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Novotel Monte Carlo
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12 Avenue des Spelugues, Monte Carlo

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23 Avenue Des Papalins, Fontvieille

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40 Avenue Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo

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10 Avenue Prince Pierre, La Condamine

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The Principality of Monaco (French: Principauté de Monaco) is a city-state which lies between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, bounded by the French Riviera to the east and west, with the Italian Riviera only a few kilometres further to the east.

Understand

This is the second smallest independent state in the world (after the Vatican) and is almost entirely urban. Monte Carlo is not the capital of Monaco but a government district. The country is divided into nine sectors: Monaco-Ville (the old city), the Condamine (port quarter), Monte-Carlo (business and recreation) and Fontvieille (recreation and light industry) are the most well-known among them. With no natural resources to exploit other than its location and climate, the principality has become a resort for tourists and a tax haven for wealthy individuals. Monaco is six times the size of the Vatican and the world's most densely populated country. While its borders have not moved since 1861 (when it de jure lost over 80% of its territory to France), Monaco has still grown its territory by creating artificial land from the sea, which is how the area Fontvielle came to be.

Get in

Although not technically part of the Schengen Area, there are no border controls when entering or exiting Monaco from France, so it can for all practical purposes be considered part of the Schengen Area.

By plane

The nearest airport is Nice 1 Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur (IATA: NCE) in neighbouring France, which is around 40km (25mi) away from the city centre. It operates daily flights to nearly all of Europe's main cities, such as London and Paris. There are regular Rapide Cote D’Azur buses connecting Monte Carlo with both the terminals at Nice Cote-D'Azur airport, and taxis are always available outside the terminal buildings - although make sure a fee is agreed in advance or the meter is indeed switched on at the start of the journey, as shady French taxi drivers are notorious for charging tourists whatever they see fit.

By helicopter

There are several helicopter charter companies that carry out regular transfers between Monaco and the rest of the French Riviera, the Italian Riviera, Switzerland and the Alps. Since Monaco does not have an airport, helicopter transfers are the easiest way of getting to the Principality from the Nice airport, where major helicopter carriers, such as Heli Securite or Heli-Air Monaco operate regular charter flights from Nice to Monte Carlo. After collecting your luggage at the Nice airport, you go to the helicopter service waiting area. The helicopter ground crew takes you and your luggage from the Nice airport to the Nice heliport, on the other side of the airport, by van. The flight along the coast is beautiful, and you land right at the water's edge at the 2 Monaco heliport, where a car service takes you directly to your hotel. Other than arriving by yacht, this is the only acceptable way for the elite traveller to enter Monaco. Rates vary seasonally, in the range of €100-300. They spike up to €700 or more, however, during the Cannes Film Festival, usually held in late May.

By train

3 Monaco-Monte Carlo is the principality's only railway station and operated by the French railway company SNCF. It is located about 300m back from Port Hercule. There are lockers for left luggage.

There are good connections to the nearby parts of France and Italy which are run mainly by SNCF and also Trenitalia. There are 2-4 services per hour to Nice, Cannes, Menton and Ventimiglia (Italy).

Trains to further afield also stop in Monaco, such as the 'Ligure' (Marseilles - Milan), the 'Train Bleu' (Paris - Ventimiglia), the high-speed TGV (Nice - Paris, 6h30min) and the longest train journey wholly in Europe (Nice - Moscow, 47h) run by Russian Railway.

From Ventimiglia, it is easier not to use the Trenitalia counters or machines. Go to the travel agency (the only one) inside the station, which is marked with the sign of SNCF (French Railways). Return tickets not tied to a specific train are also available. Remember to validate your tickets just before boarding using the machines on the platforms.

By car

Monaco is easily accessed by its land borders from France or Italy by a network of highways, most commonly used of which is the A8 which runs west from Monte Carlo to Nice and Marseilles, and east towards the Italian border.

Between Nice and Monaco, there are also three more scenic roads: the Basse Corniche (Low Coast-Road - Highway 98), along the sea, the Moyenne Corniche (Middle Coast Road - Highway 7), going through Eze-Village, and the Grande Corniche (Great Coast Road), going through La Turbie and Col d'Eze (Eze Pass). All are pretty drives offering spectacular views over the Coast line. For an extra-special treat, rent a convertible sports car from the many airport rental services and take in the French Riviera in style.

Taxi trips to and from Nice cost around 90€. So if you're on your own the helicopter is a viable alternative.

By bus

See also: intercity buses in France

There is no bus station in Monaco. Instead, international buses stop at various points throughout the city. Regular buses, run by Rapide Cote D’Azur, connecting Monaco with Nice and other French destinations. Services run regularly to many major French towns and cities. Route 100 leaves every 15min from the central bus station (Gare Routière) in Nice and costs only €1.50. An express shuttle, route 110, links the Nice Côte d'Azur Airport and Menton with multiple stops near all major hotels throughout Monaco, not just the ward of Monte Carlo. A bus leaves every half hour and a single ticket costs €22 (Sep 2016), a round-trip will set you back by €33 (Sep 2016).

By boat

Monaco's two ports are no strangers to private yachts. 4 Port Hercule is exceptionally beautiful and offers mooring and anchoring possibilities for up to five hundred vessels, some of which are extremely large and elegant (in fact, many tourists often take time out of their day to simply have a drink by the water and admire the fantastic super yachts). The 5 Port of Fontvieille, integrated into the new district, can receive as many as 60 vessels of at least 30m in length. Both are large and well-equipped.

Monaco also serves as an embarkation port and port-of-call for cruises, so large cruise ships can often be spotted sailing in or out of Port Hercule.

In close proximity, the Port of Cap d'Ail is also a choice destination for pleasure-boats.

On foot

A pleasant way to arrive in Monaco is to walk on the "6 Sentier du bord de mer (from Cap d'Ail)" (seaside trail), about a 45-minute walk on a concrete path in a natural and peaceful setting. Take the train and stop at the Cap d'Ail train station (the last before Monaco when coming from Nice; not all the trains stop there). Outside of the train station, follow the road a few meters and take the stairs on the left to pass under the tracks. Once you reach the small road, turn left and walk a few meters, then take the stairs on your right next to the restaurant "La Pinède" to join the trail. If you want to do the route from Monaco to Cap d'ail station, go to the west of Fontvieille ward, cross to the French border to join the Cap d'Ail port and follow the seashore. After a few minutes you will arrive to the "7 Sentier du bord de mer (from Monaco)" just after a final parking lot. It can be dangerous and closed in case of bad weather. In this case you will have either to go back and take the train, or walk on the road. Note that there is no lighting at night.

Get around

By foot

Walking is by far the best way to get around Monaco; however, there are some areas, such as the Exotic Gardens, that require a large change in elevation and therefore make for rather strenuous hikes. There are also seven public escalators and elevators (all free) that help negotiate the steep slopes of the city. If you find yourself afoot and wanting to reach the opposite bank of Port Hercule, look for the small 8 Bateau Bus, a pedestrian-only ferry that runs each 20 minutes or so during daylight; it costs €2.

By bus

Monaco has an urban bus service, operated by the Compagnie des Autobus Monaco, through the city's five bus routes (labeled 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6) which serves 143 stops. Each stop has the bus number(s) that stop there, and most stops feature a real-time display showing waiting times for the next service. Each stop has a name and a network map. The service usually starts at around 6 in the morning and runs right through until about 9 o'clock at night. Tickets can be purchased on board the buses themselves (2€) or at many news vendors and shops throughout the city and at auto ticket machines at the bus stops (1.50€) - often it will be advertised as to where you can do this. A daily pass allows you to use the buses all day for €5.50 (9/2016) and can also be purchased on board the bus. A night bus service operates in a circular route from 22.00 until 04.00.

