Welcome to Monaco
Monaco is a small principality that exudes luxury and exclusivity, commonly known as the playground of the rich and famous. Monaco's history is intertwined with famous names, glamorous living and, sometimes, the scandal that comes when royals mingle with politicians, artists, icons of the fashion world, sports and movie stars.
A melting pot of cultures and nationalities taking up an area just over 2km squared, Monaco is nestled between the French and Italian Rivieras. The most densely populated country in the world, it offers up an array of luxury hotels, international sporting events, multi-million euro yachts and, of course, the chance to visit the legendary Monte-Carlo Casino.
There are three main areas within Monaco: La Condamine, Monte-Carlo and Monaco Ville. La Condamine includes Port Hercule and the business district. Monte-Carlo is a bustling hive of activity, shopping and fast cars. Finally, Monaco Ville refers to the old town of Monaco which sits on a peninsula high above the Mediterranean.
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Find out all about what is happening in Monaco and how to make the most of your time here. The latest news, reviews of fun activities, fabulous beaches, current events and the trendiest restaurants, as well as interviews with leading locals, insider's guides and our top choices for things to do, see and experience in this charming Principality.
Monaco is well-known for hosting some of the world's biggest and best events, such as the Monaco Grand Prix, the Monte-Carlo Tennis Masters and the Monaco Yacht Show. Fashion, art and music are also popular – you will find that there are events taking place throughout the year attracting some of the biggest names in these fields.
What to see & do in Monaco
Head out onto the beach and venture into the sparkling blue waters to enjoy a whole range of watersports or, to experience more of the coast along Monaco, hire a yacht or book a boat trip. Shopping, gambling and people watching are also extremely popular options – the local designer boutiques, glitzy cafes and superyacht marinas are too good to resist.
Monaco-Ville is the oldest area in the principality, with narrow medieval streets and vaulted passageways dominated by the Prince's palace. Monte-Carlo's most famous sight is the Place de Casino with its glittering Casino de Monte Carlo, Hotel de Paris and grand gardens with fountains. La Condamine, with its port, is seriously good for people watching.