Holiday facts and information about Monaco/ Monte Carlo
Monaco is a sovereign city state on the French Riviera bordered by France on three sides and the Mediterranean Sea on the other. It is the seconds smallest, however the most densely populated, country in the world. Although it is a different country it maintains an open border with France and uses the Euro. It also has the highest GDP nominal per Capita. Monaco is famous for its casinos and is generally more expensive than other touristic resorts. French is mainly spoken, however Italian and English is widely understood. Best time to travel Monaco has a Mediterranean climate. It has warm dry summers and mild winters. The weather is hotter over the summer months from June until August/September.
By Plane The closest Airport is Nice Côte d’Azur International which is only 40 kilometers from Monaco. Flights come in here from the majority of Europes main cities. Hire cars are available at the airport and the coastal roads around Monaco are very scenic. By Taxi or bus There are regular buses from the airport to Monaco and buses throughout Monaco, the buses stop throughout the City. If you use a taxi always make sure the taxi meter is switched on because some French taxi drivers have been known to charge whatever they like.
Country and People
Monaco has been the center of a struggle for its own independence for many years. It was initially founded as a colony of Genoa in 1215 and since then has had an extensive history. The famous Greek, Hercules was said to have passed through Monaco and turned away the old Gods. Since the 1800s Monaco has not collected taxes from its residents due to the success of its casino. Residents are not allowed into the Casino consequently.
Traditions and Culture
Monaco is a safe, crime free place with many police. CCTV is common. The people of Monaco are generally very friendly and approachable. One large tradition is the Grand Prix of Monaco, in the Formula one season.
Discover and Enjoy
Discover and enjoy
Food and Drink Monaco is home to many fine restaurants and cafes. During the Winter the cafes and restaurants are a bit cheaper. There are budget places to eat in the city with more moderate prices and also top-class restaurants. Champagne is seen as the national drink of Monaco.
Monaco is home to many sights, the Grand Casino is one of the most famous. You will need your passport to enter and the dress code is very strict. There is also the legendary Formula 1 Grand Prix held throughout the city. Shopping in Monaco isn’t the cheapest however.