures and diversions has been released by the Monaco Government.  

The measures are part of the security and organisational plans necessitated by the grand festivities, which will include a procession through the streets and the traditional ceremony involving Prince Albert torching a boat, but will only affect the first day of the event. 

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To facilitate the influx of people attending the various parts of the programme held in the Port Hercule area, special security checkpoints will be established from 5.30pm onwards at key locations.  

A designated public zone will be set up in Place Sainte Dévote for those attending the procession and the Blessing of the Most Holy Sacrament while another viewing area will be made available on the north side of the Quai Albert I for the boat burning ceremony. 

Those using the railway station should note that pedestrian movements will be considerably restricted from 5.30pm onwards. The Sainte Dévote stairs will be closed at this time and commuters will be directed towards Rue Grimaldi for access to the station from the port area.  

From 6.15pm to 7pm, the Route de la Piscine will be closed between Avenue J.F. Kennedy and the Jules Soccal jetty. Additionally, between 6.45pm and 7.45pm, temporary traffic blocks will be implemented on Boulevard Albert I, Avenue J.F. Kennedy and Avenue d’Ostende. 

Transport and parking  

Disruptions should be expected to the urban bus lines 1, 2 and 6 as well as the ZOU lines 607 and 80. 

The government advises that some carparks may be impacted by the festivities, but that details will be communicated on-site.  


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