By motor scooter

You can easily rent a motor scooter in Nice and take a short trip east along the sea into Monaco. The views are beautiful and the ride is fun along the twisty seaside road. There are plenty of places to park for free. Theft is not a concern, as there are cameras throughout and police everywhere. To rent one whilst there, you must be at least 16 years old.

By bicycle

It is not possible to hire a bicycle in Monaco itself (as of Sep 2016) but in neighbouring Menton and Cap d'Ail. Cycling is definitely a good option to get around in Monaco, but the traffic in high season can be intimidating.

By car

Private cars are singularly useless for getting around Monaco, as you'll spend more time trying to park than if you walked or took a taxi instead.

International car hire companies do have offices at the airport in Nice and also in Monte Carlo city. These include Avis, Gare Monte Carlo, Europcar and Hertz - drivers must have held a national driving license for at least one year and it is usually requested that the cost is paid for with the driver’s credit card. Driving in the city center can be intimidating in Monte Carlo with heavy traffic - however, it is often worth this to drive alongside the more expensive vehicles in the city! Make sure to request a car with an automatic gearbox if you are not used to driving manual.

By taxi

Taxis cannot be hailed on the streets (they won't stop) and there are two main taxi stands open around the clock at the Avenue de Monte Carlo and the railway station, although it is always best to agree a fee beforehand or make sure the meter is running. Most hotels will provide taxis or courtesy drivers. The best is to get the taxi service phone number to be able to call a taxi wherever your are.

Talk

See also: French phrasebook

French is the official and most frequently used language, with Italian also common. Monagasque, the historic language of the native populace, is taught in schools, but in practice is rarely used outside of official documents and street signs. Due to Monaco's status as a destination for wealthy visitors, English is widely understood, as are many other languages.

Mobile phones

As an independent state, Monaco has its own mobile phone networks. Although these are provided by the same multinationals as operate in France, if your phone connects to a Monaco network, it will count as 'roaming' in a new country, and as it is outside the EU, the EU directives and individual company's offers on the cost of roaming may not apply. If you are travelling through Monaco by train, the mobile signal at the station will be from Monaco, so you can be caught by this even if you never get off the train. Similarly, when travelling in France or offshore close to the border with Monaco, the strongest signal may be from a Monaco network.

See

The principality of Monaco offers a great balance of historical and modern attractions. There are various museums and palaces to visit as well as shopping malls and casinos. Monaco also offers relaxation spots along the harbor and even around the attractions. It is relatively easy to navigate Monte Carlo and Monaco if you take the time to learn where the various "short cuts" are. City maps are generally available at most news vendor stands and shops for a small fee. The 1 Tourist information could be a good starting point before venturing to explore the city.

  • Monte Carlo Casino (Grand Casino), Place du Casino, ? +377 98062121, e-mail: vip@montecarlocasinos.com. 14:00-04:00. The Monte Carlo Casino is a gambling and entertainment complex which includes a casino, the Opéra de Monaco, and the office of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Owned and operated by the Société des bains de mer de Monaco (SBM), a public company in which the Monaco government and the ruling family have a majority interest. The company also owns the principal hotels, sports clubs, foodservice establishments, and nightclubs throughout Monaco. If your wallet permits it, try your luck in the Grand Casino and gamble alongside the world's richest and often most famous. You'll need your passport to enter (as Monégasque citizens are prohibited from gambling at the casino), and the fees for entry range enormously depending on what room you are going to - often from 30€ right up into the hundreds. You can also visit the casino without gambling for a nominal fee of 10€. The dress code inside is extremely strict - men are required to wear coats and ties, and casual or 'tennis' shoes are forbidden. The gaming rooms themselves are spectacular, with stained glass, paintings, and sculptures everywhere. There are two other more Americanized casinos in Monte Carlo. Neither of them has an admission fee, and the dress code is more casual.
  • 3 Opéra de Monaco (Monaco Opera House) (On the backside of the Casino), ? +377 98 06 28 00. 10:00-17:30; Su,Mo off. The Monaco Opera House or "Salle Garnier" was built by the famous architect Charles Garnier. The auditorium of the opera house is decorated in red and gold and has frescoes and sculptures all around the auditorium. Looking up to the ceiling of the auditorium, the visitor will be blown away by the superb paintings. The opera house is flamboyant but at the same time very beautiful. There have been some of the most superior international performances of ballet, opera and concerts held in the opera house for more than a century; consider taking in a show during your visit... but expect to pay top dollar!
  • Monaco-Ville (Monaco City). Take a walk through Monaco-Ville, also known as “Le Rocher” or “The rock.” Monaco-Ville is still a medieval village at heart and an astonishingly picturesque site. It is made up almost entirely of pedestrian streets and passageways and most previous-century houses still remain. There a number of hotels, restaurant and souvenir shops tourists can stay, eat and shop at. You can also visit the Prince's Palace, the Cathedral, the Oceanographic Museum, the City Hall, and the Saint Martin Gardens.
  • 5 Palais Princier (Prince's Palace), ? +377 93 25 18 31, e-mail: visites@palais.mc. 10:00-18:00; Jul,Aug 10:00-19:00; Oct 17-Mar 25 off. The Palais Princier is in old Monaco-Ville and is worth a visit. There are self-paced, audio-guided tours of the palace. The palace also offers a breathtaking panoramic view overlooking the Port and Monte-Carlo. Everyday at 11:55 AM, in front of the Palace's main entrance visitors can watch the changing of the guard ceremony performed by the "Carabiniers". “Carabiniers” are not only in charge of the princes’ security but they offer him a guard of honor and on special occasions, are his escorts. The “Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince” has a military band (Fanfare), which performs at public concerts, official occasions, sports events and international military music festivals. 8€.
  • 6 Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée (Saint Nicholas Cathedral), ? +33 7 93 30 87 70, e-mail: cathedrale@cathedrale.mc. 08:30-18:00; May-Sep: 08:00-19:00. The Monaco Cathedral was built in 1875 and stands on the site of a 13th-century earlier church. It is a Romanesque-Byzantine church dedicated to Saint Nicolas and houses the remains of former Princes of Monaco and Princess Grace. The church square also contains some of Monaco-Ville's finest restaurants.
  • 7 Jardins Saint-Martin (Saint-Martin Gardens), Avenue Saint-Martin (South of Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée). Beautiful park along the ridge at the southern end of Le Rocher.
  • 8 Musée océanographique (Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium), Avenue Saint-Martin, ? +33 7 93 15 36 00, e-mail: musee@oceano.org. Oct-Mar: 10:00-18:00; Apr-Jun,Sep: 10:00-19:00; Jul 10-20; Dec 25 off. The Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium is a world-renowned attraction. Located 279 above sea level, the museum contains stunning collections of marine fauna, numerous specimens of sea creatures (stuffed or in skeleton form), models of Prince Albert’s laboratory ships, and craft ware made from the sea’s natural products. On the ground floor, exhibitions and film projections are presented daily in the conference room. In the basement, visitors can take pleasure in watching spectacular shows of marine flora and fauna. With 4,000 species of fish and over 200 families of invertebrates, the aquarium is now an authority on the presentation of the mediterranean and tropical marine ecosystem. Lastly, visitors can have lunch in “La Terrasse” and visit the museum gift shop. The entrance fee depends on the month of the visit. Students can get discount by showing valid student ID. You need to take bus number 1 or 2 from the Monaco Monte Carlo train station to reach this aquarium. 11€ (low season), 16€ (high season).
  • 9 Musée de l'automobile de Monaco (The Prince of Monaco’s Vintage Car Collection), Les Terrasses de Fontvieille, ? +377 92 05 28 56, e-mail: mtcc@mtcc.mc. 10:00-18:00; Dec 25 off. For any car enthusiast this is the place to go. There is everything, from carriages and old cars to formula 1 race cars. Around 100 vehicles are on display here. Adults 6.50€, Students 3€.
  • 10 Jardin Exotique (Exotic Gardens), 62, Boulevard du Jardin Exotique, ? +377 93 15 29 80, e-mail: jardin-exotique@mairie.mc. Nov-Jan: 09:00-17:00; Feb-Apr,Oct: 09:00-18:00; May-Sep: 09:00-19:00; Nov 19,Dec 25 off. The Jardin Exotique is one of the many gardens Monaco has to offer. It is also one of Monaco’s finest tourist attractions. Several thousand rare plants from around the world are presented in a walking tour that is quite memorable for the views as well as the flora and plants. Due to the rise in altitude, not only are there many displays of desert plants but there are a handful of subtropical flora displays as well. There is also a grotto (cave) that has scheduled guided tours. The tour starts at the beginning of every hour and lasts for around 25 minutes. In the cave, you will have to climb the stairs equivalent to around a 6 storied building. You need to take bus number 2 to reach this Garden. You can take this bus either from the train station or from the Oceanographic Museum. The entry cost is a bit steep (€7.20) unless you're under 16 or a student (€3.80).
  • 11 Yacht Club Monaco, Quai Louis II, ? +377 93106300. Founded in 1953 by Prince Rainier and presided over by Prince Albert II since 1984, the Yacht Club de Monaco brings together more than 1200 members from 60 nationalities. Many of the world’s most prestigious private yachts fly the Yacht Club de Monaco’s burgee, testimony to its unique position on the international yachting scene. The new building designed by Lord Foster is located in the heart of Port Hercule, in front of the YCM Marina. The YCM Gallery is a new area open to the public.
  • 12 La Condamine. is the second oldest district in Monaco, after Monaco-Ville. Here you can stop and marvel at the many luxurious yachts and cruise ships which usually adorn the docks in the marina. La Condamine is a thriving business district where you can visit the 13 Condamine Market and the 14 Rue Princesse Caroline pedestrian street. With enjoyable landscaped areas and modern buildings, La Condamine is surely worth a visit.
  • 15 Grimaldi Forum, 10, Avenue Princesse Grace, ? +377 99 99 20 00, e-mail: gf@grimaldiforum.mc. The Grimaldi Forum is the Monaco convention center. Completed in July 2000, the sun filled building on the sea has a remarkable glass entrance, two convention restaurants, an auditorium for ballet and opera, and two more auditoriums for meetings and other affairs. The Forum also offers two large exhibition halls that can be used for trade shows or other exhibitions. It is also a short walking distance from surrounding hotels.
  • 16 Champions Promenade. The winner of the "Golden Foot" football player of the year award leaves a permanent mould of his footprints here on the seafront walk. The last years winners were Didier Drogba, Andrés Iniesta and Samuel Eto'o.
  • 17 Jardin Japonais (Japanese Garden). 9AM to sunset. The garden is 0.7 hectares in size, and features a stylised mountain, hill, waterfall, beach, brook, and a Zen garden for meditation. The garden was designed by Yasuo Beppu, the winner of the Flower Exhibition of Osaka 1990, as a miniature representation of Shintoist philosophy.
  • 18 Watch a football match of AS Monaco, 7 Avenue des Castelans, ? +377 92 05 40 21. AS Monaco is considered one of Europe's best teams as of 2017. 15€-75€.
  • 19 Marlborough Fine Arts Gallery, 4 Quai Antoine 1er, ? +377 097 70 2550. The Marlborough Fine Arts Gallery was founded in London by Frank Lloyd and Harry Fischer. A second gallery was opened in Rome, another in New York, and one more in Monaco. The gallery holds a grand collection of post-World War II artists and even paintings by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Jules Brassai, Louise Bourgeois, Dale Chihuly, David Hockney and Henri Matisse. The gallery also offers group exhibitions. No entrance fee.

