The Principality of Monaco is considered as a city state with its own sovereignty defined in its constitution as a state of law governed by a hereditary and constitutional monarchy headed by Prince Albert II. This small enclave of 2.2 square kilometers is located on the French Riviera, bathed by the Mediterranean Sea and at the foot of the Alps.
Monaco is the second smallest state in the world behind the Vatican and, nevertheless, one of the most densely populated.
How to get there?
Every year Monaco receives more than 350,000 tourists despite being one of the smallest states in the world. For each of its inhabitants there are approximately nine visitors. These high rates place tourism as one of the principal sources of income for the Principality, around which numerous services and a solid transport and communications network have been developed.
Access to the Principality of Monaco is guaranteed through the port, the airport, land routes and train. There are 1.7 kilometers of railway lines that connect with the Monte Carlo station. They pass through underground sections that extend through the French territory.
The public transport system in Monaco has seven elevators that connect the main points: the beaches, the Princess Grace Hospital Center and the Exotic Garden, the harbor and the avenue of the Coast, the Casino with Boulevard Luis II and many more.
So in order to get to Monaco you can take a bus at several areas close to Monaco such as Nice, Cannes and so on, this is a relatively cheap option.
In order to get to Monaco by train you can catch a train at several train stations in the region.
Although there is no airport in Monaco, by proximity most of the visits arrive through the one in Nice. It is about 30 kilometers that are covered in just over 40 minutes. Some companies facilitate transportation from Nice airport to Monte Carlo on trips that last less than ten minutes with the help of a helicopter service available to international travelers at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport.
Where to stay?
In my opinion to choose a place to stay depends mostly on what you are planning to do and budget, for instance if you are looking for sightseeing, history Monaco Ville is the best option for you in the other hand if you are looking for something more luxurious, Monte-Carlo is the best choice because the formula 1 happens there, Monte- Carlo Casino and so on.
Things to do in Monaco
Many are the attractions of this territory, among them its natural beauty and its great fame all over the world linked mainly to an image of glamor that feeds the press with the constant news related to the Monegasque royal family. Also attending this territory are fans of sports competitions such as Grand Prix Formula 1 of Monaco and other major events. The Principality also has a wide cultural offer through museums, the Opera or the Grimaldi Forum congress center, as well as its famous Casino, a world reference point. The offer of leisure and recreation with green spaces, clubs and so on.
Walking the streets of Formula 1
Several streets in Monaco are passionate for lovers of car racing, as they have been part of the history of several races. You'll notice the painted streets and sharp corners of the Formula 1 route where stars like Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and many more have passed.
Monte Carlo Casino
The Monte Carlo Casino is beautiful both outside and inside, making it one of the must-see in Monaco. Several games and entertainment options are available, and one of the things that amazes me the most is the architecture of this gorgeous casino. If you are not into gambling, you can go just to have a dinner, believe me it's worth, in my personal opinion it’s one of the best options in Monaco. Don’t miss out the terrace!
Prince's Palace of Monaco
Located in the old town, the Palace beyond magnificent, traces the history of Monaco and still has changing guards. In the past, it was founded as a fortress, and today stands at the top of Monaco's Rock.
This is the perfect place in Monaco if you are passionate about architecture and history. The Palace of Monaco today houses a royal family, but from March to October, it is open for visitors. And make no mistake: in spite of the simpler facade, the visit is very worthwhile.
Monaco Oceanographic Museum
One of the main sights and excursions to do in Monaco is the Oceanographic Museum. The institution of more than a hundred years was founded by a prince and has fantastic collections of the seabed, not to mention aquariums with starfish, fish, turtles, jellyfish, lobsters, rays, sharks, and more. There are 90 tanks that you can meet paying less than 10 euros at the entrance, in addition to a beautiful souvenir shop.
Monte Carlo Opera
In the square of the Casino, the opera is a must while in Monaco because in addition to the shows and attractions, the opera also presents a preserved architecture of Monaco. The historic building was designed by Prince Charles II and is today one of the main tourist attractions.
Exotic Garden of Monaco
On a super high hill, hides this beautiful garden that everyone who goes to Monaco should know. Huge, with incredible views of the Côte d'Azur and diverse species including cacti, this place is one of the most recommended to do in Monaco, so do not miss the chance.
Monaco Ville is a traditional and rich Monaco neighborhood, historically and aesthetically, being a must stop on your trip to Monaco. There you can visit the Napoleon Museum, with artifacts and collections of the Emperor and other items such as the Monaco Charter of Independence.
Although the beaches are not the fort of Monaco, it does not stop being part of the beautiful Côte d'Azur. Try to get to know Larvotto Beach, which has a boardwalk and everything. The transparent waters are irresistible.
Eating in Monte Carlo
The Principality of Monaco is one of the most outstanding tourist destinations in the world for its natural and urban landscapes, its history and the glamor that it gives off, as well as its complete offer available to visitors. Gastronomy is among its attractions. That is why Monaco is increasingly present in the great hotel and restaurant guides.
The Michelin Guide has recognized the value of haute cuisine in Monaco by rewarding some of its most outstanding establishments with one or more stars. Given the size of the country, it is probably one of the countries with more Michelin stars per square kilometer. With that in mind I prepared a small list for you:
Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo, located on Avenue de la Madone, is another recommended place with a two Michelin stars. In this restaurant masterly imagination and ingredients and the luxurious colonnaded dining room looks onto the open-plan kitchen.
Le Louis XV , at the Casino Square in Monte Carlo, Hotel de Paris. It has three Michelin stars. Its dishes are inspired by the French Riviera, with local fish and vegetables in the purest Mediterranean style.
Le Vistamar, at the Hotel Hermitage, with another Michelin star, stands out for its lovely modern decor with pale tones and a terrace overlooking the port.
Monte Carlo, the capital of glamor and ostentation, is possibly the place where the largest number of luxury sign establishments per square meter is concentrated. Gucci, Chanel, Dior or Valentino are some of the big brands specialized in luxury products that have magnificent shop windows in the Principality of Monaco.
THE TRAVELER 196 BY ALLEN RAIMUNDO