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Monaco: Where Great Minds Meet

Its climate and location on the shores of the Mediterranean make Monaco a favorite destination, including for a holiday of sheer relaxation and fun. True culture haven, the Principality of Monaco is a permanent entertainment in itself! Constantly simmering in artistic excitement, Monaco lives in continual motion and is always at the top of the bill!

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Be it by land, sea, air or rail, all roads lead to Monaco!

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A diversity of museums and places to visit await.

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Gaming fans have been flocking to Monte-Carlo for centuries.

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Monaco by Night

An exciting night or a night of glamour, night club or gala evening, a night in Monaco will always be exceptional! Thrills are guaranteed with an evening at the casinos, so choose between the Casino, the Café de Paris, the Sun Casino and the Salle des Palmiers. All different, they complement each other so you experience an exhilarating evening.

A night in Monaco offers such variety that you will need to spend more than one night to fully appreciate it, galas at the Salle des Etoiles at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club, international variety shows at the Cuban bar at the Casino, lounge bars or techno music. Unforgettable memories to take away with you!

Relaxation and Wellness

Sun, sea and mountains, relaxing in the Principality is a true pleasure. As much for practicing sport as for a fitness break, the many suitable facilities and beauty institutes available in Monaco, will meet all your requirements. In addition, many sporting events can be followed throughout the year in the Principality.

Nothing is more calming than the Mediterranean Sea sparkling at the foot of the Rock. Under the Cote d’Azur sun you can indulge yourself in the pleasure of the sea and lounge on the Larvotto beaches; or alternatively luxuriate in the outdoor swimming pool with a view overlooking the port or even the many heated swimming pools available in the hotels.

Events

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Each year the Principality welcomes visitors to experience the unique hospitality that has made Monaco the premier destination for world travelers. From the towering cliffs, glorious harbors and luxurious hotels to Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and the Monaco Grand Prix, Monaco offers an endless array of year-round amusements and amenities for both business and pleasure.

Monte-Carlo Historic Grand Prix and Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix

Considered a "must-see" of all the world's historic races, the Monte-Carlo Historic Grand Prix is a retrospective of the golden age of car racing that takes place every other year on the famous track of Monaco using the roads of the Principality that haven´t changed since the first race on April 14, 1929.

Every spring, sports car fans from around the globe descend on the Principality of Monaco to witness the Monaco F1 Grand Prix, the only race in the world that is held on city streets. Spectators delight in the raucous noise of the roaring engines as they speed along the Boulevard Albert 1er up toward the Casino and around the hairpin turn in front of the Fairmont Monte Carlo. Organized by the Automobile Club of Monaco, the Monaco Grand Prix is one of the world's most popular international sporting events and takes place each year during the last weekend in May.

Rose Ball

This is one of the major charity events in Monaco. Created in 1954, it benefits the Princess Grace Foundation. Each year, H.H.R. The Princess of Hanover selects a new theme.

There are always ravishing bouquets of thousands of roses decorating the Salle des Etoiles in the Sporting d'Eté complex. Top-name performers delight the audience, who grace the event with their finest attire. This prestigious fund-raising event is open to the public.

Monte-Carlo International Fireworks Festival

This free event attracts thousands from the area to view some of the most beautiful and original fireworks around. The competition has been held since 1966 and brings pyrotechnic specialists from around the world to show off their talent.

Family

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Monte Carlo Munchkins Club

Located in the center of Monte-Carlo, and 2 minutes from the Japanese Garden, MCM offers an array of playful, challenging activities and educational workshops for children aged 1 – 8 years old. Children from 4 years onward can stay at MCM without parental guidance.

Activities include Arts & Crafts Workshops, Cooking Classes, Dance Classes, Music Classes (Kindermusik), Games, and more!

Monuments

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Monte-Carlo Casino

It was built in 1893 by Charles Garnier, the architect of the Paris Opera House. Its marble paved "atrium", surrounded with 28 Ionic columns made of onyx, gives access to the Opera Hall (no visits) which is entirely decorated in red and gold, with bas-reliefs and sculptures.

For more than a century, its stage has been the setting for international operatic creations, prestigious concerts, and exceptional ballets. Its series of "Gaming Rooms" are marvelously decorated with stained glass windows, sculptures, and allegorical paintings.

Monaco Cathedral

Built with the stark white stones from La Turbie in 1875, this Roman-Byzantine-style building houses the burial places of past sovereigns, including Prince Rainier and Princess Grace.

From the interior design, you can admire an altarpiece by the Niçois painter Louis Bréa dating from 1500 as well as the high alter and the Episcopal throne of Carrara white marble. Pontifical services are held during great liturgical celebrations accompanied by the harmonies of a grand organ with four keyboards, inaugurated in 1976 the magnificence of which permits the organisation of outstanding spiritual concerts. From September to June every Sunday at 10am, mass is sung by the “Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco” and “Cathedral Choir”.

Prince's Palace (State Apartments)

Guardian of an ancient tradition, this Palace located in a unique setting upon the "Rock" of Monaco, was built on the site of a fortress erected by the Genoese in 1215.

