The Principality of Monaco is a small state surrounded by the department of Alpes-Maritimes which has managed to preserve its independence and its personality through the centuries. However, many treaties and agreements with France are that in everyday life, everything happens as if Monaco was part of this country, it’s a bit like if, in fact, a monarchy remained in France, for the great happiness of many popular media.
Its extent is reduced, 200 hectares (second smallest state in the world after the Vatican), which pushed the Monegasque authorities to extend on the only possible side: the Mediterranean Sea with, in particular, the district of Fontvieille. Very few inhabitants have Monegasque nationality, most are French or even Italian. The site, prestige and benefits (tax, …) offered by the principality have led many international celebrities to apply for and obtain Monegasque nationality, they often reside there.
The principality, like all the cities of the Côte d’Azur is also a very popular tourist center, millions of visitors spend there every year. It comprises four parts: Monaco stricto sensu, on an acropolis (The Rock) dominating the coast and the sea. It’s the real Monaco, that of 50 years ago, small streets lined with colorful houses and a view of dream on the Big Blue. To see of course the Prince’s Palace at the time of the changing of the guard, the cathedral and the oceanographic museum.
Condamine residential and commercial area that extends above the Port.
Fontvieille a district largely won over the sea.
And finally Monte-Carlo, with establishments like the Casino, the Hotel de Paris, …. Near Monaco, the villages of Eze, La Turbie and the city of Roquebrune-Cap Martin are very interesting and offer panoramas beautiful.
To make your visit to the Principality easier, we will show you the best places to park.
Monaco Tourist Office: 2, boulevard des moulins – +318.104.22.168.16
Built on the side of the mythical rock of Monaco, the Oceanographic Museum has been watching over the oceans for more than a century. Created by Prince Albert I “Prince Savant”, great-grandfather of S.A.S. Prince Albert II of Monaco, it was conceived from the beginning as a Palace entirely dedicated to Art and Science. From the ornamentation of the facades to that of the rooms, everything in its architecture evokes the marine world.
Today it has about 6,000 fish specimens and 300 families of invertebrates and offers 6,000 m2 open to the public. The Shark Lagoon, reveals the diversity of the coral reef populated by a multitude of tropical fish and live corals.
As part of an international program that brings together public aquariums from all over the world, the Monaco Aquarium plays an important role in the conservation of endangered species: coral farm, reproduction of clown fish, seahorses, cuttlefishes or sea lions. apogon of the Banggai Islands threatened by overfishing. It is thus part of the safeguarding and sustainable management of natural environments and species.
The museum presents an invaluable collection of arts and crafts related to the sea and offers the opportunity to learn, wonder and discover the variety of the marine world.
It aims to be a place of information and mediation between oceanographic research and the general public. Everyone knows the name of one of its most emblematic directors: Command Cousteau.
Associating Art and Science is the initial desire of this high place of the marine world. The challenge is to maintain this innovative action over time and the evolution of the world. Thus, thanks to artistic exhibitions conducted in partnership with the new National Museum of Monaco, conferences, international symposiums and awareness-raising actions carried out in partnership, and in particular with the Prince Albert II de Monaco Foundation.
The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco actively participates in the influence of the Principality both scientifically, economically or tourism. Its 650,000 annual visitors make it one of Monaco’s main tourist attractions. Thanks to the action of the Princely Government of Monaco, the museum benefited in 2010 from an ambitious program of beautification works.
Monaco Oceanographic Museum: Avenue St Martin (Rocher) – +322.214.171.124.00
The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the oldest and most prestigious car races held in the Principality of Monaco on an urban circuit designed in 1929 by Antony Noghes, son of the President of the Automobile Club of Monaco, under the auspices of Prince Louis II. of Monaco. This creation responded to the challenge of organizing a competition in the cramped territory of Monaco (about 1.5 km² at the time), a condition required by the International Sport Commission for the Automobile Club of Monaco to be recognized internationally.
The race is one of the highlights of the Formula 1 World Championship every year. The Monaco circuit winds its way around the port of Hercules, in the streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine, following tight turns. The narrow track is demanding and makes overtaking difficult, however, over the years, the Automobile Club has made constant improvements including the development of food stands. This is the race of all the extremes: the circuit makes any overtaking almost impossible, and the cars there display the average speed of 125 km / h, almost a speed of snail !!!! But inaccessible to the common drivers !!!!!
To speak of anachronism, for this circuit, has no sense, since since its creation, its existence is paradoxical. However, the aura of the Grand Prix and the passion it inspires make it an essential event of each season of Formula 1. In 2010, the FIA made proceed to new modifications of the circuit with the establishment of higher vibrators in the two baffles of the circuit (new chicane of the port and at Chicane of the Pool) and a re-surfacing of the pit lane and the portions between Sainte Devote and the avenue of Monte Carlo, between the place of the Casino and the Portier and between the tunnel exit and the next chicane.
If the greatest drivers have won (Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost, Juan Manuel Fangio, Nico Rosberg or Niki Lauda), the record of victories on this circuit in Formula 1 is held by Ayrton Senna who has won six taken in ten participations.
Finally for the nostalgic, the historic grand prize is held every two years (next edition in 2020) 15 days before the Grand Prix Formula 1.
For further information: Monaco Grand Prix Organizing Committee – Service Location – +3126.96.36.199.24