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...

Monte Carlo Casino, Moncao
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Monaco Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

2 sq km (0.8 sq miles).

Population

30,500 (2013).

Population density

15,250 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

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are in use.

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 2014

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.

There is no resident British diplomatic mission in Monaco. If you need urgent consular assistance, contact the British Consulate in Marseille.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism.

Most visits are trouble-free: the main types of incident for which British nationals required consular assistance in Monaco in 2010 was for replacing lost or stolen passports.

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