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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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Latest news, reviews & events in Monaco


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.


Plan your Stay

Monte Carlo Casino

History & Culture in Monaco

Monaco's legendary history dates back to the 6th century BC. Ruled by the House of Grimaldi since 1297, the Principality started to attract the rich and famous in the 1850s thanks to the opening of the casino.

Musee Oceanographique, Monaco Ville

Sights & Attractions in Monaco

There is no shortage of museums and historical sites to be enjoyed in Monaco, for both adults and children. Despite the relatively small land mass of this principality, you will also find a surprising amount of green spaces.

Plage des Fourmis, Beaulieu Sur Mer

Beaches in Monaco

Monte Carlo is the home of the Monaco beaches. This is where the glamorous private beaches stand, backed by luxury beach clubs and restaurants, as well as the only public beach in the Principality, Larvotto Beach.

VanDutch Boat Trip, Cannes exterior

Things to do in Monaco

Monaco is the place to splash the cash on the most exclusive jewels, clothes, yachts and works of art. Otherwise, you will certainly enjoy people watching and soaking up the surroundings in this fascinating city.

La Chèvre d'Or interior

Dining in Monaco

Not lacking in top quality restaurants and well-known chefs, your only problem in Monaco will be deciding where to go. And, contrary to what most people think, there are some very reasonably priced options.

The Sea Lounge, Monte-Carlo

Nightlife in Monaco

Nightlife in Monaco is incredibly varied – from superyacht parties to beach club DJs and nightclubs where the VIPs mingle. Gambling is another favourite pastime, centered around the Monte-Carlo Casino, the best in Europe.

VanDutch Boat Trip, Cannes exterior

Where to stay in Monaco

Monaco has a small selection of hotels, many of them in the uber-luxurious category with five-star facilities, Michelin-starred restaurants and sumptuous spas. There are also a couple of budget options.

a plane in the sky

How to get to Monaco

Monaco lies on the southeast coast of France, close to the border with Italy. Nice International Airport is 30km from the centre of Monaco while taxis, buses and trains connect the Principality with the neighbouring towns.

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