Places in Monaco

Top events in Monaco

November
19

National Day happens every year on 19 November and celebrates Monaco’s independence as a principality. The day is marked with a parade, a...

December
01

Monte Carlo gets into the festive spirit every December when the Christmas market arrives in town. You can shop for gifts and imbibe the seasonal...

January
15

After an absence of four years, the Monte Carlo Rally was back in 2012. Kicking off the World Rally Championship, this legendary event sees...

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Monaco Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

2 sq km (0.8 sq miles).

Population

30,508 (2014).

Population density

15,254 per sq km.

Capital

Monaco.

Government

Constitutional monarchy.

Head of state

Prince Albert II since 2005.

Head of government

Minister of State Michel Roger since 2010.

Electricity

230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are standard.

From the multi million pound yachts glinting in Monte Carlo harbour, to the endless flow of golden champagne, Monaco oozes privilege. Celebrities flock to this Mediterranean members-only club, with its opulent lifestyle, discreet banking facilities and heavily policed streets.

For visitors wishing to bask in some Monaco glitz, there are big annual events such as the Tennis Masters Series in April and the Formula 1 Grand Prix in May. Other festivals include the Monaco International Non Violent Film Festival, the Monte Carlo Opera and the annual Spring Arts Festival.

Away from the glamour, Monaco's balmy climate and seaside location make it a naturally beautiful place to visit; enjoy scenic walking routes, pretty costal bays and al fresco cafés. For those with a couple of days to spare, Provence, the French Riviera and Italy are in easy reach.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 29 July 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.


Crime

Police have issued warnings that counterfeit Euro notes are in circulation. Check that notes you receive are genuine.

Street crime is rare, but you should take sensible precautions to safeguard your passport and valuables.

Thefts have occurred on trains to and from Monaco, and at Nice airport, particularly at the car rental parks where bags have been stolen while drivers are loading their cars. 

Road travel

To drive in Monaco you must have a valid UK driving licence, insurance and vehicle documents. If you are driving a vehicle that does not belong to you then written permission from the registered owner may also be required.

The minimum age for driving a car is 18 years

Speed and alcohol limits are strictly enforced.

See the AA and RAC guides on driving in Monaco.

Swimming

Follow local advice regarding swimming in the sea especially if jellyfish are present in the sea.

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