Monaco is officially known as Principauté de Monaco and is a sovereign city-state, located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. It is the second smallest, and the most densely populated country in the world.
People are often confused of Monte - Carlo being the capital of Monaco but it's just a Government district. The capital of Monaco is the city of Monaco itself. It’s divided into four areas: Monaco-Ville, the Condamine, Monte-Carlo and Fontvieille. Monaco is well known for its scenic beauty and hence it has become a resort for tourists.
Monaco offers a great balance of historical and modern attractions. Where there are beautiful and historic museums, the shopping malls and casinos are equally breath taking.
Monaco-Ville: is the world's most densely populated urban center but just another old fashioned village at heart. Must visit places are Prince's Palace, the Cathedral, the Oceanographic Museum, the City Hall, and the Saint Martin Gardens.
The Palais Princier (Prince's Palace), located in old Monaco-Ville offers a breathtaking view overlooking the Port and Monte-Carlo. The ‘Carabiniers’ perform the guard ceremony every day at 11:55 AM in front of the Palace's main entrance which mustn’t be missed at any cost!
The Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium is a world-renowned attraction and houses some stunning collections of marine fauna like starfish, seahorses, turtles, jellyfish, sharks, sea urchins, you name it – they have it.
The Jardin Exotique is one Monaco's finest tourist attractions. Several thousand rare plants from around the world are presented in a walking tour – each plant so unique, you end up clicking picture with every single one of them.
La Condamine, the second oldest district in Monaco, is all about luxurious cruise ships and expensive yatches. If you’re a ship person, this place is your haven.
The Grimaldi Forum is beautifully located on the sea front and is the venue for the EVER Monaco exhibition. It is also Monaco's convention center and all major conference are held here.
Prince's car collection:Located on the Terraces de Fontvieille, this remarkable exhibition brings together almost 100 classic cars of all ages. From carriages and old cars to Formula 1 Race Cars, they have each model preserved like heritage. For any car enthusiast, it is the place to go.
Les Ballets de Monte Carlo:The Monte Carlo Ballet is a word-class act. The company regularly tours internationally – performances in Monaco, therefore, sell out months in advance. If you want to attend this one, book your tickets around the time you’re booking flights.
Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra:Going strong since 1856, the orchestra has maintained the tradition of summer concerts in the Cour d’Honneur (Courtyard of Honour) at the Palais Princier. Listening to them should be on your bucket list, they are beyond outstanding.
Théâtre du Fort Antoine:It’s a fabulous outdoor theatre that offers a pleasant open air evening experience. The performances here are memorable and mesmerizing. Plage du Larvotto beach is another famous tourist’s destination. Beaches aren’t Monaco’s best feature but a trip is not regrettable.
Formula 1 Grand Prix:
Monaco's streets host the best known Formula 1 Grand Prix. 78 laps around 3.34 kilometers of Monte Carlo's most narrow and twisted streets, every speeding car takes your breath away by a little. The thrill of screaming engines, smoking tires and determined drivers also makes the Monaco Grand Prix one of the most exciting races in the world.
Monaco is full of casinos, but there are some that are stand out from the pack. If your wallet permits it, try your luck in the Grand Casino and gamble alongside the world's richest and often most famous. The night life is an integral part of Monaco. The nightlife in Monaco is an impressive blend of the romantic, the jazzy and the urbane. There is no dearth of nightclubs, pubs and bars. As it competes with the rest of the world in terms of being one of the most happening countries, exciting night or a night of glamour in Monaco will always be exceptional! Thrills are guaranteed with an evening at the casinos, so choose between Café de Paris, Sun Casino and Salle des Palmiers.
Jimmy'z is the most famous nightclub in town. It houses Cuban smoking room, top DJs, models and is popular among celebs. A night in Monaco offers such variety that you will need to spend more than one night to fully appreciate it. Unforgettable memories to take away with you!
Food in Monaco is universally excellent. It’s different from rest of the world not only in taste but also in cooking methods. There are many fine restaurants, beginning with the Cafe de Paris to the waterfront restaurants. Bouillabaisse is just excellent here. Perhaps the most exclusive and famous restaurants in the city are the Louis XV Restaurant and the Le Grill de L'Hotel de Paris
Cafe de Paris: It's the most popular venue for food lovers, from breakfast until late into night, this is a spot where you can go to indulge in exotic cocktails and get a feel of exceptional ambience and fine dining. This eatery is a must visit.
Beefbar: A contemporary steakhouse with yummy food and wallet-friendly prices. For fine Italian cuisine and a peaceful night, Baccarat should be your choice of restaurant while in Monte Carlo.
Stars 'n' Bars: A tourist favourite, it is one busiest restaurants and offers American food.
Fuji The Japanese cuisine available at this restaurant attracts celebrities from around the world.
Polpetta: A comfortable atmosphere, a well-conceived menu and polite service – Polpetta is a very serene food junction. It offers fantastic food that makes your pockets equal smiles.
Shopping in Monaco:
The best Monte Carlo shopping area is the Golden Circle. The shopping area that's home to names such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Yves St-Laurent, etc. Nearby, av de Monte Carlo is a chic street with a luxury line-up. Boutiques here bear the most famous names in luxury and offer you the latest creations from fashion designers.
Métropole Shopping Centre: The Métropole gallery is a magnificent shopping center with almost 80 boutiques. So huge that your heart will be smiling but your feet will be aching by the end of the day.