Annual events

  • Monaco Grand Prix (Grand Prix de Monaco), ? +377 93 15 26 24, e-mail: location@formula1monaco.com. Monaco's streets hosts the best known Formula 1 Grand Prix. It is also one of Europe's premier social highlights of the year. The Automobile Club of Monaco organizes this spectacular Formula 1 race each year around mid May. The Grand Prix is 78 laps around 3.34 kilometers of Monte Carlo's most narrow and twisted streets. The main attraction of the Monaco Grand Prix is the proximity of the speeding Formula One cars to the race spectators. The thrill of screaming engines, smoking tires and determined drivers also makes the Monaco Grand Prix one of the most exciting races in the world. There are more than 37,000 seats available for sale on the circuit ranging from 310€ (at Boulevard Albert 1er) to 600€ (at Casino Square) for a ticket on race day. Monaco residents often rent out their terraces for the event with prices ranging from 8000€ to 140,000€ for the four days. During the off season, it is possible to walk around the circuit. Tourist office maps have the route clearly marked on their maps, although devotees won't need them! For those who can afford it, you can also take a ride around the track in a performance car.
  • 20 Festival International du Cirque (International Circus Festival), 5 Avenue des Ligures. This extraordinary circus festival takes place every year in January. The world's best performers in their field take part. 30-190€.
  • 21 Monte Carlo Tennis Masters, ? +377 97 98 70 00, e-mail: info@smett.mc. This tournament is held end of April each year at the Monte Carlo Country Club just outside of Monaco in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Rafael Nadal is the record holder. Single day tickets vary between 25€ and 185€.
  • 22 Top Marques Monaco, 10, Avenue Princesse Grace (Held in the Grimaldi Forum), ? +377 97 70 12 77. An exhibition, which features luxury aircraft, automobile, banking, boat, footwear, handbag, jewellery, real estate and wine products. One feature of the Top Marques Monaco that sets it apart from other automotive exhibitions is its use of the adjacent Formula 1 Grand Prix racetrack to display cars in action and conduct test drives. 36€-50€ for adults, 18€-25€ for children.
  • Rallye Monte Carlo, ? +377 93 15 26 00, e-mail: info@acm.mc. Maybe the most famous rallye event in the world. The stages of the rallye run in the area around Monaco and the French Riviera. The cars gather on the day before the first stage in the "tire fitting zone" at Casino Square. Held every year in late January.
  • 23 Monaco Yacht Show (MYS), Route de la Piscine (Entrance close to the swimming pool), ? +377 93 10 41 70, e-mail: info@monacoyachtshow.mc. Held every year in September at Port Hercules this is considered one of the biggest superyacht shows in the world with around 130 boats on display. Walk along the harbourfront on the blue carpet and marvel at yachts with a combined net worth of about $3 billion. 150€ (day pass. Just make sure you have that extra few million on hand if you want to buy anything.).

