So small, and so big at the same time. This could be the description of the principality which extends only over two km. After the Vatican, it is the second smallest independent state in the world, it attracts curious tourists as well as lovers of glamor and luxury.
the port of Monaco
- A crowd of tourists staying in Monaco accompany the Mongasque guard every day at 11:55 a.m. in the square in front of the Palace. Don’t miss this extraordinary event. From Nice airport you can take a flight to Monaco (more than 30 trips per day).
Its sovereign prince, Albert II of Monaco, belongs to one of the oldest dynasties which still reigns today, the Grimaldi. The old town is perched on a rock 300 meters wide overlooking the sea. The principality of Monaco now has eleven districts. There is therefore nothing static about this country-city; constantly developing, it is a perfect example of innovative and thoughtful town planning. Lightness, adventure, the beauty of the landscapes and the dolce vita are on the agenda for your Monaco getaway. Just like the countless Porsches, Lamborginis, Rolls-Royces, yachts, palaces and other major prestige players. Without forgetting the imposing emblematic Casino, of course
We organize Monaco vacations primarily because it is impressive and so different. The two most famous districts are Monaco-Ville and Monte-Carlo. The first, dominating the city, is the oldest district of the country, sometimes called the rock thanks to its geographical position. It offers some well landscaped gardens as well as an extraordinary view of the bay. In addition to the Town Hall and the Government, it hides within it other important institutions of the country: the National and Communal Councils, the courts, the Prince’s Palace and even a prison.
The second, Monte-Carlo, sits at the feet of the first and represents the lower town of Monaco. Everyone knows it for its Casino and the port which cradles sailboats of different sizes and colours. Remember that the inauguration of the Casino was confirmed and authorized by Prince Charles III of Monaco, after whom the district also bears his name. It is the high place of culture and perpetual effervescence which is home to the theaters and games, the Opera of Monte-Carlo, as well as the famous Hotel and Café Paris.
The Mediterranean climate of Monaco is the ideal setting to accompany the warm atmosphere. A high rate of sunshine and the presence of the sea mean that the country can be visited all year round. Here, there is always something to do and visit. However, the hordes of tourists go there in summer. For those who like well-paced nights, this is the ideal time. For others, avoid the months of July and August.
Monaco goes even higher! To save space, the principality built its tallest tower, Odon (among the 10 tallest in France), which is a double skyscraper.
Communication will pose no problem for visitors, as the majority of the inhabitants speak French, which is also the official language. However, their anthem is sung in Mongasque Ligurian, a language that coexists with Occitan.
Many important festivals not to be missed: Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, Imagina, Monaco Film Festival.
Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains, this country bordering the French Riviera is a popular tourist destination. Thanks to its fiscal policy and the security that prevails there, this constitutional monarchy remains a place of leisure par excellence.
Map of Monaco
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What to visit Monaco
La Condamine is first and foremost a shopping district. But Formula 1 lovers will know how to tell that it is also the place of departure and arrival of the Monaco Grand Prix. Here is another interesting idea for a visit: stop off at the Sainte-Dvote church and discover its famous legend which is the origin of the national holiday on 27 January. For an out-of-this-world getaway, visit the newborns among the neighborhoods: Fontvieille, with its marina, and Le Portier (planned for 2014). You can also rent a Monaco car and drive to France to visit the Tete de Chien, a promontory almost 500 meters high overlooking Monaco, or even Mont Agel, the highest point in the watershed.
Monaco gastronomic specialties
Monegasque gastronomy is marked by Mediterranean dishes. It is a subtle marriage of French cuisine with Provencal and Italian. The countless fish and seafood are wonderfully accompanied by virgin olive oil, garlic and often lemon. But there are also delicious local specialties. Taste the barbagiuan with chard leaves or the pan bagnat which literally means wet bread, or even socca, a crepe of chickpea flour. Why not have a galapian, a typical fougasse, pissaladires or a seasonal vegetable pie? There is something for everyone.
Monaco art and culture
The Mongasque jet-set spirit will undoubtedly penetrate you quickly… A beautiful photograph of you smiling with the Casino and the yachts in the background, it is probably the best souvenir to take away from this country. Monaco is certainly a seaside country, but not only. Luxurious hotel facilities, numerous sporting and cultural events, centuries-old palaces, souvenir shops, international clientele, trendy bars, haute cuisine, museums In short, Monaco is the art of pleasing.
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