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.
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.
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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.[/su_spoiler]
HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH MONACO
by plane: Cote d’Azur Airport in Nice
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.
Goodbye: Au Revoir
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Thank you: Merci
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