Do

  • 1 Hike or drive up Tête de Chien ("Dogs Head"). Enjoy one of the most spectacular views over Monaco. 2 Another nice place nearby with an extraordinary panorama can be found right north of the "Fort de la Tête de Chien"
  • 3 Hike along the coastal path from Monaco to Carnoles. A beautiful walk with splendid views towards Monaco. It takes roughly 2 hours from Monte-Carlo to circle Cap-Martin and finally reach Carnoles train station, where you can catch a train back to Monaco. An alternative to go back is by bus number 100. The overall distance is about 9km.
  • 4 Azur Express (Departure opposite the Oceanographic museum), ? +377 92 05 64 38, e-mail: contact@monacotours.mc. Fun tourist trains make daily tours all over Monaco. You will visit the Monaco Port, Monte-Carlo and its Palaces, the famous Casino and its gardens, the Old Town for City Hall and finally the royal Prince’s Palace. Commentaries are in English, Italian, German, French and another 8 languages. This enjoyable tour runs about 30 minutes long without the possibility to leave the train. 9€ (adults), 5€ (children).
  • In the summer time, Monte-Carlo is illuminated with dazzling concerts at the exclusive Monte-Carlo Sporting Club. The club has featured such artist as Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, the Beach Boys, Lionel Richie and Julio Iglesias among others. The club also hosts a small casino which includes basic casino games. With no one under the age of 18, the rate per person is 20€.
  • Aquavision: Discover Monaco from the sea during this fascinating boat tour! “Aquavision” is a catamaran-type boat equipped with two windows in the hull for underwater vision, thus allowing the passengers to explore the natural seabed of the coast in an unusual way. The boat can take up to 120 people per journey. The cost for adults is 11€, while the cost for children and students ages 3–18 is 8€.

Buy

Money

Like its neighbor, France, Monaco uses the euro. Currency exchange is readily available for a wide range of currencies. ATMs are commonplace.

Shopping

Shopping in Monte Carlo is usually quite exclusive and is certainly no place for a budget holiday. There are plenty of places to melt the credit card alongside Europe's high rollers. The chic clothes shops are in the Golden Circle, framed by Avenue Monte Carlo, Avenue des Beaux-Arts and Allees Lumieres, where Hermes, Christian Dior, Gucci and Prada all have a presence. The area on and around Place du Casino is home to high-end jewelers such as Bulgari, Cartier and Chopard. You will find, however, that most tourists will simply enjoy wandering the area and window shopping, even if you don't buy anything. The normal shopping hours are from 9AM to noon and 3PM to 7PM.

For a more cultured take on shopping in Monte Carlo, try the Condamine Market. The market, which can be found in the Place d'Armes, has been in existence since 1880 and is lively and attractive - many hours can be spent simply wandering around, bargaining for souvenirs from the many tiny shops, boutiques and friendly locals. If however, your shopping tastes are more modern, just take a short walk along the esplanade to the rue Princess Caroline pedestrian mall.

The Fontvieille Shopping Centre is also a more "normal" shopping experience with 36 shops selling electronic goods, CDs, furniture, and clothes as well as a Carrefour supermarket and McDonald's. The tourist office also issues a useful free shopping guide to the city.

  • 1 Le Métropole Shopping Center, 17 Avenue des Spélugues, ? +377 93 50 15 36, e-mail: contact@ccmetropole.com. Mo-Sa 10:00-20:00; Su off. 80 shops in a beautiful ambient. The chandeliers are amazing.

Some stores to browse or buy:

  • Fred Boutique, 6, av des Beaux-Arts, Monte Carlo 98000. Located on the exclusive avenue of des Beaux-Arts, this is one of only a handful of Fred boutiques in the world. An official jeweler of Monaco's royal family and a favorite of celebrities, you may not be able to afford much in this boutique, but its worth a jaw dropping visit. If you go to Monte Carlo, you shouldn't miss this.
  • Boutique du Rocher, 1, av de la Madone, Monte Carlo 98000. Opened by Princess Grace in the 60's, travelers still flock here to grab the very best in take home souvenirs. Choose from hand-carved frames and mirrors, ceramics, homewares and toys. Prices are moderate and all proceeds go to local charities.
  • Davidoff, 17, av des Spélugues, Les galeries du Métropole, Monte Carlo 98000. High end cigar and cigarette store, where you are assisted by staff that know their product well.
  • Galerie Moghadam, 23 & 41, bd des Moulins, Monte Carlo 98000. Award-winning speciality shop that offers superb hand woven tapestries and carpets.
  • Pratoni Monaco, 7, Avenue Princesse Grace (Larvotto). 10-12:30/14-19:30. Monaco fashion brand Pratoni offers a variety of ready-to-wear clothing & accessories for gentlemen in addition to wide range of made-to-measure services. All items are of high quality and made in Italy or Monaco.

Eat

How to go wrong? Food in Monaco is universally excellent. There are many fine restaurants, beginning with the Cafe de Paris across the street from the casino, to the waterfront restaurants along the Port de Fontvieille. During the winter months, you will find the restaurants to be decently priced—for Monaco. Bouillabaisse is excellent here.

Budget

There are a huge variety of other restaurants and cafés in the city with a moderate price tag and excellent food. There are a few simple cafés along the marina-side, more like beach bars than anything else, that serve simple meals such as pizza, salads and hotdogs throughout the day. These can be excellent for simply sitting back during the hot midday with a cold beer or glass of wine, a snack to recharge your batteries from exploring the city, and the gentle lapping of the Mediterranean (and often the roar of supercars) in your ears. Most of these restaurants are equipped with water-misters in the ceilings that gently cool and refresh the clientele.

  • Stars 'n' Bars, 6 quai Antoine-1, ? +377 97-97-95-95. June-Sept daily 11AM-midnight; Oct-May Tues-Sun 11AM-midnight. Bar open until 3AM. American style sports bar serving standard burgers pizzas and sandwiches. Drinking or dining during Happy Hour offers reasonable value for money.
  • Pizzeria Monégasque, 4 rue Terrazzani, ? +377 93-30-16-38. Mon-Sat noon-1:45PM and 7:30-11PM (until midnight Fri-Sat). For those on a budget, be sure to grab a slice of one of their delicious gourmet pizzas that taste even better when sitting on the outdoor terrace. Main courses are also available from 10€-22€.
  • 1 McDonald's, Boulevard Louis II (On the stairs down from the Fairmont hairpin curve to the tunnel entrance.), ? +377 97 70 37 91. Mo-Sa 07:00-00:30, Su 07:00-24:00. One of the few places in Monaco with reasonable prices. This must be one of the McDonald's with the best view in the world! There is a second branch in the Fontvieille Shopping Centre.

Mid-range

  • 2 Café de Paris, Place du Casino, ? +377 98 06 76 23. Daily 8AM - 2AM. The nerve centre of Monte Carlo, where people go to see and be seen, buzzing with the feel of old time Monte Carlo, circa early 1900s. Menu items change frequently, as do the waiters, who seem intent on rushing patrons through their meals. For people-watching, you could try a diet Coke for a mere €6 (glas of beer 14€, ice cream 16€). Reservations to dine are recommended.
  • Beefbar, quai Jean Charles Ray, 98000. Quality cuts of beef on offer, attached with high, though surprisingly worthwhile price tag. Small cups on puree are available for the meat, though an additional cup (one is far too small), costs 8.5€. Wine selections are paired perfectly with the red meat. Chic atmosphere and the staff are extremely attentive.
  • Baccarat, 4 Escalier Saint-Charles, ? +377 93-50-66-92. Serving some of the finest Italian fare in Monte Carlo, Baccarat has an airy and authentic atmosphere. The oven-baked turbot with artichokes has customers such as Robbie Williams coming back again and again.
  • Fuji, 4 av de la Madone. Sleek and sexy Japanese restaurant that offers authentic sushi favorites at reasonable prices.

Splurge

Dining in Monaco can be a very sobering experience to whomever is paying the bill. Perhaps the most exclusive and famous restaurants in the city are the Louis XV Restaurant and the Le Grill de L'Hotel de Paris, both centered on the very exclusive Hotel de Paris. You are more than likely to be seated next to a member of the rich and famous, and the gourmet food is simply out-of-this-world - however, these experiences come with a rather hefty price tag!

