Monaco Travel Guide

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Monaco is situated in southwest Europe on the Mediterranean Sea, close to Nice and the French Riviera and the border with Italy. Because it is so close to France and Italy visitors can easily make an excursion into Monaco, but it should be remembered that Monaco is a Principality and independent country and not a member of the EU. 


Monaco is divided into several areas, but the main tourist spots are Monaco, or Monaco-Ville (the old city), which is situated on a spectacular high spot overlooking Monte Carlo and the entire area.  Monte Carlo is the main residential, resort, marina, and beach area, and location of the famous Casino. 


Monegasque, French, English and Italian are all spoken in Monaco although French is the official language. Popular attractions include the Monte-Carlo Casino, Royal Palace, Opera House, Cathedral and the yacht-filled marina.  Monaco is the second smallest independent state in the world, after Vatican City.  It is also a tax haven for the wealthy.



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Set aside a good chunk of time to visit Monaco-Ville, where you will find the Royal Palace, Saint Nicholas Cathedral (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception), Oceanographic Museum and aquarium.  If you time it right you could catch the changing of the guard at the palace.  Take your camera because the views from up there are terrific and the gardens are lovely.  The Oceanographic Museum and aquarium is well worth a tour, and known for its associations with the late Jacques Cousteau.  The Cathedral is a magnificent building and also the resting place of Rainier III, Grace Kelly and many members of the Grimaldi family.


Monaco hosts many festivals throughout the year, including music and the arts, tennis tournaments, and of course the memorable Monaco Formula One grand prix.   



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