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THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME
For more than seven centuries, Monaco is an exception. Managing to remain a sovereign domain, then state, the smallest country in the world is a legend by itself. Ideally located between the Alps Mountains and the Mediterranean, the place is about luxury, gastronomy, wellness, family and friends, safety, tradition and modernity. Over its 2 square kilometers, 10 Michelin stars meets hotels of the highest standards, and the pavements have seen the most prominent personalities of their time walk over them. As a couple, with family or friends, the Principality is the ideal destination to get the best out of the present moment and have good time in complete serenity.
One of the key of Monaco’s success is to always adapt and be at the best of its time, while always keeping the fundamentals that built the legend. Belle Époque style is neighboring modern architecture, overlooking a brand new district currently rising over the Mediterranean Sea.
Monaco is where emissions are low and ethics are high, where sustainable luxury can be found all around, from grand hotels and day spas to its renowned restaurants and world-class event.
Whether you want to sit at a table, discover Monaco by cycling through the streets or enjoy the pleasures of Nature along the ‘balconies overlooking the Mediterranean Sea’, the Principality will offer you unforgettable moments.
The Principality of Monaco is not just a destination, it is the experience of a lifetime.
PLACES OF MONACO
Symbolic capital of the City-state, Monaco-Ville is the historical heart of the Principality. The narrow streets of the highest Monegasque district, called “The Rock” by the locals, are the beginning of the legend of the Grimaldi dynasty, when, in 1297, Francois Grimaldi – nicknamed “Malizia” – take over the fortress, leading a small company of armed men disguised as Franciscans monks. Still today, in testimonial to this founding event, the Monaco coat of arms pictures a monk with a sword.
The Palace is the Prince’s residence, and the change of guards can be watched every day at 11:55 am on the front square. It is relatively quick to take a full tour of the district, and yet, not difficult to spend a full day there. On the edge of a cliff, in front of the Mediterranean, lays the Oceanographic Museum, main attraction for the visitors, no matter if they are here for a day or more. A little bit higher in the district, stands the Monaco Cathedral, where numerous visitor come to pay their homage to the passed Princes and Princesses. Mandatory visit for anyone coming to the Principality, Monaco-Ville overlooks all Monaco and is the living memory of the smallest country in the world.
The traditional Monaco Market place is in the heart of this district, colorful ! Outside one can buy fruits, vegetables or local fishes. The inside is a food court where several booths propose a wide variety of dishes to be eaten in a friendly atmosphere on the large tables there, or to go. This is the area where the unexpected side of Monaco is vibrant and alive.
Hercules harbor is a place of many activities. All year long, one can admire yachts of all sizes, here for a few days or permanently. The Monaco Yacht Club, building designed by Sir Norman Foster, provide to its members a high-level meeting place, considered as an “earthly yacht” by the sailing lovers. The walk in front of the sea is an entertainment place that gathers several bars and restaurants, making it one of the place to be for Monaco’s nightlife. It is there that starts the Grand Prix (Formula 1, Formula E, and Historical). From there, the sensation of the race, the vibration of the cars, the sound of the engines, is an experience like nowhere else in the world. It is also there that, during the weeks before Monaco National Day (November 19) settle the traditional Christmas Market. It is also there that the open pool of the summer turns into an ice-skating rink in winter.
The district is the jewel of Monegasque luxury. At the heart is the legendary Place du Casino, recently renovated. On a perimeter of a few hundred meters are the famous Hotel Hermitage and Hotel Fairmont, in front of which stands the legendary “hairpin” of the F1 Grand Prix.
It is also a place of entertainment, whether you want to gamble – secret agent or femme fatale style – in the Monte-Carlo Casino, have a pool party on a rooftop at Nikki Beach or enjoy an a Mozart masterpiece in the Opera Garnier.
Monte-Carlo is also a shopping district that concentrates the biggest designer brands that visitors to Monaco can discover. The promenade is a permanent exhibition of fashion and beautiful objects, best done on foot, especially via its pedestrian streets. It is also a place of conviviality with many restaurants. Among them, the Michelin starred Vistamar, or the trendy Nobu.
Symbolic district of luxury and excellence, it is also a living theater for all those who sit on a terrace or stroll there enjoying the endless spectacle of luxury cars and haute-couture outfits and tuxedos, and live the legend of Monte-Carlo.
LARVOTTO & THE BEACHES
Back in 1966, the district of Larvotto was completely rebuilt with multiple residential buildings. It has been the seaside building since then. It is here that marks the beginning of the policies of major works initiated by Prince Rainier III and which continue today, in the same location, with the extension project on the sea which will be completed in 2025. At the heart of the summer season, this part of Monaco is at the heart of activities, day and night.
The beaches offer sunbathing during the day and beach restaurants in the evening. Many other establishments dot the Avenue Princesse Grace offering gastronomy from all over the world. This is also where the Grimaldi Forum is located, which hosts a major exhibition every summer and congresses and shows all year round. The New National Museum of Monaco has its second exhibition space there, the Villa Sauber. Finally, the panorama would not be complete without mentioning the iconic Sporting de Monte-Carlo, which offers dinner concerts and hosted the most legendary artists of their time from Frank Sinatra to Alicia Keys, including Tina Turner and Barry White.
THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HERE
In a place where safety is perceptible, where luxury is everywhere, where fine dining is an art, your stay will not be like one among others; it will be an exceptional experience. Make your entrance in style and book helicopter transfer. It’s an easy ride of 7 minutes from Nice International Airport, located just 25 km away from the Principality. Then, let yourself be spoiled by professional staff who will create tailor-made experience, according to your desires.
The city is bigger than it looks and what the country lacks in size, it makes up for in history, culture, entertainment and character. It has been home to numerous festivals and international sporting events for decades. It offers a variety of museums, world-class hotels, exclusive shopping, sumptuous gastronomy and vibrant nightlife scene all year long.
Discover all the treasures of this small state and its surroundings, whether you prefer to walk, pedal, drive, or be driven. Because today, the Principality is a Smart city.
Whether you look for an short city break, a family or friend getaway, a romantic escape or a revitalizing experience, there is no place like Monaco.
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