Monaco is located in Western Europe, along the southeastern coast of France. Monaco’s 4 kilometers of coastline is along the area known as the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur), which has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches along the Mediterranean Sea.
Monaco is only 2 square kilometers, making it the second smallest sovereign nation in the world, after Holy Sea (Vatican City). It is nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, bounded by the French Riviera to the west and the Italian Riviera to the east. On average, the Monaco enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year.
People native to Monaco are called Monegasque. A person born in a foreign country but resident in Monaco is a Monacoian. Monaco is unusual because the native Monegasques people are actually in the minority in the country, making up less than a fifth of Monaco’s population. The population is made up mostly of wealthy foreigners.
The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most famous races in the world. Drivers take to the streets of Monaco, tackling its tight corners, narrow streets and famous tunnel. Monaco is famous for its casino in Monte Carlo, however, residents of Monaco are not allowed to gamble or even enter the casino! The spectacular Monte Carlo Casino is an absolute must-see, even if you don’t plan on gambling.
Elsewhere in Monaco, visitors will find a wide range of private art galleries as well as upscale boutiques and some of Europe’s finest retail outlets. One of Monaco’s most famous attractions is the internationally renowned Oceanographic Museum. Built in 1910 at the dramatic edge of a cliff near the Monaco Cathedral, the museum is a real stunner.
Monaco-Ville, the historic medieval core of Monaco, known for its charming, narrow streets and picturesque buildings, Monaco-Ville is one of Europe’s most wondrous treasures. From world-class gambling to exclusive shopping, fascinating museums to splendorous natural scenery, Monaco has something for everyone.