Monaco: heart of the French Riviera

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Published: February 18, 2015 5:29:43 PM

Monaco is a tiny strip bounded by the French Riviera to the west and nestling under the foothills of the Alps

Monaco offers a great balance of historical and modern attractionsMonaco offers a great balance of historical and modern attractions

Monaco is a tiny strip bounded by the French Riviera to the west and nestling under the foothills of the Alps. It is the second smallest country in the world after the Vatican City. Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco has coastline of 2.5 miles long, the country’s reputation far exceeds than its size. It is an ideal destination for tourists and nature lovers.

Monaco has achieved great heights in the fields of leisure and business tourism, gastronomy and hotels, art and culture, wellness and world-class sport. It offers a great balance of historical and modern attractions. It hosts every summer, the Monaco Grand Prix, which needs no introduction. The race is run on the Monte Carlo’s most narrow and twisted streets. The thrilling part of the Grand Prix is the proximity of the speeding Formula One cars to the spectators.

Monaco does not have its own airport but one can choose a helicopter ride or by train or by yatchMonaco does not have its own airport but one can choose a helicopter ride or by train or by yatch

Monaco is home to some of the best pubs, restaurants, casinos of the world and the nightlife is an important part of the city. Jimmy’z is a famous nightclub where one can spot stars from all over the world. Monaco is one of the safest places on the earth. Another hot spot is the Sass Café, it is the “IN” spot for the celebrities. It has witnessed many international stars like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Prince Albert II, etc.

The casino in Monte Carlo is the keystone of Monaco’s legend, a trip to this tiny nation would be incomplete without a visit to the famous Casino de Monte Carlo. At Casino La Rascasse one can choose to play from 85 slot machines and can try out many exciting games that are interactive. Three Bond films including Casino Royale, Golden Eye, and Never Say Never Again were filmed here in Monaco.

525x350Monaco3The food in Monaco is inspired by the rich culinary heritage and abundance of fresh and flavourful ingredients. With over 170 restaurants throughout in Monaco, cuisine is diverse as grilled meat or fish dishes and other exotic cuisine also appear on the menu. At the Hôtel Hermitage, Le Vistamar displays its Michelin star. Under the direction of acclaimed chef Joël Garault, dinners here fall under the spell of a Mediterranean- influenced seafood menu complimented by views of Monaco’s yacht-filled harbor.

The legendary Monte Carlo’s Golden Circle is the spot to shop. Fashion enthusiasts can shop from brands like Chanel, Christian Dior, Celine, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Valentino, etc. Metropole center is worth visiting to see the luxurious shopping center.

525x350MonacoThe floating palaces at Port Hercule in La Condamine is a very famous attraction. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Rock of Monaco and the Prince’s Palace which is home to the current monarch. It is the same place where in the year 2001, Prince Albert II married Princess Charlene Wittstock. Fontvielle and exotic gardens to the western side of Monaco includes the Automobile Museum.

Monaco does not have its own airport but one can choose a helicopter ride or by train or by yatch. As one flies in a helicopter ride the tourists can enjoy some of the Monaco’s top attractions.

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