Overview of Monaco

 

At the western end of the French Côte d'Azur lies the independent city-state of Monaco. For many years, the Principality has been the playground of the Western world – a place where celebrities and the super-rich gather to enjoy the sun, a glamorous lifestyle and that trifling matter of a tax-free income.

Under the indulgent eye of the world's most publicised Royal families, you can join the place that has more millionaires per capita than anywhere else. Whilst native 'Monagasques' make up only about 15 per cent of the population, the rest make up for their lack of authentic belonging with lavish displays of opulent wealth and the pleasures afforded by the world's most expensive real estate.

As a visitor, it all makes for tremendous fun just dipping a toe into such stratospheric social circles – and enjoying the unparalleled opportunities for people-watching.

Corporate travel to Monaco can be arranged to take in the legendary Grand Prix, whose cars screech around its roads in the second week of May each year. There is plenty here for the leisure traveller to enjoy too – but take care not to lose your shirt at the casinos and gambling tables!

Monaco has a colourful history to match its flamboyant present. Disguised as a Franciscan monk, Francois Grimaldi reclaimed a fortress on the Rock of Monaco from rival Italians in the late 13th century. The name Monaco derives from the Italian for monk.

In the 19th century Prince Charles III established the first casino, in order to restore wealth to the country – and thus Monte Carlo was born.

This is the place to see and be seen, and to rub shoulders with royalty.

Climate

Monaco enjoys a mild, pleasant Mediterranean climate. On average, it enjoys about 300 days of sunshine a year.

Summer temperatures average around 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit), and the winter climate is similarly pleasant, only dropping to an average of 11 degrees Celsius (52 degrees Fahrenheit).

July and August are the hottest months, but the spring and autumn are the perfect times to visit as temperatures are at their most comfortable.

Language

The official language of Monaco is French, but English and Italian are spoken, as are the local languages of Mongasque and Occitan.

Passport Visa

France handles immigration and customs matters for Monaco. You may need a Schengen visa (short stay visa) to stay in the country for more than 90 days. Please check the rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.

Non-EEA passengers to Monaco must hold return/onward tickets and sufficient funds to cover their expenses while in the country.

Safety

Trips to Monaco are usually trouble-free.

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