MONACO is a sovereign city-state and microstate, located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. It's surrounded by France and the Mediterranean sea. It's about a 30-minute train ride from Nice, France.
Monaco is the world's second-smallest country / after the Vatican/. It has an area of 2,02 sq.km and a population of about 38,400 inhabitants.
Monaco is a principality governed under a form of constitutional monarchy, with Prince Albert II as head of state. The principality has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century.
Monaco's most popular and wealthiest district is Monte Carlo where luxury is a way of life. Monte Carlo is a magnet for the rich and famous with its upscale hotels, designer boutiques, luxury yachts, opulent restaurants and glamorous lifestyle.
Monaco's most famous landmark is the Monte Carlo Casino and Opera House, situated next to the Hotel de Paris.
In 2020, the Casino square went through a renovation and got a new look with more space for pedestrians and a new palm-tree esplanade. The idea is to be able to host big events and the space to be used for demonstrations, car launches, cocktails, etc.
Other popular attractions include:
St. Nicholas Cathedral - it is a burial place for the Grimaldis including Grace Kelly and Rainier III. Constructed in 1875 in Roman-Byzantine style.
Prince's Palace of Monaco - the official home of the rulers of the country, the Grimaldi family. The Palace has a long and turbulent history dating back to the early 13th century. The Palace is open for visits. For bookings visit the official website.
The oceanographic Museum devoted to marine science.
Monte Carlo Harbor - here you can see a large collection of expensive yachts. Monaco is also a popular stop in Mediterranean ship cruises.
Jardin Exotique - a beautiful botanical garden with some of the plants that are more than 100 years old.
Port de Fontvieille - the marina harbors hundreds of yachts. For best panoramic views go to the Rock of Monaco.
Monaco- Ville, the Old town known also as Le Rocher or The Rock. You can stroll through pedestrian streets lined with many cafes, restaurants and souvenirs shops. Here are situated the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum and St. Martin’s Gardens.
Formula One Monaco Grand Prix - The race takes place every year on the last weekend of May and is held on the city streets.
Tete de Chien ( Dog head ) is a high hill that offers breathtaking views over Monaco and the sea. It's highly recommended to get a car and drive up for about 30 min on a curvy route. In the end you will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views.