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Yachts are as plentiful as cars

The changing of the Palace Guard

The famous Monte Carlo Casino

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The Mediterranean climate attracts sun seekers

Monte Carlo loves motor racing

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Monaco

 

Monaco and Monte Carlo, names that conjure up visions of beautiful people and beautiful lives

 

Not technically France at all, Monaco is nonetheless a very French place when it comes to style and chic. Monaco is in fact a sovereign city state on the French Riviera bordered by France. Monaco is and always has been a byword for luxury and lifestyle, licensed casinos and almost no taxes for the lucky inhabitants who use the Euro as currency, just like the rest of France.

Monaco residents in fact enjoy some of the highest average incomes in the world and they like to spend their money always on the very best, be it cars, yachts, food or fashion. And while Monaco may be the second smallest country in the world, it is actually growing as land is reclaimed from the Mediterranean every year.

Monaco’s capital is Monte Carlo, a name that conjures up images of fabulous wealth and beautiful people. There is more to Monaco though, with the four quarters of  Monaco-Ville, La Condamine, Monte Carlo and Fontvieille each offering something special for the visitor.

Monaco is unusual in having a royal family. Today Prince Albert II rules Monaco after the death of his famous father Prince Rainier III, the man who married the legendary actress Grace Kelly, Albert II’s mother.

One of the chief pleasures of Monte Carlo are of course the casinos, where people from all over the world come to gamble their money at Le Grand Casino,  Le Casino Café de Paris, the Monte Carlo Bay Casino, the Monte Carlo Sporting Club & Casino (Summer Casino) and the Sun Casino.

When not gambling, visitors can admire the Cathedral, the Prince’s Palace and the remarkable Opera House.

Another great attraction is the the Monaco Grand Prix held annually in the streets of Monaco and one of the biggest and most chic Formula 1 races in the world. Another popular race for car fans is the legendary Monte Carlo Rally, a gruelling test of both men and machines.

Being on the Mediterranean the climate in Monaco is warm and sunny with blue skies most of the year round. Getting there is easy, either by train from Paris, by helicopter to the Monte Carlo International Heliport or by flying to the Côte d'Azur Airport in Nice.