Monaco, a unique location

The principality of Monaco, located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, on the Côte d'Azur, has the particularity of being a city-state. Known as "the Rock", it is part of a rocky coast plunging into the Mediterranean. Its history, its functioning and its economy are intimately linked to the Grimaldi family, the princely family which is still at the head of the country.
Monaco includes two main quarters: Monaco-City and Monte-Carlo. Monaco-City is the older of the two. You can visit its magnificent gardens for a splendid view over the bay. This quarter contains the main establishments of the country such as the Prince's Palace and the national and communal councils. Monte-Carlo is often considered as the lower part of Monaco. This quarter is best known for its casino and its port, but Monte-Carlo is also an important cultural centre with its theatres and its opera.
The principality of Monaco is reached via the international airport of Nice-Côte d'Azur. Air France offers frequent flights to Monaco. Don't hesitate to look for Air France's special offers for your ticket.

Visiting Monaco

During your stay in Monaco you will find a huge range of sites to visit. First of all, the Condamine quarter with its many boutiques. This quarter is also known as the departure and arrival point of Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix. A visit to the Sainte-Dévote's church will explain the origins of the famous national festival on the 27th of January. The Fontvieille quarter and its pleasure port offer a pleasant place for a walk. There are many art galleries in Monaco, they are among the most prestigious on the Côte d'Azur, receiving world-famous exhibitions.
The principality of Monaco is also a very popular bathing resort with many luxury hotels inviting you to relax, laze about and cultivate a sense of well-being.

Special events in Monaco

Numerous special events are organised all year round in Monaco. The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the oldest and most prestigious motor races, and is traditionally held in May. In September, you can visit the Monaco Yacht Show: emblematic of Monaco, this is a major international event in the pleasure boating sector. The Monte-Carlo international Circus Festival is the most important circus event in the world. An unforgettable time for the whole family.

Preparing your journey to Monaco