There is not another place in the world which is as much of a synonym for glitz and glamour as Monaco. This microstate sits on the beautiful French Riviera, the principality headed by the Prince of Monaco which stretches 2 square kilometers.
It is incredible how much this tiny country, with the highest density of millionaires in the world, has to offer. You might think it is only for yacht owners, but there is something literally for everyone.
As they say: “Just another day in Monaco, where every hour is happy.”
Monaco is a city-state, with rocky terrain rising from the mountains and the entire territory is built-up. However, visitors can relax and admire several beautifully landscaped nature reserves and parks. The most famous one is Fontvieille Park with dedicated rose garden to Princess Grace of Monaco; you can take delight in 8 000 rose bushes in some 300 different varieties. Another impressively well-manicured garden space is the Japanese Garden; stop in a busy day for a tea and Zen out while watching calming waterfall or koi fish swimming in a pond.
Monaco is famous for its stunning architecture, so if historical buildings are your thing your eyes will marvel at the majestic landmarks. Don't miss the palace in the old town, home of the royal family, which is open for public. Inside you can laud the enormous collection of antiques, fine art and vintage cars gathered by the Grimaldi family over 700 years. Opéra de Monte-Carlo is not only a magnificent building to see, but it is also a place to experience the most prestigious ballet dancers and opera singers. Remember to check the program before your visit.
Monaco showcases a spectrum of contemporary architectural projects, including the 170 meters high Odeon tower or Monte Carlo commercial pavilions, which are home to haute couture brands. Yes, luxury shopping is unquestionably a big thing in the Principality of Monaco.
Especially spring is full of events in Monaco which attracts a number of visitors every year. Art Monte Carlo exhibition of contemporary art, International Conference On Ecological Renewable Energies, Monaco International Luxury Property Expo, PokerStars EPT, Superyacht Finance Forum or GP Formula 1, just to name few. The last mentioned attracts thousands of motor fans from around the world, as there is something very special about racing in real streets!
Hercules Port has a life on its own. It is literally the playground of the mega-rich: partying on their opulent yachts, socializing in the private members´ clubs or eating in the many Michelin star restaurants. Luckily even low budget tourists can enjoy the harbor, stroll beside the waterfront, take a boat cruise or stop for a snack. There are plenty of lovely cafes, bars, and restaurants where you can enjoy a cocktail while watching a beautiful sunset.
If you would like to learn a bit more about the remarkable heritage, make a time to visit some of many museums or galleries. They are very different to the museums in Africa, but interesting all the same. Take a sail of oceanographic discovery in the Musée océanographico de Monaco. The palatial building proudly stands on the legendary rock called Le Rocher; there is an enormous aquarium, shark tank, more than 6 000 specimens on display together with art and educational features. End your excursion on the roof terrace restaurant and enjoy a lunch 85 meters about the Mediterranean Sea.
If you belong amongst vintage cars lovers, then don't miss the Monaco Top Car Collection located on the Terrasses de Fontvieille. This fantastic exhibition features over a hundred unique cards on are of 5 thousand square meters. Expect to see gems from 1903 De Dion Bouton to the Lexus from the 2011 Royal Wedding.
Traveling to Monaco might leave you speechless, but turns you into a storyteller afterwards. It's the playground for the rich and famous, and for holiday makers too. Bon voyage!
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