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Uncover Monaco's rich history, charming streets, and vibrant culture. From the Prince's Palace to local markets, find the real Monaco away from Monte Carlo.

About Monaco

Monaco is undoubtedly a unique and exclusive destination, offering a blend of luxury, natural beauty, and a vibrant social scene.

Its stunning Mediterranean coastline, iconic architecture, and glamorous lifestyle have made it a sought-after location for the rich and famous from around the world.

Travel Map Mapping Monaco

Map of Monaco

Map of Monaco

Monaco is a small principality in the South of France, with a harbour full of luxurious yachts; and people trying to win enough money to buy one, in the casino of Monte Carlo.

Although many visitors do Stay in Monte Carlo, especially during the Grand Prix weekend, most just visit the principality for the day.

Monaco Overview

Monaco, officially known as the Principality of Monaco, is a small independent city-state located on the French Riviera in Western Europe.

Monaco - known for its glamorous reputation, luxurious lifestyle, and beautiful coastal scenery - is bordered by France on three sides; with the Mediterranean Sea to its south.

Cultural and Sporting Events

Monaco is renowned for hosting various cultural and sporting events.

The most famous is the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, held annually on the streets of Monte Carlo since 1929.

The Monte Carlo Casino, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, and the Oceanographic Museum are other prominent cultural landmarks in the principality.


Monaco has an highly developed and prosperous economy, largely driven by tourism, finance, and gambling.

The country is famous for its upscale resorts, casinos, luxury hotels, and yacht-lined harbour.

Monaco does not levy income tax on its residents, which has made it a haven for the wealthy and attracted numerous high-net-worth individuals.

Education and Health

Monaco has a well-developed education and healthcare system.

The country has its own school system, but many residents also choose to attend schools in neighboring France.

Monaco has a high life expectancy, and healthcare facilities are modern and well-equipped.

Environmental Efforts

Despite its urbanised landscape, Monaco is committed to environmental sustainability.

The principality has undertaken initiatives to promote renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and protect marine biodiversity.

Additionally, Monaco's Oceanographic Museum plays a significant role in marine research and conservation efforts.


Monaco is the second smallest country in the world.

The country is characterised by a hilly terrain, with Monaco-Ville, the old city, situated on a rocky promontory overlooking the sea.

The coastal area is known as Monte Carlo, which is the most famous district of Monaco.


Monaco is a constitutional monarchy, with the Prince of Monaco as the head of state.

The current ruler is Prince Albert II, who ascended to the throne in 2005.

The prince exercises executive power, while legislative power is held by the National Council; a unicameral parliament consisting of twenty-four elected members.


Despite its small size, Monaco has a population of some 39,000 people; making it the most densely populated country in the world.

The population is diverse, with Monegasques (natives of Monaco) forming a minority.

The majority of Monaco's residents are rich foreigners, including a significant number of French and Italian nationals.

Visiting Monaco

Known for its glamorous casinos, luxurious yachts, and prestigious events like the Formula One Grand Prix, Monaco is a popular destination for travellers seeking a taste of opulence and Mediterranean beauty.

Exquisite Dining

Monaco offers a wide range of exceptional dining experiences.

From Michelin-starred restaurants to charming local bistros, indulge in gourmet cuisine featuring Mediterranean flavours and fresh seafood.

Jardin Exotique

Take a stroll through the Jardin Exotique, a beautiful botanical garden filled with a diverse range of exotic plants, including rare cacti and succulents.

Enjoy panoramic views of Monaco from the garden's vantage points.

Larvotto Beach

Monaco may be small, but it boasts a beautiful coastline.

Spend some time relaxing on Larvotto Beach, a man-made beach with soft sand and crystal-clear waters.

Enjoy sunbathing, swimming, or simply savoring the Mediterranean ambiance.

 Monaco Grand Prix Circuit

If you're a motorsports enthusiast, visit the Monaco Grand Prix Circuit.

Walk along the famous track and imagine the thrilling races that take place annually through the streets of Monaco.

Monte Carlo Casino

Start your journey at the iconic Monte Carlo Casino, a symbol of Monaco's glamour.

Marvel at the magnificent architecture, try your luck at the gaming tables, or simply enjoy the elegant atmosphere.

Nightlife and Entertainment

As the sun sets, Monaco's vibrant nightlife takes centre stage.

Enjoy a sophisticated cocktail at one of the chic bars, experience the excitement of a glamorous casino, or attend a cultural performance at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

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Oceanographic Museum

Discover the fascinating marine world at the Oceanographic Museum.

This remarkable museum houses an extensive collection of marine life and features impressive aquariums, exhibitions, and educational displays.

Port Hercule

Head to Port Hercule, Monaco's picturesque harbour, and witness the luxurious yachts and sailboats that adorn the marina.

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the waterfront promenade and indulge in some people-watching; for free.

Prince's Palace

Visit the Prince's Palace, the official residence of the ruling Prince of Monaco.

Explore the State Apartments and take in the panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea from the palace grounds.

The Rock of Monaco

Explore the historic district of Monaco-Ville, also known as 'The Rock'.

Wander through the charming narrow streets, visit the Saint Nicholas Cathedral where Grace Kelly is buried, and immerse yourself in the old-world charm of this neighbourhood.

It doesn't cost a penny.

Around Monaco and Monte Carlo

History of Monaco

An important date in the history of Monaco was when the Genoese took Monaco on the tenth of June, 1215.

The Grimaldi laid the first stone of the stronghold which today is the Prince's Palace.

Their leader, Fulco des Cassello, obtains sovereignty for all of the land surrounding the Rock of Monaco from the Emperor Henri VI.

Monaco Grand Prix 

Experience the Monaco Grand Prix through a photo story that takes you around the curves of Monte Carlo's famous street circuit.

Map of Monaco Street Circuit
Map of Monaco Street Circuit.

Nice Matin 

Nice Matin, the paper that is read along the French Riviera and into Provence, even has a Monaco news section.

Visit Monaco 

Something is always happening in Monaco. Explore every part of the City of Princes and marvel at its treasures.

The Districts.

From the Old Town to the seaside district of Larvotto , discover the history of the Grimaldi dynasty and fall under the spell of the Principality of Monaco.

House of Grimaldi

The House of Grimaldi, originally from Genoa, have been the hereditary rulers of Monaco since 1297; although they were dispossessed during the French Revolution.

In 1861 Monaco was restored as an independent principality, under the protectorate of France.

Under a 1918 treaty, Monaco was to lose its sovereignty and be incorporated into France if the reigning Grimaldi prince died without leaving a male heir.

In changes made to the constitution in 2002, if Prince Albert II (who succeeded Prince Rainier III after his death, in April 2005) does not have children, the throne will pass to his sister Princess Caroline.

The Language of Monaco

The official language of Monaco is money - sorry, French.

Away From The Coast

Beyond The Riviera 

The French Riviera can get super crowded in summer, and eat up your funds very fast.

Get away from the casinos and the beaches, and explore the regions Beyond the Riviera.

Discover the towns and charming villages of the Provence, Alpes, Côte d'Azur region of France.

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When driving around France you'll often see little signs outside of the village:

Les Plus Beaux Villages de France  Villes et Villages Fleuris

Sometimes the awards for Les Plus Beaux Villages de France and Villes et Villages Fleuris are questionable, but often seeking out these places of special interest can make the extra drive worthwhile.

Monaco Travel Guides

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