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Fireworks in Monte-Carlo. Monaco is the capital of the Principality of Monaco. It is located on the French Riviera near the Italian border at the foot of the French Maritime Alps. In the south the microstate is washed by the Mediterranean Sea. The Principality of Monaco consists of several merged cities - Monaco (the old city), Monte Carlo (a shopping center and a location of numerous theaters, cinemas, casinos and other entertainment venues), La Condamine (a business center and a port) and Fontvieille (an industrial area). The principality is managed by the Grimaldi family, the oldest European princely family.
Millions of tourists from all over the world travel to Monaco to discover the fabulous Principality, located between the majestic Alps and the azure of the Mediterranean Sea. Monaco is one … Open
It is very simple to reach Monaco by train from Menton and Nice. A train ride along the coast will provide you with fabulous views of the sea and beaches. If you plan to go to Monaco by car, do not forget that parking is outrageously expensive there. Because of its small size, the city and all of its sights can be conveniently visited on foot. It will take you approximately half a day to explore the city and its most important sights, unless you make an indefinite pause at a game table in a casino or decide to wait until a member of the princely family waves a hand to you.
Prince’s Palace.
The mandatory sightseeing program includes a visit to Monaco Prince's Palace . In summer, when the prince's family is away, the palace is open to tourists. When there’s a flag over the palace, this is a sign that the prince is currently in the palace. Most of the items, which are usually visited there, date to the XVI century, and some of them - even to the XIII century. The palace is gorgeous outside. However, an incredible number of tourists can scare anyone. Thousands of sensation hunters want only one thing - they hope to see one of the members of the princely family in one of the windows of the south-west wing of the palace. On one side the Prince's Palace is surrounded by a beautiful park that leads to the sea. Walk in this park, and you will reach Musée Océanographique (The Oceanographic Museum) . In this park you will find beautiful flower beds with amazing plants. The park offers a magnificent view of the sea and the city. However, don’t even plan to relax, even a little, in this beautiful corner of nature. Every minute crowds of tourists will pass you by. Typical bus excursion groups led by guides, who usually hold an umbrella or a sign in their hands, will not allow you to enjoy the beauty and harmony of the nature. Copyright
The beautiful Palace Square and the princely palace located on it remain one of the main attractions of Monte Carlo. Every day thousands of tourists gather on the square to watch the … Open
Casino in Monte Carlo.
Casino in Monte Carlo is another stop in the mandatory excursion program. The wonderful casino was built by Charles Garnier in 1878. By the way, this building is a prototype of the famous Paris Opera. There is a huge square with lots of flowers in front of the casino. This is the best place to make magnificent pictures of this wonderful building. Before you go inside the casino, stand near the entrance a bit and watch luxury limos arrive one by one. Starting from early evening, an infinite chain of posh cars drives slowly to the casino. The cars, led by personal drivers, bring very rich players to the casino. The rich enter the building, and the door is closed behind them tightly. Very few of these people appear in public halls, where thousands of ordinary tourists try their luck, sitting in front of slot machines or playing roulette at rather small tables. Here, everything looks different. Celebrities and millionaires are welcomed by a handshake and are brought to salons privés, where ordinary people are not allowed to enter. Mere mortals can get there only if two conditions are met. First, they pay for entering, and, second, they strictly follow the rules of the dress code. However, visiting this casino is a great idea not only because of the luxury building and famous players, but also because of its beautiful gardens.
Monte-Carlo coast Holidays in Monaco.
If you go to Monaco during the tourist season, you will be constantly surrounded by a crowd of tourists when you’re in the old town, in the casino, or in front of the Prince's Palace. Is there, however, at least a small place in the city where one can relax a bit? If you go to the very east of the city, you will be delighted with peace and tranquility of a small beach. Unfortunately, the sun sets too fast and is soon hidden behind huge apartment buildings. The road to the beach goes through a Japanese garden. Fortunately, this little piece of Japan does not enjoy the attention of numerous tourists like other parts of the city. The north-west of the city is the location of Jardin Exotique . The exotic garden was laid out in 1933. You will hardly find privacy there, but you will certainly see unusual cacti and other tropical plants. There is one more great reason to visit this exotic garden – located higher than the city and the sea, the garden provides truly magnificent views.
Perhaps, the legendary Casino of Monte Carlo remains the main entertainment center of the city. However, in addition to the grand gambling facility there are many other attractive places … Open
Everyone should visit Monaco at least once. Even if you’re not interested in the Prince's Palace , then at least go to see the casino and the incredible auto show in the street in front of it. The city will leave a truly unforgettable impression, if you arrive in late May when the Monaco Grand Prix Formula 1 takes place there. Probably, you will not see much of the actual racing, but you will certainly experience an incredible atmosphere of racing. Afternoon is the best time to walk in Monaco. It is also wiser to spend the night in the neighboring French towns, where hotels rates are almost a half cheaper. An incredible number of tourists are the only negative factor. You will simply not find a place in Côte d'Azur with so many crowds of tourists as in Monaco. If in Nice, Cannes and St Tropez tourists are spread evenly in a large area, in Monaco they are concentrated on a narrow strip of land.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Monte Carlo and surroundings

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Monte Carlo
♥   Castle 'Château de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin' Alpes-Maritimes, 5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Nice' Alpes-Maritimes, 11.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Lucéram' Alpes-Maritimes, 12.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello d’Appio' Ventimiglia, 15 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Dolceacqua' Dolceacqua, 21.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Monte Carlo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Préalpes d’Azur' , 45.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Queyras' , 121 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Monte Carlo and around
♥   Art museum 'Musée Matisse' Nice, 11.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Musée d art moderne et d art contemporain' Nice, 11.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice' Nice, 14.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Musée des Arts Asiatiques' Nice, 17.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Monte Carlo from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Promenade de la Croisette

From the series “The Most Beautiful Waterfronts and Embankments”
Tourists come at the promenade to see the celebrities. They usually like to walk along the magnificent promenade. The promenade shines not only in a daytime from the sun and celebrities but also at night. When the sky gets darker, there opens a number of clubs and bars. Celebrities like to spend time in the luxurious club "Le Baoli". Palm Beach Casino is the other place where famous people like to have fun. This casino is situated at the end of the promenade. … Read further

Col de Turini

From the series “Most Spectacular Mountain Roads”
Any fencing is almost completely absent. A small border whose height does not exceed 10 cm separates the steep cliffs from automobiles. Some sections of the road are so narrow that two oncoming cars are hardly able to pass each other. No less a danger to drivers are animals which often run out on the road. In the evening drivers should exercise special care and caution. … Read further

Sightseeing in Monaco: things to see

Monte Carlo Casino remains, probably, the most famous landmark in Monaco. The prominent casino is located in the Monte Carlo quarter. The entrance and ballrooms of the building are important architectural landmarks. The casino regularly hosts important events, such as the European Poker tour Grand Final. As stakes in this casino are usually very high, it is recommended to visit it in the morning and simply observe the building. The Grand Theatre de Monte Carlo, which is a ballet and an opera house, is open in the same building. The backyard of the building is the location of a beautiful garden with stunning views of the seaside. … Open
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