  • 3 Louis XV, Hôtel de Paris - Place du Casino, ? +377 98 06 88 64, e-mail: adhp@sbm.mc. Daily 19:30–21:45, Tu off. In one of the finest hotels in the world, run by one of the finest chefs in the world (Alain Ducasse) this Michelin 3 star rated restaurant serves dining perfection among luxurious glitterati. The level of sophistication for all dishes is hard to be surpassed, the sea bass with Italian artichokes regularly reaches a score of 19/20 by restaurant critics. The restaurant contains the world's largest wine cellar: 250,000 bottles of wine (many priceless) stashed in a rock cave. Reservations are essential, as are jacket and tie for men. A la carte from €200.
  • 4 Le Grill de L'Hotel de Paris, In the Hôtel de Paris, place du Casino, ? +377 92-16-29-66. Although often overlooked by the famed 'Louis XV', look above to the Hotel de Paris' rooftop for its equally elegant contender. Less intimidating than the Ducasse citadel downstairs, Le Grill offers every imaginable sort of grilled fish, and meat that come from the nearby Alps. The selection of 600,000 wines are the perfect accompaniment to every dish, and the service is impeccable. Dining on the rooftop affords you stunning, panoramic views of Monte Carlo, and in the summer, a blanket of starry sky. 40-60€ for a main dish (without drinks).

Drink

Champagne has the status of a national beverage in Monaco. A single glass can cost as much as €40 at a fashionable restaurant!

  • 1 Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo, 26 avenue Princesse Grace, ? +377 98 06 70 68, e-mail: jimmyz@sbm.mc. Open all night from 11:30 pm. The ultimate night club in Monte Carlo, the famed Jimmy'z is frequented by royalty and the uber-rich, which isn't a surprise considering some of the hefty price tags, a beer will cost you upwards of 26€. If you can't afford it, there are other clubs to go to. There are two entrances -one, two floors down in Le Sporting Club, the other at street level, and many rock stars and billionaires have walked through both. Staff can be quite rude, but so are most of the patrons. Definitely an experience.
  • 2 Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo, Place du Casino (A short walk up the stairs from the hairping curve at Fairmont hotel), ? +377 98 06 19 19, e-mail: buddhabarmontecarlo@sbm.mc. Tu-Sa 18:00-02:00. The famous Buddha themed bar, which also serves outstanding meals.
  • Zelos, Top Floor Grimaldi Forum Ave. Princesse Grace, ? +377 99 99 25 50. Showcasing panoramic views from the top floor of the Grimaldi Forum, the outdoor seating area offers the perfect spot to see yachts cruising into the harbor. Top models and the people who want to be with them dance the early mornings away here and we defy you not to do the same. Cocktail list is impressive and bite sized treats are available.
  • Bar at the Columbus Monaco, 23 Avenue des Papalins Monte Carlo, ? +377 92 059000. More laidback and informal than some of its counterparts, its subdued atmosphere is a refreshing change from some of the high energy Monaco bars. Decked out in shades of chocolate, its almost as sweet as the chocolate martinis, which come with a big truffle in each glass which slowly melts into your drinks and tastes heavenly. Formula One race car driver David Coulthard is a co owner, which means you have a good chance to run into some Formula 1 drivers.

Sleep

If you're on a budget, Monaco is not the best place to be. For example, a two star hotel without breakfast and bathroom will cost around €60 per person. A better option is to stay in one of the many towns outside of Monaco, for example Ventimiglia, which is a sea-side town situated on the French-Italian border on the Italian side. Nice is only 1/2 hour away from Monaco and it's very cheap to use the frequent trains. During the winter season, a comfortable two star hotel will only cost you about €20 a person.

The Monaco Tourism center staff will also sit down and make phone calls to assist walk-ins in finding accommodation. Even if you ask for "cheap" lodging.

Mid-range

  • PV-Holidays have two properties in the area. Each room is a self-catering studio or apartment. Located in Beausoleil both properties range from €150-€160 per night. +33 1 58 21 55 84
  • Colombus Hotel: Situated in La Condamine, the Colombus Hotel is co-owned by successful Glaswegian hotelier Ken McCulloch, designer Amanda Rosa and British F1 racing driver David Coulthard (all Monaco residents today). There is an excellent restaurant and the lobby is a great spot to relax on the comfortable sofas. Rooms are modern. The hotel is located just by the heliport, and about 200 meters from the Stade Louis II.
  • Hotel Ambassador, corner of ave Prince Pierre, e-mail: info@ambassadormonaco.com. Surprisingly standard mid range hotel that is good value for business travellers and those watching their euros. Rooms are kitted out with the usual TV, mini bar air con, with wi fi access and cable making it a nice touch.
  • Hôtel Cosmopolite, 4 rue de la Turbie, ? +377 93-30-16-95, fax: +377 93-30-23-05. Simple hotel that is well priced given the hotels location. There's no elevator, and only some rooms have bathrooms, but its reasonably cheap and the hotel owner, Madame Gay Angèle is welcoming and makes you feel right at home. 75€-105€ ($98-$137) double without bathroom; 80€-180€ ($104-$234) double with bathroom.
  • Bw Hotel Prince De Galles. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 11:00. Facing the Mediterranean, with panoramic terrace and bar, lush tropical garden and Mediterranean Restaurant.

Splurge

  • 1 Hotel Hermitage, Square Beaumarchais, ? +377 98 06 40 00, e-mail: hh@sbm.mc. Perched on a clifftop, the Hermitage offer idyllic living at its best. The majority of rooms have balconies, so guests can have stunning views from their rooms. While the hotel is quite old, all amenities and features and modern and elegant in their styling and a stay here is truly well deserved. The SBM's Carte d'Or offers the Hermitage's guests transport and access to the facilities of the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel and Les Thermes Marins spa. double 320€-528€ ($416-$686); junior suite 568€-792€ ($738-$1,030); suite from 1,596€ ($2,075).
  • 2 Hotel de Paris, Place du Casino, ? +377 92-16-30-00, fax: +377 92-16-26-26. Offering a level of sophistication that has awarded itself as one of the world's most famous hotels. Featuring marble pillars, crystal chandeliers, Louis XVI chairs, and sumptous carpets, its a vision of luxury and a favorite among the world's travellers. Rooms are simply enormous with marble and brass furnishings and the hotel is home to the country two finest eating establishments, the Le Grill de l'Hôtel de Paris and Le Louis XV. The SBM's Carte d'Or offers the de Paris' guests transport and access to the facilities of the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel and Les Thermes Marins spa. 400€-940€ ($520-$1,222) double; from 1,995€ ($2,594) suite.
  • Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort, 40 av. Princesse Grace, ? +377 98-06-02-00, fax: +377 98-06-00-03. Awe impressive 4-hectare (10-acre) resort. The high price reflect the quality of stay. Only steps away from Monte Carlo's sandy beaches, more than 3/4 of rooms open onto sea views. Marble bathrooms feature flat screen tvs with cable ties, the hotel pool has an indoor pool covered with an ornate glass dome, and the hotel bar is none other than Jimmy'z's. The furnishings are sandstone floors, soft Mediterranean pastels and sleek modern amenities. The service to detail is outstanding, different shampoos and towels on different days, and the staff are polite and attentive without being intrusive. The SBM's Carte d'Or does not offer the Bay Hotel's guests access to the facilities of the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel or Les Thermes Marins. The Bay Hotel is rather self-contained, but lacks a beach. €300€-800 double; €750-1,400 suite.

Respect

In many ways, the Respect section of the France page can detail how to be respectful toward the Monegasque population, but it should be noted that Monaco is a separate nation and it would be very insulting to casually conflate the two. Keep in mind that Monaco's population retain their own history, their own culture, and their own lifestyle. With that in mind, everyone is approachable, happy to chat with you and globally simply kind. Directions or other help are only a smile and a question away.

