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Monaco Vacation and Travel Guide
Monaco officially the Principality of Monaco (Principauté de Monaco), is a sovereign city-state, country and microstate located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. It is bordered by France's Alpes-Maritimes département on three sides, with one side bordering the Mediterranean Sea. With an area of 2.02 km2 (0.78 sq mi) and a population of about 38,400 according to the last census of 2016, it is the second smallest and most densely populated sovereign state in the world.
With five quartiers and ten wards. The four traditional Quartiers of Monaco are: Monaco-Ville, La Condamine, Monte Carlo which is its most populous Quartier and Fontvieille. However, the suburb of Moneghetti, the high-level part of La Condamine, is generally seen today as an effective fifth Quartier of the Monaco, having a very distinct atmosphere and topography when compared with low-level La Condamine and the most populous Ward is Larvotto/Bas Moulins. The highest point in the country is a narrow pathway named Chemin des Révoires on the slopes of Mont Agel, in the Les Révoires Ward, which is 161 metres (528 feet) above sea level.
Monaco is a principality governed under a form of constitutional monarchy, with Prince Albert II as head of state. Although Prince Albert II is a constitutional monarch, he wields immense political power. The House of Grimaldi have ruled Monaco, with brief interruptions, since 1297. The official language is French, but Monégasque, Italian, and English are widely spoken and understood.
It is not formally a part of the European Union (EU), but it participates in certain EU policies, including customs and border controls. Through its relationship with France, Monaco uses the euro as its sole currency. Monaco joined the Council of Europe in 2004 and it is a member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
Tourism in Monaco
One of Monaco's main sources of income is tourism. Each year many foreigners are attracted to its casino. The economic development was spurred in the late 19th century with the opening of the country's first casino, Monte Carlo, and a railway connection to Paris. Since then, Monaco's mild climate, scenery, and gambling facilities have contributed to the principality's status as a tourist destination and recreation center for the rich and famous, due to its tax laws. In 2014, it was noted about 30% of the population was made up of millionaires.
In recent years, Monaco has become a major banking center and has sought to diversify its economy into services and small, high-value-added, non-polluting industries. The state has no income tax, low business taxes, and is well known for being a tax haven. It is also the host of the annual street circuit motor race Monaco Grand Prix, one of the original Grands Prix of Formula One. Since 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix has been held annually in the streets of Monaco. It is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. The erection of the Circuit de Monaco takes six weeks to complete and the removal after the race takes another three weeks.
Since 1911 part of the Monte Carlo Rally has been held in the principality, originally held at the behest of Prince Albert I. Like the Grand Prix, the rally is organised by Automobile Club de Monaco. It has long been considered to be one of the toughest and most prestigious events in rallying.
Among the main tourist sites to visit in Monaco we can highlight the Prince's Palace of Monaco, this building has been the residence of the Prince of Monaco since 1191. Today, as well as being the residence of the Prince, it is also a museum and a tourist center. The Village of Monaco, the historic center that is built on top of this giant monolith on the coast and the "Exotic Garden" a botanical garden built on a cliff with an immense collection of cacti and spectacular views of the sea. Be sure to do the private tour in the cave.
The Montecarlo Casino is one of the most notable tourist attractions of the Principality of Monaco. The casino complex is a gaming system which also includes the Grand Theater of Monte Carlo, an opera and a ballet house, and the headquarters of the Ballets de Montecarlo. It is located in the district of Montecarlo, although for the citizens of Monaco it is forbidden to enter the gambling halls. It was built by the architect Charles Garnier who also created the Paris Opera.
The Principality of Monaco hosts major international events such as: International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, Mondial du Théâtre and the Monte-Carlo Television Festival. Monaco also has an opera house, a symphony orchestra and a classical ballet company. Monaco also has important museums such as the National Museum of Contemporary Visual Art at the New National Museum of Monaco, the Oceanographic Museum, Monaco Top Cars Collection and the Napoleon. The country also has numerous works of public art, statues, and memorials.
In the area of transportation, the Monaco - Monte Carlo station is served by the SNCF, the French national rail system. The Monaco Heliport provides helicopter service to the closest airport, Côte d'Azur Airport in Nice, France. There is also a Monaco bus company (CAM) which offers visitors the possibility to move easily. The network covers all the tourist attractions, museums, Exotic garden, business centres, and even the Casino or the Louis II Stadium.
If you are planning to travel to Monaco, whether for business or tourism, in addition to the passport and visa, we recommend you to check the following information: International Airports, Airport security rules, Type of luggage allowed and weight limits, Most visited cities, Driving in Monaco, Electricity, Time Stripes, Business Hours, National Holidays, Weights and Measures, Commercial Practices and Etiquette Rules.
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Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur) (IATA: NCE, ICAO: LFMN) is an international airport located 3.2 NM (5.9 km; 3.7 mi) southwest of Nice, in the Alpes-Maritimes départment of France. It is the third busiest airport in France and serves as a focus city for Air France and an operating base for easyJet. It is located 7 km (4 mi) west of the city centre, and is the principal port of arrival for passengers to the Côte d'Azur.
Due to its proximity to the Principality of Monaco, it also serves as the city-state's airport, with helicopter service linking the principality and airport. Some airlines market Monaco as a destination via Nice Airport.
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