Today the splendors of this Palace can be admired by all, such as its Italian-style gallery and its 15th century frescoes; its Louis XVth lounge all in yellow and gold, its blue room, a harmonious blend of glorious blue and gold; its Mazarin room covered with multicoloured wood-panelling; the Throne Room, decorated with an impressive Renaissance fireplace; the Palatine Chapel built in the 17th century; St-Mary's Tower, built from the white stones of nearby La Turbie; the Main Courtyard and its 17th century Carrara marble double staircase.

Fort Antoine

This fortress built at the beginning of the 18th century, is now an open-air theater; it was rebuilt in 1953 under the initiative of Prince Rainier III being damaged in 1944.

Its military architecture, watchtower and the almost total solitude which can be found there, combine to give it a unique and particular charm. Its stage has been pleasantly arranged with a pyramid of cannon balls at its centre. The military architecture of the fort is emphasised by the pittosporum hedges which serve as protection as there is no parapet.

Museums

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Nouveau Musée National de Monaco - Villa Sauber / Villa Paloma

The NMNM reveals the Principality of Monaco’s Heritage and sheds light on contemporary creation through temporary exhibitions in its two locations – Villa Paloma and Villa Sauber. This approach is part and parcel of an unusual territory whose history has always been marked by the dialogue between artistic, cultural and scientific disciplines as well as the support given to creators, thinkers and researchers.

Oceanographic Museum

Built on the side of the mythical Rock of Monaco, the Oceanographic Museum (pictured above) has been watching over the oceans for over a century. Founded by the Prince Albert I, great grandfather of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, it was designed as a Palace entirely dedicated to Art and Science.

From the aquariums to the collections of Natural History, including the Shark Lagoon and the Turtle’s Island situated on the panoramic terrace, the Museum offers to visitors a unique learning experience to know, love and protect the oceans.

Faithful to the vision of its Founder "to gather together in a common eclat the two driving forces of civilization: Art and Science," the Oceanographic Museum opens its doors to contemporary art and hosts major exhibitions by renown international artists like Damien Hirst, Huang Yong Ping, Mark Dion and Marc Quinn.

Exhibition of HSH The Prince of Monaco’s Car Collection

Located on the Terraces de Fontvieille, this remarkable exhibition brings together almost 100 classic cars of all vintages and models, made by prestigious European and US car companies as well as six historic coaches now belonging to Prince Albert of Monaco.

The Sculpture Path

On the initiative of the Sovereign Prince, Monaco has been enriched over the years with inspiring works by internationally renowned artists. Sculpture occupies a special place in the Principality and many fine examples are strategically placed throughout: in the streets, walkways and gardens so the public can admire and appreciate these important and valuable pieces.

A collection of almost 100 breath-taking creations by contemporary sculptural artists make extraordinary cultural statements for the enjoyment of visitors and locals alike!

While many of these oversized sculptures are placed in gardens and parks throughout the Principality, a special pedestrian walk located in the Fontvieille district, features the majority of monumental works which may be discovered on foot.

Restaurants

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An integral part of the international ambiance that Monaco exudes, is the variety of cuisines available within its borders. Some of the world's great chefs share their passion for pairing great wines and friendly welcoming venues with their fine foods, using fresh, seasonal and local produce farmed, fished or lovingly tended in and around the Principality.

More than 170 restaurants and fine eateries dotted throughout the Principality offer specialties from gourmet grills to ravishing roasts using fresh fish, cured meats and local farm favorites.

Michelin Starred Restaurants

The Principality, favored place of gastronomy. An integral part of this new way of life which gives flavor to a stay in the Principality, gastronomy is greatly honored by the great chefs who know so well how to share their passion and pass on the richness of the land. Explore the menus of Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo, Le Blue Bay, Le Vistamar and more.

Brasserie Cuisine

So typically French, the brasseries offer the ideal place to enjoy a mouth-watering steak with French fries in a traditional atmosphere including waiters wearing their ubiquitous aprons. Visit Brasserie Cafe De Paris, Tony, and others!

Mediterranean Cuisine

With its seafood, regional dishes or Monegasque specialities, Mediterranean cuisine is one of the simplest and healthiest forms of cooking, with its olive oil and fine herbs offering many a surprise. Visit Le Dauphin Vert, Horizon Deck, or Castelroc for delicious eats!

Monaco's diverse offering of restaurants won't leave you hungry!

Shopping

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Monaco is, quite simply, the undisputed international capital of luxury. The greatest names in fashion have established themselves in the Principality - haute couture clothing and shoes, jewelery and time pieces, perfumes, cosmetics, accessories - the world's most beautiful finery is showcased in the Principality of Monaco.

The Monte-Carlo Carré d’Or

The Carré d’Or boutiques bear the most famous names in luxury and offer you the latest creations from fashion designers such as Hermès, Céline, Christian Dior, Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Ichthys and more.

Le Marché de La Condamine

La Condamine Market opened on 18 November 1880, when Count F. Gastaldi was mayor. It was renovated for the first time in 1992 to reflect evolutions in foods and consumer expectations. A complete overhaul gave La Condamine market hall a more regional focus, both in the produce on sale and in the decoration.

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