Stay safe

Monaco is a safe, crime-free location, with a strong police presence. It has the lowest homicide rate of any country in the world, and among the lowest in terms of overall crime rate. Because of their wealthy state, every public space is blanketed with cameras and any kind of disorder may produce an immediate reaction and the attendance of several officers. Homosexuality is legal, although there are no official gay places in Monaco.

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AT MATADOR Network, we always encourage other travelers to visit museums (even the weirdest ones) and check out street art when they are abroad because we know that art is a window into a country’s culture.

This map of famous European artworks created by Reddit user halfabluesky is not going to please everyone (the choice for The Netherlands is already controversial in the comment section), but it is a great way for all of us to learn more about artists and artworks we would otherwise have never heard about — I personally did not know about anything about Icelandic art…now I do! artworks

Map: halfabluesky

Because some of the artworks can be difficult to visualize on the map, the creator listed them. See below.

  • Albania: Holy Mary holding Baby Jesus in her right arm
  • Andorra: Apse fresco of Sant Miquel d’Engolasters church
  • Austria: The Kiss
  • Belarus: The Fiddler
  • Belgium: The Son of Man
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mountain landscape
  • Bulgaria: Rachenitsa
  • Croatia: Roman Woman Playing A Lute
  • Cyprus: Work by Stelois Votsis
  • Czech Republic: The Absinthe Drinker
  • Denmark: The Little Mermaid
  • Estonia: Half Nude in Striped Skirt
  • Finland: The Wounded Angel
  • France: Impression, Sunrise
  • Germany: Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog
  • Greece: Venus de Milo
  • Hungary: The Old Fisherman
  • Iceland: Pingvellir
  • Ireland: Three Studies of Lucian Freud
  • Italy: Mona Lisa
  • Latvia: After Church
  • Lithuania: Tale of the Kings
  • Luxembourg: Stretch of the Moselle at Greiveldange with Stadtbredimus
  • Macedonia (FYROM): Scene from the Paris Psalter
  • Moldova: The Girl From Ciadar Lunga
  • Monaco: Raniero I
  • Montenegro: Our Lady of Philermos
  • Netherlands: The Girl with Pearl Earrings
  • Norway: The Scream
  • Poland: Rejtan
  • Portugal: Fado
  • Romania: Car Cu Boi
  • Russia: Golden Autumn
  • Serbia: The Wounded Montenegrin
  • Slovakia: Work by Albin Brunovsky
  • Slovenia: Pomlad (Spring)
  • Spain: Guernica
  • Sweden: Breakfast Under the Big Birch Tree
  • Switzerland: The Walking Man
  • Turkey: The Tortoise Trainer
  • Ukraine: Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks
  • United Kingdom (UK): The Fighting Temeraire
  • Vatican City: Creation of Adam

1. Reno is home to the world’s tallest climbing wall.

Basecamp climbing wall Reno don't re use

Photo: BaseCamp at the Whitney Peak Hotel

Rising 164 feet toward the sky in the heart of downtown Reno, BaseCamp’s climbing wall is the tallest in the world. And that isn’t all this climbing gym is known for: It’s also home to a bouldering competition area covering 7,000 square feet, and the only official 15-meter speed wall in the country. Basically, it’s a climber’s dream, though that’s really something you could say for the whole of the Reno Tahoe area.

2. This is one of the sunniest places in America…

Bonsai Rock Lake Tahoe Nevada

Foto: Trevor Bexon

Reno is among the 10 sunniest cities in the country. In fact, the whole of Nevada’s Washoe County gets a ridiculous amount of rays, and the Reno Tahoe region in particular averages more than 300 days of sun each year.

3. …and Elon Musk is using that sun to construct the biggest building on Earth here.

Tesla Gigafactory

Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Twenty miles east of Reno, the Tesla Gigafactory 1 celebrated its grand opening in July of 2016. Three “blocks” of the factory have been built so far, which is just 14% of what will eventually be the world’s largest building by physical area when it’s completed in 2020.

A key part of Tesla’s mission to accelerate the global transition to sustainable energy, the Gigafactory will be a zero-emissions building — in place of fossil fuels, the Nevada sun will be harnessed through the giant solar-panel-covered rooftop to provide energy for the production facility.

Once finished, the Gigafactory will be five times the size of Monaco, and inside there’ll be giant robot arms that produce…batteries. That doesn’t sound very glamorous, until you remember this is an Elon Musk project. Of course those lithium-ion batteries aren’t just for TV remotes or flashlights. They’ll run the 500,000 cars Tesla plans on producing every single year by 2020. Also, note that this is only Gigafactory 1. Expect a Gigafactory 2, 3, 4…in the coming years.

4. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America.

Lake Tahoe Paddle Boarding

Photo: VisitRenoTahoe.com

Covering 191 square miles and surrounded by the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe is so big that if you were to skim one inch off its entire surface, you’d end up with about 3.33 billion gallons of water on your hands — enough to fill about 5,000 Olympic-sized pools. It’s also so deep, you could stand the Empire State Building in it and not see its top.

5. Reno Tahoe has the highest concentration of ski resorts in North America.

Snowboard Reno ski resorts

Photo: VisitRenoTahoe.com

Within an hour-and-a-half drive of the city, you can hit more ski resorts than any other place on the continent. And these mountains are incredible.

6. “Tahoe Tap” tastes better than any other water in the country.

Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe Nevada

Photo: Don Graham

The neighboring town of Glenbrook, NV, won the 2016 Gold Medal Award at the Great American Water Taste Test. Also last year, nearby Incline Village won the “Best Tasting Water in Nevada” competition at the Nevada Rural Water Conference. Basically, Reno Tahoe water tastes amazing. That might have something to do with its purity levels. The water’s so naturally good that both towns hold a super rare filtration exemption status from the EPA for their drinking water.

7. In Reno, you can experience the Burning Man spirit year round…

Reno downtown sculptures

Foto: Trevor Bexon

Every summer, thousands of Burners from across the world migrate through Reno on their way to the Black Rock Desert, but Reno’s like a mini Burning Man all year round. There’s the Morris Burner Hostel, an arts space that’s also home to 16 rooms with themes like the Goddess Room, Forest Lord Room, and Sparkle Pony Room; the massive fall decompression party; and the local workshop / art space The Generator, in nearby Sparks, where anyone can come and help resident artists create projects bound for the playa. Not to mention the abundance of art and sculptures from the Playa that find a post-Burn home in Reno.

8. …and you can dress the part, too.

Reno girls dresses

Photo: VisitRenoTahoe.com

With vintage and antiques stores like Reno MidTown’s The Nest and Junkee Clothing Exchange — home to 15,000 square feet of vintage clothing, costumes, upcycled houseware, the occasional Burner fashion show, and, yes, all the tutus, knee-high socks, and goggles you could ever want — you’re sorted for looking like the ultimate steampunk whenever you come to town.

9. Basque cuisine is huge here.

Basque Corner Reno

Photo: Heymrleej

What is Basque cuisine doing 5,000 miles from the Pyrenees? Well, ever since a 19th-century influx of Basque immigrants to the American West, Northern Nevada has been home to descendants of some of those early miners and shepherds. Generations on, that heritage gets celebrated in lively festivals like the summertime Reno Basque Festival, which includes weight carrying and war cry contests.

If you’re in the city, head to the half-century-old Reno institution that is Louis’ Basque Corner for a family-style meal where you’ll be digging into huge helpings of fish, oxtails, and tongue Basquaise, and breaking French bread — along with Basque beans, salad, and French fries — with the strangers / new friends sharing your bench.

