Overview

Monaco is a sovereign city state located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. Bordered by France and the Mediterranean sea, Monaco is the second smallest and arguably the most densely populated country in the world. Owing to its geographical location, the Principality of Monaco enjoys an amazing weather throughout the year. On one hand Monaco offers a great combination of historical and modern attractions with its museums and palaces that celebrate the rich history of the city, while on the other it provides a heady mix of glitz, glamour and sheer hedonism with its clubs, casinos and luxury shopping options.


Population: 36,950 (In 2013)
Size: 1.95Sq Km
Language(s): French, English, Italian, Monegasque

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Neighborhoods

Monaco is divided into four traditional quarters (districts):

 

Monte Carlo:

  • Monte Carlo, often mistaken to be the capital of Monaco, is a government district in this city country.
  • The area has a rich history of more than 700 years that reflects in its beautiful architecture.
  • Monte Carlo is known not only for the celebrated Monaco Grand Prix but also for its sensational casinos.
  • Main attractions and landmarks in Monte Carlo include:

 

La Condamine:

 

Monaco-Ville:

 

Fontvieille:

Getting Around

General info

Getting to the City from the Airport

  • The Nice Côte-d'Azur Airport is the closest airport to Monaco at a distance of 22 Km.
  • There are various means of getting from the Nice Airport to Monaco including:
    • Train
      • The Nice St Augustin is the nearest TER station.
      • Refer here for the schedule.
    • Bus
    • Taxi Service
      • Central Taxi Riviera: 0033 49313 7878
      • You can get a taxi at Gate 1 (Terminal 1) or Gate A3 (Terminal 2).
      • Refer here for details.
    • Car Rentals
      • The following car rental agencies are available at the Nice Airport:
    • Boat
      • The Trans Côte d'Azur coordinates the operation of the boat service.
      • Refer here for further details.
      • Refer here to make your reservations.

Taxi

  • Taxis are available at various taxi stands situated across the city. The main stands are at Avenue de Monte Carlo and the railway station.
  • Monaco Prestige has an extensive network of taxis.
  • You can book a taxi here or call 00 377 93 15 01 01.
  • Refer here for fare information. 

Bus

  • Cie des Autobus de Monaco (CAM) has an extensive bus network across the city.The bus service is available from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, seven days a week.
    • Line 1: Monaco Ville, Monte-Carlo, Saint Roman and return
    • Line 2: Monaco Ville, Monte-Carlo, Exotic Garden and return
    • Line 3 is a temporary route
    • Line 4: Saint Roman, Railway station, Place d'Armes and return
    • Line 5: Fontvieille, Hospital and return
    • Line 6: Larvotto beaches, Sporting,Fontvieille and return
  • You can refer to the CAM website for detailed description of fares and travel cards.

Boat

  • Cie des Autobus de Monaco (CAM) also coordinates the operation of the boat bus service.
  • Refer here for fare information.
  • The service is available from 8:00 am to 7:50 pm.

Eat and drink

Local

The Monegasque cuisine is quite loyal to its Mediterranean roots with a significant impact of French and Italian cuisines. Popular dishes in Monaco include:

  • Stocafi is made with dried cod stewed in tomato sauce, flavored with black olives and small vegetables.
  • Barbajuan is a traditional Monegasque snack filled with a mix of onions, leeks, chard, spinach with Ricotta and Parmesan cheese.
  • Fougasse is a pastry topped with almonds and nuts.
  • Socca is a thin cake or pancake of chickpea flour, water, and olive oil cooked on a griddle. 

 

Some notable restaurants serving the local specialties include: 

Gourmet

 

 

  • Joël Robuchon
    • Cuisine: Mediterranean
    • Awards: World’s most ‘starred’ chef with 26 prestigious Michelin awards

Vegetarian

 

 

Drink

  • Champagne is the national drink of Monaco.
  • Monaco has access to just about everything, although the market is dominated by French and Italian wines.
  • Some of the great places to get a drink in the city:

Tipping

  • Restaurants & Bars: You will need to leave 15% of the bill before taxes in case the service charge is not included in the bill.
  • Taxis: Tipping taxi drivers is unusual but appreciated. You should tip the taxi driver EUR 1.00 if he has helped you with the luggage.
  • Hotel Porters/Concierge: Tip the hotel porters EUR 1.00 for each bag. Also tip the housekeepers EUR 1.00 per day.
  • Tour Guides: If you take a tour in Monaco, you should tip your tour guide. Even though it’s optional, it’s a nice gesture. 10-15% of the package rate is a good tipping amount.

Staying Connected

  • Monaco uses GSM 900 and 2100 frequency bands.
  • The phone must be “unlocked” to accept the SIM card.
  • Monaco telecom is the only service provider in Monaco.
  • The SIM card can be purchased online even before you leave for Monaco.
  • A prepaid Explorer Monaco SIM Card offered by Telestialis also a convenient option to stay connected in Monaco. Refer here for details. 

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