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WHY VISIT MONACO

A port: natural bay dominated by the rock, Port Hercule is one of the few deep water ports on the coast, which was already used by the Romans and Greeks. It has recently been refurbished to accommodate large boats and yacht. The princely palace, overlooking the sea from a height of 60 meters and was built in the 13th century, serving since 1297 as a residence for Grimaldi.

Open to the public at certain times of the year, it will dazzle you with its splendor: Renaissance fireplace in the Throne Room, 17th frescoes in the gallery of Hercules, painted wood in the living room Mazarin, Palatine Chapel, Louis XV salon, Tour Sainte-Marie, main courtyard. One can also admire the three crenelated towers which date from the time of construction. The opera is also called the Salle Garnier, and it was inaugurated in January 1879.

Here is located the Casino of Monte Carlo, which is the jewel. Height of luxury, it is boldly decorated with three golds and recurring symbol of the lyre, and its huge windows contemplate the sea. The shows shown therein showcase grandiose artists and extremely famous works, in agreement with Fame this unique place.

The Saint-Martin gardens: public gardens first opened in the Principality in the early 19th century, pretty small roads meander between the typical Mediterranean vegetation species and other more exotic, dotted with statues bronze, like the Prince Albert 1st.

The Prehistoric Anthropology Museum: it has a fine collection of burials originating from around Monaco and thus testify to the great dates of humanity. The Path of Sculptures: hundreds of sculptures are located throughout the city and its gardens, and a footpath to discover them in the Fontvieille district, which includes most of these works.

The cathedral is the Romanesque-Byzantine style, white stone and was built in 1875. You can admire the altarpiece of Saint-Nicolas painted by Louis Brea, the tombs of the princes and their wives (including the Rainier III and Grace of Monaco) and a beautiful facade. Oceanographic Museum: founded in 1910 by Prince Albert 1er, it is built on the seafront and has long been led by Jacques Cousteau. It includes 90 aquariums with tropical fish, a shark lagoon, objects related to the underwater research. Dedicated to the sea and oceans, it is full of information about the different species of fish and shellfish, but also about navigation techniques. It protects endangered species such as seahorses and clownfish.

WHAT TO SEE IN MONACO

Not to be missed in Monaco:

  • the Monaco-Ville district
  • Palais Princier (Prince’s Palace)
  • Monaco Cathedral
  • the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium
  • the Jardin Exotique (Exotic Gardens)
  • La Condamine district
  • Salle Garnier (The Monaco Opera House)
  • the Marlborough Fine Arts Gallery
  • the Grimaldi Forum
  • the Prince’s car collection
  • the Grand Casino

WHEN TO GO TO MONACO

Weather in Monaco

The best period to visit Monaco is from April to September.

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Its climate is of course of Mediterranean sunshine and is another asset for the approval of the city: it is indeed rather mild throughout the year, with an average of 8 ° C in winter and 28 ° C in summer.

Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Monaco

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Le Festival International du Cirque. The world’s greatest circus event whose “Clown d’Or” awards are looked upon as a supreme distinction in the field. The International Monte-Carlo Circus Festival was created in 1974 by H.S.H. Prince Rainier III. Held in Monte-Carlo every January, it has since become the biggest and most prestigious circus event in the world.

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January - February

RALLYE MONTE-CARLO. An invitation to attend the oldest race of its kind. The Monte-Carlo Rally is nicknamed “Le Monté”. This is a veritable institution in the world of car rallies and the opening round of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) World Rally Championship.

March

Le Bal de la Rose. The Rose Ball was created by Princess Grace of Monaco in 1954. It is organized every year in March by the Monte-Carlo SBM Group in the prestigious Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Monte-Carlo.

Festival du Printemps des Arts”. The Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival was created in 1984 at the initiative of H.S.H. Princess Grace and Antoine Battaini who was then the Principality’s Director of Cultural Affairs. Every year during five weekends in March and April, Monte-Carlo hosted extraordinary artistic performances.

April

MONTE-CARLO ROLEX MASTERS. The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters is back for one of the best competitions in the world. 11 courts, 8 days of play, 100,000 spectators, and 56 champions who battle it out on Monegasque soil: welcome to the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters!

May

MONACO GRAND PRIX. One of the most spectacular races in the world. Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix: An incredible race track in the heart of the Principality.

July – August

MONACO RED CROSS GALA. In the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, President of the Monaco Red Cross, H.S.H. Princess Charlene, and H.R.H. Princess Caroline, this social and charity event takes place every year in the Salle des Etoiles at the Sporting Monte-Carlo.

Sporting Summer Festival Monte-Carlo. The Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival illuminates the summer nights on the French Riviera during the months of July and August with exceptional concerts featuring the most famous stars in music today. The Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival in Monaco was founded in 1974. Since then, every year in July and August, Monaco welcomes talented artists for exceptional performances.

Septembre

MONACO YACHT SHOW. In late September, the Port Hercule hosts the Monaco Yacht Show, an incredible spectacle dedicated to luxury yachting. Attend an exclusive launch of exceptional boats, discover architectural excellence, and explore innovative facilities: where ingenuity and high-end yachting meet.

November

MONTE-CARLO JAZZ FESTIVAL. Every year in Monaco, under the high patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival brings together internally renowned jazz musicians in the prestigious Salle Garnier at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH MONACO

by plane: Cote d’Azur Airport in Nice

by train

by car

GENERAL INFORMATION ON MONACO

health tips & vaccination: none

local currency: European euro

local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)

electricity: type C, type D, type E, type F (230 V – 50 Hz)

mobile phone operators:

WHAT TO DO IN MONACO

typical food in Monaco

  • Stocafi, the national dish prepared with wet cod, tomato sauce flavored with garlic and herbs, and black olives;
  • Brandamincium, salt cod pounded with garlic, oil, and cream, surrounded by cardoons, edible Mediterranean plants, in white sauce;
  • Barbajuan, a fritter-kind pastry stuffed with different fillings such as Swiss chard and ricotta, among other ingredients;
  • Fougasses, flat, crunchy biscuits sprinkled with sugared anise seeds and flavored with rum and orange-flower water;
  • Fugassa de Munegu, a flatbread topped with hazelnuts, almonds, pine nuts, and white and red anise;
  • Socca, a bread almost like a pancake made of chickpea flour and usually served with cheese and cured olives;
  • Pastas from Italy
  • fish, and seafood
  • fresh vegetables

souvenirs from Monaco

It is difficult t find something typical in Monaco, but not impossible. Try at Condamine Market (15, place d’ Armes) you will find interesting and unique hand-made stuff and local food.

SIMPLE DICTIONARY

Hello: Bonjour

Goodbye: Au Revoir

How are you?: Comment allez-vous?

Thank you: Merci

What is your name?: Comment vous appelez-vous?

How much is it?: Combien ça coûte?

Sorry: Pardon

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