10. Reno’s also one of the top grilled cheese stops in the country.

Gourmelt Reno don't re use

Photo: Gourmelt

Once a food truck and now a brick-and-mortar café by the University of Nevada, GourMelt is known for its wicked menu of grilled cheeses, including fancy croque madames with fontina and chevre cheese on sourdough, and “The King” — Elvis Presley’s favorite combo of peanut butter, bananas, and bacon. The ingredients are always fresh and local. The taste is always amazing. So good, in fact, that various magazines, including The Daily Meal, Via, and Culture, have recognized GourMelt as serving up some of the best grilled cheeses in the nation.

11. Every July, Reno becomes Artown.

Artown Reno don't re use

Photo courtesy of Artown

Think about every arts festival you’ve ever been to. Now imagine all of those festivals combined into a month-long, citywide celebration of the arts. That happens every July with Artown in Reno, when over 500 arts events — from music to dance, theater to film — are produced by more than 100 organizations and businesses in nearly 100 locations across the city. From Dancing in the Park to jazz orchestra productions, most of the events are free (or close enough).

12. This is a place where Dada and Shakespeare collide.

Nada Dada Reno Nevada

Photo: Arthur Domagala

“No vacancy” takes on a whole new meaning during June’s NadaDada. We’ve already mentioned Burning Man and Artown, but just to drive home the point that Reno is an unexpected artists’ sanctuary in the middle of the Northern Nevada desert, there’s also NadaDada, an arts event where Reno artists rent out motel rooms and decorate them in absurd art in keeping with the anti-art Dada ethos.

And over in Incline Village, you can trade the slopes for the Bard during the summertime Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.

13. Every year, Sparks hosts the biggest rib cookoff in the country.

Sparks rib cookoff Reno

Photo courtesy of Nugget Casino Resort

This gigantic barbecue festival at the Nugget Casino Resort is free to enter. And once you’re in, you’ll be surrounded by dozens of the world’s best barbecue competitors serving more than 240,000 pounds of ribs to the hundreds of thousands who’ve descended on Victoria Square. The fun happens August 30 – September 4, 2017.

14. The locals are big on alternative sports.

Breeze swan group Reno

Photo: VisitRenoTahoe.com

Tahoe might be known for its powder heads come winter and for summer’s seekers of plush golf courses, but there are tons of other ways to connect with the landscape. Tubing the Truckee is a summertime must when you’re in Reno country. Head to Sierra Adventures for packages that will shuttle you a few miles up the river for a lazy, fun float back to Downtown Reno. Or, check out Hang Gliding Tahoe for a bird’s-eye view of Lake Tahoe.

And if you need to gear up for your Reno Tahoe adventures, just head to the biggest sporting goods store on the planet: Scheels, in Sparks. Covering 295,000 square feet, it’s so big there’s an actual Ferris wheel inside the store.

15. Blue jeans were invented in Reno.

Reno Blue jeans

Photo: VisitRenoTahoe.com

Yep, without Reno there’d be no mom jeans or boyfriend fits, no skinny jeans or 501s. That’s because this is the birthplace of blue jeans, y’all. Back in 1870, someone came to Reno tailor Jacob Davis asking if anything could be done to make a sturdier pair of pants. Davis added copper rivets to his designs, partnered with Levi Strauss to finance the patent, and lo — the blue jean was born.

Davis’s store was where the modern-day Rock Bar is. Stop by to read the plaque and learn a little more about this sweet piece of Reno history.

16. Rattlesnake Mountain is one of the biggest skate parks in the West.

Reno skatepark

Photo: Maximum Panda

Fifteen minutes from downtown Reno, this 40,000-square-foot park is full of half pipes, street-style banks, bowls, and a 170-foot snake run all carved into the concrete and surrounded by mountain views. Is that “Biggest Little City” moniker starting to make sense now?

17. The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest free hot air ballooning event in the world.

Great Reno Balloon Race

Photo: VisitRenoTahoe.com

Held the first weekend after Labor Day each year, more than 140,000 come to see roughly a hundred balloons take part in this fun, three-day competition. Yet another unique, artistic backdrop for this awesome city.

French Riviera, Nice, Cannes, & Monaco Marco Polo Guide (Marco Polo Guides)

Marco Polo Travel Publishing

Marco Polo FrenchRiviera: the Travel Guide with Insider Tips

The French Riviera is the ultimate product of the modern leisure society, aplayground of the jet-setting elite, where the luxury world of the coast, withits palaces, chic harbor fronts set against azure sea contrasts with thetranquil, dramatic landscapes and remote mountain villages found away from theshore.

Marco Polo French Riviera takes you along the coast, and through threeof France's most beautiful departments: Alpes-Maritimes, Var andAlpes-de-Haute-Provence. The 'Perfect Route' takes you to the most idyllicstretches of coast as well as the most beautiful villages and the best naturalscenery inland.

The Best Of pages highlight some unique and free things to do,and have tips for rainy days and where you can relax and unwind. DiscoverWhat's Hot on the coast, whether glamping (camping in style) or tea mania,which has really established itself in this country of coffee drinkers.

The Insider Tips reveal where flower petals are crystallized and turned intosweets, and where in Nice you can immerse yourself in the art of Yves Klein.

The Trips & Tours take you to the 'land of perfume' around Grasse andmountain villages in breathtaking locations. The Dos & Don'ts explain whyyour swimming trunks might cause you problems in St Tropez and why you shouldkeep your hands off those beautifully hand-painted olive oil bottles.

Marco Polo French Riviera provides comprehensive coverage of the region,including Monaco. To help you get around there's a detailed road atlas inside,city maps of Cannes and Nice in the backcover, plus a handy pull-out map. Amust-have for all travellers, including those who haven't bought a travel guidein the past.

Discover the best hotels, authentic restaurants, the region's trendiest placesand night spots; get tips on shopping and what to do on a limited budget; plusplenty of ideas for travel with kids. Also contains: the Perfect Route, TravelTips, Links, Blogs, Apps & more, French phrasebook and index.

Monaco Travel Guide (Quick Trips Series): Sights, Culture, Food, Shopping & Fun

Crystal Stewart

Enjoy your trip to France with the Monaco Travel Guide: Sights, Culture, Food, Shopping & Fun.The Quick Trips to France Series provides key information about the best sights and experiences if you have just a few days to spend in the exciting destination of Monaco. So don't waste time! We give you sharp facts and opinions that are accessible to you quickly when in Monaco. Like the best and most famous sightseeing attractions & fun activities (including Cathedral of Monaco, Collection des Voitures Anciennes de le Prince, Jardin Exotique, Les Grands Appartements du Palais, Musee Oceanographique de Monaco, Nouveau Musee National de Monaco, Casino Gardens Cabaret, Princess Antoinette Park, Casino Gardens and Terraces, Japanese Garden, St. Martin Gardens, Zoological Gardens, Princess Grace Rose Garden & Fontvieille Park, Museum of Napoleonic Souvenirs & Historical Archives, Naval Museum, Opera House, Monte Carlo Casino, Sainte Dévote Church, Fort Antoine Theater, Circuit de Monaco, Grimaldi Forum, Marlborough Fine Arts Gallery, Larvotto Beach), where to experience the local culture, great local restaurant choices and accommodation for the budget-minded. Where to shop until you drop, party the night away and then relax and recover!Also included is information about the typical weather conditions in Monaco, Entry Requirements, Health Insurance, Travelling with Pets, Airports & Airlines in France, Currency, Banking & ATMs, Credit Cards, Reclaiming VAT, Tipping Policy, Mobile Phones, Dialling Code, Emergency numbers, Public Holidays in France, Time Zone, Daylight Savings Time, School Holidays, Trading Hours, Driving Laws, Smoking Laws, Drinking Laws, Electricity, Tourist Information (TI), Food & Drink Trends, and a list of useful travel websites.The Monaco Travel Guide: Sights, Culture, Food, Shopping & Fun - don't visit France without it!Available in print and in ebook formats.

