Monaco , officially known as the Principality of Monaco, is a is a small sovereign city-state located in South Western Europe on the northern central coast of the Mediterranean Sea, having a land border on three sides only with France, and being about 16 km (9.9 mi) away from Italy. Its size is just under 2 km² with an estimated population of almost 33,000. Monaco is the world's most densely populated sovereign country. Monaco is the name of the country as well as the name of its capital city.
Since it is regarded as a tax haven; many of its inhabitants are wealthy and from foreign countries, making up about 84% of the population.
Monaco government is a constitutional monarchy and principality. His Serene Highness Prince Albert II is the current head of state.
The House of Grimaldi has ruled Monaco since 1297, and the state's sovereignty was officially recognized by the Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1861. Monaco's defense is the responsibility of France.
In ancient history, the Rock of Monaco was a shelter for primitive populations. The history of Monaco is said to have started in the 13th Century. On 10th June 1215, the Genoan family of the Gibelins laid the first stone of the castle, which is still today the Prince's Palace. To attract new inhabitants, the initial masters of the Rock offered advantageous conditions to newcomers : territorial concessions, tax exemption.
For over 700 years, the history of Monaco has been linked to that of the Grimaldi Dynasty which has celebrated in 1997, the anniversary of its accession to the Principality of Monaco.
Benefiting from an ideal geographical location, the Principality of Monaco enjoys very mild winters and remarkably sunny summers. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, Monaco is a pleasant place to live all year round. In addition, ski resorts in the Alps are only an hour's drive away.
We were first there in August of 1999.
Getting to Monte Carlo:
The most direct way is by air. The Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (French: Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur) (IATA: NCE, ICAO: LFMN) is located 3.2 NM (5.9 km; 3.7 mi) southwest of Nice, in the Alpes-Maritimes department of France. The airport is located 7 km (4 mi) west of the city center, and it is the principal port of arrival for passengers to the Côte d'Azur. It is the third most important airport in France after the Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Orly Airport, both in Paris. Due to its proximity to the Principality of Monaco, it also serves as that city-state's airport, with helicopter service linking the city of Monaco and the airport. Some airlines market Monaco as a destination via of the Nice Airport.
There are several ways to travel from Nice Airport to Monaco.
The quickest way is via helicopter, the fare depends upon the time of year; but it is about 95-100 Euros a person and takes about six minutes, with departures every 20 minutes. Telephone +377 92 050 050 or http://www.heliairmonaco.com/
A taxi from immediately outside the terminal building to Monte Carlo currently costs 80 Euros, rising to 90 Euros in the evenings, weekends and public holidays (2008 prices) , excluding any tip for up to four passengers inclusive, and takes 30-45 minutes depending upon local traffic conditions.
An alternative way is the Airport Express coach from just outside the terminal building to Nice Railway Station. Cost 6 Euros a person. From Nice Railway Station trains run regularly to Monte Carlo and takes around half an hour. Cost 5 Euros a person single ticket. If arriving during the day, you' re not in a rush and aren't laden down with suitcases, the train journey to or from Nice Railway Station is worth the extra time as the train runs along the coast and takes you past many pretty Mediterranean bays.
Another alternative is to take a taxi to Nice Railway Station (around 45 Euros for up to four passengers) and then the train. Once in Monaco there is a very efficient bus service, with fares costing a Euro for each journey. Bus frequency on most routes is every ten minutes, and destinations are clearly marked at each bus stop. Just pay a Euro as you board the bus and tell the driver your destination.
There are numerous flights & hotels to the Monaco area.
There are several Guided Tour Agencies offering standard city, and historical tours of Monaco and the surrounding area.
After arranging your flight we would suggest getting your hotel and then letting them arrange tours of the area for you. If you call the hotels Concierge Services ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.
We do this all the time. It is safe and it works!!! We have never experienced a problem doing it this way!
We have links to Priceline.com on our page so that you can arrange your flight and hotel in the Monaco area.
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|On Our Way To Monaco|
Then On To Monte Carlo
|The Bay At Monaco|
Monte Carlo Is On The Far Side
|We Found George's|
French Cousin at Dinner
|Look At The Resemblance!|
|At Our Dinner|
"In Back, Grandmother,
Nihal Roberts" And Daniela Leavitt
Audrey And George
|The "Rock" Of Monaco|
With The Palace
|George and the Lights Below||City Lights From Castle Wall|
|The Castle at Monaco|
|The Castle at Monaco|
|Night View Of The Casino|
Of Monte Carlo
|A Day Time View|
|The Palace Square|
|Monaco Casino||Hercules Port|
|Port Of Monaco||Monaco From La Turbie|
|Monaco From Cap Martin||Monaco From Vista Palace|