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Welcome to Monaco

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

The principality of Monaco, situated on the French Riviera, has a well-deserved reputation as the ultimate party destination. This tiny micro-state is the second-smallest country in the world and offers everything you could need for an action-packed adventure, from fascinating tourist attractions to a vibrant nightlife. Whether you’re into grabbing a bargain at one of the many shops, sampling delicious cuisine at the finest restaurants or enjoying some of the island’s famous casinos, when you choose a holiday in Monaco from JiveHippo.travel you are opting for a fun-filled break with plenty of action. 
Monaco contains an amazing amount of stunning tourist attractions within its modest boundaries. The striking white stones of Monaco Cathedral, the resting place of Princess Grace, make this Roman-Byzantine-style building a splendid example of the city’s dramatic architecture. The Prince’s Palace is located upon the Rock of Monaco and is a definite must-see highlight. With carefully painted frescoes, opulent wood panelling and an impressive throne room, this sumptuous palace is simply a delight. Some of the most memorable theatrical performances take place at Fort Antoine, an 18th-century fortress that is now used as an outdoor theatre. 
You’ll want to leave room in your suitcase for all the treasures you are sure to find on your Monaco break. Check out the boutiques in the Carre d’Or shopping centre for all the latest designer wear from top-name brands. . The glass workshops at Biot and the Grasses Perfumeries are fabulous for picking up a few presents for friends or treats for yourself, whilst the winding streets of Monaco’s Old Town are the ideal spot to grab a drink and browse for unusual souvenirs. 
Unleash your inner James Bond with a gaming session at one of Monaco’s world-famous casinos, all conveniently located on Monaco’s Casino Square. The Casino de Monte Carlo was created by Charles Garnier, architect of the Paris Opera House, and features lounges decorated with ornate stained-glass windows and stunning sculptures. The atrium of the casino leads into the Salle Garnier, the auditorium of the Opera House, where world-class opera, ballet and musical performances are staged. Enjoy American-style roulette and blackjack at the Cafe de Paris, with its breath-taking Grand Prix-inspired decor. The Sun Casino has a dramatic circus-themed interior, whilst the Casino La Rascasse offers a wide selection of casino games and slot machines. No visit to Monaco would be complete without a casino trip to enjoy a taste of the principality’s glamorous high life. 
Much of Monaco’s activity is centred on its bustling harbour, Port Hercules. Covering almost forty acres, the port has berths for several hundred boats and two functioning quays. The bustling harbour is extremely popular with the yachting set due to its prime location and there is always plenty to see. There is plenty of nightlife to enjoy here too, with a generous selection of bars, cafes, restaurants and clubs to cater for all your evening entertainment needs.
Monaco is synonymous with motor racing, and car enthusiasts will not want to miss the annual Monte Carlo Historic Rally. The Monaco Grand Prix is held in May and is one of the most exciting races in the Formula 1 calendar. The principality is transformed into an action-packed racetrack that is like no other in the world. Spring sees Monaco play host to the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters Series and the International Show-Jumping event, where horses compete on the world’s smallest equestrian obstacle course. There are also plenty of sporting activities you can try for yourself in Monaco. Play tennis at the famous Monte Carlo Tennis Club or enjoy a round of golf at the principality’s prestigious golf course. Water sports are extremely popular in Monaco and there are plenty to choose from, including sailing, windsurfing, parascending and wake-boarding. Ocean-lovers will also want to pay a visit to the Oceanographic Museum, which boasts an incredible collection of sea life.
Monaco is the perfect place for a fun-filled break, but when you’re tired of partying, there are plenty of places to go and pamper yourself. Recharge your batteries at one of the many spas. Top up your tan on Larvotto Beach or take a swim in the beautiful blue Mediterranean Sea at the foot of the Rock. 

Climate

Monaco’s Riviera location means there is an ample supply of sunshine and a temperate climate virtually all year round. July and August are the warmest months, but the weather is so mild that the beaches are still pleasant long into the autumn.

Getting Around

Monaco´s urban bus system has six links, where you will be able to get to and from your major destinations. The night bus starts at 9:20pm through to 12:30am and is extended to 4am on a Friday and a Saturday night.

you will also be able to catch the boat, which sails from 8am to 7:50pm every 20 minutes throughout the day.

Health

Before travelling to Monaco, make sure that you have all your travel insurance documents and accessible funds to cover the cost of any treatment that you may need. 

Language

French is the main language of Monaco, but English and Italian are also widely spoken.

Money

 In Monaco the euro is the national currency.

Safety

Monaco has a low crime rate, but you should always take precautions to safeguard your passport and valuables.

There have been issues warning people of counterfeit Euro notes in circulation. Always check that money that you have been handed to make sure they are genuine.

Theft is common on the trains to and from Monaco.

Time

Monaco is under the Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00).

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