Living in Monaco

Zsolt Szemerszky

A comprehensive, objective and brutally honest book about the Principality of Monaco and its living environment. The author intended to hunt down the myth around Monaco and to go beyond gossips. It is not a travel book, it is an ultimate guideline to those who are aiming to get a glimpse about the real Monaco and who have the desire to relocate their personal or business life to the Principality. Traps, frauds, socialite games, benefits, advantages are all covered with tools to reach out the maximum potential in the shortest period of time. Reading the "Living in Monaco" book you will face the really important questions, such as the required funds to relocate your family versus the small amount shortcuts toward your aims. The author discloses some of his personal experiences regarding how you can relocate from 20 000 Euro, how can you receive a 10 Million Euro credit line without having any kind of assets or how people use the label "Monaco" to collect multi million Euro funds. Through the previously untold stories the aim of present book is to raise attention to the most typical frauds and moral hazards usually committed by non-Monaco based gold diggers and fortune hunters. Present book is also intended to support the local businesses by educating their prospective clients and to be your own practical guide, including all the main contacts you need to proceed further with the aims and goals you deserve.

Top Ten Sights: Monaco

Mark Jones

‘Top Ten Sights: Monaco’ is the ultimate guide to a fascinating city, giving you the background and history on the top ten attractions. We focus on the essentials; there are ten chapters of text, one on each attraction, all written by our team of experienced travel writers.With so many different monuments, historical sights, restaurants, shops bars and nightlife to see, make sure that you experience the best of everything Monaco has to offer, and don't miss a thing - ‘Top Ten Sights: Monaco’ is the only guide you need!

Secrets of the Seven Smallest States of Europe: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City

Thomas M. Eccardt

This unique book examines the history, culture, and inner workings of the seven smallest independent countries in Europe. These are among the oldest states on the continent and, despite their diversity, they have much in common. Most have relatively high per capita incomes and life expectancies, and relatively low unemployment. This narrative presents the unique issues that confront small countries, including maintaining their independence, economic viability, preserving their native languages, and sustaining their governments. The second part of the book describes each microstate in turn, showing how each one has met these challenges and adapted over time. These concise and engaging chapters contain cultural information on subjects including the arts, gastronomy, and popular tourist sites.

Insight Guides: Flexi Map Nice, Cannes and Monaco (Insight Flexi Maps)

Insight Guides

Flexi Map Nice, Cannes and Monaco is laminated, durable and includes 3 separate maps, each map has its own index that has been categorised for ease of use. Inside Flexi Map Nice, Cannes and Monaco:

A list of recommended sights, divided by theme and linked to the mapping by numbered markers.

A handy information section with concise details on getting around, tourist offices, money, tipping, opening times, public holidays, telecommunications, emergency telephone numbers and climate.

The main map of Nice, Cannes and Monaco is at a scale of 1:15 000 (1cm = 0.15km). One way streets, car parks, pedestrian zones, and public transport routes are clearly shown.

Many prominent public buildings, hotels and other places of interest are highlighted and listed in the extensive index.

A separate map of public transport routes is located on the back cover for easy reference. About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

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Monaco: The Colors of Time's Passage

Mic Chamblas-Ploton

The beauty of Monaco—Colette called it “a country whose borders are made of flowers”—is revealed as never before in this new book from French photographer Jean-Baptiste Leroux. Leroux focuses his lens not on the usual tourist attractions, but rather on the passage of time. As an artist fascinated by light, Leroux visited the same landscapes over and over at different hours of the day and night, capturing the subtle, shifting colors of the city: skies, waves, belle epoque mansions, the Casino, the Monte Carlo harbor, parks, and more. From dawn to dusk, in all seasons, these delicate images reveal Monaco’s natural and architectural beauty. In her accompanying text, Mic Chamblas-Ploton explores the history of the Monegasque landscape.

Monaca (Images of America)

Carol Dietrich Ripper

Monaca is a Beaver County river town located 25 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was founded by dissidents of the Harmony Society in 1832. Their New Philadelphia Society lasted less than two years, but many settlers stayed and laid the foundation for the community they named Phillipsburg. In 1892, the name of the town was changed to Monaca in honor of the Iroquois chief Monacatootha. Monaca will take readers on a journey down memory lane to visit businesses such as Hahn and Reno Furniture, Callaghans Pharmacy, Balamut Electric Shop, Frank’s Place, Graters Dairy Bar, Heckman’s Hardware Store, M.W. Carey Grocer, and H.C. Weirich Bakery. The town’s rich history is relived with stories about its churches, schools, hotels, bridges, and people. In 1892, the Phoenix Glass Company began production; it would survive four devastating fires and become part of Anchor Hocking Glass Company. These stories and many others are waiting to be told in Monaca.

Exercise normal security precautions

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

Crime

The crime rate is lower than in most European countries. Nevertheless, be vigilant in public places, tourist areas and at the Monaco train station, where petty crimes (pickpocketing, purse snatching and theft from cars) may occur. 

Public transportation

Taxis are plentiful. Rental cars are widely available.

The local bus system is inexpensive and convenient and stops at most tourist attractions.

A train connects Monaco with Nice (France), where the nearest airport is located. The principality is served by commuter train between Nice to the west and the Italian border to the east, and is also linked to France and Italy by high-speed trains, including the TGV.

Consult our Transportation Safety page in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

General safety information

Exercise normal safety precautions. Ensure that personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times. Do not leave your valuables in an unattended vehicle.

Theft of passports or other important documents should be reported to the nearest police station or Sûreté publique.

Emergency services

Dial 112 for police, fire department or ambulance services.

Health

Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.
Vaccines

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.

Influenza

Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. Get the flu shot.

Measles

Measles occurs worldwide but is a common disease in developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. Measles is a highly contagious disease. Be sure your vaccination against measles is up-to-date regardless of the travel destination.
 

Rabies

Rabies is a disease that attacks the central nervous system spread to humans through a bite, scratch or lick from a rabid animal. Vaccination should be considered for travellers going to areas where rabies exists and who have a high risk of exposure (i.e., close contact with animals, occupational risk, and children).

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Risk
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
Recommendation
  • Vaccination is not recommended.
Food/Water

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Western Europe. When in doubt, remember…boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!


Insects

Insects and Illness

In some areas in Western Europe, certain insects carry and spread diseases like Lyme disease, tick-borne encephalitis, and West Nile virus.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.


Malaria

Malaria

There is no risk of malaria in this country.


Animals

Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in some areas in Western Europe, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.


Person-to-Person

Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.


Medical services and facilities

Medical services and facilities

Good medical care is widely available.

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention page for more information.

Illegal drugs

Penalties for cultivation, possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict. Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences.

Driving laws

You must be at least 18 years of age to drive a car in Monaco. An International Driving Permit is recommended.

Penalties for drinking and driving are strict. Convicted offenders can expect fines.

Money

The currency of Monaco is the euro (EUR).

When crossing one of the external border control points of the European Union (EU), you must make a declaration to customs upon entry or exit if you have at least €10,000, or the equivalent in other currencies. The sum can be in cash, cheques, money orders, traveller’s cheques or any other convertible assets. This does not apply if you are travelling within the EU or in transit to a non-EU country. For more information on the EU legislation and links to EU countries’ sites, visit the web page of the European Commission on cash controls.

Climate

Monaco is subject to extremely hot and dry weather in summer.