Favourably situated on the Mediterranean Sea, the tiny, picturesque principality of Monaco is the world’s second smallest independent state. Known for its excessive opulence, glamour and hedonism, Monaco is a luxurious playground for the rich and famous. This prestigious city-state offers a wide range of both historical and modern attractions. Dubbed 'the rock' due to its remarkable medieval stone architecture, the oldest area of the city is Monaco-Ville where the pedestrian streets are strewn with numerous lavish palaces, immaculate gardens and of course the glorious Romanesque-Byzantine Monaco Cathedral. The second oldest area is the magnificent marina, La Condamine, which is typically adorned with extravagant super-yachts and cruise ships and is home to the lovely Condamine Market and the exceedingly upmarket rue Princesse-Caroline mall. Must see attractions include: the world-renowned Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium; the Monaco Opera House; and the Marlborough Fine Arts Gallery which houses an impressive collection of paintings by, among others, Picasso, Miró, and Matisse.
Monte Carlo is a glitzy coastal city constituting the middle section of the tiny country of Monaco, wedged between southern France’s seaside towns. The city attracts holidaymakers with its breathtaking glass skyscrapers, luxurious hotels and casinos, indulgent beach facilities, and its impressive marina. The city’s grand, historic casino takes pride of place, surrounded by lush gardens and fountains, and a spectacular quarter of heritage buildings which now function as a magnificent shopping district, filled with haute couture and jewellery stores. An incredible diversity of top-notch restaurants, bars, and clubs keep night-owls and socialites happy, while music lovers and history enthusiasts will delight in the chance to visit the prestigious Opera de Monte-Carlo or Salle Garnier, created by the designer of the Paris Opera House. Yachters and active types who enjoy watersports will find a mecca in the city’s harbour.