Places in Monaco

Top events in Monaco

February
19

First held in 1981, Imagina is the first European festival dedicated to the ever-changing world of computer graphics. Billed as 'The European...

March
22

The Monaco International Salsa Festival gathers some of the best salsa dancers for this special event, which features three evening shows and...

April
13

The world’s tennis aces battle it out on this clay court, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006. Part of the ATP World Tour Masters...

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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 Serge Telle since 2016.

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: 09 February 2016

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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