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The independent principality of Monaco is famous as the playground of the Côte d’Azur. With spacious beaches, elegant hotels and a vibrant nightlife, this tiny domain is a favourite haunt of the jet set. In the possession of the Grimaldi family for almost 700 years, a treaty with France guarantees Monaco’s independence as long as the principality is governed by the Grimaldis.
The fashionable enclave numbers only about 50,000 residents and is smaller than New York’s Central Park, but it boasts some of the most expensive real estate in the world. In addition to its luxury hotels and beautiful beaches, Monaco is noted for its mild climate and magnificent scenery; once an exclusive wintering stop for Europe’s aristocracy, today there are more than two million visitors annually.
Of the principality’s four sections - La Condamine, Fontvieille, Monaco-Ville and Monte Carlo, it is the latter two which rank at the top of every visitor’s must-see list.
In Monte Carlo, the Grand Casino is perhaps Monaco’s most outstanding attraction. For more than a century, the principality’s livelihood was centred beneath the copper roof of this splendid establishment. The resemblance to the Paris Opera House is less than accidental since they share the same architect, Charles Garnier.
Also facing the square are the famed Hotel de Paris and the more modest Café de Paris. Monte Carlo spells sophistication; it is the epitome of elegance and glamour. Year after year, the rich and famous of business and entertainment gather here to bask in the sun, gamble at the world’s most opulent casino and attend spectacular parties.
Nothing typifies more the elegant lifestyle of the Côte d’Azur than glamorous Monte Carlo.
Monaco-Ville comprises the old town and holds the seat of Monaco’s government. Narrow streets lead to the Prince’s Palace dominating the rocky peninsula. Other attractions include the 19thcentury cathedral, the Parliament building and the Oceanographic Museum operated under the auspices of the Jacques Cousteau Society. Most of the sites in Monaco-Ville and Monte Carlo have to be seen on foot.
Another attraction is during the month of May when the famous Formula One Grand Prix descents on Monaco. This is one of the more difficult races since it moves through the narrow streets of the city.

Designer boutiques offering elegant clothing and gorgeous jewellery are located around the Place du Casino, along rue des Moulins and at the Galerie Metropole. Many of the shops are closed on Sundays, except for souvenir shops and at tourist destinations such as St. Paul de Vence and Grasse.The local currency is the euro.
Excellent restaurants and hotels cater to the most discriminating tastes at top prices. Open-air eateries near the port or around the Place du Casino offer more casual and somewhat less expensive options. Fresh seafood or a bouillabaisse, the delicious fish soup, is worth a try.
Exotic Gardens
This enchanting place should not be missed. Located above Monte Carlo, the Jardin Exotique is filled with flowering plants, palm trees and cacti.
Musée National des Automates & Poupées d’Autrefois
The museum features a compelling collection of 18th- and 19thcentury dolls and mechanical figures. It is magically set in a seaside village and is a favourite with many visitors.
Oceanographic Museum
Located in Old Monaco, the museum is known for its marine life section that is one of the best in Europe. It is among the projects that were administered by the late Jacques Cousteau.
The Casino
All the glitz and elegance can be experienced at Monte Carlo’s ornate Casino. It opens at 12:00 p.m. with the European gaming rooms for Roulette,Trente and Quarante; slot machines are available from 2:00 p.m.; private gaming rooms open at 4:00 p.m. The entrance fee is 10 euros and a passport is required to play.

  • Last visit to Monte-Carlo: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • St_Vincent's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2008 at 6:58 AM

    Interesting page, Monte-Carlo is a place I've always thought would be a great trip. Would look out for the Monaco Euro.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Excellent page of Monte-Carlo. Hope to visit this beautiful city country one day.


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